After its inaugural year in August 2017, the Mid-Sussex americana and ale festival returns next month to the Hassocks hotel. Last year the festival featured the likes of Danny and the Champs, Robert Vincent, Dean Owens and Stevie Ray Latham. This year has an equally good array of talent, including AUK favourites Bennett Wilson Poole and Ags Connolly. Appearing alongside them are Danni Nicholls, Jason McNiff, Hannah Rose Platt, Mike Ross, Trent Miller and others.
When AUK asked organiser, Jim Walker of At the Helm Records and Brighthelmstone Promotions, what had inspired him to put on the american beer festival he said: “I wanted to support my local community and throw a party with good music. What more could you want on a Saturday? Good music and real ale!”
Set in Mid-Sussex, the festival is designed to showcase all things UK americana. Speaking about the line-up Jim said: “A lot of the music we promote is from the USA and it’s important to me that we showcase the fantastic musicians we have in the UK. This festival focuses on homegrown talent. I’ve tried to choose a variety of acts that fall under the broad americana genre. And it was important to pick a variety of styles across the broad genre and represent both female and male artists.”
The festival in Hassocks runs from 11AM until midnight on Saturday 11th August and has two stages, pop up venues in the village, and a Harvey’s beer tent. Further details are available here
In the meantime, here a couple of links to acts who feature at the festival.