Ramsbottom Festival will be celebrating its fifth birthday with a line-up full of Northern clout, revealing headline acts as Idlewild and The Proclaimers. The three-day festival will also include performances by Ciaran Lavery, Tom Robinson Band and Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast, with many more acts to be announced over the coming months.
Roll in by stream train, take in the surrounding hills of the West Pennines and camp out in the Lancashire countryside – Rammy with its riverside location is one festival which can truly be called beautiful. Its eclectic mix of indie, rock and folk music, as well as family arts shows and specially brewed ales, combine to make it a fully fledged member of the summer festival circuit that maintains its laid back boutique feel.
Scottish five-piece Idlewild will headline on Saturday with tracks from their new album, ‘Everything Ever Written’. Scot brothers Charlie and Craig Reid of The Proclaimers will perform to crowds on Sunday, singing material from their newly released album ‘Let’s Hear It For The Dogs’, alongside folky anthems like ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and ‘Letter from America’. Friday’s headliner is still to be announced.
Up-and-coming Spotify sensation Ciaran Lavery will be performing his own brand of heart-on-sleeve acoustic pop, while rock veteran and BBC 6 Music presenter Tom Robinson returns with his eponymous band, bringing new material alongside his 70s hits. Also in the line-up are DJ Mark Radcliffe’s pirate themed shanty band Galleon Blast, Irish soul songstress Grainne Duffy, folk-blues singer Marc O’Reilly and Manchester’s own Space Monkeys. Other performers include The Sundowners, Slow Readers Club, The Narrows, Rura, Flight Brigade, The Slytones, Houdini Dax, Edward II, Baked A La Ska, Bendrix, Moulettes and David Gibb.
What’s new for Rammy’s fifth birthday?
Five stages: An area dedicated to family arts becomes Rammy’s fifth stage, with a curious crew of puppeteers, musicians, acrobats, dancers and storytellers leading performances and workshops – learn the art of stone balancing and soul tap.
Home brew: Silver Street Brewery brings you the taste of Rammy 2015 with a special edition Ramsbottom Festival beer, a light easy drinking ale perfect for the end of summer.
New commission: Make way for artist Ruby Soho’s The Marie Celestial – a walking, mechanical art installation and street theatre show featuring live, interactive and aerial circus performance and music.
Happy campers: No coaches required this year as festival goers pitch up on a new campsite next to the festival ground. It’s a ten minute walk along the Irwell Sculpture Trail then out into lush open farmland.
Ssshh – Back by popular demand this year is the Silent Disco – choose your soundtrack from funk, indie, rock, northern soul, dance and reggae.
Full Festival: Family £120, Adult £55, Teen £17, Child £9
Friday Ticket: Adult £21, Teen £9, Child £6
Saturday Ticket: Adult £25, Teen £10, Child £6
Sunday Ticket: Adult £23, Teen £10, Child £6
Under 6s go free.
These are current rates, with prices increasing with the next release of tickets on 1 May.