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Sunwest Festival takes place in Ilfracombe over the Bank Holiday weekend

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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AS the summer months draw to a close and autumn's cooler temperatures creep up on us, an Ilfracombe festival is offering one final knees up.

Sunwest Festival, held at the Landmark, takes place this weekend and offers an abundance of local music, ales and family entertainment to help keep the summer spirit alive.

"This years festival has a real summery vibe to it with the headliners mainly leaning towards ska and reggae which is, in my opinion, musical sunshine," festival organiser Charmain Lovett said. "We have Zamba, Lionstar and Skata Tones lined up to get everyone up and dancing and, on Saturday night, we have one of Bristol's finest bands, Monkey Chuckle. Their drummer Tom Gilkes is one of the incredibly talented musicians that North Devon is notorious for creating and they play old school horn-driven funk."

As always, Sunwest will be putting on a wide range of bands and acts from Friday to Monday and have booked up some of the region's brightest talents, including North Devon Theatre's youth music project Ilfracombe Rocks, Teenstar national finalist Yazzy, and, fresh from a stint at the Isle Of Wight Festival, The Tuesday Syndicate.

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"We love to support the young local talent," Charmain explained. "We have such a wide range of music on offer over the weekend that hopefully all tastes are catered for.

"There's pop, punk, folk, new wave, soul, ska and reggae being performed by full bands through to one man and his guitar."

There is just as much variety on offer when it comes to the huge range of ales and ciders that will be available to buy throughout the weekend.

"We sell around 8,000 to 10,000 pints of real ale and cider each festival and they range from the sublime to the ridiculous," Charmain said.

"There will be national award winning IPAs through to ales of all strengths and colours – we once had Sign Of Spring that was bright green! Chris 'The Real Ale Man' Franks does a brilliant job of sniffing out the best that the region has to offer, and the staff enjoy selling it as much as the customers enjoy drinking it."

There will be plenty to do outdoors as well, with trampolines, rides and bouncy castles sure to attract the younger guests and a range of craft and toy stalls promising something for shoppers of all ages to have a look at. "As always our festival is completely free entry so everyone is free to come and go as they wish," added Charmain.

Sunwest Festival takes place at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe from Friday, August 22 to Monday, August 25. Music from 9pm on Friday.

Entry: free. Details: 01271 324242 or visit www.northdevontheatres. org.uk.

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