INDIE rock band British Sea Power and folk-rockers The Levellers are on the bill for this year’s Ramsbottom Festival.
The family-friendly festival is returning for its fourth year with a mix of national and international musicians, including Irish folk songstress Cara Dillon, folk pop group Admiral Fallow, folk/acoustic band Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, and the quirky Keston Cobblers’ Club.
The festival, at Ramsbottom Cricket Club, from Friday, September 19, to Sunday, September 21, has become as famous for its real ales and family entertainment as its mix of music.
David Agnew, director of The Met, Bury, and Ramsbottom Festival, said: “We’re hugely excited about a much fuller line-up and festival programme than ever before.
“From main stage hitters to festival surprises, this year will be the best yet.”
Other acts revealed include Randolph Swain, Mad Dog Mcrea, The Shee, Marcus Malone, Lisbee Stainton, Jo Harman, Harp and a Monkey, Gorgeous George with more — including the Sunday night headliner — to be announced.
Having 25 years experience in the music industry, The Levellers will kick off the festival on Friday night, followed by British Sea Power, who will take to the stage on Saturday with their theatrics and visual flair.
Described by Q Magazine as “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”, Cara Dillon will be performing tracks from her new album, A Thousands Hearts, alongside her partner, Sam Lakeman.
Acoustic folk four-piece Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, who last year won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, promise to be another highlight.
Keston Cobblers’ Club, led by siblings Matthew and Julia Lowe, are making waves with their harmonies and instru-mental prowess and have been championed by the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq.
Rising star Lisbee Stainton will be showcasing her unique acoustic folk sounds, while Glasgow six-piece Admiral Fallow perform beautifully eccentric songs with an indie-rock line-up of clarinet, flute, double bass, strings and jaw dropping vocals.
Organised by Bury’s The Met in partnership with The Bridgewater Hall, the festival won Small Tourism Event of the Year at the Manchester Tourism Awards 2013.
Family entertainment will include Walk The Plank, creating human sculptures and silhouetted characters inspired by European folklore on Friday and Saturday, and physical theatre company Pif-Paf telling stories inspired by the moon and the stars on Saturday and Sunday.
Organisers are working to arrange camping provision and plan to make an announcement in the coming months.
l Tickets are now on sale, from The Met, The Bridgewater Hall or ramsbottomfestival.com Day tickets cost £24 or £26 for adults, £6 for children and a family weekend ticket is £144.