The family-friendly event will take place at the Pleasureland Arena across three days fromFriday July 15 to Sunday July 17.

Some of the UK’s leading folk music artists, including Scottish Folk sensations Treacherous Orchestra, are to descend upon the town as part of an eclectic line-up co-ordinated by The Atkinson. Emma Lloyd from The Atkinson said, “We are really excited about this new partnership with Real Ale Events and Pleasureland.”

“We were delighted to be asked to programme the stage for the festival and we hope it is well supported so we can make it an annual event for the town, as well as growing audiences for our own Love Folk Festival in February.”

The festival is being organised by Liverpool-based Real Ale Events, the company behind a number of hugely successful beer festivals at St George’s Hall, the Bombed Out Church and Waterloo’s Old Christ Church.

As part of this outdoor space the Pleasureland are erecting a Big Top Tent to turn the festival into a real spectacle. Norman Wallis, owner of Pleasureland, is keen that “people are interested in this, especially in Southport. This is a just another big event to help the economy of the town.”

The Big Top will be alongside a covered music stage, a range of independent food stalls and a separate, dedicated bar area featuring as many as 200 different beers from microbreweries across the UK.

Mark Hensby, Managing Director of Real Ale Events, said: “We’ve wanted to bring a festival to Southport for some time but we were determined to make it something slightly unique.”

“We have a great line up of music and a great array of beers from across the UK, so we are confident that the Beer & Folk Festival will be a big hit amongst local families as well as music and real ale fans from across the North West and beyond.”

Tickets for the Southport Beer & Folk Festival cost between £5 and £10 and under-12s can attend free of charge. For further information, or call 0151 933 9660.


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