Double the Entertainment, Double the Fun!

This year our new venue, Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, offers Nottingham CAMRA to the chance to bring even more entertainment to the festival, whilst still retaining quieter areas.

We now have two stages, both utilising the two separate outside areas to create village atmospheres, like those so popular at previous festivals at Nottingham Castle. However, don’t worry there will still be plenty of beer, cider and food available with the usual brewery bars and interesting popup catering stalls.

The Bolero Square area will host an acoustic stage featuring unplugged artists and solo entertainers. There is an eclectic mix with everything from a New Orleans marching band to Rat Pack, Spanish Guitar to a retro female vocalist as well as the traditional folk music and blues.

The main stage, in the backstage village, features various old favourites as well as bands new to the festival. Headliners are Wednesday -The Undergroundhogs (who have actually been joined on stage by Tony McPhee – he rates them that highly), the fabulous Dawson and the Dissenters on the Thursday. Friday sees a London based band, Cover Story, who feature the talents of “The Voice” himself Mr Steve Overland and to close on the Saturday a blistering sing along set from the UK Chicago Blues.

Sets are designed to fit together so you can catch all the action in both locations and not a miss a thing. Music for all tastes, whilst enjoying a beer and, in the designated smoking areas, a cigarette or two.

(Artist are verbally contracted at present)

For more information – contact Alison here
ENTERTAINMENT 2018 – Programme
Date & Time & Venue Performer(s)

Wednesday, 17th October 2018 – 13.30-14.30 – Main Stage The Food Doctors
Wednesday, 17th October 2018 – 15.30-16.30 – Main Stage Mandarins
Wednesday, 17th October 2018 – 17.30-18.30 – Main Stage Jack’s Got A Plan
Wednesday, 17th October 2018 – 19.30-20.30 – Main Stage Husk
Wednesday, 17th October 2018 – 21.30-22.45 – Main Stage The Undergroundhogs

Wednesday, 17th October 2018 – 14.30-15.30 – Bolero Square Evie M
Wednesday, 17th October 2018 – 16.30-17.30 – Bolero Square Fun Chorus
Wednesday, 17th October 2018 – 18.30-19.30 – Bolero Square Matt Turner
Wednesday, 17th October 2018 – 20.30-21.30 – Bolero Square Rose Devine

Thursday, 18th October 2018 – 13.30-14.30 – Main Stage Pesky Alligators
Thursday, 18th October 2018 – 15.30-16.30 – Main Stage Stagefright
Thursday, 18th October 2018 – 17.30-18.30 – Main Stage Backline Blues
Thursday, 18th October 2018 – 19.30-20.30 – Main Stage Verbal Warning
Thursday, 18th October 2018 – 21.30-22.45 – Main Stage Dawson & The Dissenters

Thursday, 18th October 2018 – 14.30-15.30 – Bolero Square Richie Muir
Thursday, 18th October 2018 – 16.30-17.30 – Bolero Square Ant MacAndrew
Thursday, 18th October 2018 – 18.30-19.30 – Bolero Square Dean Thomas * (Subject to contract) TBC
Thursday, 18th October 2018 – 20.30-21.30 – Bolero Square Pistol Pete Wearn

Friday, 19th October 2018 – 12.00-13.00 – Main Stage Stampede
Friday. 19th October 2018 – 14.00-15.00 – Main Stage SheRoks
Friday, 19th October 2018 – 16.00-17.30 – Main Stage The Business
Friday. 19th October 2018 – 18.30-20.00 – Main Stage Accoustic Union * (Subject to contract) TBC
Friday, 19th October 2018 – 21.00-22.45 – Main Stage Water for Dogs * (Subject to contract) TBC

Friday. 19th October 2018 – 13.00-14.00 – Bolero Square Nick Aslam
Friday, 19th October 2018 – 15.00-16.00 – Bolero Square Coulton Brothers * (Subject to contract) TBC
Friday. 19th October 2018 – 17.30-18.30 – Bolero Square Two Hombres
Friday, 19th October 2018 – 20.00-21.00 – Bolero Square Jake Burns

