THE Uttoxeter Beer and Cider Festival is set to be bigger than before as an extra night for budding performers added to the line up.
Uttoxeter Lions Club has revealed it will add an open mic night on the Friday, June 6, before the main event raises thousands of pounds for charity throughout the Saturday.
The live rock and pop covers band Upfront, who proved popular on their two previous appearances at the beer festival, will again headline the Saturday night in the marquee.
This will follow an afternoon of acoustic music outside.
Tickets for the beer festival are £7.50 which includes a commemorative beer glass, a programme with taster notes and admission to the Friday night open mic session.
Admission to the open mic night alone is £2.50, or free for performers who will also receive free beer festival tickets.
Anyone interested in performing at the open mic or on the Saturday afternoon between 2pm and 8pm is asked to call Gary Hudson of Uttoxeter Lions on 07974 168818.
There is no age restriction on performers.
The profits from this year’s festival will go towards providing a prostate screening for men to help save the lives through early diagnosis of the disease.
Steve Shields, chairman of the beer festival organising committee, said: “The experience of the screening teams is that early diagnosis saves lives. Prostate problems are often undetected because men are too embarrassed to come forward.”
Charities to benefit from the festival in previous years have included the Midlands Air Ambulance, breast cancer care, the rugby charity for children Wooden Spoon, Saint Giles Hospice and Rakemark Respite.
Tickets are available from Oldfields Sports and Social Club, from rugby club and Lions Club members or by calling Steve Shields, of the Lions Club, on 01889 565522.