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The Graduate Bar Real Ale and Cider Festival returns for its ninth year on Thursday 17 June. The festival will be taking place at the bar, known as The Herdwick, until Sunday 20 June. As in previous years the festival is free and open to all members of the University, so will likely be a busy summer event. The festival starts at noon and continues until 11:30 at night.
Gareth Ellis, the head of this year’s festival, delivered the drink from the West Country himself. On offer is a wide range of approximately 35 beers and 15 ciders and perries from all around the UK. A full list of what is on offer will be available in the bar. Every day there will be a barbeque provided by All Fresh Foods catering.
Live music will be playing each night from 9.30. Thursday will feature blues music with Tin Pan Alley, while Friday brings a ten-piece reggae and ska band Reggiemental. Playing the final day of the festival on the Saturday will be a surf rock band, Rockitt 88.
A special Graduate bar quiz on Friday at five in the evening will also be held to boost attendance. The quiz will feature plenty of prizes with t-shirts, glasses and beer vouchers for Graduate bar on offer. Due to the festival running parallel with the World Cup the games that weekend will be shown in the bar. This includes the England game against Algeria, which kicks off at 8:30 on the Friday. Italy, Germany and the Netherlands are also set to play that weekend.