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#FyneFest19 – Five Festival Updates!

Welcome back to the Fyne Ales blog, where we once again turn our heads towards our annual summer festival with five bits of big news about #FyneFest19!

1. First eight breweries announced!

Eight breweries have been announced for FyneFest 2019 – Affinity Brew Co, Ashover Brewery, Brewdog, Buxton Brewery, Cloudwater Brew Co, Ridgeside Brewery, Stewart Brewing and Vault City!

Focusing on beer is definitely part of our tenth year plans for FyneFest 2019 – not only will we be bringing back some of our old friends like Ashover, who poured beer at the first festival back in 2010, but we’ll also be working with some of our guest breweries for a unique celebration of cask beer,” commented Fyne Ales Marketing Manager, Iain Smith. “The first FyneFest was an all-cask festival, and in honour of that, we’ll be sourcing some unique, exciting and rare cask beers from our friends around the UK for festival attendees to enjoy.

Each year we invite over fifty breweries to showcase their beer at our annual summer festival, and 2019 will be no different – expect many more breweries to be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.

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2. Bombskare to headline Saturday 1 June!

In case you missed it, the mighty Bombskare are back at FyneFest!

As part of our #TenYearsOfFun celebrations, we’re bringing back some of the best acts from the past nine years of FyneFest and we couldn’t do it without Glasgow’s ska behemoth, who have rocked the main stage with funky rhythms and bouncing beats many-a-time.

We’re still putting the finishing touches to the rest of the music line-up, but rest assured we’re going all out to ensure the dancefloor is well-and-truly packed all weekend.

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3. Volunteer applications now open!

For the very first time, we’re opening up the opportunity to volunteer at FyneFest. We’re looking for a small number of people who are keen to join in the FyneFest experience and work alongside our bar and site teams to ensure that FyneFest 2019 is our best yet!

In exchange for working an eight-hour shift on either Friday 31 May or Saturday 1 June, volunteers will be given full admittance to enjoy the rest of the festival weekend, plus a snazzy volunteer t-shirt! We will also be endeavouring to make sure couples or (small) friendship groups who volunteers have the opportunity to work together during the weekend.

Applications are now open to anyone over the age of 18 – click the link below to complete an application:

#FyneFest19 – Volunteer Application

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4. Dogs-on-site policy update!

First, let us start by saying, once again, that we love dogs and are doing everything we can to ensure that canine pals will be allowed to join us for FyneFest 2019 and, by apologising again to those waiting for news on the dogs policy for the festival.

After some encouraging early discussions with local authorities, we have submitted to them a draft policy and are currently waiting for feedback.

We won’t go into detail of the policy yet, as we don’t know for sure which parts will be accepted and which might need reworking, but our suggestions include registering dogs online (for free) before the festival, issuing unique dog tags to each dog on arrival and limiting the areas where dogs will be permitted on the festival site. Now, that last bit might sound scary, but we are also looking at adding a new dog park area away from the main festival arena, and new covered seating areas within the arena where dogs would be welcome.

We think the policy we’ve proposed lays out set of a fair and balanced measures that mean both people and dogs can enjoy a stress-free festival experience and we really hope that the council agree. We will continue to provide updates as and when we get them.

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5. Tickets continue to fly!

We’re continuing to progress through Tier 2 tickets at a record rate – after last year’s sell-out festival we were quietly confident that we might see an early surge in ticket sales, but we didn’t anticipate to be on course to sell-out well before the festival, as it looks like we might this year!

Once again, a huge thanks to those who’ve already picked up tickets – stay tuned for more news as we get closer and closer to May.

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That’s it for the latest in #FyneFest19 news for now – be sure to stay tuned to our social media profiles for the latest:

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