MarchFest back in right month with bands, brews

Last updated 13:00 24/12/2013

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Inventive brews, a diverse lineup of musicians and less waste are in the mix for Nelson's annual MarchFest celebration.

The seventh edition of the popular craft beer and music festival at Founder's Park will revert to the month of its name next year, on March 22, after a shift to April this year. Tickets are now on sale.

Fifteen local breweries will be showcasing new beers specially produced for the event. Each has been given a different locally-grown hop to base their festival-exclusive drink on, supplied by NZ Hops in Appleby.

Organiser Mic Dover said punters could look forward to a farmyard lager from The Mussel Inn called Green Pullet, which used Green Bullet hops, and a pale ale from 8Wired Brewery called Crosswired, made with Southern Cross hops.

New breweries taking part this year are Hop Federation (formerly Monkey Wizard) and Liquid Alchemy, the new Annesbrook craft beer and spirit venture involving Nelson Mail beer writers Fritz Kuckuck and Maria Grau.

Marchfest will also feature six live music acts, including Wellington soul singer Iva Lamkum and folk rockstar Lindon Puffin.

"I really like the musical lineup we have, the soul singer Iva Lamkum is fantastic, not enough people know about her," Mr Dover said.

"I think she will be a hit. We will probably have [Lyttelton band] The Eastern on last as they will get everyone up and dancing."

Other acts include Australian multi-instrumentalist loop artist Adam Page, local band Tom's Field, described as a hight-energy fusion of Irish folk and bluegrass, and Motueka's ukelele band The Electric Fleas.

Mr Dover said each year it was moving closer to being a zero waste event.

He is in talks with a solar panel company about powering tills, eftpos machines and even phone charging stations using solar energy.

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- The Nelson Mail

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