There has been an emergence of a Northern Powerhouse of festivals over the past few years, with Kendal Calling, a host of Yorkshire events – and one which has quietly made its way onto the circuit – Ramsbottom Festival.
Being a Lancashire lass, I’m glad to see an event which gives a platform to so many established and up and coming artists from the region.
When Doves decided to go their separate ways, it was interesting to see in what direction the former band members would take. Jez and Andy Williams formed Black Rivers (pictured above) and they will be performing at Rammy. (Jimi Goodwyn is now solo, read about his Hebden Bridge Trades appearance).
Also on the line-up are The Proclaimers, The Wonder Stuff, Idlewild, and (very much not local) The Magic Numbers. Tom Robinson and band are appearing, along with Radio 6 music’s Mark Radcliffe and Galleon Blast.
John Bramwell, singer songwriter with I Am Kloot, will also make an appearance, along with the emotive Manchester- based Slow Readers Club.
There are a total of five stages, plus craft ales including Silver Street Brewery. Also back by popular demand, a silent disco.
Ramsbottom Festival takes place this weekend 18–20th September at Ramsbottom Cricket Club. See website for details of prices, which will change on day of festival opening.