Guide to the Peterborough Beer Festival 2014

Drinkers at the Peterborough Beer Festival in 2013.  ENGEMN00120130820215133
Drinkers at the Peterborough Beer Festival in 2013. ENGEMN00120130820215133
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The 2014 Peterborough Beer Festival takes place from Tuesday, 19 August until Saturday 23, here’s a guide to the event and music listings.

The five-day event, now in its 37th year, showcases the best real ales from the UK on The Embankment, Bishops Road, Peterborough (postcode PE1 1EF) with live music playing every day.

Once again it promises to be a truly memorable and unique beer festival experience, and here’s why...


There will be more than 400 draught real ales including favourites, beers from very small micros, many from new breweries, some produced specially for the festival and beers from our LocAle breweries. Almost all of the beers will be served by gravity – straight from the cask.

As always they will be serving beers of many styles including milds, bitters, porters, stouts, speciality flavoured beers and a few real lagers.

Check the beer list at, and get information and updates on Twitter @borobeerfest and Facebook - PeterboroughBeerFestival.

There is also a free mobile-friendly Beer Festival web app, featuring all the beers, ciders and perry listed. Search beers by style, strength, or brewery, and vote on your favourites, visit it here:


Commemorative pint sleeve glasses and half pint tankards bearing the festival logo will be available and all will be oversized so that we can guarantee that you get a full measure when the glasses are filled to the line. Festival wine and bottle glasses will also be available at the same price.


The cider bar will, as always, serving one of the best selections of traditional cider and perry to be found anywhere. This year there will be around 60 varieties.


The wine bar will be selling traditional country wines and still and sparkling grape wines from English vineyards.


The popular bottled beer bar will be selling an extended range of traditionally made bottled beers from around the world.


The soft drinks bar, the Escape Bar, will be selling a range of soft drinks, crisps, ice cream, sweets , etc and children’s drinks at 50p.


There will be a wide selection of foods available including German sausages, French crepes, hog roast, doughnuts, toasties, oriental, biltong, Australian, olives, burgers, bacon rolls, pasta, hot dogs, Cornish pasties, pittas, pork pies, waffles, seafood, fruit smoothies, tea & coffee.


The Festival is organised and run by members of CAMRA who are all unpaid volunteers.

Children at the Festival

Lunchtime or early evening is the ideal time to bring the family, as there is always an easy going, friendly atmosphere. You can bring the dog (on a lead), the picnic table, food and soft drinks but you must not bring your own alcohol. There will be a fairground at the back of the festival.


On site you will find tombola, pub games, our lunchtime pub quiz, the CAMRA shop, a T-shirt stand, beer and brewing books, glass engraving and the RNLI will be at the front gate asking for your small change.


The beerfest will be highlighting local breweries (new Local Brewery Kings Cliffe Brewery will be serving three beers) as part of the CAMRA LocAle scheme.

CAMRA LocAle is a initiative that promotes pubs stocking locally brewed real ale.

The scheme builds on a growing consumer demand for quality local produce and an increased awareness of ‘green’ issues.

Pubs who regularly stock LocAle are awarded LocAle status.


Tuesday, 19 August (5.30pm TO 11pm)

Entry charge £5 on the door, £2 to CAMRA & EBCU members.

Wednesday 20 (Noon - 11pm)

Noon to 3pm, entry charge £1 on the door, FREE to CAMRA & EBCU members. From 3pm to 11pm, entry charge £5.00 on the door, £2 to CAMRA & EBCU members

Thursday 21 (Noon - 11pm)

Noon to 3pm, entry charge £1 on the door, FREE to CAMRA & EBCU members. From 3pm to 11pm, entry charge £6.00 on the door, £2 to CAMRA & EBCU members

Friday 22 (Noon - 11pm)

Noon to 3pm, entry charge £1 on the door, FREE to CAMRA & EBCU members. From 3pm to 11pm, entry charge £6.00 on the door, £2 to CAMRA & EBCU members.

