With about 15,000 pints consumed daily at Bushy’s Beer Tent over TT fortnight and racing fans eager to enjoy a feast of live music, work has been going on in earnest since Easter to ensure everything is in place.
The tent, situated in the Bottleneck car park on Douglas seafront, opens for business on Sunday, kicking off with a 12-hour music marathon.
Over the fortnight, the Main Stage will play host to a range of local acts and those from further afield thanks to Triskel Promotions.
Regular attendees at Bushy’s Beer Tent will be quick to notice the old blue and white striped tarpaulin has been replaced with a larger tent from A3 Island Marquees
While looking a little different on the outside, the memorabilia, paraphernalia, staff and beers will still be the same within.
Triskel Promotions managing director Lenny Conroy said: ‘We get overwhelmed with enquiries to play Bushy’s which on the one hand ensures we will always be able to put bands on but on the other, the standards are so high, it is very difficult to whittle down to the lucky few over the fortnight.
‘I feel we have a good cross-section of old favourites, some fresh new local talent and a heady mix of classic rock from the UK and even some indie from France!
‘We are pleased to welcome back the Roc Vannin Choir on Mad Sunday and the Big Beat drummers return with a session and news of their next big event.’
Andrea Dentith has been organising the music marathon for many years and it again features a great mix of local bands. Wristbands for this event are £10 with all proceed going to local charities.
The acts will be performing on the island’s largest professional outdoor stage, with the latest VHD 2.0 sound system and a lighting rig featuring more than 28 moving lights and LED panels to give as true a professional experience as at any festival in the UK.
Event Lighting Services managing director Justin McMullin said: ‘Bushy’s means a great deal to us as it allows us to give local bands and artists the chance to perform on a professional outdoor stage with the very best kit which is a rare opportunity in the island.’
Chris Shaw returns as MC for the fortnight.
VisionCast, a subsidiary of ELS, will provide a state-of- the-art view of the tent via its webcam streaming.
The Main Stage is once again sponsored by Carole Nash.
Meanwhile, Bushy’s runs a second venue down in Port Erin for those looking for a more chilled out sunset type of vibe.
The Beach Stage is sponsored again by Colas and runs from Thursday, June 2 through to Saturday, June 10, featuring several of the bands headlining at the tent.
So if you can’t make town for one, you may be able to enjoy a pint on the wall and catch them in Port Erin.
The staging is from Absolute Scaffolding and Nick Cain has provided electrical expertise.
Check out the full gig guide on the Bushys TT 2016 Facebook page.