Mossley’s inaugural two-day Music and Arts Festival is poised for a record even the world’s most iconic festival can never get back.
Around 1,500 spectators travelled more in hope than expectation to Worthy Farm for the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970.
And if you can’t get a ticket for this year’s Glastonbury then the ‘Festival on the Doorstep’ might be a worthy alternative.
Up to 4,000 people are expected to visit Seel Park on May 28 and 29 – home of Mossley Football Club – for a weekend of music, comedy and poetry across three stages.
Local artisan food and drink providers will make their delicacies available for punters, plus a dedicated real ale tent and cocktail bar, while there will be a variety of entertainment to keep the children busy, too.
It is an ambitious project but Festival Organiser Mark Webster says: “Mossley is such a friendly, creative community.
“So, we are thrilled to launch a new festival that we hope will become a permanent fixture on the festival calendar.
“We are looking forward to showing off what Mossley has to offer, in terms of music and arts, but we’re also really excited to welcome artists from other parts of the country to our home town.”
First night headliners, the Travelling Band, are no strangers to the Festival circuit. The Manchester based indie folk group won the 2008 Glastonbury New Talent competition and also have Fairport’s Cropredy Convention in Oxfordshire and the Green Man Festival in Wales on their impressive CV.
They also hit the headlines for the wrong reason in 2014 when £30,000 of equipment was stolen following a burglary at a band member’s home in Levenshulme. But following a widespread appeal, the gear was eventually returned.
With their fourth studio album planned for release mid next year, the Travelling Band’s set is likely to preview exciting new material. Having recently arrived home after a European tour, 2016 is to be the biggest year yet for the band.
Bringing the Festival to a close on Sunday will be Limehouse Lizzy, keeping alive the spirit of Celtic rock icon Phil Lynott and his band, Thin Lizzy.
From their Official PRS award, performing for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados, television appearances (BBC 2’s ‘Arena’ amongst others), and to being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy enter their 21st year with their most explosive show and critically acclaimed line-up yet.
Other confirmed acts include Bella Union five piece and friends of SleaterKinney, PINS; Manchester’s favourite hip-hop troubadour, Gideon Conn; shimmering dream pop from Horsebeach; poetry and standup from Jackie Hagan; blues singer of the year nominee, Kyla Brox; the North West’s top improvised comedy troupe, Comedy Sportz; the seven piece beast made of makeup, hairspray and rock and roll, Felix Hagan and the Family; Brahma-Loka; Matthew Gray and the Awful Truth and The Tapestry, amongst many others.