THE bank holiday weekend revved into life today (August 26) with one of Builth Wells’ newest and most popular events determined to put pedal to the metal on its return.

After being postponed twice last year and earlier this year, the No Bull: Just Beer & Bikes festival opened its gates at midday on Thursday, with a full line-up of fun announced for the weekend.

After First Minister Mark Drakeford announcement in early July that Wales would take the first step towards alert level zero, show organisers were quick to respond – revealing that the summer version of the rally would be going ahead.

“Not long now until we can all enjoy good times again,” rally organisers posted on their Facebook page earlier this week.

“No Bull gates open 12 noon on Thursday and close at 8pm.” The event officially gets going on Friday, running until Monday, August 30.

Hosted by Penmaenau Events and held at the family’s Penmaenau farm in Llanelwedd, just outside Builth, it is now in its 13th year and has been gaining momentum since first being held in 2009.

The show is normally held twice a year – the first one over the second bank holiday weekend in May, which had to be cancelled this year due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns.

After Mr Drakeford’s announcement last month, Ann Morgan, of Penmaenau Events, said on the No Bull Facebook page: “Following on from the Drakeford announcement today, No Bull will happen August 27-28-29-30, 2021.”

Gates open on Friday at 9am and close at 9pm, with the site again open from 9am on Saturday until 4pm. Weekend tickets are £30, with costs of £10 per car, van, or campervan and £10 per caravan or trailer. All bikes and trikes go free of charge, while blue badge holders’ vehicles are also free.

Catering vans on site are cash only but bars are cash or card.

There will be live bands performing acrosst the weekend, both over at the rally site and at the Fountain Inn, in Builth, which is also run by the events company.

Panic station, The Imposters and Revolver are performing in town on Saturday, August 28, with Best Foot Forward, The Daggers and The Deadly playing on Sunday, all from midday. Other bands on the bill at the site include The Satellites, BREATHE FIRE, Dizzy Lizzy, Full Dark No Stars, Temporary Chaos, 5th Element, 7 Slitha, A Whole lotta Rock and Pipe Dream.

“Due to the continued possible uncertainties regarding Covid-19 restrictions, cash payment will be required on the gate,” organisers said on the event website.

“Please ensure you have correct payment prior to entry as no change can be given.

“Prior to arrival on site, please ensure you have your name and telephone number written down for track and trace purposes. All requested information forms part of our risk assessment in order to host the event.”