Organisers of this week’s Macclesfield Beer Festival are predicting a complete sell-out.
The event will be held in a huge marquee at Macclesfield Rugby Club on Priory Lane on Friday and Saturday.
More than 200 barrels of beer from all over the country have been delivered and organisers are hosing them down with water to keep them cool as the warm weather spell continues.
The majority of the 3,000 tickets have been snapped up but there are still handfuls available online and from various vendors in the town.
Nick Thompson, incoming chairman of the Macclesfield and District Round Table, who organise the festival, said: “There has been an incredible support for the festival.
“Online tickets for the Friday night have sold out, with only a few left at vendors, and Saturday is selling out fast.
“I anticipate we’ll sell out, especially if this fantastic weather continues.”
While the Friday and Saturday night sessions are ticket-only – with the venue able to hold around 1,500 people on each night – Saturday lunchtime is a family-friendly session where entrance is free.
The annual event has established itself as one of the highlights of the town’s social calendar.
The local Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is assembling more than 250 recommended real ales, with many coming from nearby micro-breweries.
A total of four local bands will be playing on the main stage over the weekend with The Great Escape and The Injectors opening proceedings, followed by Dazed and Confused and Monkey Harris on Saturday.
All funds raised will go to the festival’s designated charity, which this year is the David Lewis Centre in Alderley Edge which provides education and support to people with learning disabilities.
For more details, and to buy tickets visit www.macclesfieldbeerfestival.org.uk.
Tickets are also available from several town pubs.
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