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Pub industry I.T. and Pub Menus

Your Pub’s Menu for Success on the Internet

Not all of your customers are used to shopping online, but more and more of them are. If they can’t see your food menu or they can’t book online, they may not be your customers for long.

It had to happen sooner or later. In 2010, for the first time in history, more than 50% of UK adults shopped online (IMRG survey, April 2010). To any self-respecting 21st century publican, this will, I am sure, come as no surprise. Ebay, Google and Facebook were words yet to be invented a few short years ago, but now you can hear them peppered amongst the chatter in pubs up and down the land.

But while many publicans enjoy extra customers and profits day after day from the internet, some in the trade still see the web as a cost rather than a source of profit, and there are still a few die-hards who ignore this potentially very lucrative revenue source completely.

It is easy to understand why some publicans are jaded when it comes to the internet. They may have paid good money up-front for a website that just doesn’t bring home the bacon. This is, unfortunately, not surprising. That flashy “showcase” website of yesteryear may have some great photos of the pub, but in reality it was never going to drive in those customers. Imagine Ebay or Amazon having a website showing nothing more than full-colour pictures of their offices. Very nice to look at, but about as useful as underwater guttering.

Even those websites that actually go as far as displaying the “products” often forget basic marketing rules that have been tried and tested in the real world for centuries. Imagine having a menu board or a banner outside your pub, cheerfully advertising last month’s dishes or what you could have eaten last Christmas Day? What does that say about a pub? Well, believe me, I can find you dozens of pub websites giving that exact message to customers old and new. Such problems are often laid at the door of the web industry, with some justification. For example, one of the most common gripes from businesses up and down the land is that websites are just too awkward or costly to keep up-to-date.

Taking these things into account, it is little wonder that some publicans get that sinking feeling when the pub website looms into view, thinking in terms of cost, not profit. This needs to change. Be in no doubt whatsoever – websites can be very profitable indeed, provided you give the people what they need.

In this day and age, people using the internet don’t need a “window” on your pub, they need a “door”. They want to “do”, not merely “look”. People are used to buying things online and booking things online. When it comes to eating out, it is no different. They want to see today’s menu and book a table, instantly, at the click of a button, whether they are in front of the home computer or out and about on the “smart phone”. It is no accident that more and more pubs are getting their current food menus online and offering online booking. Unlike the websites of old, websites offering these features have real potential to repay your investment in a big way.

Before mention of the word “investment” has you running for the hills, it must be said that these days, we really are leaving behind the “take-your-money-and-run” era of web design. Now, there are specialists who will work with you on an on going basis to make sure you have the best chance of success online. Even better, you need only pay a set monthly charge, usually a fraction of what you spend on advertising, rather than hundreds or thousands of pounds up-front, so money should be no barrier.

Of course, it’s not just a question of money. I can almost hear the sighs of publicans up and down the land, as they think to themselves, “more hassle, more stuff I have no time for”. This is another area where the I.T. industry has failed, and often still does. Look, nobody is saying that you won’t need to learn a little. After all, if you have been running a pub for 20 years and you run it today with only the knowledge you had 20 years ago, you either have very deep pockets or you’re a working museum. Keeping your skills up-to-date is, of course, an inevitable part of any trade. I should know – I work in I.T.! I also know that we have all had far too much time and energy wasted in recent years thanks to the geeks of this world. The challenge now is to make technology truly “quick and easy”. That should be tattooed on the forehead of every single geek in the land.

When it comes to getting today’s food menu, offers, or special events onto your website, and when it comes to taking online bookings, it all has to be really easy and very quick for you and your staff. The good news is that a few hardy I.T. folks have taken up the challenge – I am proud to be one of their number. Nowadays, you really can keep your website up-to-date in the time it takes to send an email, and you really can take online bookings, automatically, even while you sleep!

It may be an over-used cliché, but it truly is no exaggeration to say that the internet is the revolution of our time, and now that the majority of adults do business there, it’s time to get your share.

Michael Harper runs PubMenu.org, a company whose mission is to provide any pub or restaurant with a profitable, pay-monthly web site, where customers can book online via computer or smart phone, and where updating the current food menu, offers and special events is as quick and easy as sending an email. To get the internet really working for your business, please click this link: PubMenu.org

Barrel-Dregs, have Enterprise not read the small print? (180)

Pub Co’s and RICS Guidelines on Pub Rents

An interesting tale of possible duplicity by our much loved favourite Pub Co, Titannic Inns.

