Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival

38th Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival

The 38th Derby CAMRA City Charter Beer Festival will open on the 8th July on the Market Place, in the center of Derby, in a giant marquee. Due to the popularity of this location last year, excitement across the city is growing. 


Photo courtesy of Graham Whitmore Photography

The festival will be open from Wednesday 8th until Sunday 12th July 2015 - see the poster at the bottom of this page for details. Cheers!


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. As a thank you we will be holding a staff trip to the East Lancashire railway - details at the staffing desk. Finally so we can continue to improve we will have a washup meeting on 5th August at the Alexandra Hotel, Siddals Road and starting at 8pm.


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Program, Beer and Cider Lists

Program note that this is 8Mb in size.

Beer List as at 2015-07-05

Cider Program 2015

Food for Thought

Besides the beer, cider, mead and continental beer, we also have several catering standas on site throughout the festival.

Pizza - sold from the back of a van, Merry Berry chooclates, Morton's cheese stall, Pipers crisps, currys from Patel's catering and a hot burger/sausage stand.


Wednesday 8th July

The Ockbrook Big Band are renowned as the most entertaining big band in the midlands. The lucky crowd will enjoy the best swing music from the 1920s, some modern jazz and the unique sound of dance bands in the 30s & 40s. To add to the visual presentation the band will be dressed in US air force military uniforms in the style of the great Glen Miller orchestra "not to be missed".

The RIPLEY MORRIS MEN will also be strutting their stuff with a colourful display of Cotswold stick whacking dances.

Thursday 9th July

Aistaguca  (eyes-ta-gucha) bring a totally different sound to the festival tonight. This 6 piece outfit play Balkan music based around gypsy wedding style, this is highly interactive and is performed as a show on every level with songs like Hava nagila remember the film Borat? Much of the music is included in the session sets. Trubaci music incorporates high energy rhythms. AISTAGUCA is now well and truly on the folk dance underground throughout the UK

HARRIET at only 20 years old singer song writer Harriet McDonald captured the attention of the music world. With an acoustic guitar, her confident stage presence, powerful & meaningful delivery of both cover and her own arrangement's you see her talent shine through. Rarely does a solo artist make it to appear at the City Charter beer festival this one is not to be missed. Starting at 8pm.

Friday 10th July

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.

The INCREDIBLE SKANK BROTHERS are a 6 piece playing the best of Ska music (developed from Calypso and Reggae) the accent on the upbeat gives rise to the Skank dance would be skankers can learn from keeping an eye on lead vocalist Andy. This rather infectious music will soon get the audience bouncing. Plenty of titles from Bad Manners and of course Madness

Saturday 11th July

The UK Chicago Blues this band, a tribute to the Blues Brothers, are on a mission and never fail to please an audiance. An all singing, all dancing show withy all the songs from the Blues Brothers film; Everybody Needs Somebody, Gimme some loving, Rawhide, Minnie the Moocha. So join in and enjoy.

3Eyed Fox kick off the evening at 8pm this folk fiddle band are very popular throughout the East Midlands the genre is folk rock with influences from the Ukraine's, Flogging Molly and the Levellers.



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