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Barrow Hill announce special event with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Barrow Hill Roundhouse is getting ready for a very busy – and star studded – week in May 2018 as tickets go on sale for the hugely popular Rail Ale beer and music festival and it is announced that Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are set to return to the unique venue for one night only.

Rail Ale 2018 will take place on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May 2018.  Advance tickets have now gone on sale priced at £5.00 for Thursday and £7.00 for Friday and Saturday.  A booking fee applies.   Entry includes a commemorative glass and programme.  Tickets will also go on sale locally on 1st March 2018 and ticket outlets will be announced in due course.

Three days of fantastic entertainment are lined up: the judging of the coveted Beer of the Festival will take place on 17th May along with opportunities to ‘Meet the Brewer’ and on 18th and 19th May between 12noon and 5pm the popular Rail Ale train will be running for visitors.

To quench the thirst there will be over 350 real ales from around the country including many brewed locally in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, a great range of ciders and craft beers and the return of the incredibly popular Prosecco bar.

For music lovers there will be fantastic live music in the marquee and on the main stage from jazz and brass through acoustic, funk and soul to rock and roll.

The Food Court will be on hand to provide visitors with a tasty range of food to suit every appetite from pork pies to pancakes and hog roast to pizza; not forgetting the chocolate, the cheese and even coffee!

Entry to the Festival also includes entry to the museum and the new exhibitions and interactive displays provided courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund project that was completed in September 2017.  The dedicated free bus service will also be running from Chesterfield railway station into the Festival on all three days.  For more information on the event, please visit

A week after Rail Ale, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will make a hugely anticipated return visit to the unique Roundhouse venue on 26th May 2018 for one night only.  The Roundhouse will once again rock to the sound of Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis, guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall and a special guest star – to be announced later.  On his last visit in September 2014 the concert was a sell-out.

Tickets are now on sale priced at £39.00 plus a booking fee. 

For more information on the concert please visit or

Jools Holland

Photos by Mary McCartney

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