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playing live at
1st Bath Cider Festival at
Bath Pavilion, Bath
Friday 16th & Saturday 17th February 2007

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Review from Bath Chronicle (Monday 19th February 2007)

Bath's first cider fest is all but drunk dry

IT WASN'T so much 'drink up' as 'drink dry' thy cider at a festival over the weekend.

Cider lovers downed around 5.000 pints at the event in Bath - prompting organisers to search for emergency supplies.

More than 2,000 people attended the Pavilion's first-ever cider festival, enjoying the music from The Mangledwurzels tribute group and choosing from a range of 70 draught and 12 bottled ciders.

It was such a success that organiser Chris Lilley, the Pavilion's catering manager, has already pledged to put on another.

He said: "It will definitely happen next year, we were thinking it might be nice to be outdoors somewhere in the summer.

"There has been a big upsurge in the popularity of cider recently, Apparently it is really good for you.

"There has been a rise in the bottled ciders, people drink cider in pubs more and more and then they want to try something different.

"People were up and dancing and jigging to the band. It was nice to see people enjoying themselves and shouting for more from the band.

"It was an absolutely stunning event but I'm exhausted.

Some of the cider sold out on Friday night and Mr Lilley's son Marc was sent on a 100-mile trip around Somerset on Saturday to collect more.

"We didn't quite run out but it was a very close," said Mr Lilley.

"There was a great atmosphere and absolutely no trouble."

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Video Clips

'Champion Muck Spreader' by The Mangledwurzels featuring unexpected guest dancer Steve Worrall Thompson.
The Mangledwurzels performing 'Blackbird' as filmed in the middle of the crowd.

thanks to Paul M Joyce and Cidermakesyoufly for the videos

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966 cider drinkers drinking up their cider and enjoying the band
The Mangledwurzels performing on stage
Hedge poses with a fan
The Mangledwurzels posing with fans
The Wiltshire Posse drink up their cider

thanks to Hedge Cutter, Lucy Wren and Rosie Russett for the pictures

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4th Bath Cider Festival

Opening times: Friday 7.30pm-11.30pm; Saturday 11.00am-4pm & 7.30pm-11.30pm

Admission: Ticket details to follow.

Details: On offer will be over 70 ciders and perries including award-winning ciders from Ben Crossman's, Rich's, Thatchers, Broadoak and Heck's (Somerset), Gwatkin (Herefordshire), Gwynt Y Ddraig (Wales), and Mr. Whiteheads (Hampshire) - as well as hog roast rolls and cheese platters, and a range of soft drinks for the drivers.

The Mangledwurzels will be playing a full show at all three sessions.

Venue Info

Bath Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath BA2 4EU

View Bath Pavilion in a larger map

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