It’s time again for Portsmouth pub’s Drakefest bash

People enjoying Drakefest last year
People enjoying Drakefest last year
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IT is an action-packed music festival that attracts thousands of revellers every year.

Now Drakefest is back and the push is on to make it more successful than ever.

The event, which has raised more than £78,000 for charities since it began in 2008, will see 20 bands perform at The Admiral Drake in Portsmouth this weekend.

This year’s music festival is even more special as landlords Simon and Karen Hughes will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in charge.

Simon hopes visitors will help raise the cash necessary to reach the £100,000 mark.

He said: ‘It’s a spectacle of music and entertainment, it’s like a mini-festival now.

‘A lot of local people look forward to it.

‘It’s about getting the community together and seeing everyone enjoy themselves while raising money for charity.

‘Everyone pulls together on that weekend.’

‘We have been organising this now for the last three months and a lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes.

‘We’re really looking forward to it.’

Cash will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Care, Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal, Sam’s Haven and The Patey Day Centre in Cosham.

This time there will be a kids’ corner with balloons where children can play games and make things.

Portsmouth rock and roll band Rock Therapy will reunite especially for the occasion.

As reported in The News, the event began after popular Admiral Drake regular Mandy Sharpe-Williams was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She died in December 2009.

Doors open at 8pm tomorrow and tickets cost £2.

The festival then runs from midday on Saturday and Sunday with entry costing £5 each on both days.

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