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The 11th Silloth Music and Beer Festival starts today and continues until Sunday!

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Once again, Silloth is preparing to bring together two of your favourite things!

There are 16 acts performing across the weekend, and there will be more than 75 real ales and ciders to sample across the weekend. Both the bands and the beers are a selection of local gems and some of the best that are an offer across the country.
 
Headliners include Mercury, an award winning tribute to Queen. The band have received praise from Freddie Mercury's family as being the "next best thing" to Queen, it really doesn't get much better than that! Blondied will also perform, no prizes for guessing who they are a tribute too. Front woman Michelle Hendricks has received rave reviews across the country from fans for creating an onstage presence that made Debbie Harry of Blondie the poster girl of choice for a million 80s teenage boys. Then, bringing things up to date, there will be sets from the Four Fighters, the definitive Foo Fighters tribute act. They'll perform alongside Kazabian (the clues in the name!) who will recreate the sound of one of the noughties most successful indie-rock acts.
 
As well as tributes there are many other fantastic performances. One of the UK’s most popular comedy acts, The Lancashire Hotpots, will be performing two sets across the weekend. The band have gained a huge following with their witty, affection and sometimes absurd view of the world from an uniquely Lancashire angle. With airplay on BBC Radio 1, close on a third of a million plays of their ‘He’s Turned Emo’ track on MySpace, national tour support to Comedian Paddy McGuinness, a number one record on iTunes and an endless string of festival appearances, by ‘eck these lads are proving popular!  Also appearing are one of the most authentic and popular purveyors of sizzling hot 50’s American style r’n’b. The Revolutionaires. Based in the North-East the band have toured extensively through Europe, and have four albums under their belts. Expect to be blown away!

We're also delighted to be able to showcase so much local talent across the weekend, and to offer them a place on our festival stage, including our Battle Of The Band’s winners. Wigton/Silloth based band Sneaky Finch will be performing, alongside Carlisle based indie four-piece House Of Three Hands and West Cumbrian rockers Black Wolf Run.  They will be joined by Gosforth band The Roosters, West Cumbrian Blues Band Code Blue, indie-rock band Collision, The Two-ers, The Pulse and Whitehaven singer-songwriter Emma Dockeray.
 
Tickets are still available and a four day Festival Ticket, with access to all five sessions, remains at the same price as last year of only £35! Individual afternoon and night tickets are also available. Full information on ticket prices, a list of beers, and more details on this years artists can be found at www.sillothbeerfestival.co.uk. Tickets now available in person from Winters Newsagents in Silloth, or on the door.
 
With just hours to go until this years festival we can't wait to open to get the bar opened! There are 16 bands across four days and there's something for everyone. We hope to see you there. Cheers!

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