Sheppey Beer Festival and Sittingbourne Woodfest return this Saturday

Two of Swale’s most popular music festivals are back this weekend.

The Sheppey Rotarians Beer Festival at the Aviator Pub and Sittingbourne’s Woodfest at the Woodcoombe Sports and Social Club both return, following in Chickenstock’s footsteps.

Marylebone Jelly at the inaugural Drive In Groovy Festival at Woodstock, Sittingbourne, in September. Photo: Glen Smith

Two weekends ago, the Stockbury Folk Festival was the region’s first music festival to take place after Covid’s restrictions were eased. It has since been named Festival of the Year by Great Days Out.

It is now the turn of Woodfest at Church Road, Murston, Sittingbourne, this Saturday.

The music kicks off at noon with top local bands Marylebone Jelly, Marvelous Mo and the Backline Ferrets, Toot ‘n’ Skamen, Shaken Albert, The Chilly Fingers and the Decades Showband.

Organizers hope the weather will hold up after the last bash of 2019 nearly rained when a downpour flooded both groups and the public. Last year’s event was canceled due to the Covid.

Tickets cost £ 15 (£ 10 for members, £ 8 for children ages 5-11) from 01795 423744.

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Dance at the annual Rotary Club Minster-on-Sea beer festival at the Aviator pub, Queenborough

The event comes up against the return of the Rotary Club Minster-on-Sea Beer Festival at the Aviator Pub in Queenborough.

Sheppey lineup includes So Pink, The Jaguars, Flashback, Abba Magic, Weekend Play, The Skastards, and Billy Levin and the Twangdaddies.

Music starts at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free, but Rotarians will sell £ 10 beer tokens on the same day which can be exchanged for three pints of beer or cider. The money raised will go to local charities.

Last year’s fundraising event had to be canceled due to Covid, so resourceful Rotarians organized an online pig run instead.

They also used Facebook to “broadcast” their own entertainment under the name Rotary Variety Show featuring artists such as Shaun Williamson.

3 Daft Monkeys on stage at the award-winning Chickenstock music festival in Stockbury, near Sittingbourne, in 2021. Photo: Moya Taylor
3 Daft Monkeys on stage at the award-winning Chickenstock music festival in Stockbury, near Sittingbourne, in 2021. Photo: Moya Taylor

At the other end of the borough, Macknade food village in Faversham hosts live acoustic music on Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. throughout August. It starts this Friday with Thomas Abrahams, followed by Dave Rogers on August 13, acoustic duo Dune on August 20 and Ian Ingles on August 27.

Macknade Managing Director Paul Gunner said: “We are all delighted to have live music at the Food Village. It is the perfect place to relax and get ready for the weekend with the family. and friends. Even furry friends are welcome as long as they keep their paws on the ground! “

Diners can choose from hand-made pizzas, authentic tacos, and street food. Customers also benefit from a free corkage fee. They can buy a bottle from the Wine Store and drink it at their table in the Food Village at no additional cost.

Acoustic August is not a paid event, so no reservations are necessary. For more details, visit www.macknade.com

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