Nestled in the foothills of the Lancashire Pennines at one end of the East Lancashire Steam Railway, once a year the town of Ramsbottom plays host to a cultural smorgasbord of music, poetry and family orientated fun and this year is no exception with this year’s festival having an eclectic musical line up with more than a nod to folk on the final night. Spread over three nights and two full days, headlines are on the Friday Manchester stalwarts The Inspiral Carpets supported by the Janice Graham Band, Saturday sees duties performed by Mancunian heirs apparent I am Kloot and on the Sunday the stage is finally graced by Roddy Frame, of Aztec Camera fame, joining the likes of Thea Gilmore and Seth Lakeman to provide a folk twist Sunday.
The Inspiral Carpets need no introduction having recently not only toured on their own but also provided support to The Happy Mondays on their reunion tour. They are simply the sound of a generation for Manchester.
I Am Kloot’s latest album was the 2010 Sky At Night and was not only produced by Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Craig Potter but gained them a shortlisting for the Mercury Music Prize.
Accolades are second nature to Roddy Frame who has been writing and performing poetic songs about love and life since the age of 16 when he founded Aztec Camera gaining him a reputation as a modern day Robbie Burns. Achieving a worldwide hit in 1987 with Aztec Camera and the single Somewhere in My Heart, Roddy produced the critically acclaimed single Small World which you may have heard as the theme tune to the BBC comedy Early Doors.
The “supporting cast” are as talented as they are varied ranging from Saturday’s punk inspired Aircav and the always intruiging Roddy Woomble to two members of the original Wonderstuff line up, Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls, who join Saturday’s other acts, Leisure Society, Admiral Fallow and Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six to provide a varied and energetic Saturday line up. Sunday has a heavy folk base with Heidi Talbot, Kan, Rachel Sermanni and In Fear of Olive providing a perfect wind down to a lazy Sunday.
Discussing the collaboration with festival partners Hey Manchester, Folk Rising, Funkademia and Bop Local, David Agnew, festival director says “We’re thrilled to have an eclectic line-up which will attract people to a great festival location. We look forward to welcoming devout music fans as well as local audiences who have not experienced anything quite like it before. The line up is brilliant; full of fantastic music, comedy and family activities; it’s a friendly atmosphere and an affordable weekend party right on Manchester’s doorstep.”
Although there is no camping available a full list of local hotels and B&Bs is available on the festival website and for the more adventurous you can stay in the surrounding area and make you way to Ramsbottom via the East Lancashire Steam Railway. Yes, a festival, a steam railway AND a real ale tent. Festival heaven surely…
The Ramsbottom Festival is a not-for-profit project managed by The Met, an arts charity and performance venue in Bury. As well as all the bands, there are a variety of family friendly festival activities that make a great day out for all ages, from arts and music workshops and story telling to comedy, a funfair, a real ale tent, food and the contradiction in terms that is the silent disco.
Adults Children (Free for under 6’s)
Friday £18 £5 day tickets
Saturday and Sunday £37.50
Weekend £50 £10
Family Weekend £120 (2 adults, 3 children)
Contact number for tickets 0844 8842920