Head for the Hills has announced Manchester rock band The Slow Readers Club will be returning to the festival to headline the Friday night line up.
They’ll be joining The Bluetones, The Boomtown Rats, The Lovely Eggs, Stealing Sheep, LIINES and Barry Hyde (of The Futureheads) among many more.
Other new additions include North London’s quartet Gengahr, Liam Frost, The Manchester Art Authority’s new installation ‘Bringing the Buffalo Back to Bury’ and Mancunian poet Tony Walsh who will be gracing the stage on Saturday night.
After receiving rave reviews for their third album ‘Build A Tower’ The Slow Readers Club now have a highly anticipated acoustic EP which is due for release today. This follows high praise for the band’s recent singles ‘Lunatic’ and ‘You Opened Up My Heart’ which have been championed by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins and Radio X’s John Kennedy and Gordon Smart.
Should fans have missed the chance to get tickets to the band’s sell out night at the O2 Apollo’s 3500 capacity venue this December, Head for the Hills is a chance to see what Sounds Magazine describes as an opportunity to ‘close your eyes, open up your ears, free your mind and discover something new.’
The headline slot follows the band’s 2017 sell out UK tour and the drawing of huge crowds at their summer 2018 festival appearances including Isle of Wight Festival, Kendal Calling and Dot to Dot.
Head for the Hills welcomes North London quartet Gengahr for their only North of England UK festival appearance and only show in the North West this autumn. Plus Liam Frost and the Latchkey Kids also join the Saturday night line up following the launch of new album The Latchkey Kid in Manchester over the bank holiday weekend.
Following the success of their captivating 2015 debut ‘A Dream Outside’ the band recently released their second album ‘Where Wildness Grows’. The album captures one of the UK’s most exciting guitar bands who are blossoming into something special.
Adding to the much anticipated Arts Programme, The Manchester Art Authority will be bringing their new installation ‘Bringing the Buffalo Back to Bury’, inspired by a genuine touring exhibition featuring Buffalo Bill that came to Bury in the early 1900s. This installation will present archival material, images and text with a view to incorporating ready-made sculpture.
Saturday sees Liverpool’s electro pop band Stealing Sheep performing their Suffragette Tribute. In partnership with Manchester based creative music charity Brighter Sound and Edge Hill University they are bringing together 15 female drummers and percussionists with design, AV and production students to create a marching band and procession, inspired by women, equality and empowerment.
Making a welcome return to the stage is Mancunian poet Tony Walsh, Patron of The Met, who will give a special performance of his rising tribute ‘Head for the Hills’ on Saturday evening. Sharing a unique affinity with the city of Manchester and, indeed, festivals; Walsh was Poet in Residence for Glastonbury Festival 2011 and Kendal Calling 2012.
Ticket prices start at £40 for a day ticket and £100 for a weekend ticket, with discounts for children and families.
For more information and further updates, please visit www.headforthehills.org.uk
Head for the Hills Festival
14th-16th September 2018
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