A CARAVAN park in East Cowes is to host one of the most ambitious beer festivals ever to be held on the Island, featuring Isle of Wight bands and headlined by controversial poet Attila the Stockbroker.
The inaugural Beer, Music, Cider and Poetry Festival, which starts this evening (Friday), will be held at Waverley Park over the weekend.
The event will not only feature 20 ales and lager beers and 13 different ciders, it will also include a packed programme of entertainment.
The Naked Fridays and Phreak Audio will be appearing on stage this evening, while poet Attila the Stockbroker, The Bohemian Blues Band (featuring Mad Maff), The Flycatcher, Clive Thomas, Doug Alldred, All New Influence and Black Daniels are to perform tomorrow (Saturday).
On Sunday, Whiskey River, Ben Jordan, Beano, Adam Gaterell, Greg Chapman, Becky Bexter, Martin Perry and, again, Attila the Stockbroker, will take the stage. The programme will also include a demonstration of escapology.
Revellers will be encouraged to taste ciders and beers, including what is believed to be the Island’s rarest beer — Island Brewery’s Earl’s RDA — of which only two barrels of the three-year matured ale now exists.
Julian Adams, bar manager at Waverley Park and the event’s organiser, said: "This will be the first time I’ve ever run a festival of any kind, so I don’t really know what to expect.
"I have organised this event because I was inspired by the much larger Glastonwick music festival, which is run by Attila the Stockbroker. I want to see if I can emulate that in some way as it is a brilliant event.
"Hopefully, the event will take off. If it does, I hope to make it an annual event and introduce many more beers."
The festival will get under way at 6pm tonight and from 1pm tomorrow and Sunday.