james walker

Music and ale festival rolls into Hassocks

James Walker

James Walker

Hassocks resident James Walker is putting on a mini music and ale festival in the village later this month.

The Mid Sussex Americana & Ale Festival is now in its third year, and is a celebration of the best UK Americana artists. The event takes place at The Hassocks Hotel, with main acts performing in the 300 capacity hall. Outside there will be an ale tent and trailer to add to the festival vibe.

James, as founder of Brighthelmstone Promotions, has put on many shows, from Brighton all the way to Nashville. “It’s really important to me to bring quality music to my village and when Rich and Chris Lambe at The Hassocks showed me the stunning function room, I just knew I needed to do something in one of the best sounding and looking halls in Mid Sussex,” he explained.

Ten artists are booked for the festival, including winners of the Fender Undiscovered Artist of 2018 ‘Lucas & King’ and also ‘Porchlight Smoker’, who have been described by legendary country music DJ Bob Harris as ‘an absolute gem’.

“It’s a tradition that Hassocks resident Ben Featherstone is a part of the festival,” James commented, “and we’re delighted that he will be celebrating the release of his new album with us.”

The Mid Sussex Americana & Ale Festival will take place on 24th August at The Hassocks Hotel, and starts at 11.30am. Tickets are available now from The Hassocks and Proper, as well as online.