Rossendale 60’s Festival Venues Are Already On Board For 2018

New hare and Hounds 1In The Groove At The Hare & Hounds Stacksteads for last years 60’s Festival

Barry Hyde and Pete Sweetmore, organisers of the Rossendale 60’s Festival 2018, are delighted that many of the venues and events that made last years Rossendale 60’s Festival such a success are already on board for this year, but with bigger and better events being planned. So far, the following have confirmed their involvement in this years Festival:

  • Blind Tiger (previously The Artisan) is already planning their Groovy weekend of 60’s music
  •  The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery will again be providing a palette of all things 60’s, including the music, art and culture over the 60’s weekend
  • The New Hare & Hounds in Stacksteads enjoyed their event so much last year that they have bought a commercial marquee and will be extending their event
  • The Crown Inn in Bacup will again be aiming to create the fabulous 60’s atmosphere from last year
  • Bacup Cricket Club will again be staging Scoot Rossendale, bringing scooters from all over the Northwest to Rossendale
  • The Newchurch Village Community Association will again be staging the extremely popular New Kirk Fair on the weekend of this years 60’s Festival
  • St Mary’s Chambers have confirmed their involvement with the Festival this year

New additions to this years Festival so far are:

  • Haslingden Community Link, who are planning a 60’s themed event which may include an opportunity to rediscover your 60’s dance moves

The organiser’s objectives of engaging the whole of the Valley with the Festival haven’t changed, so if you would like to include an event as part of the Rossendale 60’s Festival 2018, please contact us, Barry Hyde at or Pete Sweetmore at, and we will be delighted to come along and discuss it with you.

This is a great opportunity for businesses and community groups to raise funds and their profile within the community, and be part of a fantastic annual Festival.

Just check the Rossendale 60’s Festival 2108 blog to see what an amazing weekend was had last year at


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What A FAB Year For The Rossendale 60’s Festival 2017

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The Rossendale 60’s Festival has had a milestone year in 2017. It increased the number of events this year to 30 over 14 venues, and despite the atrocious weather the Festival will go down as the best attended yet. The organisers Barry Hyde and Pete Sweetmore have been blown away by the amount of effort that has gone into all of the events, and the response from the community in supporting them. Earlier this year, The Festival was shortlisted for the final of the Northern Soul Awards and has now been nominated for a Rossendale Business Award in the ‘Pride of our Valley’ category. This wouldn’t be possible without your amazing support.

It was particularly brilliant that a new generation really got into the groove



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Jessica Ashworth by Dominic Salter.jpgPhoto courtesy of Dominic Salter

There were ‘happenings’ in Pubs and clubs all over the Valley

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Community was the focus of this years Festival and we weren’t disappointed. It was seen in spades at New Kirk Fair, attended by the Mayor and Mayoress, and the Crawshawbooth 60’s dinner attended by Ted Robbins

New Kirk Fair mayor



Many shop in the Valley got into the 60’s Window Dressing Competition and added to the 60’s atmosphere

RSPCA Whitworth

Paula's Cafe

Despite the atrocious weather, the Scooter fraternity didn’t let us down

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Darren Ashworth by Dominic SalterPhoto courtesy of Dominic Salter

We were also treated to a clutch of Minis courtesy of the Oldham & District Mini Club

More minis at Whitaker 2

more minis at Whitaker

And music galore at Artisan and The Whitaker throughout the weekend, and for the first time we had Northern Soul at St Mary’s Chambers with Kieron Woodward.



