How Will You Spend Your 48 Hours At The Rossendale 60’s Festival 2017? Here’s Whats On Offer


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Friday 8th September


The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall will be holding an exhibition which will open on 2nd September and run until 1st October. It is an exhibition entitled ”Just Above the Mantelpiece” that celebrates the mass produced art that began to decorate 1000’s of homes on both sides of the Atlantic from the late 50’s and 60’s including artists such as Vladimir Tretchikoff and Margaret Keane. A number of works have been loaned by Designer Wayne Hemingway.


  • From 6.30pm onwards, specialist 60’s psychedelic soul DJ will be spinning his vinyl and local duo Liam and Sarah will be playing a live 60’s classic set
  • Artisan in Rawtenstall will be hosting an evening with popular band ‘The Thundercats’
  • The Crawshawbooth Community Association will be hosting a dinner at Crawshawbooth Village Centre themed around the Beatles song “With a Little Help from My Friends”. There will be a Sixties menu, a guest speaker, more entertainment and an exhibition of art specially created for the 60’s Festival
  • The Popular Shop Window Dressing Competition will be held again, and all shops in the Valley have been invited to dress their windows in a 60’s theme. The windows will be independently judged over the weekend
  • The East Lancashire Railway will be theming their station in Rawtenstall in 60’s style, providing 60’s music on the trains and running their ‘Ales on the Rails’ event alongside the Festival
  • The Horse & Bamboo Theatre in Waterfoot is pleased to present international singer/songwriter Grace Petrie, who will be performing a programme of songs at 8.00pm. Tickets from only £10/£8 get yours now at
  • The Crown Inn Bacup will be hosting the brilliant award winning vocalist Peter May who will be entertaining you with your favourite 60’s hits from 8.45pm
  • Rawtenstall Conservative Club is having an evening of 60’s Karaoke, Fancy Dress and Buffet

        Saturday 9th September

  • The Popular 60’s themed Shop Window dressing Competition entries will be on display over the weekend, so look out for the 60’s shop window displays throughout the Valley
  • The Whitaker will be staging their now famous ‘Whitstock’ music and culture event, which will continue the 60’s theme from 12.00 midday onwards. Included will be:
    • A display of classic Mini cars
    • Fancy dress ‘Make Love Not War’ tug of War o Music will be provided by:
    • The Nat O’Brien Band, established Manchester musicians playing 60’s favourites from 2.00p
    • