Registered: May 2007
Posted 24th September 2009 11:55 AM IP
A RECORD 2,500 visitors went to Maidstone's Original Beer and Hop Festival at Kent Life at the weekend.
Among the acts providing live entertainment were renowned rockabilly and skiffle band, Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs from Kent.
Fresh from this year's Glastonbury Festival, the band are rapidly building acclaim for their eclectic music which uses homemade or improvised instruments
Other acts included The Hoochies, The Scott Brunger Band and The Soundcasters on the Infest Live Music Stage.
Ray Walsh of Get Infested, who organised the entertainment, said: "We were thrilled to be able to introduce Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs to the visitors at the Beer and Hop Festival.
"Following their return appearance to open Glastonbury this year, the band has rocketed in terms of popularity and recognition among rockabilly fans and festival goers alike. Performing at events like this is a great way of sharing their music with an even wider audience and the festival goers certainly seemed to enjoy the show."
Another highlight of this year's festival was the new Pimms tent which proved a hit with visitors looking for a lighter alternative to the impressive range of ales and lagers on offer in the beer tent.
Visitors were also invited to get hands on with some hop picking and, thanks to Kent Life's traditional brewing equipment, were able to see how the hops are turned into beer in the Oast House.
Speaking about the success of this year's festival, John Jordan, Kent Life's director, said: "Every year we aim to introduce new elements to the Beer and Hop Festival and this year was no exception. The live acts, especially Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs who stole the show, struck many chords with the visitors and provided the perfect soundtrack to the weekend.
"Having the Pimms tent was also a great move and helped to attract crowds who may not otherwise have come to a beer festival. Following the success of this year's festival, we are now planning next year's event which promises to be bigger and better than ever!"
The Guv'ner of Koolsville