Soul II Soul will see out the 2014 festival season with a bang on Sunday 21st September at this year’s Ramsbottom Festival
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st September
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British dance and R&B legends Soul II Soul will see out the 2014 festival season with a bang on Sunday 21st September at this year’s Ramsbottom Festival. Rocketing to fame in 1989 with hit ‘Back to Life’, the group will be bringing its cool fusion of reggae, blues and dance vibes to Lancashire’s laid-back festival. Levellers will be headlining on Friday with British Sea Power topping the bill on Saturday.
Rammy will be giving festival crowds the ultimate summer finale and Soul II Soul’s classic and infectious sounds will bring a weekend of partying, dancing and chilling out to the perfect close. Led by DJ Jazzie B, the group is currently celebrating its 25th year in the industry and to date has sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
Two more acts have also been announced as part of Friday’s line-up. These are Manchester quartet The Tapestry, which after stints supporting the likes of Pete Doherty and The Strypes will be performing its own brand of dirty garage pop, and newly-signed Northern three-piece Berlin Berlin, which is celebrating the release of its debut single, ‘Josef’. Joining the bill for Saturday’s line-up is Thugs on Wolves, taking to the stage with signature tribal beats, electronic surges and folksy harmonies.
Also new for this year will be the Chameleon Stage, featuring artists programmed by Manchester’s The Big Slice, which works to champion and find platforms for rising home grown talent. It will be presenting up-and-coming solo vocalist and instrumentalist Rum Thief, acoustic folk singer/songwriter Matt Hamer and five-piece band Second Hand Wings on the Sunday afternoon.
British Sea Power, Levellers, Soul II Soul, Jimi Goodwin, Cara Dillon, Admiral Fallow, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, Keston Cobblers’ Club, The Skints, Luke Daniels, Neville Staple Band, Randolph Swain and The Red Lights, Mad Dog Mcrea, The Shee, Marcus Malone, Lisbee Stainton, Jo Harman and Company, Harp and a Monkey, Gorgeous George, Bird to Beast, By the Rivers, Gramotones, Racing Glaciers, Frankie Foreman, XOVA, Paper Beat Scissors, Nell Bryden, Hans Theessink, My Sweet Patootie, The Minx, Jolanga, Vinny Peculiar, The Tapestry, Berlin Berlin, Rum Thief, Matt Hamer, Thugs on Wolves, Second Hand Wings
Now in its fourth year, Ramsbottom Festival offers an eclectic mix of indie, rock, folk and reggae music. The festival is organised by Bury’s The Met in partnership with The Bridgewater Hall and won Small Tourism Event of the Year at the Manchester Tourism Awards in 2013.
Stalls from local restaurants and street food vendors will be offering a variety of Great British grub and international cuisine, plus a special edition Ramsbottom Festival Ale. Family entertainment is also a real highlight and touring art shows will feature circus performers, puppets, dancers, music and magic.
Burrs Country Park, not far from the festival site, offers a remote riverside campsite with toilets and water facilities available, plus its own pub. Return coaches will be run each evening. Weekend camping including car parking is charged at £36 per tent, with nightly pitches from £15. There’s also the chance to hire a luxury tipi, pitched and ready to roll into. Standard camping and tipis are bookable at the festival website.
Caravans and campervans can stay at Burrs Park caravan site. For more information and bookings go to www.burrs.org.uk/caravan.htm
If you fancy making a weekend of it with family and friends, the nearby Activity Centre offers bunk rooms priced at £200 per night for a family group of up to 18 people or £300 for a group of up to 34 people. For more information visit www.burrs.org.uk/bunkhouse.htm
Ramsbottom Festival takes place Friday 19th – Sunday 21st September 2014
at Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Bury, just 12 miles from Manchester city centre.
Festival bus service from Manchester and Chorlton
A festival bus will depart from Chorlton Street, Manchester and Beech Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy each day of the festival. The bus will pick up at 5pm Friday 19 September, 12noon Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September and return at 11pm each day. Return tickets cost just £10 per day. For more information and to book go to www.ramsbottomfestival.com/travel/
Tickets are now on sale and are available from www.ramsbottomfestival.com or by dropping in at The Met or The Bridgewater Hall.
Weekend: family £144 (two adults and up to three children), adults £66 / children £11 (ages 6 – 16, under 6s go free)
Friday: £24 adults / £6 children
Saturday: £26 adults / £6 children
Sunday: £26 adults / £6 children
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Ramsbottom Festival brings a quality, eclectic mix of established international musicians and emerging artists to a beautiful town on the outskirts of Lancashire. A chance to enjoy great music, local food and beer in beautiful surroundings.
For 2014, Rammy has joined with Wild Rumpus to welcome a new brigade of touring arts shows for families, alongside other festivals including Kendal Calling and Just So Festival. The partnership has been funded by Arts Council England. Also joining the family programme is the Wild in Art project, which will see a collection of colourful 3D sculptures including giant animals and magical creatures taking up residence on the cricket wicket at the centre of the festival site.
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