A very simple and all too regular occurance of rent negotiation, normally conducted by the BRM, BDM or whatever fanciful title these pillars of the Pub Co rise to.

There is obviously a discussion of considerable length between the lessee and his Pub Co partner, based on demographics, market situation etc. etc. normally about three minutes, “We are putting your rent up by ……… because you are under performing” or words to that effect.

Now that makes excellent logic, you are under performing so you pay more rent, when pressed the Pub Co mouthpiece can say nothing of any consequence, mainly because he has little knowledge of the complexities of rental valuation.

Now the RICS from December 2010 have gone to considerable lengths to repair the damage wreaked on their previous Guidelines to rental valuation calculations, by a small number of either very naive people or possible undisclosed vested interests.

It would seem obvious that anyone involved in rental discussions would have read the new RICS Document from cover to cover and received in depth advice from a member of the RICS as to it’s most effective implementation.

My learned colleagues have been astounded that, good old Titannic’s mouthpieces know absolutely nothing about the Guidelines or claim to???

I would like to stress that I am a very long lapsed minor member of the RICS and following my discussions as a pub owner with the RICS, I received a copy of the full Guidelines, my immediate thoughts were that certain Pub Co’s would immediately dispense with the services of any RICS member, since it would put them between a very nasty rock and a hard place, in addition many RICS members who have enjoyed very lucrative Pub Co patronage would be taking up the banner for licensees at a greatly reduced fee structure, interesting times.

A sure as “Eggs is Eggs” trusty Titannic pass the buck to their BDM’s etc. with the usual intimidating statements, can you afford to go to PIRRS or Arbitration, we have the legal clout, the naive will believe them, the knowledgeable will call their bluff.

A recent settlement of 8% of T/O by an Arbitrator and several others who had taken note of the RICS Guidelines, plus the BISC’s disenchantment with the progress by the Pub Co’s towards mending their ways, makes for some very constructive thinking.

However the Pub Co mouthpieces have to advise that the lessee should seek professional advice, but the advice is not cheap, true, but a twenty percent plus rent increase could be far more costly. In a recession any rent increase is pure speculation and Pie in the Sky, statistically the market is falling, keeping the business status quo is a major achievement.

The Pub Co mouthpieces insist that their corporate system, like Moses early writings, cast in stone, tricky??? You have one viable choice accept it or spend a fortune.

Our favourite Pub Co is a member of the BBPA and are therefore bound to adhere to the RICS Guidelines, well if all the BDM’s have copies of the old Guidelines that’s fine, what the eye doesn’t see, well you know the rest.

The Code of Practice of our learned Pub Co states that they also follow the RICS Guidelines, following is one thing, using them is another.

The BIIBAC accreditation states that the COP must follow the RICS Guidelines as a Corporate Body, are well they may not to good at understanding the written word, I don’t think the three R’s were a key requirement to being a BDM.

Even if the rent review gets to PIRRS or Arbitration, their Independent Valuers are advised to “Stand back and Look”, good old cherry picked comparables, a sure fire discredited method of ratcheting rents higher and higher at every turn, every pub in the immediate area should be considered, whether closed or under paid management and included in the equation, if anyone is fool enough to go down the Comparables Route. Comparables have never included trade accounts in relation to their viability, which would show a vastly differing picture of discontent by the cherry picked lessees, having talked in depth to a number who were delighted to pour out their most inner most thoughts, their description tended towards the very colourful of their so called trading partner.

The BII are receiving far more complaints about our favourite Pub Co, my voice from the inner sanctum quotes 70% of the complaints are directed at this company, not a good PR exercise by the crew of Titannic Inns.

The BII are between another Rock and a Hard Place in divulging the extent of the complaints, what do they do, the BISC’s will not be Happy Bunnies if they find out that our favourite Pub Co is getting away scot free or is the abuse too much for the BII to handle.

Maybe it is time to have one COP for all, total committment to the RICS Guidelines and backed by legislation.

