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Glastonwick Festival

Coombes, UK


Church Farm, Coombes, UK
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Capacity: 550

Bio: Attila the Stockbroker and Alex Hall (in conjunction with The Duke of Wellington, Church Farm, and Adur Festival) present... ************GLASTONWICK 2014************ ADUR'S 19th ANNUAL BEER, MUSIC, POETRY, AND MORE BEER FESTIVAL "The beer festival with good music. The music festival with good beer." Saying "up yours" to corporate music and mass-produced swill masquerading as beer since 1996! Friday 30th May 2014, 6pm to midnight (£10) Saturday 31st May 2014, noon to midnight (£20) Sunday 1st June 2014, noon to 6pm (£10) CHURCH FARM, COOMBES, WEST SUSSEX, BN15 0RS, UNITED KINGDOM For the 19th consecutive year, and our 8th at the fabulous rural location of Coombes, this popular festival will again bring sleepy Sussex to life over the weekend of 30 May - 1 June 2014. As usual the event is organised by the founders of Glastonwick, namely legendary local punk poet and musician Attila the Stockbroker and international cask beer advocate Alex Hall, with a little help from their friends. As in previous years, we promise you a weekend of enormous quantities - about 85 casks - of delicious real ale (including many new, rare, and exotic brews as usual), farmhouse cider, perry, and top quality entertainment. There will be food in the opposite barn, including veggie and vegan options. Frequent trains run to Shoreham from Brighton, Worthing (both only 10 minutes away by train) and other stations along the West Coastway Line. From there, jump on our special shuttle bus linking the festival with Shoreham Railway Station and The Duke of Wellington (plus one daily journey each way from Brighton - except Friday when the outward trip starts at Portslade to avoid rush hour traffic for timekeeping purposes). Camping is offered on site on Friday and Saturday nights (and Sunday by arrangement). Note you MUST book in advance if you wish to camp on site. The wearing of fancy dress is encouraged. ***THE ENTERTAINMENT - NO CRAP!*** Compered as always by Attila the Stockbroker. FRIDAY: THE MEOW MEOWS - Dance your socks off ska-tastic! EASTFIELD - Let the train take the strain, again. WOB - Lovely, uplifting, and energetic. GAZ BROOKFIELD - Young, sharp, tuneful, energetic singer songwriter from Bristol, saw him once and booked him! SONS OF CLOGGER - Punk-folk from Stoke. A new crew to dance to... SATURDAY: EDDIE & THE HOT RODS - Legendary R & B from the days when R & B meant proper music - not unlistenable disco smegma, no more needs to be said! T.V. SMITH - Much loved and very clever ex-Adverts singer/songwriter. DEFERRED SUCESS (intentional spelling error...) - Doozer’s boozers ain’t no losers! Foot-stomping, uplifting tunes. JOHN ROBB (GOLDBLADE) - Influential Mancunian writer-performer. May be playing with Goldblade, may not! CONTINGENT - Powerful melodic punk, established 1979, from Brussels apart from the bass player... RORY ELLIS - Return of the gravel-voiced ex-boxer bluesman. I, LUDICROUS - They’ve never been hit by Mark E. Smith. GECKO - Young, uplifting, sussed, tuneful! LOUISE FAZACKERLEY - Great poet from Wigan who tells it like it is. The North in all its glory, defiance and sorrow. PAUL HOWARD & JO CLACK - Paul was at Attila’s first gig. But he sings a LOT better than Attila. As you’ll hear. SUNDAY: JOHN OTWAY - Nuts. TRACEY CURTIS - She’s back, great voice, fine songwriting. DOCTOR BONGO - Spirited, feisty, and part of the heart and soul of the modern Glastonwick. Good poet too! KEN PARSONS - Punk harpist and storyteller... SKEWWHIFF - They’ve got Au Pairs Breeding in their heads! Brilliant angular indie-punk from Worcester. HEADSTICKS - This year’s festival closers - powerful political Potteries pop-punksters! Plus the welcome return of storyteller RICHARD BEARD. Artists may not appear in the order listed above. ***THE BEERS - NO CRAP!*** As always, we have the ultimate pairing of Attila's handpicked musical and poetic talent coupled with dozens of beers deemed worthiest, rarest, most eclectic, and most 'scoopable' by co-founder Alex Hall - plus of course a good range of ciders and perries. Glastonwick is unique in being a 50-50 melding of the CAMRA-style real ale festival concept with a great independent music festival. It is absolutely the antidote to music festivals with global corporate sponsors where the only stuff to drink is bland, gaseous, overpriced, mass-produced swill that’s not worthy of even putting out an ashtray fire. Likewise, Glastonwick is also the antidote to unnecessary, ignored, or inappropriate beer festival entertainment put on as an afterthought. All our beers are traditional cask-conditioned ‘real’ ales from small, artisanal, 'craft’ breweries. All ciders and perries (like cider but made with pears) are straight from the farmhouse and are made with real apples and pears, as opposed to fruit concentrate used in processed, mass-produced, artificially fizzed-up brands. They are all hand-crafted by brewers and cider makers alike who are dedicated to keeping tradition and quality alive in the face of the ever-present spectre of global corporate standardisation, and the resulting dumbing down of taste and loss of local craftsmanship. We support brewers who are motivated by quality and tradition rather than corporate profit. We at Glastonwick rebel against the creeping corporate rot. Real ale, cider, and perry is our tradition and must remain so, please - wherever you are - support the real stuff and reject the mass-produced corporate zombie piss that collectively represent today's global sterility onslaught. Basically, what we have here is beer and cider just as they were everywhere through the ages until mass-production techniques by accountant-led big breweries and their destructive, brainwashing marketing minions got their hands on our brewing heritage in the middle of the last century. Real ales are served at the traditional cellar temperature of pubs through the centuries - about 12-14C, so cool but not chilled.



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