Free music festival promises an eclectic Musical Mystery Tour around Hertford this August Bank Holiday Sunday
- Credit: Charles Hoggarth
August Bank Holiday Sunday sees the long-awaited return of the Musical Mystery Tour.
Being held for the first time since the pandemic, visitors to Hertford on Sunday, August 28 can look forward to live music across 35 venues around the county town, with over 230 performance slots booked by more than 150 acts.
Organised by Hertford Music Festival (MHF), the Mystery Tour will see music played in pubs, clubs, shops, restaurants, and public spaces from lunchtime to bedtime – and all for free.
Music fans can expect pretty much every musical genre under the sun, from rock, indie and punk to folk, funk, ska, reggae, jazz and more.
"We’ve got some great venues on board," says co-chairman Kev Saunders.
"Some that haven’t been involved before, The Great Eastern and Mr Tanaka's for example,, and McMullen's Brewery Yard, a fabulous new outdoor but covered venue in the heart of Hertford – and home to Rivertown Brewing."
There's a terrific line-up for the McMullen's Yard in Old Cross, with scheduled performances from the likes of Mimram Big Band, Lip Service Brass Band, Los Ladrones De Amor, Oscar Tavares, Radio Video and The Bleedin' Business at the home of main sponsors Rivertown Brewing.
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Meanwhile, The White Hart will revisit the ‘Punky Reggae Party' theme Kev came up with back in 2016 when Glen Matlock from The Sex Pistols headlined.
The Real McKoys take the headline slot at 10pm this year for an hour turning power ballads into punk-rock anthems.
Others booked include The Mag 7, featuring Terry Lee Miall, formerly of Adam and the Ants, awesome reggae band The SGs, and Clash tribute The Trash.
Kev Saunders and the team have worked literally round the clock to get all the line-ups finalised.
"With so much happening, some changes are inevitable – but the website will be updated right up to the last minute. And, of course, there’s a constant torrent of social media posts, thanks to our social media guru, Amy Jay."
Headline sponsors are Rivertown Brewing, along with co-sponsors The Hertford Club, Cinnabar, Go-Getters, Hertford Town Council, Duffield Harrison, HD Print, Hertford Planning, Gig Gear, Apollo Audio, Couvre-Feu, Steve Beeston Photography, Brass Tacks Web Design and Discover Hertford Online.
Organisers are also calling on the public to volunteer to help the Green Party at the Musical Mystery Tour.
East Herts Council have informed the festival team that they will not be providing the clean-up operation as they have in the past.
Kev said: "So we’re extremely grateful to our friends Alexandra Daar and the Green Party for their support, working at the MMT from 3pm to 8pm collecting, sorting and distributing litter for recycling."
More volunteers are wanted. Email email@example.com if you can help.