Cellarman

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Barrel-Dregs, Brulines not a good day, (179)

BRULINES not a good day.

Pot Boy South East was responding to an emergency call in Kent’s leafy suburbs a couple of weeks ago, to an alarming but all too common Brulines con trick. Yo thought I, can they still be pulling the same old down at heel chicanery, and to my regret the answer is to the affirmative. Background is all too familiar.

The heavily discredited Brulines kit had been installed about three years ago. As far as the tenant could remember he had had a couple of cursory visits from a heavy handed prison camp style individual who turned up unannounced, had a quick look at the box and pronounced his satisfaction. No worries until a wet behind the ears spotty new BRM turns up (third in a year ) and tells our man “you have been seriously buying out, the Brulines data shows on both Fosters and Becks that you have been selling over twenty percent more than we have been supplying you. We are going to forfeit your lease pronto”. Not surprisingly yer man was gob smacked and flatly denied any buying out and was so outraged that he told the pipsqueak BRM to vacate in a manner linked to sex and travel. OK so not the brightest of moves, but quite understandable. Corporates have long memories and take things very personally if you don’t show “respect”.

The Regional Manager then turns up a few days later with the timorous BRM skulking behind him and saying nothing. The tenant is accused of being banged to rights with an open and shut case for forfeiture. Chris Tarrent like, the RM says “but we don’t want to do that now do we…” If you sign this confession letter and pay a hefty fine we might just turn a blind eye this once. Get the picture my friends ? The tenant signs and pays up to avoid the expense of trotting off to court and defending himself. Neat little parcel all wrapped up in a nice bow, and promptly chucked in the bin.

Well PB South East did some hasty digging and found to his horror that the tenant never did have an access code to his own Brulines data. He hadn’t got one ‘cos he hadn’t asked for one because they never told him that he was entitled to the wretched thing in the first place. The access code gives you entry into your Brulines data. WHY? Because the heavily discredited system is supposed to be a Management tool to assist the tenant in making the business more profitable. Spy/policeman in the cellar?? Dear me, perish the thought and wash your mouth out with soap bretherin!!

Next we found the Brulines kit hadn’t been recalibrated since it had been installed, that’s three years rather than max every six months. Next the tenant paid a reasonable fee to the local Weights and Measures officer to carry out an accuracy test on the flow monitor contained at the heart of the bow of tricks. ERM, guess what, the readings were out by over 27.8%.Aside from the Fosters and Becks lines, some of the others were reading the other way by up to the same amount. John Smiths Bitter showed that he was selling massively LESS than he had been supplied with. All in all a total dogs breakfast.

The Brulines access code then opened up Pandora’s Box on inaccuracy after inaccuracy. The “confession” letter has been withdrawn and the evidence of Brulines inaccuracy has been politely supplied to the Regional Manager with a demand that the “fine” be repaid rapido. So that’s the position over the last few days.

Get the Brulines access code to which you are entitled. Bring in Weights and Measures to check whether the kit is type stamped “for use in trade”…for sure it is not if it’s used for fining purposes. Finally don’t forget. TNS (that’s Take No S*** ) from either Brulines of your friendly cuddly Pubco placeman putting it about that not only is he your friend, but he’s your partner in business.

Now if you believe that last one, there really are fairies at the bottom of your trade garden.

Gentle drive up the the A2 and see if the beer is still just as good at the Good Intent in Rochester which used to be PB South Easts favourite haunt in his courting days. Rumour has it that it got some CAMRA award in 2008.

Bottoms up !

Pot Boy South east.

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Barrel Dregs, is this another Pub Co Scam or Corporate Amnesia. (178)

Here’s one for you…….When I signed for the pub the machine people, Sceptre Leisure, filled the hopper on the fruit machine with £300.

This meant that for nearly 3 weeks I had no return as I had to ‘buy’ that £300.

The collector is coming to do a final collection this week, now as I see it that £300 is mine first.

Then collect and share out the rest.

But no.

Its collected as a whole and shared so EI still get a share of the £300 which is rightly mine.

Or am I missing something here!!! I sure as hell can’t get my head around why EI should get another penny out of me!!

