New date for festival that mixes ale with music

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A POSTPONED festival near Stannington that combines music with a range of tasty brews has been re-arranged for a date near the end of summer.

Anarchy Brew Co organised an outdoor event at the end of April to blend the growing craft ale scene with some up-and-coming bands from across Northumberland and the North East.

It was put off when staff saw that the weather on the day was going to be cold and wet and a smaller event took place in Newcastle.

The new date for the Mash Up Festival, which will take place on fields at the Whitehouse Farm Centre where the company is based, is Saturday, August 31.

Main organiser Ross Holland said: “The forecast was for a lot of rain and there was even a chance of snow, so we decided to postpone the festival and move it to the summer.

“This has worked out well because we now have 10 breweries on board, so we can push the beer side of things just as hard, and we will have more space available to double the capacity – it’s now about 1,000.

“We did not want to disappoint the people who had already bought tickets, so we put on a free event at the Free Trade Inn, Newcastle, with a few bands performing and eight or nine of our beers were available.

“Tickets already purchased are still valid for the August 31 date.”

For more information, including how to buy tickets, telephone 01670 789755 or visit www.facebook.com/AnarchyMashUpFestival