Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival

39th Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival

The 39th Derby CAMRA City Charter Summer Beer Festival has now passed, but we will be back in July 2017, so please mark your diaries.


Photo courtesy of Graham Whitmore Photography



As with all CAMRA Beer Festivals, the Derby Summer Beer Festival is staffed entirely by volunteers who come along to promote real ale in the City of Derby. If you would like to take part your help will be gratefully received no matter how big or small your commitment. To volunteer, please complete a staffing form by following the link below.

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Advanced tickets can be purchesed from Derby Live Summer Beer Festival.


We are always proud to be able to support charities as part of the Beer Festival and this year was no exception. Air Ambulance, Royal British Legion and Derby Mountain Rescue were the chosen charities this year. On behalf of the organisations we thank you for your kind generosity in giving to these charities.

Air Ambulance - £569.48
Derby Mountain Rescue - £993.16


Mobile Apps

For more information on your mobile including a searchable beer list and a scoring scheme click on the appropriate link below.

Program, Beer and Cider Lists

The 2016 Program is available to download (attention 7.5Mb).


Food for Thought

The usual variety of refreshments will be available at all sessions, most making a repeat visit due to their popularity.

Cheese, Pies and Pickles by G Morgan & Sons

Crisps and snacks by Pipers Crisps

Curry by Patels Catering of Leicester

Pizza by Speeddough Pizza; served once again from a lovely Citroen HY van.



A wide range of live musical genre awaits with music every session to go with the wide range of beer. presenting all the best of Country, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Folkrock, Brass and Ska. Friday and Saturday evenings can get rather crowded; if you want more room to move around why not try Thursday & Friday afternoons.


Zephyr 4 - brings an evening of 60s English rock with all the hits of the Liverpool & Manchester bands that took the musical charts by storm.  Using much sought after original & replica instruments & amplifiers to give that unique sound & a night of nostalgia, their song list is a long one including The Beatles, The Mersey Beats, The Searchers, and The Hollies.

Support - Ripley Morris Men - will dance 2 sessions of their annual beer festival display of Cotswold dances. These guys danced at the first beer festival around 700 years ago.


Afternoon: Brookside Jazz & The Ivan Ball Band play the music of the 20s to the 60s, Chicago, mainstream dance band with plenty of foot tapping traditional jazz.

Evening: Loaded Revolver - This Nottingham based band will play a broad band of guitar driven music. The wide experience of the band gives a high level of flexibility that many bands envy. Energy abounds as twin lead guitars rip through all the classical rock covers such as Bad Company, Sabbath, Lizzie, G&R to modern stadium fillers such as Foo Fighters, Stereos, Manics and much more: enjoy the jouney.

Support - Steel Threads - an original 3 piece folk rock band playing their unique blend using guitars, violins, bass and vocals; always tend to pull the crowd and are quite a reputation around the Midlands.


Afternoon: Brookside Jazz and The Ivan Ball band see Thursday.

Evening: Ska Britannia - The ultimate all live siz piece Ska band with a fantastic sound. The boys are pro-muscians with decades of experience in all genres of music. The band has qickly gained a reputation as being the country's "Must See" band. If Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, The Kings Men or The Beat is your taste; or you like the Mods favourites of The Who and The Jam, then there really is no other band that comes close.

Support - Liquid Brass - Liquid Brass is a versatile ten piece 'contemporary' brass band based in the heart of the Midlands. Formed officially in 2012, the band boasts experienced muscians from some of the region's best brass, show and function bands who have now joined together to create an entirely original kind of party band!.


Afternoon: Southbound a country rock/Americana band leading with vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo, violin and double bass perform timeless classics that captivates audiences who like to come together for fun, to dance and enjoy life with a glass of ale.

Evening: The Modern Affair  a handpicked band of muscians come smartly turned out and business like, they boast of 100 years collectively of gigging in the Midlands. The music takes you back to the mod culture days of scooter's, and the Quadraphenia days of Brighton's swinging 60s. Songs from Spencer Davis, Small Faces, early Beatles and Stones among many more. Get ready for a high octane night of entertainment.

Support - Radio Mary - a folk rock band that blends with various musical influsences with broad appeal to more than just a single generation of music lovers. Always a favourite at the acoustic festival of Britain.


Herron Brothers - a folk, indie, pop, songwtiting group from our own town of Derby will entertain everyone during the Sunday drinking up session.


For further information contact the Chairman, Russ Gilbert  on 07909 967142 or email