Answers below please :))

The views expressed are not necessarily the editors and www.buyingapub.com accepts no responsibility for them, we do try to avoid offensive or litigious statements being made. They are written by concerned professionals in the industry who feel that these issues should be raised to ensure that all licensees are made fully aware of many hidden pitfalls. 

 

Smoking News from around the World from Freedom to Choose

Smoking Update

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May NewsletterPosted: 09 May 2011 04:00 PM PDT

F2C Newsletter May



CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE 

As most of you know, the smoking ban was to have been reviewed in June 2010. 

It was hoped that a proper Parliamentary review would confirm what is obvious to anyone with a functioning brain: that the ban has exacted a terrible toll on the life of our pubs, clubs, restaurants and Bingo halls in return for little demonstrable proof that the nation’s health has improved. 

Instead, we were given the disappointingly flimsy Academic Review (analysed in last month’s newsletter). Its author is confirmed anti-tobacco campaigner Linda Bauld who – no surprise here – finds that the ban has had a positive effect on business! 

Our response to the Academic Review can be found here.

!t is tragic that we are all – smokers, pub-goers and the hospitality industry as a whole – being treated with such contempt whilst this futile exercise  continues to bankrupt our country!

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On a happier note – recent spamming problems on the forum meant a need to suspend registrations for a while – but we are once again open for business!  So, I will finish by thanking our new IT team who have been working hard to resolve this issue.  Well done teamsters!

Phil Johnson.
Chairman, F2C


AUSTRALIA – WORLD CHAMPION BANNERS!
Australia takes first place on the podium this month, as the leanest, meanest anti-smoking country in the world, despite Scotland giving it a good run for its money (see Scottish Report, below).

Government plans, for cigarettes to be sold in olive green packs all adorned with grisly pictures, drew praise from the WHO for setting “a new gold standard for the regulation of tobacco products”.  The measure will be phased in during the first six months of 2012, although a legal challenge from the major tobacco companies looks likely and may cause some delay as with the Scottish display ban.

On a local level, residents of an apartment  block in the Ashfield suburb of Sydney have  banned smoking entirely from their building.  
  
But one tobacco company has at last retaliated.  Philip Morris has launched a campaign site called I deserve to be heard for the hard-pressed smokers of Autstralia.

PAUL HOOPER – INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY
Poland became the latest country to impose a blanket ban on public smoking in November last year and, according to this report, it was a roaring success. 

It comes as a something of a surprise, therefore, to learn that Paul Hooper, strategy manager for the Warwickshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team, has been asked to help ‘people in Poland to introduce a smoking ban’.

A FOI request establishes that Mr. Hooper’s jaunt is costing the Warwickshire taxpayer nothing, but not what he actually hopes to achieve, given that the Polish ban is already so popular.

MIXED MESSAGES
With no apparent sense of irony, WHO representatives have warned anti-smoking bodies to avoid close ties with the pharmaceutical industry  – at a conference funded by Pfizer (Nicorette) and GlaxoSmithKline (Niquitin).

Pfizer also make Champix, a stop-smoking drug that made headlines last month withanother tragic story of murder and suicide.  This NICE-approved prescription drug works by acting on ‘nicotine receptors’ in the brain to reduce both the cravings and the satisfaction of smoking. 

Despite a growing body of evidence that Champix is implicit in around 1,200 violent episodes in the USA (where it is known as Chantix), it is increasingly being used in Britain as a first-line stop-smoking intervention (see comments here).  It is important that anyone experiencing adverse reactions to Champix should fill out a yellow card.

(more on Champix below…)

SCOTTISH REPORT
As Scotland’s newsagents prepare to register as tobacco retailers in compliance with theTobacco and Primary Medical Services Act 2010, a gang of smugglers hits the streets in the West of Scotland once again with smuggled tobacco.  Both the VAT increase and more tax increases announced in the Budget have provided a ready market for traders, whose product is allegedly high in lead content.

A Scottish widow from Renfrewshire is to sue Pfizer, the makers of smoking cessation drug Champix, following her husband’s suicide a year ago.

SMUGGLING
The subject of contraband tobacco continues to receive wide coverage at local presslevel

In parts of Ireland, 7 out of every 10 ‘rollies’ are illegal.  Even so, the national average for all smuggled cigarettes is on the wane, thought to be because of the Government’s decision not to increase excise duty on tobacco in two consecutive budgets.

