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Ramsbottom Festival

Guillemots, Badly Drawn Boy and Young Knives play new boutique music festival

Published on August 14th 2011.


Ramsbottom Festival

MUSIC fans of Manchester, put this date in your diary. The first ever Ramsbottom Festival is happening on Friday 16-Sunday 18 September with acts including The Guillemots, Badly Drawn Boy, Cherry Ghost, The Animals, The Waterboys, Young Knives and the Travelling Band.

Badly Drawn BoyBadly Drawn BoyThe festival brings together some of the most exciting names in music to a riverside location just a hop and a skip away from Manchester. And refreshingly in these days of £300 festival tickets, prices are low. It's £15 for Friday tickets, and £35 for tickets for Saturday/Sunday – buy them here. (Saturday tickets are selling fast.)

As well as the ace music, there'll be foodie delights including real ales from local brewers Outstanding, who are creating an exclusive festival beer just for the weekend. And the finest in locally produced food will be on offer in the Ramsbottom Cricket Club.

The eclectic line-up looks like it'll attract a friendly, music-loving crowd (rather than plastic pint pot-hurling maniacs). As well as the indie and rock, there's blues, folk and roots with acts including Capercaille, Mike McGoldrick, and Kristy Almeida and the Troubadours, electronica, jazz and more.

The Waterboys, S%26#38%3BM PurpleThe WaterboysA recent addition to Friday night is 6music DJ Mark Radcliffe with his new band Mark Radcliffe and the Big Figure. This is a R&B band in the classic Dr Feelgood mould.

If you like music festivals but struggle to summon the money and effort required to get to one, this is for you. Affordable, nearby, and with a top line-up of internationally-acclaimed acts. And it's all happening at a village cricket club beside a pretty river. Ramsbottom is getting cooler by the second.

Ramsbottom Festival, 16-18 September, Ramsbottom Cricket Club.

Buy tickets here.

FRIDAY

THE ANIMALS AND FRIENDS

STEVE CROPPER (STAX/BOOKER T & THE MG'S)

MARK RADCLIFFE AND THE BIG FIGURES

MOLLY BLOOM - WINNER OF UNSIGNED COMPETITION

SATURDAY

GUILLEMOTS

BADLY DRAWN BOY

CHERRY GHOST

YOUNG KNIVES

THE TRAVELLING BAND

KID BRITISH

THE RAINBAND

JANICE GRAHAM BAND

RUBY ANN PATTERSON - WINNER OF UNSIGNED COMPETITION

STEPHEN HUDSON - WINNER OF UNSIGNED COMPETITION

SUNDAY

THE WATERBOYS

CAPERCAILLE

AHAB

MICHAEL MCGOLDRICK & FRIENDS

OTIS GIBBS

THE ONCE

KIRSTY ALMEIDA & THE TROUBADOURS

SAM SWEENEY & HANNAH JAMES

TAYLOR AND THE MASON - WINNER OF UNSIGNED COMPETITION

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