The Farm, N-Trance, Clint Boon and Brother Beyond head to Oldham for new free music festival

A brand-new, family-friendly music festival is coming to Oldham town centre – and best of all, it’s free.

#OldhamLIVE will take place on Saturday, September 9, under the Parliament Square owls with a line-up that includes a headline set from The Farm, best known for their 1990s baggy anthem Altogether No.

The festival has been set up by Oldham Council and independent radio station Revolution 96.2, and promises to be a great day out for the whole family.

Gemma Hunt, popularly known as Gem from the CBeebies’ hit show Swashbuckle, will kick things off at noon, headlining a pirate-themed, daytime line-up full of magic shows, puppet performances and Prince and Princess singalongs.

Live music gets underway at 6pm with Stooshe, Kelly Lorenna from N-Trance, a Clint Boon DJ set and Nathan Moore from Brother Beyond also joining The Farm on the bill.

Oldham Council Leader, Jean Stretton, said she was very excited to begin counting down until the big day.

“This festival will plug a gap in Oldham’s entertainment offer and it’s great news for residents, families, music lovers, visitors and town centre traders,” she said.

“We’ve got some brilliant local live music venues and events but the new Parliament Square gives us the chance to deliver something extra.

“This is a festival with a line-up of established acts and entertainment where families can have fun and enjoy some of the best-selling artists of recent years – and all for free. 

“We’re working with Revolution 96.2 doing our bit to promote Oldham and to give families a top day out.

“Your bit is to simply come along, enjoy yourselves, spread the word and help to give our local economy a real boost on the day.” 

Managing Director at Revolution 96.2 Matt Ramsbottom also had positive things to say about the upcoming event.

He said: “This is brilliant news for Oldham – a real first for the town centre and we’re excited to be making this happen.

“There’s going to be something on offer for everyone at #OldhamLIVE.

“The pirate-themed kids’ show is bound to be a real hit and great fun, and we’ve tried hard with the music line-up to suit all kinds of tastes.

“There are acts on the bill for the nostalgic – from the 80’s, 90s, Noughties – and now.”

DJs Elliot Eastwick and Dave Sweetmore from the radio station will lead the Parliament Square crowds through the event.

Local businesses are encouraged to capitalise on the festival and promote special offers for the day using the #OldhamLIVE hashtag on social media.

#OldhamLIVE falls on the final day of the Your Oldham Festival which aims to celebrate the great co-operative activities happening across the borough.

From 10am to 2pm on the same day families can enjoy the ‘Your Future’ event at Oldham Library.

From creating futuristic pieces of artwork at one of the craft sessions, to duelling with Darth Vader or dancing with royal guests, there should be something for everyone.

To book tickets and guarantee your place for some Galactic Knight Training or a Princess Singalong with your favourite Ice Queen, visit www.youroldham.coop.

Full event timings and information on other arrangements for #OldhamLIVE will be released in the run-up to September 9.

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