No such common sense on this side of the water, where recent tax increases have hit the poorest hardest. In readiness for the inevitable flood of contraband and counterfeit tobacco into the country, HMRC has prepared a package of measures that include:

  • 20% bigger budget for policing ‘tobacco fraud’.
  • More international networking, to intercept tobacco illegally destined for the UK
  • New technologies
  • Heavier penalties
  • An extra £917,000,000 for HMRC
  • Reduced minimum indicative levels (MIL).  These are the levels at which the amount of tobacco being brought into the country from the EU is suspected of being for sale, and not for personal use. 
 
  Old MIL New MIL
Rolling tobacco 3kg 1kg
Manufactured cigarettes 3,200 800
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From our Dutch Correspondent

Hello I am Anna born in 1956 so I am almost 55, living in the Netherlands.

I was raised in time when smoking was like eating. Everyone I knew smoked and you could smoke everywhere – I mean literally!  My teachers smoked in the classroom, even in kindergarten; my GP smoked; my dentist smoked in the hospital.  Everywhere you where allowed to smoke. 

Looking back we should have been on guard since the mid-70s.  For me, I always felt it was going the wrong way but when I wanted to talk about it people laughed and said, “Get a life! These are Americans. It will never be here this way.”  This is the one time I am not happy I was right . 

The thing that struck me the most was the junk science that gave way to bans 

But there was a point in time – 2008 – when all smokers felt the hammer of the antis. It was when the smoking ban was implemented in the catering business. If I am honest it was much to my surprise that the small pubs defied en masse.  They knowingly and willingly took the risk of fines.  In a few months this group was growing and fines were paid by the customers. Some cases were won in court, stating : “When you have no employees you are hurting no one.”  Finally the case against bans was lost in the supreme court.  It didn’t change one bit in the pubs, which stayed the safe haven for smokers. 

Finally we had elections and the new government gave way to a new law stating that a pub without employees and not bigger than 70 square metres was allowed to let people smoke. The current state is that much bigger businesses with employees also allow smoking. Everyone is making the rules that suit the customers the best. 

The antis are now on collision course They have black lists on the internet where people can anonymously complain about caterers who allow smoking. Anti-smoke became anti-smoker and you see that the anti-smokers are so over the top now that even non-smokers are tired of the same tune. 

Yes, there is a shift in Holland and we owe so much to the pub owners. I think that if we in Holland could make a difference – we should be an example to other countries. 

They cannot impose a smoking ban when people fight it 
side by side! 
PUB NEWS
Punch Taverns makes the news for the third consecutive month, and for all the wrong reasons. Punch’s woes are blamed on aggressive expansion while times were good and interest rates low, but the most striking feature of the pubco’s financial downturn its timing. 

Punch shares were valued at almost 1378.77p at their highest, on the eve of the English smoking ban. They are now worth c74.9p, a fall of 93.2%.

Latest British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) figures reveal a further downturn in the sale of both on and off-sales beer, with a fall of 3.8% in the first quarter of 2011.

Marston’s landlord, Andy Doughty, is passing brewery price cuts on to his customers in an effort to boost custom. However, even at 50 – 60p off a pint, his wet-led pub is struggling.  In an impressive display of double-think, Andy says:

There’s a misconception people have got more money than they have.
They are going out to food pubs but not wet pubs.
Random News
Update to last month’s report about Richmond College, which has now been furnished with a designated smoking area:  The area, “is very small, has no weather protection, is unlikely to attract many students as they would appear like pariahs, corralled in this yellow pen to be gawped at and made figures of fun,” and is, quite understandably, useless at keeping smokers from spilling out into the surrounding neighbourhood. 

