Stockport’s boutique Moovin Festival, known for its eclectic mix of music and unique, intimate atmosphere, is set to return for the August Bank Holiday. The event, which may be the festival’s final edition, will take place at Whitebottom Farm in the tranquil countryside of Etherow Country Park (just half an hour from Manchester and Sheffield) from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th August.
The line-up, although limited in capacity, is filled with noteworthy names. Groove Armada and house music veteran Todd Terry will perform, along with Mr Scruff, Mungo’s HiFi feat. Eva Lazarus, David Holmes, and a DJ set from Massive Attack’s Daddy G. Hip Hop icon, Big Daddy Kane, will also feature, alongside Goldie performing live with his orchestra, Sister Nancy, Chali 2na from Jurassic 5, and Children of Zeus.
The festival, initially thought that this year could be its last, so the team focused on delivering a memorable hurrah, including inviting back favourite acts from previous years to ensure the event closes on a high note. The aim is to provide audiences with an exceptional final experience, emphasising a relaxed, intimate atmosphere paired with an outstanding line-up of artists and DJs.
Transforming the natural landscape of Whitebottom Farm into an adult playground, the festival includes stages with world-class sound systems, independent vendors offering ethically sourced food and beverages, yoga classes, and holistic healing treatments. Attendees can also expect to enjoy performances from circus performers and experience magic shows and fire displays.
Music will span various genres, with Metalheadz founder Goldie performing a special show with a full live orchestra. Funk fans can look forward to performances by Craig Charles and Mr Scruff. Elsewhere, Gilles Peterson will present a mix of world music, jazz, and broken beats, and Massive Attack’s Daddy G will share his vast knowledge of beat-based music. The lineup also features house music masterclass by the influential New Yorker Todd Terry.
Other artists include David Holmes, known for his eclectic mix of trip hop, big beat, electronic, and rock, and Anthony Szmierek, a rising star from Manchester. Mungo’s HiFi with Eva Lazarus and Jamaican dancehall DJ and singer Sister Nancy will also perform. The festival will also feature the influential Stanton Warriors, Plump DJs, Jaguar Skills, Krafty Kuts, and Freestylers representing breakbeat pioneers, with old school house music delivered by Hacienda Graeme Park.
DJ Paulette, expressing her enthusiasm for Moovin, stated, “Whenever I get to play Moovin Festival it’s a highlight of my festival calendar… The crowd is just beautiful and the tech energy is electric.” Electronic music duo Groove Armada also commended the festival for its ’90s free-party vibe and its freedom from VIP areas and regulatory constraints.
Tickets for Moovin Festival, starting at just £37, can be purchased on the festival’s official website.