4:38pm Friday 13th September 2013
Music fans heading to the Ramsbottom Festival may not just be “here for the beer” — but they could be tempted by one particular tipple.
The Ramsbottom Festival Ale has been developed by Bury based brewers Outstanding Beers for the festival, with staff from Automatic Cafe at The Met also running the bars.
The third annual festival will take place tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, with dozens of bands set to perform on one of the three stages.
It is the latest and most high profile event in Ramsbottom’s long cultural calendar, after the Chocolate Festival, the Wild West Weekend and most recently the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships.
Organisers expect around 6,000 people to attend the site at Ramsbottom Cricket Club across the weekend, with the action set to begin tomorrow when gates open at 5pm, and gates open at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Headline performances come from post-punk band The Futureheads on Friday, Sheffield crooner Richard Hawley on Saturday and rounding off proceedings on Sunday is Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor.
But it is not all about the music, as there are a variety of activities for children and a wide selection of food and drink to enjoy.
Highlights include poet Dominic Berry, who will perform his children’s show on Saturday and Sunday; Bury Arts Collective showing children how to make ‘Heads on Sticks’; and Utterly Butterly Ukulele Project with a music and junk instrument making workshop.
Festivalgoers can enjoy food from around the world, including stalls from Ramsbottom’s very own Eagle and Child and The Buddah Lounge.
David Agnew, Director of The Met and Ramsbottom Festival, said: “This year looks set to be the best yet. Alongside the amazing music and stunning location we have a whole host of surprises and activities sure to delight audiences.”
Those travelling to the festival are advised to use public transport, as there is no parking on the festival site and limited spaces in Ramsbottom.
A festival bus will be in use for those travelling from Manchester costing £10, departing from Chorlton Street in Manchester and Beech Road in Chorlton at 5pm on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday, with the return bus leaving at 11pm.
There is also a camping option, with the site located at Park Hold Farm in Jumbles Lane, Bradshaw, and a festival bus will return to the campsite each day.
Tickets are still available, and tickets for each day can be bought on the gate, with a Friday day ticket costing £23 or £28 for Saturday or Sunday.
For more information: visit ramsbottomfestival.com
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