 Japan Tobacco International has launched a new mini-cigar, Calisto. Smaller cigars now account for 60% of the cigar market, a growth that is attributed to smoking bans.
Belgium has been without a federal government for almost a year, but this is no protection for the people against intrusive laws. Exemptions to a blanket smoking ban were to continue until “sometime between January next year and 2014, but the Flemish Anti-Cancer League asked the court to bring that date forward.”The court has obliged, prompting a demonstration in Brussels of hundreds of café and casino owners .
 Tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris has defeated a legal challenge made by a group of Missouri hospitals  suing for the costs of ‘smoking-related’ diseases.   The court agreed with the defence that ordinary cigarettes are not defective or negligently-designed.
Eli Slaughter of San Diego State University’s Graduate School of Public Health and his band of researchers have discovered that cigarette ends are bad for fish. So, remember folks  – never mistake the fishtank for the ashtray or your fish will die!
Kate Moss’s love of smoking (reported last month) is shared by husband Jamie Hince, front man of The Kills.  Neither of them are keen to work or socialise in ‘smokefree’ venues. Kate, in particular, demands, ‘couches, cushions, tables, heaters and candles to make it comfy for her to have a cigarette.’You and us both, Kate!
Prince Harry triggers a national outburst of tongue-clicking as he resolutely fails to give up smoking.  This makes him, in our opinion, the most newsworthy member of the royal family this month!
And finally…a clinic in Indonesia uses the smoke from ‘divine cigarettes’ to cure its patients.  Clinic founder Dr. Gretha Zahar claims the smoke mops up free-radicals produced by mercury and, in addition to curing a range of ailments, has anti-ageing properties. 
 
 
 
   
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Music, Good Times and a World Record Attempt, The Horns, Crondall

 

Music, Good Times And A World Record Attempt

 

NEWS RELEASE

9th May 2010

It’s music and munchies time again as The Horns at Crondall, near Farnham, holds its 2nd annual May Bank Holiday Music Festival. The four day charity event is this year being held in aid of Help for Heroes.

The Horns is becoming well-known for its regular music nights; mostly enjoyed by customers visiting from far and wide whilst eating delicious and hearty home-cooked food. Landlord John Staniland is arranging an exciting line-up of local artists – playing everything from acoustic jazz and blues to progressive metal – for the festival.

Crondall’s very own Elvis tribute artiste Dale Fontaine will be attempting a Guinness Book of Records entry on the Sunday. He intends to sing Elvis’ entire repertoire, which runs to over 200 songs, in 12 hours. He’ll be taking 20 minute breaks every hour with guest performers taking to the stage to fill the gaps.

Headline acts Zangyrus and The Turn – with their ‘air guitar anthems’ – will get the festival off to a rousing start on the evening of Friday 27th May. The music will continue throughout the weekend from midday each day until around 8pm on the Bank Holiday Monday.

John Staniland commented: “We’ll have plenty of food and drink available throughout the weekend to keep everyone happy and fuelled. The hog roast is on order and we’ll be firing up the barbecue.  I’ve also requested the sun to be shining the whole time!”

Entry to the festival is free throughout the weekend, however, visitors will be encouraged to buy a programme costing just 50p. After costs have been covered, proceeds for the weekend will be donated to Help for Heroes. John and the team are aiming to top the £500 raised last year.

The pub is open all day every day. For more information and an up-to-date list of acts performing at the music festival, visit www.thehorns.co.uk

Our photo shows: relaxed customers enjoying the music at last year’s festival.

 

ENDS

For further media information, please contact Michelle Luscombe at Progressive PR & Marketing on 07734 109200 or michelle@progressivepr.co.uk

For more details of the Guinness Book of Records attempt visit: www.echoesofelvis.co.uk

Full itinerary and list of acts performing:

Friday 27th Line Up

19:00 – 20:45 = Zangyrus

21:00 – 23:00 = The Turn

Saturday 28th Line Up

12:00 – 12:45 = Point Five

13:00 – 13:45 = Avenge Culture Attack

14:00 – 14:45 = Mark Nelson

15:00 – 15:45 = Della Perrett Sweetedge

16:00 – 16:45 = Will Buchanan

17:00 – 17:45 = Martin Wood and the Rag ‘n’ Moan Men

18:00 – 18:45 = Aimee

19:00 – 20:45 = Tangible Fruit Squad

21:00 – 23:00 = Groovemanoova

Sunday 29th Line Up

11:00 – 23:00 = Dale Fontaine ‘Echoes of Elvis’ Guinness Book of Records attempt with guest artists performing every hour when Dale takes a break

