Ale & Arty returns to ARC for 2019

ARC and the Cleveland Branch of CAMRA are delighted to announce that Ale & Arty is back at ARC for 2019 with a fantastic comedy and music line-up, not to mention a tempting array of more than 80 real ales, ciders, and perries.

The festival will take place on Thursday 28th February, Friday 1st March, and Saturday 2nd March and tickets are on sale now.

Thursday night gets off to a wonderful start with music from Beatlemania, the UK’s number one Beatles tribute. From their mop-top beginnings to the psychedelic highs of Sgt Pepper and beyond, all the biggest hits feature. The most authentic production on tour brings The Beatles back to life, live on stage. Stunning attention to detail – from the original musical instruments and stitch perfect costumes even down to Lennon and McCartney’s on-stage banter – combines with superb vocals and sublime musicianship. Money can’t buy you love, but it can get you seats for an evening to remember featuring the biggest and best songs ever recorded, performed live in concert.

The Ale & Arty special edition of Catch 22 Comedy Club on Friday night is always a riot of real ale fuelled hilarity and this year’s will be no different. Top of the bill tonight is Simon Lomas – Chortle Awards Best Newcomer nominee and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year finalist. In July 2018 he won the biggest cash prize in UK comedy history at the Petfringe Comedian of the Year final.

With Dave Longley in the saddle as MC and Seymour Mace and Phil Nicol along for the ride, punters are advised to make sure they get their tickets in advance as this edition of Catch 22 always sells out.

On Saturday night, in homage to the anniversary of Johnny Cash’s infamous San Quentin concert, The Wildcats of Kilkenny’s Mike McGrother, AKA The Wild Rover presents a night of songs that he promises will reflect ’The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’ of his beloved Teesside.

Much more than a Johnny Cash tribute, Mike, backed by his all new, all-star Skiffle-style band, the Infant Hercules Choir and other guests, will perform a blistering two hour set featuring, amongst others, the music of The Clash, The Boomtown Rats, The Pogues, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Springsteen, Bob Dylan and, of course, Johnny Cash.

A spokesman for Cleveland CAMRA commented:

“Ale & Arty’s organisers are sourcing a superb range of real ales from breweries all over the U.K. We’re going to be offering a style of real ale to suit all palates and we’ll be including many light coloured ales to appeal to customers that usually drink lager. CAMRA also campaigns for real cider and perry made from 100% fresh apple and pear juice that is not artificially gassed up or processed and we’ll be showcasing eight real ciders and four perries reflecting this.”


Thursday, Friday & Saturday Daytime Festival 11am – 5pm

Entry: £2 (payable on the day to CAMRA staff) (Free to card carrying CAMRA members)

Evening Festival: 6.30pm-11pm

Bookable online and via ARC Box Office
Beer Festival only entry: £4.50 (Thursday & Friday), £3.50 (Saturday)
Beer Festival plus entertainment: £15 (Thursday & Friday), £12 (Saturday)

Please contact ARC’s box office for more information, or to buy tickets.

Tickets can also be purchased online: