Marquee raised for weekend of beer festival fun

The marquee set up for this weekend's festival
The marquee set up for this weekend's festival

ORGANISERS are predicting a possible sell-out for Hastings Beer and Music Festival on Saturday night with hot weather forecast over the weekend.

Round Table members organising the event said sales were up by between 20 per cent and 30 per cent compared to previous years.

Tony Lee, chairman of Hastings Beer and Music Festival, urged people to buy in advance.

He said: “Not only does it save you money but it will also guarantee you entry. Come down before 7.30pm and enjoy your discounted drink with the Observer coupon. We have experienced a sell-out on Saturday before but it will be very busy tonight (Friday) too. If everyone leaves it to Saturday I’m afraid there could be some disappointed faces.”

The main tent in Alexandra Park was erected last Saturday (June 29) ready for the festival, which kicked off with the Proms night yesterday evening (Thursday).

Mr Lee said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Observer for the marvellous support this year, which I know is a major reason for the ticket sales we are achieving.

“This has also been the biggest year ever for sponsorship and a massive thanks to not only the sponsors but my team who have really gone out and got the message out to our fantastic local business community; more than £30,000 in sponsorship from more than 50 local businesses.

“I would also like to add this event would not be possible without the volunteers. More than 150 volunteers come together from the community over the three days to serve behind the longest bar in Europe.

“With a target of £50,000 profit, of which every penny will be handed out to local good causes over the coming 12 months, it really is ‘Good Fun for Good Causes’.”

For tomorrow’s Family Fun Day tickets are £5 for families. From noon to 5pm there will be a bouncy castle, children’s games, face painting, stalls, bands and music and of course the famous bar, with a selection of more than 150 real ales available.