Monday 30th Line Up

12:00 – 12:30 = Dan Gordon

12:30 – 13:00 = The DMs

13:00 – 13:30 = Vernon’s Friends

13:30 – 14:00 = Floron

14:00 – 14:30 = Wychwood

14:30 – 15:00 = Silvertown

15:00 – 15:45 = Shelle Luscombe

15:45 – 16:15 = Acoustic Air

16:15 – 17:00 = Vic Cracknell

17:00 – 17:30 = Claire Phoenix

17:30 – 18:30 = Rethink Floyd

18:30 – 19:00 = Georgiee and Dennis

19:00 – 20:00 = Arnold Ghostmun

Michelle Luscombe

Progressive PR & Marketing Ltd

07734 109200

michelle@progressivepr.co.uk

www.progressivepr.co.uk

It’s music and munchies time again as The Horns at Crondall, near Farnham, holds its 2nd annual May Bank Holiday Music Festival. The four day charity event is this year being held in aid of Help for Heroes.

The Horns is becoming well-known for its regular music nights; mostly enjoyed by customers visiting from far and wide whilst eating delicious and hearty home-cooked food. Landlord John Staniland is arranging an exciting line-up of local artists – playing everything from acoustic jazz and blues to progressive metal – for the festival.

Crondall’s very own Elvis tribute artiste Dale Fontaine will be attempting a Guinness Book of Records entry on the Sunday. He intends to sing Elvis’ entire repertoire, which runs to over 200 songs, in 12 hours. He’ll be taking 20 minute breaks every hour with guest performers taking to the stage to fill the gaps.

Headline acts Zangyrus and The Turn – with their ‘air guitar anthems’ – will get the festival off to a rousing start on the evening of Friday 27th May. The music will continue throughout the weekend from midday each day until around 8pm on the Bank Holiday Monday.

John Staniland commented: “We’ll have plenty of food and drink available throughout the weekend to keep everyone happy and fuelled. The hog roast is on order and we’ll be firing up the barbecue.  I’ve also requested the sun to be shining the whole time!”

Entry to the festival is free throughout the weekend, however, visitors will be encouraged to buy a programme costing just 50p. After costs have been covered, proceeds for the weekend will be donated to Help for Heroes. John and the team are aiming to top the £500 raised last year.

The pub is open all day every day. For more information and an up-to-date list of acts performing at the music festival, visit www.thehorns.co.uk

Our photo shows: relaxed customers enjoying the music at last year’s festival.

 

ENDS

For further media information, please contact Michelle Luscombe at Progressive PR & Marketing on 07734 109200 or michelle@progressivepr.co.uk

For more details of the Guinness Book of Records attempt visit: www.echoesofelvis.co.uk

Full itinerary and list of acts performing:

Friday 27th Line Up

19:00 – 20:45 = Zangyrus

21:00 – 23:00 = The Turn

Saturday 28th Line Up

12:00 – 12:45 = Point Five

13:00 – 13:45 = Avenge Culture Attack

14:00 – 14:45 = Mark Nelson

15:00 – 15:45 = Della Perrett Sweetedge

16:00 – 16:45 = Will Buchanan

17:00 – 17:45 = Martin Wood and the Rag ‘n’ Moan Men

18:00 – 18:45 = Aimee

19:00 – 20:45 = Tangible Fruit Squad

21:00 – 23:00 = Groovemanoova

Sunday 29th Line Up

11:00 – 23:00 = Dale Fontaine ‘Echoes of Elvis’ Guinness Book of Records attempt with guest artists performing every hour when Dale takes a break

Monday 30th Line Up

12:00 – 12:30 = Dan Gordon

12:30 – 13:00 = The DMs

13:00 – 13:30 = Vernon’s Friends

13:30 – 14:00 = Floron

14:00 – 14:30 = Wychwood

14:30 – 15:00 = Silvertown

15:00 – 15:45 = Shelle Luscombe

15:45 – 16:15 = Acoustic Air

16:15 – 17:00 = Vic Cracknell

17:00 – 17:30 = Claire Phoenix

17:30 – 18:30 = Rethink Floyd

18:30 – 19:00 = Georgiee and Dennis

19:00 – 20:00 = Arnold Ghostmun

Michelle Luscombe

Progressive PR & Marketing Ltd

07734 109200

michelle@progressivepr.co.uk

www.progressivepr.co.uk