Manchester is going to be a hive of festival awesomeness this year and there are two festivals in particular that I am very excited about. More so for the fact they are literally on my doorstep. A trip to the Ramsbottom Festival (Friday 16th- Sunday 18th May 2016) costs me £5 in a taxi!
Having attended and thoroughly enjoyed the family friendly Rammy Festival for the past 2 years, I am bowing down to the greatness of the organisers for securing such an iconic line up for 2016!
A total blast from the past, Gaz Coombes will be headlining on Saturday 17th May – now a solo artist, Gaz will no doubt be remembered for his impressive sideburns during the 1990’s and his time as vocalist in Supergrass. My running playlist includes many Supergrass tunes, however I am beyond excited to listen to tracks from his latest album ‘Matador’… live!
Sunday 18th May will offer an amazing festival closer in the form of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals! ‘Arguably the world’s finest and only purveyors of cinematic hip hop, rock ‘n’ roll, blues-jazz, latino soul vibes, Fun Lovin’ Criminals chronicled life during the mid-late 90s, in their native city of New York.’ I am already hoping that ‘Scooby Snacks’ is on the set playlist to close what is already shaping up to be the best Ramsbottom Festival yet!
With more acts due to be announced, including Friday night headliners, the line up currently includes:
Visionary rock musician Julian Cope.
Dark and brooding indie electro band The Slow Readers Club.
Loka will be offering a compelling and innovative journey with their eclectic sound.
The Selecter will be delivering their anarchic passion.
Sam Duckworth, formerly Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will be showcasing his new musical project.
Manchester five-piece The Travelling Band will be bringing their massive sound, that skips between gorgeous pop and giddy highs with deep caverns of deep folk.
Also performing will be Cattle & Cane, heavily championed by the BBC Introducing team.
New York Tourists are an alternative band described as Queens of the Stone Age meets Foals.
Maia will be offering a genre busting mix of sweet stunning vocal harmonies over funky blissed out grooves.
Lynched, the four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin will be performing.
The multi-award-winning Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys who will be serving up old-time roots music with an energy level.
South Wales based indie folk roots band, Rusty Shackle will be performing.
Ulster born singer songwriter and gramophone impresario Duke Special.
Classic blues rock three piece Wille and the Bandits.
Sounds of the Sirens, the foot-stomping, crowd-engaging female folk/rock duo.
Check out the Ramsbottom Festival site for more details on how you can purchase tickets and for more information regarding the festival.