2018 Was A Great Year For The Rossendale 60’s Festival But There’s Even More Coming For 2019

ian Fitz The Rossendale 60’s Festival really does bridge the generations

The Rossendale 60’s Festival 2018 was hailed a great success by the event organisers despite the atrocious weather on the Saturday. Last years Festival saw some new events including ‘sounds of the Sixties’, an exhibition of the sights and sounds of the Astoria in Rawtenstall in the sixties held at Rawtenstall Cricket Club, and featured memorabilia from a number of famous bands that played there. The Firepit joined the Festival for the first time also and offered a great range of music and dining over the weekend finishing with a Soul and Motown evening on Sunday. The Casked Micropub dresses their bar and played 60’s music over the weekend. The Whitaker offered a diverse programme including a 60’s Quiz of Quizzes, and live music from J Bear and the Giants and The Loft people. Arty Party held workshops on Saturday with children making lots of 60’s themed artwork and posters. The Boo Theatre hosted there ever popular ‘Baby Boogie’ event geared specifically for babies and toddlers. Blind Tiger offered live music from Polly Holiday and Colour me Pop on Saturday and Mark Gavan on Sunday and the Hare and Hounds at Stacksteads hosted DJ Two Tone Tony and featured a performance from ‘Beatles Revolution’ to a packed house. The White Lion in Rawtenstall hosted Bands Blackaway on Friday and The Rhythm Jets  on Saturday, and The Crown Inn in Bacup hosted Peter May on Friday and Ranger on Sunday. The Barrels in Rawtenstall had a 60’s themed evening and The New Kirk Fair at Newchurch Methodist Church was a truly community orientated event which was well attended by Newchurch locals. The 60’s window dressing competition had a great response and really helped to create that 60’s atmosphere, and with the extension of the Bacup Flowerpot Festival, visitors had the opportunity to see the many exhibits provided by the community. ASDA Rawtenstall and TESCO Haslingden really supported the Festival and even The Flying Scotsman made an appearance.

Barry Hyde and Pete Sweetmore, the organisers of the Festival, would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the venues, businesses and organisations that supported the festival last year.

We have already had confirmation from 14 venues who will be holding events at this years Festival and more new venues are joining the Festival which will be held on the weekend of 6th – 8th September 2019. These include an extensive Town centre event in Bacup organised by the Bacup Now Community Group and supported by RBC.

We’ve had our first endorsement from original 60s band ‘ The Fortunes’, who said “Great to see the good folk of the Rossendale Valley keeping the spirit of the swinging sixties alive with their fantastic festival. Keep it up guys”

Why not keep that spirit going and join in. Contact Pete on petesweetmore@hotmail.co.uk

Barry Hyde, the founder and Co-organiser of the Festival has stepped down as Chair after 6 years to concentrate on other projects, but will continue as Co-organiser. Pete Sweetmore has taken over as Chair, and in his hands, the Festival will develop and flourish, and with the continued support of the many venues and organisation the Rossendale 60’s Festival will grow from strength to strength.

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Arty Party’s 60’s Community Celebration Joins The Rossendale 60’s Festival


arty Party poster for 60's
Carly Stevens’ Arty Party Community Group is joining the Rossendale 60’s Festival with a celebration of the 60’s at Rawtenstall Unitarian Church on Bank Street Rawtenstall on Saturday 8th September rom 12.00 – 3.00pm. The celebration is focussed on children’s activities and will include Fab fancy dress, cool crafts, competitions, photo booth and groovy games. For further information, please contact Carly at the address above.

For further information on other events at this years Rossendale 60’s Festival, please check out our blog at http://www.rossendale60sfest.wordpress.com



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The Whitaker Revise Their Programme For The Rossendale 60’s Festival

540172_0_j-bear-and-the-giants_400                                                                   J Bear and the Giants

The Whitaker have made some changes to their programme for 60’s Festival Weekend. Friday evening from 6.00pm will still be featuring the Quiz of 60’s quizzes and be opened by Rossendale’s Mayor Ann Kenyon. The quiz will be followed by a performance from REDD from 9.00pm

Saturday Now has DJ Pete Sweetmore Compering the afternoon activities and will start the entertainment with 60’s tunes from 12.30.

J Bear and the Giants will be performing their sets at 2.00 and 3.00pm with band The Loft People playing from 4.00pm

There will be lots of children’s activities throughout the weekend

Sunday will remain a chilled, laid back kinda afternoon with 60’s music and acoustic sets.

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The Full Programme Of Events at This Years Rossendale 60’s Festival Now Available Here!

The Rossendale 60_s Festival logo

The Rossendale 60’s Festival programme is just a click away. So click the link below, check out the incredible range of events on offer over the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th September and get your groovy weekend organised

60’s pogramme 2018 version 2

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The New Kirk Fair Has A Change Of Venue But Not A Change In Tradition


New Kirk Fair mayorMayor Councillor Colin Crawforth and Mayoress Denise Crawforth with organisers at last years Fair

The New Kirk Fair is again joining the Rossendale 60’s Festival with what is a truly traditional community event. It will be taking place on Saturday 8th September from 1pm at Newchurch Methodist Church on Turnpike. The organisers always have an excellent range of stalls and activities, especially for the kids. This year they have this amazing offer for you to enjoy:

  • Whack a Rat
  • Worm Charming Competition
  • Human Fruit Machine
  • Bottle Stall
  • Tombola
  • Bagatelle
  • Bric-a- brac/toy stall
  • Refreshments
  • Tin Can Alley
  • Home Baking Stall
  • Lavender Bags
  • Kids drawing and crayons table
  • Raffle

This is one for all the family to enjoy

For further information about what else is happening at this years Rossendale 60’s Festival, check out the blog at http://www.rossendsle60sfest.wordpress.com

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Blind Tiger has Its Eyes Wide Open For The Rossendale 60’s Festival

blind tiger poster

Blind Tiger are joining the Rossendale 60’s Festival for the first time this year since taking over Artisan in Rawtenstall last year. They are keeping up the standard with a great line-up for the weekend.

Saturday 8th September will have singer Poppy Holiday performing popular 60’s songs during the day, with 5 piece band Colour Me Pop playing everything 60’s in the evening. A great day for all you 60’s music lovers, and on Sunday 9th September, Mark Gavan, singer solo guitar player will be performing his tribute to the 60’s

What a Fab programme. Don’t miss it.

For further information on the 60’s weekend, check out the blog at http://www.rossendale60sfest.wordpress.com




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Casked Micropub Will Be Getting In The Groove For The Rossendale 60’s Festival Weekend

casked micropub profile

The Casked Micropub on Bury Road Rawtenstall will be getting into the 60’s groove for the weekend of the Rossendale 60’s Festival on the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th September. in addition to serving fantastic beers such as Irwell Works, Brewsmith and Reedley Hallows they will be dressing the pub in a 60’s theme, playing non-stop 60’s music for the weekend and providing a great opportunity to meet and chat about your experience of the era.

For further information about the festival, check out our blog at http://www.rossendale60sfest.wordpress.com

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