If there is one weekend of the year I look forward to the most, it is the weekend of Ramsbottom Festival – generally mid September and this year was no exception.
Our third outing at the festival was the best yet and I can only imagine that next year will be even better.
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 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’.
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.
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!
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. You can check out more of his work at his site MFGP.
The planning for the 2017 Ramsbottom festival 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?