Almost 30 musical acts from across Cumbria and beyond will take to the stage at the three-day ‘Grasmere Guzzler’ beer and music festival next month.

Headline acts include Glasgow-based The Hoojamamas, who have recently played on the main stage at the Eden Festival to crowds of thousands.

Another favourite from the Scottish music scene, the irreverent four-piece Mickey 9s, also feature in the free event.

And top of the bill on the Sunday night in the grounds of Tweedies Bar & Lodge is South Cumbria’s nine-piece ska band and self-proclaimed ‘social experiment’ Bad Transmission.

There is plenty of other home-grown talent with Whitehaven’s Dean Newton Trio, Furness collective Valparaíso, Kendal’s Paddy Rogan Band and Band of Captives from Keswick all set to entertain revellers.

Now in its 13th year, the Grasmere Guzzler is again expected to welcome visitors from all corners of the UK to enjoy live music and to sample a choice of more than 100 craft beers.

The family-run event started in 2007, with just eight ales and a few friends in the beer garden with a single guitar.

Laura Goodall, from Tweedies Bar & Lodge, says, “We’re so excited about this year’s Grasmere Guzzler. Not only is it a great place to enjoy a great mix of musical talent – including some fabulous acts from the Cumbrian music scene – but it really brings people together.

“We are seeing more and more younger people and families coming along, because they love the whole weekend’s informal atmosphere and laid-back vibe.

“There’s a real sense of community and we are looking forward to another special and unique event.”

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