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Landmark Sunwest festival – Ilfracombe Fri 23rd – Mon 26th August 2013

The 2013 Sunwest Festival Aug 23 – 26

at The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

The LandmarkThe Landmark Theatre host three festivals a year.
The first is the Beer Festival which takes place over the Mayday bank holiday
Second is Sunwest which covers the August bank holiday
and last is the Folk and Cider fest which is in October.

Real_Ales_The bands play in the Pavilion; with a huge array of real ales and ciders, in casks, sold in the bar area. Usually there is a barbecue outside as well as bouncy castles and some stalls.

This is a FREE FESTIVAL, although of course it is not acceptable to bring your own drinks. The beers are not especially expensive, £3 a pint last time I was there, and it is only through drinks and food sales that the venue can possibly hope to pay for the bands.

And there are some superb bands. Here’s the poster.Sunwest_poster

  • Mango Factory are a musical “smoothie”, blending elements of funk, soul, blues, and soca.
  • Rosco Levee are bluesy and rocking despite being from Kent.
  • Tuesday Syndicate and Sam Downden are both local artists that I have just not got around to seeing yet so I am looking forward to checking them out.
  • Badly Worn Toy are my band; I can’t comment on them because I have never been able to be in the audience while I am on stage singing.
  • The rest of the bands are new to me but I do know that all the bands are carefully selected and there is never a bad act at any of these festivals.

Here’s the confirmed line up with days and times

Friday 23rd August

9.00pm – Rosco Levee – original blues rock from Kent

Saturday 24th August

  • 2.00pm – October
  • 3.30pm – Yazzy
  • 5.00pm – Hip Route
  • 9.00pm – The Liquidators AKA

Sunday 25th August

  • 2.00pm – iFires
  • 3.00pm – Lionstar
  • 5.15pm – Sam Dowden
  • 6.30pm – Such and Vincent
  • 9.00pm – Mango Factory

Monday 26th August

  • 2.00pm – Jenna
  • 4.30pm – The Tuesday Syndicate
  • 7.00pm – Badly Worn Toy



Ship and Pilot Ilfracombe pub listing

The Ship and Pilot, Ilfracombe

Ship_and_Pilot_IlfracombeThe Ship and Pilot,
10 Broad Street,
EX34 9EE
01271 863562

The Ship and Pilot is a very substantial building from the outside although the bar is quite cosy and intimate inside, with friendly service.

The most outstanding thing about this pub is its excellent selection of real ales and ciders. Ship_and_pilot_barThe local brewery, Wizard Ales, is represented as well as several others from the region. They have won numerous accolades for their ales.

The Ship hosts occasional beer and cider festivals during the high season, and has live music from time to time.

There are also large TV screens to show major sporting events. Dogs are allowed, and there is an outdoor seating area in front of the pub which is lucky enough to be located in a partly pedestrianised street. Parking is limited although at the time of writing there is an unofficial free car park close by, this will hopefully be redeveloped in the near future.

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