Will There Be A Rossendale 60’s Festival In 2017 – ABSOLUTELY!

The organisers of the Rossendale 60’s Festival are already being asked “is there going to be a 60’s Festival this year?”The answer is  ABSOLUTELY!

This years Festival will include the ever popular weekend programmes of themed 60’s attractions and lots of live music at The Whitaker and Artisan in Rawtenstall.The Festival will also include the very successful ‘Scoot Rossendale’ event at Bacup Cricket Club, and with some great feedback from the hundreds of Scooter fans who attended last year, Scoot Rossendale promises to be even bigger and better.

New for this year, The Clog and Farmers Markets will be combining to offer  a fabulous Vintage & Food Market, which will be held on the Town Square in Rawtenstall and will extend throughout the weekend.They say a picture paints a thousand words, well hear are just some of the images from last years festival

p1110684The Children of the Wonderful Whitaker Choir

p1110690   Proud parents at The Wonderful Whitaker Children’s performance

The children were followed by brilliant sets from ‘Band of Brian’ and ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ who both played popular 60’s music

P1110702.jpgBand Of Brian

The Music continued at the ELR Buffer Stop,  and at the Artisan,  ‘Original Replica’ played 60’s music and DJ Pete Willets  finished off the night with some great 60’s tunes

14225469_10154361631611368_327323617267272446_nOriginal Replica

Saturday morning saw Pete Sweetmore playing 60’s tunes at TESCO Rawtenstall, raising awareness of the Festival and money for a TESCO charity.

pete-colette-and-annAnn Hyde, Pete Sweetmore and Colette Butler at TESCO Rawtenstall

The afternoon saw Whitstock at the Whitaker, where there were sets from the Fantastic ‘Soul Revolution’ and back by popular demand the fabulous ‘Threetles’. They both completely blew the audience away.

p1110771 Soul Revolution

p1110781The Threetles

Sunday saw the Clog market at the Whitaker, which was busy and looked perfect in the street alongside the Whitaker stables and was boosted by an acoustic set by Liam and Sarah.

p1110785The Clog Market at the Whitaker

The Boo theatre held their ‘Baby Boogie’ event and it was a resounding success with 40 babies and toddlers singing, playing building and boogying the afternoon away.


As part of the Rossendale 60’s Festival, The Whitaker staged an exclusive exhibition of the work of Ray Lowry taken from a never before seen book, which included interviews, images and commentary from the Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent 1960 British tour.

c3003A Ray Lowry Painting which is part of the exhibition

The Crown Inn continues their 60’s music theme with a DJ, and  The Artisan hosted DJ modest Matt who dropping his 60’s 7″ vinyl including soul, motown, northern, ska psych .There was also a mini  vintage market and in the evening another fabulous musical treat was delivered in the form of a guest spot from David Segall Courtenay, an amazing musician from California who is in the UK for the first leg of his european tour, and played some classic 60’s covers


The highlight of Sunday was the new ‘Scoot Rossendale’ event at Bacup Cricket Club which was a fantastic success with scooters coming from all over the Northwest to check out the new venue. Burnley based Northern Soul DJ Keiron Woodward and Accrington band ‘The Inciders’, spreading their love of Ska and Reggae Music.The feedback from the event has been very positive and is likely to become part of the Rossendale 60’s Festival going forward

p1110795Scoot Rossendale at Bacup Cricket Club

The 60’s window dressing competition attracted 10 entries. The winner judged by two independent judges was Fitzpatricks, with Cordeys in Waterfoot judged second and Mind in Rawtenstall third.


The Organisers hope that you enjoyed all of the events that featured in last years Festival, and if it has inspired you to want to organise an event or get involved next year, please feel to contact Barry,the Chair of the Festival organising group on b.hyde3@ntlworld.com

Details of this years Festival will be posted on the Festival blog over the coming weeks http://www.rossendale60sfest.wordpress.com


About Rossendale 60's Festival

The Rossendale 60's Festival is Rossendale Valley wide and includes events in Rawtenstall, Bacup, Haslingden and Whitworth. The Festival’s main aim is to attract and expose visitors to the beauty, heritage and culture of Rossendale. What better way than to create a Festival with a theme that young and old can relate to
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