Mr Wilson’s Second Liners to headline Northern Grip

New Orleans meets 90s club classics meets Pennine mountain Bike festival…

By Steven Pankhurst | 21 April 2016

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New Orleans meets 90s club classics meets Pennine mountain Bike festival…

In New Orleans, funerals are celebrated in style, with noisy brass bands processing through the streets. The main section of the parade is known as First Line, but the real fun starts with the Second Line, those who follow the band to enjoy the music, marching with the musicians and twirling parasols or waving handkerchiefs.

A rabble of mischievous northerners, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners form a traditional New Orleans Second Line. However, this is no sombre occasion: Mr Wilson’s expend their collective musical talent paying homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and its greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson.

Mr Wilson’s will be headlining the inaugural Northern Grip mountain bike festival on Saturday 23rd playing a number of sets throughout the day and evening.

Northern Grip organiser Tom Whitehead: “We’re very happy to announce Mr Wilson’s as headliners. We first spotted them playing at Kendal Mountain Festival and we decided then we needed to have them at Northern Grip. They will be the perfect addition during and after riding the amazing hills and trails around Ramsbottom. In addition the festival hub at the Civic Hall will have a full programme of activities with film screenings, DJs, Q&A’s with extraordinary riders, bike demos and, of course, great local food and ales. We’ll also be throwing in some memorable surprises throughout the day.”

The industrial backdrop of this northern town, located just 30 minutes drives from Manchester, is perfect to celebrate the joys of riding dirt. Ramsbottom is home to many a varied festival and Northern Grip continues this aspect. Northern Grip will celebrate the majestic mountain bike and what it can bring to people’s lives.

Team JMC, Kona and Alpkit are confirmed sponsors so far with more supporters and exhibitors signing up all the time.

The event is supported by National Trust, Cookson Cycles, The Met, Funkademia and The Venetian.

A limited amount of tickets are on sale now priced at £25.00 at

Watch this film of Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, it will all make sense…