The Countdown is on for Head for the Hills

Head for the Hills is fast approaching; a stellar line up of artists including Maximo Park, Beth Orton, The Stranglers, Neville Staple Band and Alexis Taylor will head to Ramsbottom to play the festival season’s final fling.

By Steven Pankhurst | 11 September 2017

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A fun, family friendly festival also featuring innovative creative art performances and incredible home-grown talent including Dutch Uncles, and Larkins.

Indie rock quartet Maximo Park bag the Friday opening night headline slot and will get the three-day festival off to a flying start before heading out on their own European tour. Saturday will see the inimitable Beth Orton take to the stage for her much-anticipated headline set, whilst legendary new wave punk band, The Stranglers, will close the festival in style with the final headline show of the weekend straight off the back of their own UK headline tour.

Weekend performances not to be missed include Manchester’s Dutch Uncles, and Ska legends, the Neville Staple Band, who are both renowned for their exciting live shows. Other acts featured on the festival’s highly anticipated line up are Alexis Taylor, the co-founder of Grammy-nominated pop group Hot Chip, the riotous six-piece indie-folk party band Skinny Lister, local funk infused pop and indie band Larkins, and the grunge-indie band Hawk.

Head for the Hills will also play host to a brilliant performing arts and theatre programme, with highlights including acrobatic storytelling from Pif-Paf Theatre, an interactive retro cinema experience hosted by Ecstatic Cinema, and a theatrical performance of The Adventure of Snigel by Caroline Bowditch. Other standouts throughout the weekend include the intriguing installations of The Umbrella Tree by Rag and Bone, and the especially commissioned Between Stillness and Storm by Aidan Moesby.

For the younger festival goers, the multi award-winning theatre company Fine Chisel, will bring their squawking adventure Flit, Flap and Fly to the festival alongside the Gypsy Caravan Theatre, who will bring children’s stories and dreams to life through their original shows with scripts, set designs and puppets.

Essential Info

  • Located a short 12 miles away from the city centre of Manchester, the festival site at Ramsbottom Cricket Club is within easy reach whether you choose to travel by car, tram, bus or even by heritage steam train via the East Lancashire Railway.
  • As well as regular buses and trams serving those travelling from Manchester and Bury, the festival is also handily located near to the M66, but attendees travelling by car should be aware that there is no parking onsite.
  • To make people’s journeys as smooth as possible, Head for the Hills will be putting on a special bus service that will run from Chorlton and Manchester to the festival site each day with return tickets only costing £10 per day.
  • Families who want the full festival experience in all its glory can pitch up at the festival’s local campsite with affordable tent and camper van pitches available to book online. Due to the limited availability of camping space, be sure to book your pitch now to enjoy the last festival of the summer in its entirety.

Tickets are still available and priced at £30 for the day or £80 for the weekend. Discounts are available for children and families, whilst youngsters under 6 go free. Book your tickets now to avoid the disappointment of missing out on an adventure filled weekend!

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