Cricket club's music and beer festival pulls in best local acts


A fundraising festival has announced a strong line-up for its fifth year. The Sticky Wicket Beer and Music Festival returns to Penrith Cricket Club for three days in August – from Friday 18 to Sunday 20.

Many of north and east Cumbria’s most established bands and artists are on the bill and there will also be more than 30 real ales, ciders and pilsners available.

The event, which was set up to help the upkeep of the town’s cricket club, will this year raise funds for the junior sides.

The opening night has two of the region’s top live acts sharing the bill, both of whom have played the past three years.

Mylittlebrother will be following up their appearance at the nearby Kendal Calling festival with another set of their self-penned indie-pop tunes, which includes a number of unreleased tracks from an upcoming record.

Kontiki Suite has received airplay on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 2 show and Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 Music show and have plenty of new material to showcase.

The Saturday line-up brings in some extremely experienced names, with festival favourites The Postcard Band, four-piece rockers Beachmaster – performing from their forthcoming release – folk outfit Hadrian’s Union, who launched their latest album this month, a showcase from the local musicians that have appeared at the Penrith Plug ‘n’ Play events, psychedelic band The Ogres of Go-Go, the Wandering Sons and acoustic veteran Chris James and his band.

A varied Sunday programme has the Eden Swing Band sharing the bill with pop rock act Blind Fiction, solo artist Fiona Clayton, another Plug ‘n’ Play showcase and the Rockin’ Chair Rebels.

Also appearing is a fun family show from Laura J, and a circus skills display from Flip.

The Friday and Saturday evenings also have a Pavilion Late-Show, with acoustic sets from mylittlebrother and Wandering Sons, and DJ Retro Resurrection Love Train.

Event organiser Rob Jury said: “We’re very, very lucky in that pretty much everybody in a band within a 20-mile radius wants to play this festival, so we cannot only showcase the established bands and individuals but also offer an opportunity for up-and-coming musicians too.

“The festival was set up specifically to raise funds for the cricket club, however everybody involved also wants to generate footfall in the town as several local businesses support us by sponsoring a barrel of beer or cider.

“Without the support of local businesses, the bands and musicians, and the local community and club members, this event would not be the success in raising funds for the club that it has been.”

The festival opens at 8pm on Friday, 1pm on Saturday and 12.30pm on Sunday.

Tickets are £5 each, with the Sunday “funday” priced at £5 per family, with all proceeds going towards the cricket club.

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