Saturday 23 (Noon - 11pm)

Noon to 3pm, Entry charge £1 on the door, FREE to CAMRA & EBCU members. From 3pm to 11pm, entry charge £6.00 on the door, £2 to CAMRA & EBCU members

NOTE: Glasses are extra and cost £3 each Undamaged glasses can be returned at any time during the festival for exchange for a new clean glass or for a full refund of £3.


Tuesday 19 August


Following the remarkable success of the Open Mic opening night last year, there’s another opportunity for some less well known individuals to show off their unique talents. To register your interest email

Wednesday 20th August


After a busy 2013 that included several festival appearances, two live radio slots including Live from the Willow Festival and 60 plus gigs, The Rocket Dogs continue to build on that success with their blend of energetic live performances and unique take on anthemic rock/pop and punk covers. Expected on stage 8.00pm to 9.00pm and 9.30pm to 10.45pm.

Thursday 21 August

Sponsored by The Willow Festival.


With one foot always planted firmly in the festival fields they have played at Secret Garden, Bestival, GrassRoots, Strawberry Fair, Small World, Fire Gathering, Blissfields, City Roots, along with many extensive tours of the UK and Europe, playing support for The Kooks, Bifffy Clro, The Future Heads, Hamfatter, The Bluetones, Jamie Woon and many other up and coming artists.

Expected on stage 7.30pm to 9.00pm.


Burning Codes is the solo collaborative project of Belfast born singer and songwriter Paul Archer and the project has had BBC Radio One Evening Session, BBC6 Music and national and local BBC play as well as radio stations in Europe and the states.

Expected on stage 9.15pm to 10.45pm.

Friday 22 August


Arguably one of the finest local bands, this quintet were formed in 2006 specifically to play the music that inspired them, the treasured garage/psychedelic sounds from the 1960s!

Steadily building upon an evolving credible word-of-mouth cool, the band gained notable kudos which attracted the attention of seminal punk band The Damned. Their sound and reputation stood this 5 piece band in good stead, so much so that they were invited to support them tour on several occasions.

Expected on stage 7.30pm to 9.00pm.


This is a bunch of guys and gals from the Palmerston Arms who just formed up for a bit of fun and have gone from strength to strength. After last year’s spectacularly popular performance, we had to have them back. Expected on stage from about 4.00pm.


Featuring a well-travelled collective of musicians, the versatility of this cool reggae inspired, funky hip-hop posse licenses them to venture comfortably amongst subtle guitar rock, dance grooves and even punk. After all, the band source The Clash as their raison d’être!

Expected on stage 9.15pm to 10.45pm.

Saturday 23 August


Tom is a 19-year-old professional singer/songwriter/guitarist from Peterborough. For the Beer Festival, Tom will be performing a set comprising mainly of his own original material, accompanied by local guitarist Garreth Hicklin, local music teacher and bass player Rob Lester and Leighton Buzzard drummer Mikey Ciancio,

Expected on stage 7.00pm to 8.15pm.


There has always been a strong soul-scene within Peterborough, so it seems particularly bizarre that the city hasn’t before given rise to a dedicated live soul band… until now! Motor City Vipers are an electrifying eight-piece band who lovingly recreate some of the greatest Northern Soul and Motown floor-fillers from the 60s and 70s… from The Temptations, Wilson Pickett and Dobie Gray, to The Supremes, Jackie Wilson and Otis Reading – ‘The Vipers’ do it all!

Expected on stage 9.00pm to 10.45pm.

Saturday afternoon bands

Sponsored by Attica Live.


An Alternative Rock originals trio from Peterborough. Inspired by bands such as Foo Fighters, Manic Street Preachers and Biffy Clyro. Expected on stage 2.00pm to 2.45pm.


Closed Circuit are an original rock band from Peterborough and Stamford. Expected on stage 3.00pm to 3.45pm.


Becoming increasingly well known around the UK live music circuit for her infectious eclectic sets of international award winning original Americana, Rock, Folk and Blues influenced songs.

Expected on stage 4.00pm to 4.45pm.


The Tin Pigeons were conceived in France in 2011 and have since developed their own style of Indie Folk Music. Expected on stage 5.00pm to 6.00pm.