The hills are alive with the sound of music at the award-winning ‘Head for the Hills’ festival. This hidden gem of the north is back for a weekend of incredible live music, theatre performances, and great local ale.

Concealed away in the rolling hills of Lancashire, in the artisan mill-town of Ramsbottom sits the end of summer festival Head for the Hills. Every September, the festival brings an eclectic mix of established, international, emerging bands and artists, DJ’s, and theatre performances across multiple stages at Ramsbottom cricket club.

This September’s festival will be its eighth year since its creation in 2010. Although it’s only been a year since it has been transformed into Head for the Hills. Until 2017, it was known as Ramsbottom festival or Rammy fest, to the locals.

The festival has attracted many famous faces to perform across its eight year run, headlining acts of the festival have included; The Proclaimers, Public Service broadcasting, Idlewild, Maximo Park,  and The Stranglers.

Photo from Head for The Hills Website

This year sees another group of incredible acts take to the main stage. Over the three-days from the 14th -16th of September, the headlining acts include; The Selector and the Beat, The Boomtown Rats and The Bluetones. Other talented artists who will feature at this year’s festival include; The Lovely Eggs, Keston Cobblers Club, Holy Moly & The Crackers, Hope & Social, Molotov Jukebox, LIINES and Stealing Sheep, performing their Suffragette Tribute.

Not only does Head for the Hills festival have a brilliant mix of music performances, they also have theatre stages, out-door art installations, workshops and a children’s programme. There is plenty of activities to get up to if you aren’t watching the headliners.

Photo from @head4hillsfest Instagram

Those behind the Hills:
The festival is carefully curated by THE MET theatre in Bury who alongside Blueprint Studios and Scruff of the Neck, plan meticulously to get this festival to the best it can be. All their hard work payed off when Head for the Hills won Northern Souls ‘Music Festival of the year’ in 2017.

The MET theatre are also in charge of the festival volunteers. The festival has a buzz of excitement throughout the weekend and that is down to the passionate volunteers which work hard to make the weekend as enjoyable as possible. The volunteers showcase the best of Lancastrian hospitality and are happy to help in any way they can. The volunteers Instagram account displays the fun and shenanigans that they get up to every year.

Photo from Instagram: @headforthehillsvolunteers

This year, Head for the Hills is working with ‘Attitude is everything’ who are a charity that aims to improve the accessibility to live music for deaf and disabled people.

Local Ale and Home-grown Food:

Thanks to the Silver Street Brewing Company, they’re bringing back the Head for the Hills festival ale! The brewery based in BURY at the local pub ‘The Clarence’ has been the festivals official supplier of beer and ales since 2014 and has spent the last year experimenting with flavours and ingredients to create the perfect festival beverage. The Official ‘Head for the Hills’ beer has been described by Head Brewer, Craig Adams as; “Light and refreshing with a blend of English and Pacific hops to give it a citrusy flavour”. The refreshing drink is 3.8% which means you don’t have to choose between missing acts and having a drink.

Local is at the heart of Head for the Hills, the festival invites local businesses to supply scrumptious food for the hungry festival goo-ers. The range of delicacies that come to the festival every year is astounding, you can enjoy a stone-oven pizza, warming vegetable curries, homemade pies and pastries and much more. The sweet treats don’t disappoint either with pancakes, cakes, churros and ice-cream always making an appearance. If you are Veggie, Vegan, gluten free or a meat-eater you will not be disappointed.

Photo from @head4hillsfest Instagram

Lay your head in the Hills

If you want to immerse yourself in the full festival experience for ‘Head for the Hills’. You can lay your head at the festivals official campsite ‘The Paddock’ at Sheep Hey Farm which is only a leisurely 20 min walk away from the festival site. You can bring your own tent or you can splash out and have a luxurious festival weekend glamping in Yurts, furnished bell tents, or quirky land pods. The campsite is the perfect spot to lay your head for a weekend packed with good music, good food, and good ale.

Photo from The Paddock website

The festival this year is building up to be the best one yet so you don’t want to miss out.

To buy tickets for 2018’s HEAD FOR THE HILLS go to the official website. 

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