STAVELEY: Pop, rock, brass bands and real ale at festival in Speedwell Rooms

Ireland Colliery Chesterfield band
Ireland Colliery Chesterfield band
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Live music and real ale will make a heady combination at a festival featuring rock and pop groups, brass bands and more than 20 beers and ciders.

Ireland Colliery Chesterfield band, in conjunction with Raw Brewery and supported by Staveley Town Council, have organised a string of events at the Speedwell Rooms, Staveley this weekend.

A real ale entitled Colliers Brass, which is a collaboration between the Staveley-based Raw Brewery Company and the Ireland Colliery Chesterfield band, has been commissioned for the festival.

The event launches tonight (Friday, June 21) with a Battle of the Bands where the following rock and pop bands will compete to be champions: The Castellers, Big Convoy, The Natterjacks, I set the Sea on Fire and The Chase. The play-off begins at 7.15pm.

Saturday’s attractions start with a solo/duet/quartet contest for brass band players. This is the second year that the event has been held and it currently has a total of 69 entries across the 11 contest groups.

From 12 noon to 5pm there will be an open mic event in the Speedwell Rooms for budding artists to come along and perform.

Len Thompson, an autobiographical, social and industrial history author, will give a presentation about his book Life Down t’Lane, from 6.15pm to 7pm on Saturday. His book describes living on Pottery Lane between 1938 and 1955 and memories of members of his family who worked at the Ireland Colliery in Staveley.

Saturday rounds off with a Big Band Sounds concert at 7.30pm, featuring the award-winning Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band whose repertoire includes jazz and big band music. This is the last remaining colliery based brass band in the Chesterfield borough and represents and promotes the area at events around the country.

The seventh annual Battle of the Bands contest for brass bands will be held on Sunday, June 23, starting at 10am and going on until the early evening. This will features 15 brass bands from around the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire regions, competing in an entertainments contest to be crowned winners for 2013. The contest has separate sections for unregistered and training bands.

Admission is £3 for each of the Battle of the Band contests as well as the solo/duet/quartet contest for brass band players.