Ramsbottom Festival 2016 – Did We Head For The Hills?

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Ramsbottom Festival

If there is one weekend of the year I look forward to the most, it is the weekend of the Head For The Hills Festival, formerly known as the Ramsbottom Festival – generally mid September and this year was no exception.

Ramsbottom Festival 2016 – Did We Head For The Hills?

head for the hills festival

Our third outing at the festival was the best yet and I can only imagine that next year will be even better.

Ramsbottom Festival
Gaz Coombes on stage

Mini Me is of an age now where she is happy to stay out even longer and enjoy all the music and family fun activities that are on offer at the Head For The Hills festival. Imagine my delight this year when Mini Me stated she wanted to stay and watch Gaz Coombes, Saturday night’s headliner. Cue many fist pumps about this – Supergrass are much loved in our house and it was an awesome moment to see my 7 year old daughter singing along when Gaz performed ‘Moving’.

Ramsbottom Festival
Photo Credit: Matty F Greenhalgh Photography
Ramsbottom Festival
Gaz Coombes – photo credit Matty F Greenhalgh Photography.

The festival isn’t all about the headliners though as the smaller stages always host spectacular talent. This year saw the inclusion of a new stage ‘By The River’, featuring some awesome talent, including REWS, who are hotly tipped by BBC introducing who we were lucky enough to catch performing ‘Can You Feel It’ and more.

Ramsbottom Festival

Ramsbottom Festival

Holy Moly and The Crackers totally rocked the ‘Smaller Stage’ tent with their grainy, gypsy folk rock music which you couldn’t help by sway to. I have a feeling this band will go far, definitely one to look out for!

Ramsbottom Festival
Holy Moly and The Crackers

Unfortunately we did not attend on the Sunday, where headliners the Fun Lovin’ Criminals seriously rocked Ramsbottom to the core for a night those who attended will never forget. I never thought I would write about Huey Morgan performing in Bury but by all accounts he ‘totally rocked and interacted with the crowd.’

Ramsbottom Festival
Photo Credit – Matty F Greenhalgh Photograhpy
Photo Credit - Matty F Greenhalgh Photography.
Photo Credit – Matty F Greenhalgh Photography.

Public Service Broadcasting rounded off the first night of the festival in style and gave festival goers an insight into what to expect from the weekend.

Ramsbottom Festival
Public Service Broadcasting – Photo Credit: Matty F Greenhalgh photography.
Public Service Broadcasting - Photo Credit: Matty F Greenhalgh Photography.
Public Service Broadcasting – Photo Credit: Matty F Greenhalgh Photography.

What I love most about the annual festival is how family friendly it is, even when you find yourself rolling out at 11pm! This is why I have no qualm in letting Mini Me enjoy the festival to the bitter end! The event totally restored my faith in people as my RayBan aviators were handed in at the Lost and Found tent – along with a rather odd list of items including a used tea towel. That just goes to prove what the atmosphere is like at the festival and how nice and intimate it is.

Ramsbottom Festival
Main stage

With food and drink stands galore, it was hard not to find something suited to everyone’s tastes. Stands included: Burrito Boys, The Farmer’s Wife, Johnny Baghdad’s and Piggy Smalls. The Official Festival Bar was the place to enjoy a rich selection of real ales, run by The Clarence in Bury.

Ramsbottom Festival
Mini Me even got to meet the legendary Disco Dave!

Children and adults alike were entertained and able to take part in a whole host of family arts and activities from Last Post, Nutkhut, Tea Club and many activities hosted by the Bury Collective. With stalls offering face painting, raffle games and more – there was lots to keep everyone occupied on what was an absolutely glorious weekend! The weather was certainly on our side!

Ramsbottom Festival
Gaz Coombes crowd

A massive congratulations to The Met in Bury and all the sponsors and volunteers who once again help to produce such a fantastic weekend festival. You all deserved a well earned rest!

Huge thanks also go to Matty Greenhalgh for allowing me to use his fantastic images in this article.

The planning for the Head For The Hills Festival 2017 is already in fruition, which is rather exciting news! I have already put in a request for Shed Seven and Ocean Colour Scene… we shall have to see! Who would you like to see performing at the festival next year?

Other Head For The Hills Festival posts:

Head For The Hills Festival 2018 Lineup (the controversial one!)
Head For The Hills Festival 2016
Head For The Hills Festival 2015

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Jenny @ thebrickcastle October 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Your mate really is an awesome photographer – it looks amazing. I can totally understand why you are always so excited to go. I realy must make it myself next year 🙂

S1m October 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

Yes!!! You must come next year, awesome atmosphere – the boys will absolutely love it – you too lovely lady!xxx

Hannah Spannah October 12, 2016 at 8:54 pm

I love the sound of this festival. We went to our first, DeerShed, this summer and loved it and Ramsbottam sounds similar but with much bigger acts. I’ll check this out for next year. Thank you for joining the #weekendblogshare

S1m October 13, 2016 at 10:48 am

The festival was awesome, it does keep getting better every year! Never heard of the DeerShed but will certainly look into it! Thank you for hosting #weekendblogshare x


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