Head for the Hills

“A belter of a boutique festival” – Northern Soul

Head for the Hills has established itself with an eclectic mix of music from international and national musicians and DJs, alongside local bands and rising stars, as well as the finest locally produced food and beer the region can provide.

Ramsbottom is a beautiful town situated in the west Pennine moors in Bury. As a year-round tourist attraction the town boasts a heritage railway, independent shops, pubs and cafe’s, all of which make it a popular place to visit. As a festival location, these elements create a unique experience, combining the picturesque charm of the town with the thrill of a music festival.

Since the inaugural Ramsbottom Festival in 2011, the Festival has grown in profile and reputation, with headline acts including; Inspiral Carpets, The Waterboys, Seth Lakeman, Admiral Fallow, I Am Kloot, The Animals, Badly Drawn Boy, Guillemots, Capercaille, Roddy Frame, Soul II Soul, Sinead O’Connor, Richard Hawley, British Sea Power, The Proclaimers, Public Service Broadcasting, Fun Lovin Criminals and The Levellers. Winner of Best Small event in 2013 at the Marketing Manchester Tourism Awards, the festival supports emerging talent and audience development for high quality arts and culture.

In 2020, the festival partnered with United We Stream to create an online festival braodcast on 5th December reaching more than 35,000 audience with a mix of live and pre-recorded music and arts content.

In 2021 we moved to Burrs Park with a programme designed to re engage with post pandemic audiences. The festival continues to evolve with renewed support via Arts Council National Portfolio funding 2023-2026.