Rammyfest 2013 – Preview

Ramsbottom festival was one of my highlights of last year. The first acts have been announced for the 2013 three-day event that runs from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September.Rammyfest 2012-4410

This is Rammyfest’s third year which in a short time has built up a reputation and a following that is likely to see tickets sell quickly.

Rammyfest 2012-4753David Agnew and his team at the Met in Bury have yet again put together a top line up building on the event’s fast growing reputation. The festival blends a range of musical styles from national and up and coming artists across 3 stages, 2 undercover. Festival-goers can enjoy the Funkedemia Silent Disco, workshops and entertainment for the kids as well as poetry and musical interludes. Rammyfest 2012-3531This makes it trully accessable for the widest possible audience including families.

Its got the right philosophy too in practically encouraging new bands, something larger events often just give lip service to.

David Agnew, Director of The Met and Ramsbottom Festival comments, “We’re really proud that this young festival has found such a pace. With the support of local and regional partners Ramsbottom Festival follows The Met’s blueprint for engaging new audiences and bringing quality music and arts to the northwest region.”

The headliners are Sinéad O’Connor, Richard Hawley and the Futureheads. Supports include The Beat, Public Service Broadcasting and the Unthanks with many more acts set to be announced.

Sinéad O’Connor’s 9th album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, was released to critical acclaim in 2012 and she performed on Later with Jools Holland in November 2012 with her performance being voted best of the series. I saw her excellent performance at the Manchester International festival in July 2011. Time may have changed her looks from the famous video of Nothing Compares to You from 1990, but make no mistake, her voice has the same power and quality, her personality is as imposing and uncompromising and her more recent has no lesser quality than her back catalogue.

Hawley’s latest album, Standing at the Sky’s Edge was shortlisted for ‘Album Of The Year’ for the Mercury Music Prize as well as being in Best Albums 2012 polls for Q Magazine, Mojo, Uncut and the NME among others.

Rammyfest 2012-3434Sunderland band The Futureheads have an impressive catalogue across five albums from the debut The Futureheads; to their latest offering, Rant. The band is influenced by New Wave and post-punk bands such as Gang of Four, Devo, XTC, Wire and headline the friday Night.

Evidently Over 13,000 pints of the Rammy festival ale were supped last year supplied by local brewery Irwell Works. I can personally recommend what was a fine ale at a reasonable price.

It is one of the few festivals that you can arrive at by Steam train. The East Lancashire Steam Railway lays on a service from Bury to the edge of the festival site.

Tickets are on sale now, prices start from just £65 for the full weekend and £23 for a single day with discounts for families and children. Under 6′s are free.

For more information, tickets or to sign up for the email newsletter go to www.ramsbottomfestival.com

You can see more photos here and you can read my review of last years festival hereRammyfest2012-2447

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