Entertainment - What's on when?

Excellent drinks shouldn't be served in silence. To fill your ears while you empty your glasses, we've assembled a superb range of artists. Who's playing when you'll be at the festival?
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Thursday Night

King of Rome

Thursday Night features King of Rome, a 4-5 piece band hailing from Nottinghamshire. Starting as a duo five years ago, the group has added several fine musicians along the way! Named after a famous racing pigeon which won a race from Rome to Derby in 1913 (it took it a month) the music is in parts a celebration of of local folklore. The guys play an energetic brand of Folk, Americana and Celtic music as well as their own songs. Expect to see guitar, mandocello, fiddle, accordion, bass and cajón plus gritty vocals.

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Friday Afternoon

The Cogs

A jazzy two piece for an easy listening afternoon session.

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Friday Evening

Leaf Promotions Showcase

The Friday afternoon and Friday Night sessions are a Leaf Promotions Showcase, returning for their fourth year at the festival. Since Leaf's first ever event in 2005, they have developed a reputation for fusing together the finest  original musical talent from across all genres to create truly memorable gigs. Leaf continues to strive to provide a platform for new local bands and artists to get the attention they deserve, with a policy of giving opportunities to acts based on pure ability, not just how many people they can bring down to an event themselves. In turn, they've built a huge following in the areas where they currently run their nights, on the back of the quality of their acts.

Leaf will be providing a mix of acoustic acts and full bands during the mid and late sessions on the Friday this year, under the name of their regular event, the "Leaf Showcase". Here's to checking out the next generation of the region's unsigned talent!

Friday early evening session (acoustic)

  • 5.00 - 5.40pm Jess Kemp
  • 6.00 - 6.40pm Matt Fryers
  • 7.00 - 7.40pm Jon Kenzie

Friday late session (full band)

  • 8.30- 9.10pm Turbulence
  • 9.30- 10.30pm John Dhali & Band

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Saturday Early Afternoon

The Stockport Ukelele players

This group of ukelele enthusiasts are back for another session at Stockport beer festival. They're a favourite at the festival and always gives us a great afternoon of varied music.

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Saturday Late Afternoon

The Chanteuse

Saturday afternoon sees the festival debut of The Chanteuse. Lucy Hope is one of the UK’s most devoted exponents of French chanson, yé-yé and the songs of new wave France.​ ​She reinterprets these songs with her own je ne sais quoi, songs that have become a Gallic soundtrack to love, passion and heartbreak. ​ ​The Chanteuse will be performing songs from the oeuvres of Serge Gainsbourg, Edith Piaf, Françoise Hardy, Barbara and Jacques Brel. The band will also throw in a few Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz numbers for good fun and good measure!

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Saturday Night

Baked A La Ska

The fantastic Baked A La Ska are our Saturday Night headliners. Baked A La Ska are the “heavy heavy sound” of Manchester, a super charged 11-headed ska monster on a rampage through the dance floors of the UK leaving a trail of skanked-out bodies in their wake.

It’s a band of assembled oddballs and pranksters brought together by keyboardist and wizard Mr John Ellis, fronted by an un-holy trio of singers: Frank “The Skank”, Tommy Robot and Kuntri Ranks, who combine with the soft lilt and harmonica magic of Robin Sunflower. Baked A La Ska also feature one of the tightest rhythm sections in Manchester with the "chops to make you drop".

The band has released four acclaimed albums showcasing their trademark mix of spaced-out and spooky originals plus quirky covers that have been put through their ska machine.

Baked A La Ska are synonymous with legendary shows at Manchester’s Band On The Wall and have performed riotous sets at the Kendal Calling, Matthew Street, Saddfest and Hungry Pigeon festivals.