Hops in the Garden back for 2017

East Lothian’s music and ale festival Hops in the Garden is set to return this summer, with a new date just announced.

Following a highly successful first year in 2016, the all-day charity music event is scheduled to return in 2017 on Saturday 19 August. Taking place in the grounds of The Walled Garden at Archerfield and featuring a wide-ranging line up of musicians and performers, all profits from the day will again go to support national respite centre, Leuchie House.

Last year’s event was attended by over 600 people and raised nearly £9,000 for the East Lothian charity. The programme included a special guest appearance by multi-million selling artist Barbara Dickson.

The music and ale festival is the brain child of Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh surgeon, Simon Paterson-Brown who plays guitar with the Prov Johnstone Band and has played charity gigs for good causes for over 10 years.

“We have had fantastic feedback from last year’s event so there was really no question of not repeating it this year. We are currently working on the full line-up, but already the Swing Doctors are booked in to demonstrate their fabulous range of dancing to the music of the Esk Valley Swing band, and the ever-popular North Berwick Pipe Band will perform again this year. New comers to the festival include the Retrophones, a funk dance band from Edinburgh who played at Belladrum last summer, and Seaside Skiffle from North Berwick. Jim McTaggart has also agreed to give us another dare-devil flying display in his Sopwith 2 biplane. And once again the evening will be brought to a close by the Prov Johnstone Band and some special guests.” said Simon Paterson-Brown.

Mairi O’Keefe, Chief Executive of Leuchie House said: “We’re thrilled that there will be another Hops in the Garden festival this year. Last year’s event was a huge success and clearly showed the wide appeal of a family-friendly festival that really does offer something for everyone. The support it generated for Leuchie House was wonderful, both in terms of the money it brought in and the awareness it raised of the unique service Leuchie offers. It’s a fun and innovative way to offer support to charity and we’re sure this year’s event will be even bigger and better!”

The 2017 festival will run from 2-11pm on 19 August with the same focus as last year on a wide variety of live music guaranteed to suit all tastes, including children’s music and entertainment. An eclectic mix of stalls selling street-food and locally produced drinks will be another highlight of the event.

Tickets will be available from Leuchie House from Spring 2017. To register your interest and receive more information about Hops in the Garden 2017, email fundraising@leuchiehouse.org.uk.