Nottingham venue to host alcohol-free festival

Sobar will host two-day charity event in support of Double Impact

A new festival in Nottingham is set to be the first in the city to be alcohol free.

Sound Recovery will take place between August 16-17 at the Sobar, an entirely alcohol-free venue run by local charity Double Impact, who help those with alcohol and drugs issues. The festival will feature performances by artists from the area including Chloe Charlemagne, Oscar Speed, Lee Gough, Luna Dogs, Ivory Serfs and Matt Henshaw.

“These types of events are really important,” Richard Atkinson of Double Impact told the Nottingham Post.

“We found that one of the barriers to their recovery was social isolation and the lack of alcohol-free venues, particularly on evenings and weekends,” says Richard of the people the charity helps. “Sound Recovery highlights that you can go out and have a great time without alcohol, promotes visible recovery in our community and helps tackle anti-stigma.”

“The festival will have an eclectic range of musical genres, from indie, blues, jazz, R&B, acoustic folk, all the way to a stunning opera performance and a northern soul DJ,” Atkinson added. “It’ll be a fantastic music festival and a great showcase of some of Nottingham’s music talent.”

Tickets are available now priced £4–£7 from Sobar and online. All proceeds will go directly to Double Impact.