By Ben Lugg
Badly Drawn Boy is to headline the first Ramsbottom Festival this year held between the 16-18 September.
The news was made public at a launch event on Friday where other details of the three day boutique festival were revealed.
Other acts set to perform at the festival held at the Ramsbottom Cricket Club include indie rock quintet Cherry Ghost and The Waterboys.
Organiser David Agnew is really pleased with how the festival is coming together.
“Ramsbottom is an amazing location and the cricket ground offers a festival venue second to none,” he said.
“The calibre and mix of artists we’ve already secured is incredible and unique to the Ramsbottom Festival.”
The village of Ramsbottom, situated near Bury has a rich musical tradition and organisers say the event in the picturesque bohemian enclave be one to remember.
There will be two stages for live music, the Main Stage and T’other Stage, as well as a Big Top with live DJ sets throughout the weekend, including from XFM DJ Gareth Brooks.
Confirmed festival acts Kirsty Almeida and the Troubadours, and Jo Dudderidge from The Travelling Band, provided a taster of the sounds on offer at the festival with short sets at Fridays launch event.
Aless Tinio who helps put on the festival said: “There is capacity for 5,000 people at the festival and we are really excited by acts we have managed to attract.”
The festival celebrates localism and genres represented will include rock, folk and electronica.
As well as music fans, the event will be of interest to real ale connoisseurs, food fanatics and anyone interested in the culture and heritage of Ramsbottom and the surrounding area.
A children’s entertainment tent and soft play area ensures the festival will have a friendly family atmosphere.
The Ramsbottom Festival is organised by Ramsbottom based Don’t Panic event management, Ramsbottom.com and The Met, Bury’s live arts venue.
The Festival is sponsored by the Forever Manchester fund-raising campaign which raises money for the unsung heroes of Manchester, who make a real difference to the lives of others.
Tickets for the Ramsbottom festival go on sale at 9am on Monday morning and cost £30 per day (early bird) or £55 for the weekend (early bird).
Festival favourite: Jo Dudderidge from The Travelling Band provides a taster of the sounds on offer at the festival