Exclusive by Trevor Baxter
TWO iconic British bands of the 90s and Noughties will headline the first ever AtMOSphere Festival in Mossley next year.
After months of waiting and recent social media clues, the Correspondent can reveal Cast and Scouting For Girls will top the bill at Seel Park on Saturday, May 26.
Confirmation of the festival headliners is a major coup for organisers and brothers, Dave and Harry Hulmes.
The first wave of early bird tickets went on sale in October.
But the well known Mossley based duo expect a pre Christmas spike for the second wave of tickets now the details of the signings have been released.
Other bands previously announced include: cult Manchester band, A Certain Ratio, Republica, Northern Uproar, Smashing Lads plus DJ sets by Happy Mondays legend Bez, and Leeds based, Back to Basics creator, Dave Beer.
More than 3,000 music fans are expected for what Dave and Harry describe as “Tameside’s biggest ever festival”.
Planning is already at an advanced stage with gig goers experiencing a ‘cash free’ festival aimed at reducing queuing time for beer and food.
The bar will be housed in the stand, opposite to the main stand, running almost the length of the touchline.
Machines are being brought in to dispense multi pints in seconds, again to cut down on waiting times.
But it’s the quality line-up that has Dave, aka local promoter Ginger Pigeon, and Harry enthused.
Liverpudlians Cast, fronted by John Power, broke all records for their original record label.
Their first album, ‘All Change’, released in 1995 went double platinum and proved the highest selling debut LP in Polydor’s history, out-stripping the likes of The Who, Status Quo and The Jam.
A string of chart singles followed with regular Top of the Pops appearances to promote the likes of ‘Sandstorm’, ‘Walkaway’, ‘Flying’ – their biggest hit-and ‘Guiding Star’.
Scouting for Girls, hailing from London, only formed in 2005 and four years later were nominated for three BRIT awards. Another nomination followed in 2011 in the Best British Single category for ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’.
Other masterpieces include: ‘Love How It Hurts’, ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘She’s So Lovely’, with a video for the latter hit being watched more than 10 million times on You Tube.
“We couldn’t be anymore excited,” says Dave who has promoted a string of gigs at Uppermill’s Civic Hall this year.
“I can already see the crowd bouncing up and down, singing along to all these top tunes.”
As was Cotton Clouds in Saddleworth last August, the festival is designed for families.
“We have been asked the question regarding children at the event and we are happy to say children under 13 will be admitted for free, providing they are accompanied by an adult,” adds Harry.
“Thirteen to 16-year-olds are half price but also must be accompanied by an adult.
“We want to ensure this event grows and grows and everybody attending has a great time. And by encouraging youngsters with mums and dads, we think it’s a step in the right direction.
“We intend to operate a cashless system for drink purchases. People will top up their wristband online (either before the event, or during with mobile app) or at a top-up point on site.
“We will have scanning terminals at the bar to pay for drinks to speed up the process. Any ‘top-up’ not spent can easily be refunded online or via your app.”
Early bird tickets will cost £30 (£33.25 with booking fee) while full price will be £35 (£38.75 inc booking fee).
For more details go online to: www.atmosfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org