Fleetingwood Mac ~ Saturday Evening Session

Our latest announcement to the Saturday Evening session line up is hot off the press one of the most exciting tribute acts around, Fleetingwood Mac.

Together they have worked to bring to you a selection of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits, across a range of albums, going all the way back to the early days with Peter Green, showing you the roots of the band with songs such as “Oh Well” and “Black Magic Woman”, before moving on to 1975 when the sound for which they are perhaps now more widely known for appears, along with Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham.

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Brewery Preview ~ Wild Weather Ales

Previewing the first up of our featured breweries for the Christmas Sessions, we have Wild Weather Ales!  Their mantra is one that suggests okay is just not good enough.   “Helping To Save The World From Mediocre Beer.”  That’s it. That’s all. Simple.

This will be their first appearance with us at the festival and like all of our beers on the line up, we can’t wait to get stuck in to a pint or two!

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Portsmouth Beer Festival – Christmas Sessions 2016

We are thrilled to announce our favourite festive event the Portsmouth Beer Festival will return on the 16th & 17th December!

The Christmas Beer Festival will be brimming with festive cheer and of course, plenty of beer. There will be over 100 cask ales available to tickle your taste buds and ensure you’re pint is forever flowing with seasonal spirit. There will also be a cider bar serving a selection of cider including mulled cider for those after a winter warmer.

Each session will have music to get merry too! Friday night Chic & Nile Rodgers tribute Le Freak to get the festive feelings flowing, Saturday Day will see soul sisters The Fliks headline and favourite tribute act Fleetingwood Mac will play the final set on Saturday evening. There will also be lots of other top acts featuring.

Chosen charity The Thunder Foundation will be at the beer festival raising funds with fun giant sized pub games. The Thunder foundation aids children in Kenya with education and has already made great advances for local children with the impressive addition of a school offering free education, uniforms, health cover and food for its students.

You will be able to find the perfect pairing for your pint in our food area. There will be vegetarian options available too!

A celebration of great beers and an evening of excellent entertainment, it’s a seasonal must! Perfect for any parties! If you consider yourself a craft beer connoisseur, just enjoy a good pint, want to celebrate your Christmas party or fancy finding a favourite beer come along to the Portsmouth Beer Festival!

Tickets are just £10.50 and include a souvenir glass, program and beer token (booking fees apply).

Tickets available at pompeybeerfestival.co.uk and Meat and Barrel, Southsea & Little Johnny Russells, Southsea.  More venues to be added soon!

Session times

Friday 16th December- 6-11 PM

Saturday 17th December 12-5 PM

Saturday 17th December 6-11 PM


FA Cup Final Live at The Beer Fest!

We’ll have a screen on at the beer festival this weekend so you’ll be able to catch the FA Cup final.  We’re aware the game kicks off just before our Saturday evening session, but if you arrive in time for the session opening you’ll be able to catch most of the game. Whether you’re a United or Palace fan, or just a neutral, you’ll still be able to enjoy some fine beers whilst taking in the match!

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Tonic Music For Mental Health

We’re thrilled to be welcoming Tonic Music For Mental Health as our chosen charity for the beer festival this May.  With the issue of mental health finally coming to the fore of public discussion with the help of many charities and initiatives such as Tonic, we’re pleased to have them on board.  With your help in the games room we hope to help them raise some important funds towards continuing their excellent work.

Tonic Music for Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation based in the South-Coast of England. They established in June 2012 with Terry Hall (The Specials) and Kevin Cummins (Music Photographer) are both Tonic patrons.

Tonic raises awareness and challenges the stigma often associated with mental illness through music and art based events and activities in association with an array of established and local artists and venues.

Music workshops, gigs, art groups and community projects take place throughout the year. All music and art workshops they facilitate are free, open to all and take place in established music venues. Music workshops help build confidence and self esteem, giving an opportunity for all participants to perform at a music gig. Art groups create artwork for Tonic gigs, free art hidden around Cities & festivals for people to find and keep, Zines, music inspired beermats, crafts, stencil, graffiti & street art, mindfulness colouring books, thought provoking affirmations & more. Weekly art & music groups take place at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.

Tonic financially supports musicians and artists experiencing mental illness through funding art and music projects that serve to promote individual recovery and provide a route to enabling the individual to earn an income from their craft. Projects include funding an EP for band The High Wire Act and paying for an art space and start up costs for project In A Bind. Tonic also financially supports musicians and artists plan, run & facilitate music and art groups.

Tonic’s most recent campaign is to purchase instruments for all NHS psychiatric hospitals across the UK to help aid individual recovery through music.

Tonic also provides voluntary and work experience opportunities for creative people who have direct experience of mental illness.

Tonic does not receive grants or funding – they are totally independent. All money is raised through fundraising activities, organising events and participating in various festivals, street markets, gigs and community events.

In October 2013 they organised a sell out show (1500 people) at Portsmouth Pyramids with an impressive lineup including Terry Hall (The Specials), From The Jam, Dub Pistols, Parlour Flames (Bonehead’s new band), The Lambrettas and compared by Eddie Piller. Throughout 2014 &2015, they organised numerous music gigs (including Little Barrie, Dub Pistols, Fay Hallam to name a few), free music workshops, community art groups, free art projects and have taken part in local events including Victorious Festival &The IOW Scooter Rally to raise awareness of mental health, promote the work we do and raise funds.

In June 2016 they are collaborating with Southsea Sound (Albert Rd) to provide two free eight-week music courses for people with experience of mental health issues. The first group “Girls to the Front” will be a woman’s group to build confidence, receive tuition, teaching and talks from radial female musicians and industry professionals. The second group will be a mixed.

To keep up-to-date with Tonic please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/TonicMusicForMentalHealth/

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