A ONE-off streaming event will be hitting cyberspace next week in place of a boutique music festival.

Promoters had been forced to abandon the ninth outing for what has become Head for the Hills, in Ramsbottom.

But now organisers have partnered with United We Stream to showcase some of their friends, with pre-recorded sets at venues across the town, on Saturday, December 5.

Live sets have been promised by I Am Kloot's John Bramwell and Jesca Hoop art pop trio Stealing Sheep have been lined up.

And international artistes who have trod the festival boards, like Canada's The Once, Giant Rooks from Germany and Scottish band Elephant Sessions are set to beam in performances from around the world. More performers are set to be revealed over the coming week, with DJ sets also being announced.

Sacha Lord, GM music tsar, said: “I’m really pleased that we will be showcasing the best of Head For The Hills on United We Stream Greater Manchester. This is a cracking small festival, one of the best in the North, rich in local talent and creativity, and it’s right here in Ramsbottom.

“The Met has been United We Stream’s home since we began the project at the end of March so creating a virtual Head For The Hills in conjunction with the team there is a perfect way to celebrate the collaborations and creativity that have endured this year.

Festival sites such as Ramsbottom Cricket Club and The Met will provide the backdrop for some of the acts.

Cllr Jane Black added: "We’re delighted that, thanks to a partnership with United We Stream, we’re able to share a taster of one of the most important events in our cultural calendar."

The festival will be @StreamGM and @head4hillsfest online.