Words by Dave Jones.
I have fond memories of Ramsbottom festival from when I reviewed the event for Now Then Manchester magazine a couple of years ago. Hosted by Ramsbottom Cricket Club and surrounded by the rolling Pennines, whose adorning forest provides a beautiful amphitheatre, there is always a rich and diverse bill that bubbles with promise.
My approach the last time around was to steer clear of the headline acts – who this year will be Public Service Broadcasting (Friday 16th), Gaz Coombes (Saturday 17th) and Fun Lovin’ Criminals (Sunday 18th) – as other journos would be all over them. I wanted to see the bands and artists lower down the bill to try and get a local flavour of the festival. I found a band called Walk, who were the stars of the festival for me. Harp and a Monkey ran them a close second and I understand both bands are still doing well. There was also a hurricane which did nothing to dampen the spirit, which speaks volumes for this durable and evolving festival.
Once again, I will be looking at the less obvious acts and especially local ones, as Ramsbottom has an admirable record of supporting them. Finally, I have a confession to make: I will be checking out Julian Cope who I have seen more times than I, or he, can remember, just to see what the lad is up to these days. It will be special, as always.
Ramsbottom Festival runs from 16-18 September, 2016, taking place at Ramsbottom Cricket Club.
For more information on the line-up and tickets, visit their website, ramsbottomfestival.com.
Ramsbottom Cricket Club