Leeds: Rodley gears up for music and beer festival

Landlady's Gina Howard and Debbie Whittaker all set for the annual Rodley Beer and Music Festival.
Landlady's Gina Howard and Debbie Whittaker all set for the annual Rodley Beer and Music Festival.
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A west Leeds village is giving the city’s annual rock extravaganza a run for its money – by hosting its own music and beer festival.

Rodley Festival, which starts today and runs throughout the bank holiday weekend, will feature 40 bands from across the country playing on two stages at the Owl and Barge pubs.

There will also around 75 cask ales for revellers to sample, including beers from microbreweries across Yorkshire, as well as Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Wight.

The event, launched in 2007, has raised £20,000 for charity in previous years.

This year, fundraising proceeds will be split between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and St George’s Crypt, with the Barge supporting the former, and the Owl the latter.

Gina Howard, landlady at the Owl at Rodley, who founded the festival in 2007 and later teamed up with counterpart Debbie Whittaker at the Barge, said: “Over the weekend we have got over 75 cask ales from all the microbreweries.

“We have got live music with 30 to 40 bands from all over the country.

“We will do a bit of everything at both pubs, and there will be stages at both.

“There will also be a barbecue at the Owl and a hog roast at the Barge.

“We had one customer remarking it was better than Leeds Festival!

“I want to say a special thank you to the police, the council and the community for their support, because without them, we would not be able to do it.”

Musical highlights will include returning rockers Rory Holl and the Men, who “brought Rodley to a standstill last year” according to Ms Howard.

There will also be a funfair and St George’s Crypt will also host a number of stalls.

Previous beneficiaries of the Rodley Festival’s fundraising have included the Candlelighters and CLIC Sargent cancer charities.

Police and fire crews were called

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