Beer and music festival returns to cricket club

Philadephia Cricket Club chairman Malcolm Pratt, left, and club steward Paul Thomspon, raise a glass to their forthcoming Beer Festival.
Philadephia Cricket Club chairman Malcolm Pratt, left, and club steward Paul Thomspon, raise a glass to their forthcoming Beer Festival.
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A popular beer and music festival which takes place annually at a Wearside cricket club is set to make its return.

Two years ago the first Philadelphia Cricket and Community Club festival attracted 800 visitors and the number jumped to more than 1,300 last summer.

Cher tribute act at the beer and music festival at Philadelphia Cricket Club in 2015.

Cher tribute act at the beer and music festival at Philadelphia Cricket Club in 2015.

This year’s event will now be held in just a few weeks’ time, with organisers hoping that good weather will draw the public in once again.

A host of craft beers and ciders will be on offer to visitors.

Club chairman Malcolm Pratt said ahead of this year’s festivities: “It really took off last year and it was a great weekend for the community.

“People enjoyed it so much that they told their friends and all the feedback is that even more will attend this year’s festival, which runs from Friday, June 30, to Sunday, July 2, at the club house in Houghton.

“There will be live bands all week-end.

“Hopefully, the weather will be kind but we’ll have a big marquee, just in case.”

The week-end kicks off at 4.30pm on the Friday when the headline act to finish off the first night will be Bryan Adams Experience.

Tickets cost £5 and include a free drink.

Saturday’s programme begins at noon, with the Sleeze Sisters rounding off the night while on Sunday, which also begins at noon, the weekend is completed by Howaysis.

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday are £10 and include two free drinks.

Alternatively, a weekend ticket costs £20 with five free drinks.

At least 30 cask ales and 10 ciders will be on offer for what promises to be another great weekend for the community.

“We are now very much a community club and the one thing the festival has done is to bring people together,” added Mr Pratt.

“Craft beer and cider enthusiasts come from a wide area but so too, do people who just want an enjoyable weekend.”

Tickets are available from the clubhouse which is on 584 1348.