Music At the Festival


Over the years, Lincoln Beer Festival has built a reputation for the quality of the live music programme. In the intimate atmosphere of the Drill Hall café, local performers are showcased and bigger names provide a treat for music fans.

Details of the music programme at the time of going to press are given below, although this may be subject to change.

Thurs Evening
Dave Mallett
Relax and chill out as festival regular, Dave Mallett, takes to the piano. Dave is a man of many talents, being a solo pianist, keyboards player with a number of groups and musical director of many notable productions.

Fri Night
Stand In Blues Band
The Stand In Blues Band is six-piece band inspired by blues from the 1930s through to the 1960s and beyond. The band’s sound is underpinned by a solid groove from Liz Lucas on drums and Gary Rudd on bass, over which are elements of Chicago blues and tinges of jazz from guitarists John Illingworth and Egly Lucas, harmonica player Kevin Smith and sax player Rick Woolgar. Five of the members sing, each with their own individual character, giving a great breadth to the sound of the material. These are all seasoned musicians, each with several decades of experience behind them.

Sat Lunch

The Secret Magpies 
Hailing from Loughborough, Chris Chambers and Autumn Dawn Leader write and perform original progressive folk(ish) music.  They both sing, and between them play piano, electric and acoustic guitars, lyre, mandolin, dobro, and lap steel.  They met by chance at the All At Seagrave Festival in May 2016.  After doing a totally unrehearsed set there, they realised that they had something special together.  Until April 2018, they performed as The Way Out.  They have just released their first single, Autobiography.

Sat Afternoon
Ash Wilson
Ash Wilson, one of this country’s most distinctive vocalists, guitarists and songwriters in contemporary blues music, makes a rare solo appearance. He released his debut album, “Broken Machine”, in 2017. The review of the album on PlantMosh includes the following, “Ash Wilson is a truly wonderful musician, singer and songwriter whose future is brighter than a solar flare and whose debut album “Broken Machine” is a feast for the ear, heart and soul.” Ash is currently lead guitarist for New York Blues Hall of Fame singer, Sari Schorr.

Sat Evening
Cherry Lee Mewis & band

Cherry Lee Mewis – a pint-sized powerhouse singer-songwriter who, together with her band (Max Milligan, Nick Slater, Robbie Stewart-Mathews & Brian Greene), produces a unique sound described as having dashes of ragtime, country blues, a couple of blades of bluegrass and a pinch of Americana. 2018 sees the release of Cherry’s Voyage album, her sixth studio release. A regular on Paul Jones’ BBC Radio 2 Blues Show, and championed by the likes of Imelda May, don’t miss out on seeing Cherry at this year’s Lincoln Beer Festival.

The Activators
The Activators are an 11-piece band whose eclectic style transcends ska, reggae, Celtic, punk and dub, even venturing into Balkan folk and tango! Their energy, style and liking for utter mayhem have led to them becoming regulars on the live music circuit in the UK and in Europe. 2017 performances at Glastonbury and Boomtown Festivals have cemented the band’s reputation as “festival favourites” and, in 2016, they were personally selected by “Mr Glastonbury” Michael Eavis to share the stage with Fat Boy Slim at the Pilton Party.
Last year also saw the band’s latest release “Hanging with the Hoi Polloi”, showcasing their diverse sound. One thing is for sure, when The Activators walk on to any stage, things start to get very interesting. Music Beyond Boundaries – check it out!!