Landmark beer festival returns

If free live music, local real ales and the potential for sunshine are what you are looking for this bank holiday then the Landmark Beer Festival from Friday until next Monday at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe is most definitely the place to be. As we

If free live music, local real ales and the potential for sunshine are what you are looking for this bank holiday then the Landmark Beer Festival from Friday until next Monday at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe is most definitely the place to be.As well as great live music, which starts on Friday evening and goes right through to Monday night, North Devon's biggest beer festival will have more than 40 different local real ales and ciders to tempt the taste buds and outdoor attractions to keep the whole family happy. The line-up this year features music to suit every taste. There will be reggae, folk, rock, blues, funk, soul and electro pop from the likes of Zamba, PickPockets & SkyRockets, The Dambuskers, Fiddlebix and Hayley Daviss. Blissed-out indie sounds will also be on the bill on Saturday night as Two Spot Gobi headline. The six piece band are quickly gaining a reputation for their energetic live performances and have spent the last twelve months touring the US and Europe with acoustic heavy weights Jason Mraz and Newton Faulkner.Apart from the great music, the weekend will have a huge variety of local real ales on tap. Chris Franks will once again provide a range of real ales from breweries from all over the South West, including Wizard Ales who are based at Mullacott Industrial Estate near Ilfracombe. Friday, May 1 - 9pm, Zamba. Kicking the festival off will be the ska-filled, carnival sounds of local group Zamba.Saturday - 2pm, Hayley Daviss, the Swindon-based singer songwriter is receiving some much deserved attention from the likes of Rolling Stone magazine with her blend of acoustic sounds, funky rhythms and soulful melodies.5pm - Soulsmith. The three piece rock group have shaped a diverse sound for themselves that draws on everything from funk, rock and metal, through to soul, blues and grunge.8.30pm - PickPockets & SkyRockets. Formed at the end of 2008 by well known local songsmiths Pete Buffery and Sam Ratcliffe PP&SR are quickly gaining popularity due to their unique brand of childlike-electro-pop. Not many bands can boast of having a xylophone and a laptop in their frontline!9.45pm - Two Spot Gobi. The band formed in 2005 and are known for their expert musicianship and energetic live performances. They have a new, ultra musical, commercial sound that is winning them popularity wherever they play.Sunday - 3pm-7pm - SoundPad Bands Day. Local up and coming bands get the chance to display their musical talents to the eager beer festival audience. This year will feature Mercury River, Deluded, Melodee Rockmore and Paper Heroes. 9pm - Lazy... Having impressed the SunWest audience at the Landmark last year, Lazy... are back with their original funk, dub, rock and blues sound.Monday - 2pm, Fiddlebix. Appledore based folk duo Fiddlebix play an array of instruments to create music that has a world folk/acoustic edge. 4.30pm, Cole Stacey. Described as Crowded House meets Paul Simon, Cole Stacey owns a voice that is far more mature than his 22 years. He recently worked with Phil Beer of Show of Hands fame on his new album. 7pm - The Dambuskers. High energy folk/rock sounds.Admission to the festival is free.


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