Dancing at Whitaker

Pete and I would like to sincerely thank all involved with the Rossendale 60’s Festival 2017 and hope that we have your continued support going forward

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The Rossendale 60’s Festival Window Dressing Competition Presentations

Organisers Barry Hyde and Pete Sweetmore carried out the presentations for the best 60’s Window Dressings at this years Rossendale 60’s Festival. They would like to thank all shops who entered and to congratulate everyone for their efforts. Speaking to some of the shops this morning all agreed that being part of the competition was really enjoyable and raised awareness of their business and footfall as a consequence. Pictures of the presentations are below:

First Place went to the RSPCA Shop in Whitworth

RSPCA award photo

Second Place went to Paula’s Cafe on Burnley Road east in Waterfoot

Paulas award photo

Third Place went to Barnardo’s Shop on Bank Street Rawtenstall

Barnardos award photo

Fourth Place went to Manning’s Bakery on Bank Street Rawtenstall

mannings award photo

Our Thank also goes to TESCO Rawtenstall and Haslingden and ASDA Rawtenstall for donating the prizes .

Thanks again to everyone who entered and we look forward to even more entries next year

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Rossendale 60’s Festival Shop Window Dressing Competition Winners Announced

The Rossendale 60’s Festival organisers would like to thank all entrants to this years 60’s Window Dressing Competition. We appreciate the amount of work that has gone into all the entries this year and thanks to everyone for their efforts. This year, thanks to sponsorship from TESCO and ASDA, we are able to present four prizes. The competition has been judged by two independent judges who have pleasure in announcing the following placings:

First prize goes to The RSPCA Shop, Market Street, Whitworth

RSPCA Whitworth

Second prize goes to Paula’s Cafe, Burnley Road East, Waterfoot

Paula's Cafe

Third prize goes to The Barnardos Shop, Bank Street Rawtenstall

Barnado's Rawtenstall

Fourth prize goes to Mannings, Bank Street, Rawtenstall

Manning's Bank Street

The prizes will be presented to the winners by Festival Organisers Barry Hyde and Pete Sweetmore week beginning 11th September

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Rossendale 60’s Festival Nominated For A Rossendale Business Award

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The organisers of the Rossendale 60’s Festival are pleased to announce that the Festival has been nominated in this years Rossendale Business Awards in the ‘Pride of our Valley’ category. Needless to say we are really excited and proud to have been nominated, but have to thank  all the Groups, Businesses and individuals who work so hard to make the Festival what it is today. We would encourage the Rossendale community and beyond to support the Festival this weekend and make all that hard work worthwhile.

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The White Lion Rawtenstall Joins The 60’s Festival


The White Lion on Burnley Road Rawtenstall is joining the Rossendale 60’s Festival for the first time. They will hosting band ‘The Snowbyrds’ on the evening of Friday 8th September playing a mix of 60’s songs followed by ‘The Rhythm Jets’ on the evening of Saturday 9th September.  You can contact the White Lion for further details on 01706  213117.

This years Festival has so much on offer. For further details and your personal programme guide, check out the blog at 


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The Artisan Rawtenstall Announce Their Programme For The Rossendale 60’s Festival Weekend




Beth and Danny Solazzo, owners of The Artisan in Rawtenstall have confirmed their programme of entertainment over the Rossendale 60’s Festival weekend of 8th, 9th and 10th September. Just check this out!

They have loads going on for Rossendale’s famous 60’s Festival, and they totally can’t wait. Here’s a run down of what you can expect to see at The Artisan

Thursday 7th – We will be kicking off the weekend with an Acoustic Session and a 2 4 1 pizza deal

Friday 8th – ‘The Thunderkatz’ will be playing live – brilliant and authentic Manchester based 50’s and 60’s band + live DJ playing 60s psych/soul/ska and much more

Saturday 9th – We will have a special 60s open mic session taking place from around 2pm until 7pm all players welcome. From 9pm we will have superb local band ‘Cornelius Font’ playing live 60s classics with support from ‘Nic Boardman’ and ‘DJ Bunter’ and ‘Pete Willets’ super sounds of the 60’s DJ set to keep us dancing until the early hours.

Sunday 10th – ‘DJ Modest Matt’ will be getting out his special 7″ vinyl from around 3pm playing us some 60’s Northern Soul / Soul / motown / mod and Ska classics followed by great live / local band ‘Quick Fix’ early evening who will play us some live 60’s classics!!

So be sure to join us for all things 60’s this weekend!!!!!

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