Welcome to Al Festo 2021 – at last, live music! Our mini-festival without the camping that mixes some of the best live music with great beer, fabulous food and wonderful people – all in beautiful surroundings.
This year, to purge the hiatus of 2020, we’re kicking proceedings off on Friday 9 July in the evening with some brilliant live Jazz thanks to the Derek Nash Quartet. (this part is ticketed)
6 acts play on Saturday 10 July, 5 acts on Sunday 11 July, with entry on these two days being free. This year, all the acts are UK based due to international travel uncertainty. But no less for it. They include:
- Foley, from Manchester, an intimate singer/songwriter mining the Americana tradition.
- Suffolk based Kelly Bayfield bringing effortless Carpenter-esque vocals.
- London based Tina Boonstra, who has clocked up over a million Spotify streams.
- A return for the fabulous Fargo Railroad Co from Sheffield with their ocean of Southern rock.
- Newcastle’s swing-honkytonk-rockabilly band Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra
- All the way from Colchester, The Ragged String Band close out Saturday.
- The Sun Inn’s very own Brooke Telling who regularly features on local radio.
- London based Norton Money, a harmony driven Americana outfit with soul.
- A brilliant six-piece from Norfolk, Morganway count Whispering Bob Harris as a fan.
- Norfolk’s Jake Morell with infectious melodies, discovered by Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary.
- And closing the festival, the empowering & unique Huw & The Greater Good
On tap, there will be 15 craft ales, stouts, lagers and ciders from the likes of: Crouch Vale, Adnams, Tiny Rebel, Siren Craft, Burnt Mill Brewery, Oakham Ales, Calvors, Purple Moose, Aspall Cider, Thornbridge, Salopian, Fat Cat, Harvey’s, Magic Rock, Gipsy Hill, Green Jack, Hawkes and Gwynt y Ddraig Cider.
For non-beer drinkers, there will be a Prosecco & Gin Bar serving an array of gin including Essex’s own Reliquum Gin from Great Oakley. There are garden games for kids: giant Jenga, Boules, Quoits, Horseshoe Pitching and Skittles.
Food will be served from on both days with festival dishes like tacos, burgers, loaded fries as well as plant based treats. Ice cream, strawberries and cream as well as various other bar snacks will be available throughout the day. Visitors can eat in the pub, on the terrace or in the garden.
The event is fully tented in case of showers. There is no parking on site so visitors are advised to park in the main village car park situated on Mill Lane. The festival is FREE on Saturday & Sunday, bookings can be made for tables in the pub or on the terrace (but not the garden where the music is). Bookings for Friday Night Jazz open on Monday 22 March. There are bales of straw & benches to sit on and picnic benches to eat from but visitors can also bring their own camping chairs or rugs. Dogs are allowed and there will be lots of bowls of water and bins located around the garden and courtyard.
Of course all this is subject to the Government not changing the unlocking plan so hopefully final confirmation will come before 21 June as well as any operational updates due to regulations.
Tickets non-refundable but are transferable to another person for the event. Follow link, select date (9 July) and anytime from 5.30pm.