BREWERS are hoping to create a lasting legacy for their Northumberland town with a new national music and beer festival.
Morpeth-based Anarchy Brew Co have plans for a 1,000 ticket, two day, two stage August event.
But the sixteen-month-old firm say they need help from local businesses to help lay the foundations for what they hope could become a major annual boost to the area’s economy.
“This year is about getting Mash Up Festival off the ground,” said brewery co-owner Dawn Miles. “We want to work with local businesses to make sure it happens - and help boost the economy. Then we can build next year - we have a massive field in which to expand.”
Already the spirit of co-operation has seen Mick Potts and Andy Hickson, managers of Newcastle’s award-winning Free Trade Inn and Bacchus, agree to run the bars at the event, which takes place on the weekend of August 31.
While nine microbreweries from across Britain - Scotland’s Alechemy and Cromarty, the music oriented Signature, Beavertown, Redwillow, Tiny Rebel, Lovibonds, Harbour and Moor - will each be sending three of their beers to be served alongside a trio of Anarchy’s ales, which may include one of the business’ recent band inspired brews, Grin and Bear It, and We Are Knuckle Dragger.
But before the beer can start flowing or a note is struck up, the festival is seeking sponsorship.
“We’re looking for £1,500 for the main stage, £1,000 for the second stage and £300 for the beer tent,” said Dawn. “Then for each of the 30 individual beers we’d like £60.”
Anarchy Brew Co began in January 2012, specialising in experimental “craft” keg rather than cask “real” ale.
As volumes have grown the firm has hired more staff, including brewers from Newburn’s Hadrian Border Brewery and Byker’s Tyne Bank Brewery and, following a performance at the company’s Christmas party, the lead singer of Newcastle-based band Rossi Noise.
Top of the bill at the August event are Download Festival stage headliners Sonic Boom Six, with support from bands and singers like Humanism, The Algorithm, Hati and Savannah Betts.
Tickets, including camping, are available through www.seetickets.com. To enquire about sponsorship call on 01670 789755.
We want to work with local businesses to make sure it happens - and help boost the economy