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Brew Beat festival returns to Leicester's Green Dragon Square

Brew Beat festival returns to Leicester's Green Dragon Square

The second edition of Leicester’s Brew Beat festival promises to wow audiences with an eclectic line up of live music, including over 30 artists and bands.

Leicester’s celebration of musical talent, craft beer, and street food returns for a second time, as the three-day festival returns to Leicester’s Green Dragon Square from Friday through to Sunday.

This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than last year. The addition of several extra bars means that there will be something for everyone. Alongside a huge selection of craft beers from an impressive list of local and national breweries, this year’s festival will also include a cocktail bar for the non-beer drinkers, a selection of non-alcoholic options, including bubble tea from local business BubbleCitea, and much more.

A varied line up of artists will be performing over the weekend, with genres including hip hop, funk, reggae, soul, rock, and electronic music. Headline acts include a 7-piece live funk extravaganza in the form of Leeds based funk and soul band Haggis Horns, reggae grooves from North-West London based producer and multi-instrumentalist Kiko Bun, a brass explosion by New Orleans inspired King Brasstards, and a DJ set from DMC World Champion Jon1st. Other artists billed to perform include Queen Millz, HQ Familia Live Show, Harri Georgio & The Well Behaved Young Men, Ninja Bob, Ffion Rebecca, Maniscooler, Funknation and Rotations, with more to be announced over the coming weeks. Music will be on throughout the day until 9pm each night.

To accompany the top-tier tipples, the city centre festival will showcase a the best of Leicester’s food scene. Award winning restaurant Kayal will be serving up the finest seafood, whilst Pizza lovers can enjoy a slice of heaven from Knight & Garter’s pizza van. There will be plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans too, including an innovative menu focused on Kerala herbal cuisine exclusively from Herb, whilst Desi Street Food will be offering flevors reminiscent of the street markets of India.

As well as the huge array drinks available at the festival, pubs and bars across the city centre will be selling a special edition beer, brewed especially for the festival by local brewery Framework and called ‘Brew Wheat’. The special edition beer will be on offer at venues including ⁠Two Tailed Lion⁠, Parcel Yard⁠, Inside No 9⁠, Wygston’s House⁠, Queen of Bradgate⁠, St Martins/Crafty Burger⁠, Tonne⁠, Sommar⁠ Knight & Garter⁠ and Rutland & Derby⁠.

After the festival ends each evening venues around the city will also be continuing the party by hosting live music events, with a full list of performances and parties vailable on the Brew Beat website.

The event is funded by BID Leicester, with support from PPL PRS and Leicester City Council, and initiated and delivered by three local businesses: design work has been co-ordinated by agency Arch Creative; the musical line up curated by HQ Recording and Steamin’ Billy will be providing the selection of drinks on Green Dragon Square.

The festival site on Green Dragon Square will be free to enter, however once capacity is reached a one-in, one-out policy will operate.
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