Grillstock festival is this weekend – meat, music and mayhem (and craft beer)

Hello, is it meat you’re looking for?

Hello, is it meat you’re looking for? If it is, then head down to Albert Square this weekend, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May, for the third annual Grillstock festival of BBQ and music.

‘9 tonnes of meat and over
100,000 pints of craft ale’

Dozens of competition BBQ teams from across the world will light their coals and compete to be crowned King of the Grill ‘Grand Champion’ in a US-style BBQ cook-off. There are seven rounds in total, with the best of the best showcasing their skills, hoping to win over the judges with their slow smoked chicken, ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Be in the right place at the right time to sample the finest BBQ the UK has seen.

The festival will be headlined by legendary New York DJ Grandmaster Flash and purveyors of sexy music, riotous comedy, and sensational dancing, the Cuban Bros. Grillstock favourite Levi Roots will also be on hand, delivering some lunchtime reggae and soul whilst indie rock band, The Heavy headline Sunday in Albert Square. Beatbox Blues band Hey Moonshaker, retro-modern siblings Kitty Daisy and Lewis, country blues inspired Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band and The Hosts have all been added to the bill, bringing the unmistakable sounds of rockabilly, blues and good old rock and roll to the city’s BBQ fans.

This annual weekend of meat, music and mayhem would not be complete if the finger-licking barbecued meat was not accompanied by a glass or two of craft beer, so festival partners and craft beer experts BrewDog will ensure there is no shortage of liquid refreshment of the hoppy variety. There will be three draught beers on tap-Punk IPA, an India pale ale; This. Is. Lager., a 100 per cent malt pilsner, and Dead Pony Pale Ale, a citrusy, zesty pale ale plus three specials which will rotate on tap over the course of the weekend – Jack Hammer, Brixton Porter and Electric India.

The Festival Bar will also feature Grillstock’s second music stage which will come alive with a riot of bands producing an awesome soundtrack of acoustic blues and beer-fuelled hillbilly tunes throughout the weekend.

Last year, visitors consumed 9 tonnes of meat and over 100,000 pints of craft ale over the weekend. We think that could be beaten this year.

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