Saturday, 20th October 2018 – 13.00-16.00 – Main Stage Morris Men (Phil)
Saturday, 20th October 2018 – 11.30-12.30 – Main Stage The Ghetton Blasters Brass Band (30 min Set)
Saturday, 20th October 2018 – 13.30-15.00 – Main Stage Blues Bursters
Saturday, 20th October 2018 – 16.00-17.30 – Main Stage The Lapels * (Subject to contract) TBC
Saturday, 20th October 2018 – 18.30-20.00 – Main Stage Nightwires
Saturday, 20th October 2018 – 21.00-22.45 – Main Stage Uk Chicago Blues

Saturday, 20th October 2018 – 12.30-13.30 – Bolero Square The Ghetton Blasters Brass Band (30 min set)
Saturday, 20th October 2018 – 15.00-16.00 – Bolero Square The Lunchbreakers
Saturday, 20th October 2018 – 17.30-18.30 – Bolero Square Flint, More & Byrne
Saturday, 20th October 2018 – 20.00-21.00 – Bolero Square Booba Dust

Nottingham CAMRA Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival 2018 – Entertainment Schedule

Throughout the festival sound services are provided by Forefront Productions.
Wednesday 17th October 2018

Robin Hood will be visiting us as usual for our launch day.
Backstage Village Stage

– The Food Doctors 13.30 – 14.30 – The Food Doctors are a popular Nottingham based band playing an always interesting mix of oldies and current covers with the emphasis on getting everyone up and dancing. Their sets range from Cee Lo Green to The Beatles, Bruno Mars to the Killers, Van Morrison to Maroon 5, and back again. The Food Doctors are Garry Perkins guitar and vocals Simon Gee – drums Pete Cash – bass Pete Lacey (Trombone) and Gerald Douglas (Trumpet) – horn section.
– Mandarins 15.30 – 16.30 – Mandarins are a three-piece live rock covers band based in Nottinghamshire. Playing an eclectic mix of music from the 60’s to the present day.
– Jack’s Got A Plan 17.30 – 18.30 – JGAP are writers Hanlon, Johnson and Bogue from Derbyshire, they will be performing their blend of pop/rock songs based on stories from real life experience.
– Husk 19.30 – 20.30 – are a Southwell based four piece covers band playing well known and upbeat rock, pop, punk and indie tunes.
The Undergroundhogs 21.30 – 10.45 – A Portsmouth UK based band dedicated to the music of Tony TS McPhee and the Groundhogs.
Bolero Square Acoustic Stage

– Evie M – 14.30 – 15.30 – is a singer songwriter and musician from Nottingham with a passion for all types of music.
– Fun Chorus – 16.30 – 17.30 – Led by local Gedling hero Anna, Fun Chorus are a multi-site, weekly choir for fun and laughs. Feel free to join in.
– Matt Turner – 18.30 – 19.30 – a solo acoustic artist, he specialises in Soul, Rock and Popular covers from the 50’s to the modern day.
– Rose Devine – 20.30 – 21.30 – Rose Devine is a glamorous vintage singer with stunning vocals, effortless style and an incredible repertoire. Rose covers the classics of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra but also has a love of the new retro style artists Postmodern Jukebox, Caro Emerald and Imelda May.
Thursday 18th October 2018
Backstage Village Stage

