The first acts have just been announced for the 2013 Ramsbottom Festival and already social media is buzzing with the news that the headliners are Sinéad O’Connor, Richard Hawley and the Futureheads over the three-day Ramsbottom Festival from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September. Supports include The Beat, Public Service Broadcasting and the Unthanks with even more acts set to be announced.
Sinéad O’Connor’s 9th album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, was released to critical acclaim in 2012 and she performed on Later with Jools Holland in November 2012 with her performance being voted best performance of the series.
Hawley’s latest album, Standing at the Sky’s Edge (2012), was shortlisted for ‘Album Of The Year’ for the Mercury Music Prize as well as being in Best Albums 2012 polls for Q Magazine, Mojo, Uncut, NME, The Sun, and Shortlist.
Sunderland’s The Futureheads are one of the best of the UK’s ‘angular’ movement being inspired by post-punk, new wave, and pop and have an impressive catalogue across five albums from the debut The Futureheads (2004); to their latest offering, Rant (2012).
This year’s confirmed festival line up from organisers, The Met in Bury, continues to build the event’s reputation in attracting national talent and showcasing up and coming artists to a growing loyal and appreciative regional audience and the Festival will also be joining forces with The Bridgewater Hall to bring a wider audience of musical tourists to this boutique music festival in the Lancashire countryside. David Agnew, Director of The Met and Ramsbottom Festival comments, “We’re really proud that this young festival has found such a pace. With the support of local and regional partners Ramsbottom Festival follows The Met’s blueprint for engaging new audiences and bringing quality music and arts to the northwest region. Ramsbottom is a fantastic location and the programme this year offers an amazing range of live music we know will appeal to audiences from throughout Greater Manchester and Pennine Lancashire.”
Over 13,000 pints of the Rammy festival ale were supped last year supplied by local brewery Irwell Works.
Headline acts in 2012 included the Inspiral Carpets, I Am Kloot, Leisure Society, Thea Gilmore and Roddy Frame.
Back by popular demand in 2013, festival-goers can expect the Funkedemia Silent Disco, three stages of music, workshops and entertainment for the kids as well as poetry and musical interludes.
Visitors can also arrive in style on the Festival Express, the East Lancashire Steam Railway lays on a service from Bury to the edge of the festival site.
For more information or to sign up for the email newsletter at www.ramsbottomfestival.com
Tickets are on sale now, prices start from just £65 for the full weekend and £23 for a single day with discounts for families and children. Under 6′s are free.
To book visit: ramsbottomfestival.com
This piece first appeared in The Manchester Gazette