Wednesday, May 13, 2015

News: Boardwalk back at real ale festival

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Support from sponsors is set to ensure a sensational seaside spectacular at the Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival 2015.

Attracting over 12,000 people last year, the festival has a new summer date - June 11 - 13, and so Baa'sil, the festival's official mascot will be donning his swimming trunks and armbands to present "Baa-Watch" that will bring together more than 250 different real ales from England's coastal counties as well as showcasing some of the best brews from the four corners of Yorkshire.

Held at the Magna Science Adventure Centre, the festival will also host more than 40 live music performances, bringing together some of the region's best known and up-and-coming acts across three stages.

The Boardwalk, South Yorkshire's legendary music venue, is making a return to the festival thanks to sponsorship for the area from Parkgate-based Chantry Brewery. Inside the beer festival's interpretation of the Boardwalk will host a range of live music performances ranging from Jazz and blues to good old fashioned rock 'n' roll.

Chantry Brewery began producing quality real ale in 2012 after significant investment in the latest brewing technology installed at its Parkgate facility.

The Boardwalk stage is one of three areas inside the festival hosting live music and proceeds from the festival will be used to support four local charities: Bluebell Wood Children's Hospital, Magna Educational Trust, The Rotherham Hospice and Weston Park Cancer Hospital.

Festival organiser Steve Burns said: "For a generation in South Yorkshire, the Boardwalk was the place they experienced live music and following both the popularity of the area last year and the support we have received from Chantry Brewery, we decided to revive the venue for three days.

"Live music has always been an important aspect of the festival and we felt by reviving the venue it was a great way of paying homage to the original boardwalk, and hopefully re-creating that unique atmosphere where many bands took their first steps towards stardom.

"Inside our version of the Boardwalk, there will be a bar and a live music stage hosting the most anticipated up and coming artists from around the UK, with many performers returning to the festival this year after being successful with the visitors last year."

Rotherham insolvency and business turnaround consultancy Moorhead Savage will be one of the main sponsors at the festival.

Paul Moorhead, director at Moorhead Savage, said: "We have been involved in the Rotherham Real Ale Festival for several years now and are happy to be supporting it again in 2015.

"As well as holding our own networking event on the Thursday evening we will be manning the West Country bar throughout the weekend so please do come along, say hello and have a pint with us!"

Rotherham Real Ale and Music festival website
Chantry Brewery website
Moorhead Savage website

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