– Pesky Alligators – 13.30 – 14.30 – ‘The sound that the Pesky Alligators greet you with from their twisting guitar and raunchy drum beat is nothing but explosive and if it does not set the pulse racing then you need to make an appointment at your local undertakers.’
– Stagefright – 15.30 – 16.30 – Stagefright are a rock covers band, who were formed in 2009. Their first gig was for Help the Heroes at the Red Lion pub in Hucknall supporting Gatecrasher. They didn’t have a band name and whilst they were waiting Eddy said he had stage fright, so they thought this would be a good name for the band and the name has stuck ever since.
– Backline Blues – 17.30 – 18.30 – Backline Blues are a lively blues/rock band playing covers by Joe Bonamassa, Santana, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others. They play a combination of blues-based material but with a rocky feel.
– Verbal Warning – 19.30 – 20.30 – Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the early eighties band, the new-look Verbal Warning spluttered into life in 2005. Trying to keep the spirit of old school punk rock alive, the band retained some of the old songs as well as writing some new ones, as the new line-up took the band, having actually learnt how to play with their instruments, off into a slightly more melodic direction, making sure to retain the energy of Punk Rock – the comment at practices often being “Are we sure that’s fast enough?” A mix of politics and humour rub shoulders, and the band always try to make live shows as entertaining as possible, doing sets with new songs mixing with the old plus a selection of crowd-pleasing covers.
– Dawson & the Dissenters – 21.30 – 22.45 – Dawson Smith & The Dissenters have built an enviable reputation as a smokin’ live band and always a great night out, with a large mailing list and loyal following and an extensive gig circuit around the UK. There is such depth to Dawson Smith & The Dissenters that it is not easy to describe how they sound. Comparisons with Los Lobos, Creedence, Steve Earle, ZZ Top, Feelgoods, Blackberry Smoke (and more) are usual and welcomed.
Bolero Square Acoustic Stage

– Richie Muir – 14.30 – 15.30 – Richie takes old and new classics and gives them an acoustic unplugged Radio 1 Live Lounge/ Mumford and Sons feel so even the oldies sound fresh and have a new contemporary sound that keeps the crowd of all ages dancing.
– Ant MacAndrew – 16.30 – 17.30 – Ant MacAndrew is a Singer / Songwriter who specializes in Folk / Pop. His original songs are often compared to the likes of Mumford & sons, Ed Sheeran, The Fray, Scouting for Girls. He covers anything from The Drifters to Ed Sheeran. It’s just one man that sounds like a full band! He plays everything live and his setup consists of Acoustic guitar, bass drum and tambourine and a vocal pedal which does harmonies.
– Dean Thomas – Sounds of Swing – 18.30 – 19.30 – The Sounds Of Swing is a one man tribute to all things swing. Dean covers songs from the likes of Old’ Blue Eyes Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis J, Bobby Darin and many, many more. His show presented in Deans own unique style will have you singing along to timeless classics and modern day hits.
– Pistol Pete Wearn – 20.30 – 21.30 – Armed with an acoustic guitar, a stompbox and occasionally a harmonica, Pistol Pete rips through both witty originals and homages to his blues heritage.

Friday 19th October 2018

Steve Pike – our usual resident juggler and balloon blower will be on site. (T.B.C.)
Backstage Village Stage

– Stampede – 12.00 -13.00 – Rockabilly and Pure Rock n Roll. Their sound is uniquely brilliant and energy from the whole band is fantastic. Fronted by Aislynn Findley.
– SheRoks – 14.00 – 15.00 – SheRoKS was formed in 2011 and have undergone various line-up changes and are now established as an extremely enjoyable Rock Group catering for all tastes by covering various artists music as well as producing their own.
– The Business – 16.00 – 17.30 – The Business are a three piece covers band playing Pop & Rock classics from the mid 1960’s to 2014. The band was formed in 2006 by four members of Newark based party band No Claims. From rock classics like Van Halen’s Jump to classic 80’s pop like Duran Duran’s Rio the guys call on a wealth of musical experience and skills, not to mention some pretty scary technical wizardry, to faithfully recreate some of the best (in our opinion) songs ever recorded.
– Acoustic Union – 18.30 – 20.00 – Acoustic Union are a four-piece band from the East Midlands area. The band was formed in early 2010 by musicians who each have around 30 years of experience in the music business. The band produce acoustic arrangements of a wide variety of pop and rock classics, as well as a sprinkling of own material, bluegrass and traditional songs and instrumentals. The band have been influenced and inspired by musicians and artistes like The Beatles, Abba, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Alison Kraus and Union Station and many more.
– Water For Dogs – 21.00 – 22.45 – Water for Dogs are an inventive, original, instrumental 3-piece band. Their music crosses the boundaries of electronica, dance, groove, funk, reggae and rock! A solid, driving bass moves guitar craziness and mind-bending samples and synth! Get ready to dance.
Bolero Square Acoustic Stage

