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Check Out This New Craft Beer, Art & Music Festival

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Love craft beer? Then this new festival will be right up your street.

Spread across two days, Craft Sessions brings together a mix of beer, live music and art.

There’s a brand new beer festival to look forward to this March. Craft Sessions will take place at Freedom Mills, an independent multi-purpose club and event space just off Kirkstall Road. It will welcome a series of renowned local breweries with a backdrop of live music and local art on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017.

The festival itself stems from a love of music, as festival organiser and Freedom Mills owner Joshua Threlfall told us, “We wanted a place to show off local talent in a great venue and we thought what better way to compliment live music than with our booming craft beer industry.”

They’ve certainly done that. The first breweries announced for Craft Sessions are two of our local favourites. Leeds Brewery are bringing the likes of Yorkshire Gold, Midnight Bell and Hell Fire Pale Ale to Freedom Mills, while North Brewing Co. are going to be there with Transmission, Sputnik and the award-winning Tropical Pale Ale.

Nicholas Dixon at Freedom Mills

The Leeds duo are joined by Credence Brewing from Amble in Northumberland, with more names to be announced in the run up to the weekend, as well as confirmation of their new Meet the Brewer Behind the Beer sessions. But it’s not just all beer, as they’ve also organised a prosecco bar and a cocktail bar. There’s food too – think sharing boards made up of meats, cheese and pies to help soak up the booze

A big part of Craft Sessions is the live entertainment. On Saturday, they’ve programmed a selection of blues and indie bands, including the likes of Sundogs, Locrian’s Garden and Louis Louis – this is strictly over 18s only. But if you fancy a family day out on Sunday, the kids are welcome to join you for an afternoon of chilled jazz music, with Derrick Harris Trio, Des Miners and Emmanuel Dureux.

They’ve also got an artist-in-residence on both days, as Leeds-based street artist Anthony Thornton, also known as TONE, will be putting his street art and pulp iconography on the Freedom Mills walls. Neil Ward’s hand carvings will also be hung from the venue’s rafters.

The exciting thing is that Craft Sessions isn’t just a one off event, they’ve got big plans for the future, as Josh told us, “We’re bringing a number of the breweries from across the North every 4 months, under one roof. And you can discover the fine art behind your favourite brews, with a series of live music served alongside local cask ales, across a backdrop of local art.“ Count us in.

Craft Sessions is at Freedom Mills on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017. Tickets are available now.