Baby Boogie Returns To The Boo For The 60’s Festival


The Horse and Bamboo Theatre will again be hosting the amazingly successful  ‘Baby Boogie’ experience, which is a sensory Baby Disco set to 60s music. Think psychedelic fashion, flower power and most important rock n roll! This truly unique event is planned for the afternoon with lots of opportunity to dance, interact and get involved. This event is sure to be the grooviest of the year for you and your little one and builds on the already successful interactive immersive theatre performances and play session for babies, toddlers and young children, including the recent ‘Babies in Space’ event. The event will be happening on Sunday 10th September from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. For further information, please contact Michelle at


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Grace Petrie Will Be Performing On The Stage Of The Boo Theatre For The 60’s Festival


Grace Petrie

The Boo is proud to host a performance by Grace Petrie, a folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester, UK. She first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Since then, she has written, recorded and toured relentlessly. Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered have won over audiences everywhere, and she has quietly become one of the most respected and prolific songwriters working in the UK today.

Her latest release, Whatever’s Left (2015), charts the journey beyond protest singer, through political and personal change to emerge through shades of folk, Americana and country as a more mature songwriting voice. The result is a collection of songs that provide a soundtrack to the modern struggle, with politics and with love, that will resonate with listeners everywhere.

Grace’s young career boasts four studio albums, a dedicated fan base and national tours supporting Emmy the Great, Billy Bragg and comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, as well as a string of festival appearances including regular visits to Latitude and Glastonbury. She has collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk, including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger. In 2015 she completed a Canadian tour, culminating in a hugely successful performance at the main stage of Vancouver Folk Festival. She is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts, and has been featured in The Guardian, Diva Magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s 2013 Pink List of influential LGBT figures. Why not checkout her web site at

She will be performing on the evening of Friday 8th September. For further information, please contact Michelle at The Boo at

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Endorsements For The 60’s Festival From Original 60’s Band Members – Doesn’t Get Any Better


Over the last few days, the organisers of the Rossendale 60’s Festival have been receiving endorsements from band members for some of the original bands from the 60’s.

Derek Quinn, guitarist with ‘Freddie and the Dreamers’, says “ The Festival is my kind of music. It’s nice to see that people still appreciate the 60’s music which was a new generation of music. As soon as The Beatles released “ Love me do “ in 1962 the whole music scene changed with an invasion of groups. Happy days. I wish you every success with the 60’s Festival ”


Eric Haydock, bass guitarist with ‘The Hollies’ says ”  wishing you all the best with the Festival“.


Chris Allen, Bassist/Guitarist and singer with the band ‘The Troggs’ says “please support the fabulous Rossendale 60’s Festival this September”


We hope you take their advise and check us out this September

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‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ Showing Crawshawbooth’s True 60’s Community Spirit



As Part of the Rossendale 60’s Festival, the Crawshawbooth Community Association is extolling the true virtues of community support by hosting an evening themed around the famous Beatles song ‘With a little help from my friends’. It will held on Friday 8th September at Crawshawbooth Village Centre and include a 60’s themed meal, a guest speaker and other entertainment. So live the lyric of the song and

“Get by with a little help from my friends
going to try with a little help from my friends”

Further details and ticket prices are to follow

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Iconic Minis Galore Will Be Displayed At The Rossendale 60’s Festival

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Examples of the minis that can be seen at the Festival (photos by Emma Argyle)

How could we have a 60’s Festival without the most famous icon of the era. THE MINI. We have great news. The Oldham & District Mini Club will be bringing their immaculate minis to the Festival and displaying them at The Whitaker on Saturday 9th September and then on the forecourt of J A Taylor’s in Rawtenstall on Sunday 10th September. There will be up to 15 vehicles on display, setting the scene for some great events over the Festival weekend.

For further information on the Oldham & District Mini Club, check out their web site at

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Will It Be Wimpey Or Chicken In A Basket? It’s A Murder Mystery With A Difference At Haslingden Community Link


As Part of the Rossendale 60’s Festival, Haslingden Community Link is staging a 60’s themed Murder Mystery with a classic 60’s meal. But will it be Wimpey, Berni or the old favourite Chicken In A Basket? Currently it’s a mystery that will be solved on the night. The Murder Mystery itself will be presented in partnership with Civic Arts Centre and Theatre Oswaldtwistle and is likely to be more Scooby Doo than Agatha Christie. This event will take place on Friday 8th September. Tickets are now available at just £15 which includes supper and is a great opportunity to dress up, 60’s style of course!

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Steve Millward Presents Changing Times: Music and Politics in 1964, A Real Insight into Life In The 60’s

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As part of the Rossendale 60’s Festival, and an element of The Whitaker’s ‘Whitstock’ experience, author Steve Millward will be giving a presentation based on his book ‘Changing Times: Music and Politics in 1964’. 

He will be looking specifically at 1964, when the swinging sixties really began. Youth culture dominated the media and the spirit of optimism was ubiquitous. Yet there were also darker forces at work which proved to be equally significant for the future. Changing Times presents a clear and detailed picture of the many personalities, events and trends that made this year so remarkable. The escalation of the Vietnam War, elections in the USA and the UK, the struggle for civil rights and the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela are just some of the topics covered. Author Steve Millward makes the connections between music and politics and links them to the wider world of art, film, fashion, sport, science and technology. He also goes beyond the UK and America, covering developments in Africa and the Caribbean. Throughout his presentation and book, the focus remains upon the music – pop, rock, folk, soul, jazz, classical – which so consistently reached new heights of quality and innovation, the repercussions of which are still being felt today. Steve covers music recorded and released in 1964, as well as earlier recordings which had an impact that year. The most notable instance is The Beatles’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, recorded in October ’63, which spearheaded the band’s breakthrough in the USA in 1964. He also celebrates the work of lesser-known but hugely influential figures such as Bert Berns, Eric Dolphy and Phil Ochs. The originality and insight contained in this book will appeal to intelligent readers of all ages and interests, in particular those with an interest in music history and politics. Steve draws inspiration from a number of authors, including Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Susan Douglas, Alex Ross and Jonathon Green.

Steve will also be offering his book during the Festival at a special price of just £5

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