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30th March 2017


Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival is delighted that local brewery Hop Back Brewery is once again sponsoring Salisbury Live during the Festival fortnight this year.

Salisbury Live is running over all three weekends of the Festival and offering four nights of free gigs held in participating pubs and venues across the city plus live music in the Market Square on Friday 9 June from 12pm to 10pm.

Hop Back Brewery is based in Downton, just outside of Salisbury, and has been operating since 1986. Gaining much recognition within their field, the brewery has produced trend-setting beers through a combination of skilled brewers and top quality ingredients. Hop Back also brew limited edition beers each month to supplement the permanent range of cask ales.

John Gilbert, founder and Chairman of the brewery said: “Hop Back is Salisbury’s own brewer of award winning beers, which have gained accolades both nationally and internationally.  Our beers and pubs continue to be popular in this, our 30th anniversary year.

“We have now completed our major refit at the brewery, demonstrating our firm investment in and commitment to continuing future beer production in Salisbury.

“We are again delighted to sponsor Salisbury Live and appreciate the hard work and enthusiasm needed to put on such a prestigious event. We wish the organisers and performers all the best”.

Festival Director Toby Smith said: “We are delighted to be working with Hop Back Brewery for a second year, to make Salisbury Live a key part of the Festival fortnight. Salisbury Live is a much loved part of our free programme and sponsors such as Hop Back Brewery help make this exciting strand of the Festival possible”.



Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact Alison Pascalidis, Development Manager, Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival – or for images and press requests contact Lyndsey Harvey, Marketing and Communications Manager – or 01722 332241  

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

  • The 45th Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival runs from Friday 26 May – Saturday 10 June 2017.
  • The annual 16-day Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in 1973 with a performance by Paco Peña. It is a leading commissioning and producing Festival which attracts over 58,000 attendances each year and contributes £3m to the regional economy.
  • Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival won silver in the 2015 South West Tourism Awards for Tourism Event of the Year and won Wiltshire Event of the Year in the 2014 Wiltshire Life Awards.
  • Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival is supported by Principal Sponsor Ageas, Wiltshire Council and Arts Council England – South West. Its regional media partner is Salisbury Journal.
  • The Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England which champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.
  • The Festival is a registered charity, RCN 276940.


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