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Reef to headline Newbury Real Ale Festival

They have played Glastonbury, Reading Festival and supported the Rolling Stones and Paul Weller – now rock band Reef have been announced as the headline act for this year’s Newbury Real Ale Festival.

The band, who have had two top 10 and nine top 20 hits in a career spanning more than two decades, are best known for their 1996 anthem Place Your Hands, which sold 600,000 copies.

Since forming in 1993 Reef have released five studio albums, all of which have gone top 40 in the UK, with the band’s first album Replenish achieving Gold Status.

Their second album, Glow, then went straight to the top of the UK albums chart in the first week of its release.

Made up of Gary Stringer on vocals, Jesse Wood on guitar and Jack Bessant on bass, the band have released a total of 19 singles and toured all over the world.

Most recently, they opened as special guests to Coldplay at Wembley Stadium after being personally invited by lead singer Chris Martin.

If that wasn’t enough, they will be joined on stage at Newbury Real Ale Festival by former Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor, who is currently touring with the band.

Alongside Reef, there will be an eclectic line up of music this year including performances from Hells Bells, Europe’s longest established AC/DC tribute act, as well as The Brit Pop Boys, who have rocked the festival twice already.

The festival, which will be held at Northcroft Park on Saturday, September 11, from noon until late, will feature more than 200 beers and ales to try, with many of them produced locally.

These include old favourites and some Great British Beer Festival winners.

In addition, there will also be a number of gins, rums and ciders for festivalgoers to sample, as well as food stalls serving cuisine from all over the world.

Newbury-based web design and digital marketing agency Fusion Group and Visit Newbury are this year’s main festival sponsors.

Fusion Group director and festival organiser David Whittingham said: “We’re thrilled that Reef have agreed to headline this year’s Real Ale Festival.

“They have played alongside some of biggest bands and entertained fans all over the world – and we’re honoured they’ll now be gracing the stage in Newbury.

“I’m sure they will have people up on their feet and dancing the night away.

“As well as Reef, we've got something for everyone including acoustic, southern rock, ska, rock, 50/60s rock and roll and now soul rock.

“It's a truly amazing and eclectic line up on top of the 200 plus ales, ciders, craft beers, gins and rums we have on offer.”

Since the festival was started by Newbury and Thatcham Hockey Club in 2003, more than £100,000 has been donated to a number of charities and other good causes.

Money raised from the 2021 festival will benefit Sport in Mind and Daisy’s Dream.

For more details about the festival, and to book your tickets, visit www.newburyrealale.co.uk or check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/newburyrealalefestival

Organisers have promised a full refund on tickets if the festival is cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

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