– Nick Aslam – 13.00 – 14.00 – Nick Aslam is a product of the council estates and streets in Burton on Trent who in this last year has been injected by the press as one of the UK’s best new singer-songwriters. His quest into the music industry has been welcomed with enormous support from the BBC & local radio stations across the nation. In a journey that spans 4 years, Nicks sound continues to grow and develop, inspired by the deep dark murky back streets of his hometown to the romance and magic of our very own cities!
– Coulton Brothers – 15.00 – 16.00 – The Coulton Brothers originate from the Industrial town of Barrow-In-Furness. Emerging as ambitious teenagers. There, they honed their musical nouse for a decade, firstly as part of the band Atlas, and created a set of shoe gazing to sky glazing original songs. Topical and socially aware lyrics with melodic guitar work is a feature of their sound. Notable home shows supporting Scottish rockers Idlewild and indie act The Pigeon Detectives led to festival appearances at Kendal Calling, and headline shows at venues including Manchester Academy, The Cavern in Liverpool and in 2016 The acoustic duo broke from the small-town firmament and landed in Manchester where they are now based. As well as a large selection of choice covers in their interchangeable set, their focus remains on writing, recording and releasing new material. Paul (Lead Vocals) & Kris (Guitar/Vocals).
– Two Hombres – 17.30 – 18.30 – A percussional guitar duo currently covering songs from Rodrigo y Gabriela and will soon be moving their style of playing to other genres of music.
– Jake Burns – 20.00 – 21.00 – Jake Burns returns as headliner this year on our new acoustic stage after playing early doors last year. He is a young singer/songwriter based in Nottingham. He is a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist and has been spending time in the studio perfecting his acoustic gems. His first two originals, ‘Don’t You Know’ and ‘What’s Going On’, were picked up by BBC Introducing East Midlands who debuted both songs earlier this year.
Saturday 20th October 2018

Foresters Morris Men will be on site performing traditional dances and getting a few visitors to join in with them.
Backstage Village Stage

– Ghetto Blasters/Hot Dog Brass Band – 11.30 – 12.30 – Will be performing for approximately 30 minutes during this period and then moving to the Bolero Square Acoustic Stage area for another 30 minute set. A New Orleans style brass ensemble.
– Blues Bursters – 13.30 -15.00 – A mix of bluesy harmonica and featuring great keyboards, covering rock n roll, oldies, standards and a bit of jazzy blues.
– The Lapels – 16.00 – 17.30 – The Lapels have swayed from the popular alternative route, as their music is infused with influences from too many greats of the 60’s, bringing a classic yet contemporary sound to the music scene
– Nightwires – 18.30 – 20.00 – Russell and Simon began playing together over a decade ago, when they formed the UK based rock band, 3 Ring Circus. 2011, Russell and Simon decided they wanted to pursue the acoustic direction fully and so, The Nightwires were formed. Since then they have released and toured two albums.
– UK Chicago Blues – 21.00 – 22.45 – Drake (Steve Gentry) & Alwood (Alan Squires) been playing at pubs & clubs for many years, independently as solo guitar vocalists where they have both earned acclaimed success. Between them having started at an early age, they have well over 50 years’ experience in show business, both having started in groups before venturing onto the solo circuit.
Bolero Square Acoustic Stage

– Ghetto Blasters/Hot Dog Brass Band – 12.30 – 13.30 – See listing in Backstage section.
– The Lunchbreakers – 15.00 – 16.00 – The Lunchbreakers are a Nottingham based band which play 50s-00s covers of rock/pop for parties, events, festivals, weddings and pubs.
– Flint, ‘More & Byrne – 17.30 – 18.30 – FMB a 3-piece acoustic band with pro experience. Playing their arrangements of Americana, rock, pop, country and country rock classics. You get 6&12 string guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonicas, percussion and 3 lead vocals, plus ace harmonies
– Booba Dust – 20.00 – 21.00 – Foot-thumping, real rhythm & blues from this dynamic duo. Think John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, B.B.King, Robert Johnson ….But with serious attitude!

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