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Extra water for Mumford fans at Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
More than 90,000 extra litres of water have been brought in to keep festival goers cool this weekend.
The extra water will help to keep Mumford and Sons’ fans cool at the two-day festival in Lewes.
Festival organisers, Lewes District Council and Sussex Police have all ordered in extra liquid for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover festival as temperatures are expected to rise to 27C for the event which starts today.
About 25,000 fans are expected to lap up the sun and music at the event, which is the band’s only UK date on their Gentlemen tour.
The event in Convent Fields is expected to raise up to £3 million in “extraordinary revenue”
for local businesses.
Joining the Grammy awardwinning folksters will be handpicked guests Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines, Mystery Jets, Johnny Flynn And The Sussex Wit and The Very Best Soundsystem.
To mark the occasion instrument manufacturers Deering have produced a special banjo featuring the Lewes gig logo which is being auctioned on eBay for Lewes disability charity Oyster Project.
As The Argus went to print, bidding had exceeded £2,500 with two days still to go.
The news follows local brewer Harveys’ announcement last month that it has produced 700 pints of specially produced The Lewes Stopover Brew to mark the festival.
Yesterday, The Lewes Forum was still full of fans buying and selling tickets for the event.
About a quarter of ticketholders are from Lewes while 10,000 people are booked in to stay in the town over the course of the festival.
More than 1,100 pupils at the nearby Priory School will enjoy a day off because their s chool field is being used a campsite.
Lewes District Council leader James Page said: “I think it’s an awesome event to be happening in Lewes and it’s great to see the community spirit with bonfire societies coming together.
“It’s inevitable for any major event like this there will be the odd bottleneck and people might have to slowdown a bit.”
- Check out The Argus over the weekend for our coverage of the festival.
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