MONTHS of preparation are coming to a head as excitement builds for the most eagerly-anticipated popular music event in a village’s history.
Organisers of Marchington Melee Beer Festival have secured a catalogue of top acts from across the UK to create an eclectic line-up of talented musicians.
The event takes place on today, tomorrow and Saturday at Marchington Village Hall.
As a pre-cursor to the live music, a beer tasting event will run at the Church Lane pub tonight.
Tomorrow night will see three-piece virtuoso rock act Wille and the Bandits headline with their Led Zepellin-esque riffs and grooves.
They will be supported by delightfully-named mod revival covers band The Modest, who play crowd favourites by The Jam, The Kinks and The Small Faces.
Saturday night’s headliner, accordion craftsman Lil Jim, featured on last week’s Advertiser entertainments page, is flying the flag for cajun and zydeco music for a new generation.
He has played with a host of top cajun bands and fronts his own ensemble, Lil Jim’s Big Squeeze, with members of Derby-based rockers The James Warner Prophecies.
Support will come from four-piece party covers band The Foaming Pints, who play up-tempo, lively numbers from the 50s to the present day.
Revellers will be on their feet for the whole 90-minute set, which includes material by The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, The Vaccines and The Black Keys.
Opening Saturday night’s show will be Satnam’s Tash, who put an ‘original, stripped down spin’ on a range of covers as well as contributed their own material.
Organiser Paul Needham, landlord of Marchington’s Dog and Partridge pub, has brought a raft of high-quality live music to the village since he took over.
Most of the acts playing the festival have appeared unplugged at the Church Lane pub.
Needham said: “We’re taking it all in our stride, having put on 15 or 16 similar events at our former pub, and are really confident that people will have a great time.
“I’ve seen all the acts except the Foaming Pints and can say they’re all brilliant bands.
“Wille and the Bandits are a very impressive and The Modest will offer a glimpse into the past with their mod-related set.
“Lil Jim has played for me a few times and I’m certain he’ll be areal crowd favourite when he closes the show on Saturday.
“This is breaking new ground for Marchington and I think we’ve organised a fantastic show that the audience will really lap up.
“We’ve gone to town promoting and advertising the event so we’re really hoping for a turn-out befitting the acts we’ve booked.
“I’d advise anyone who hasn’t heard them to go online and check them out.”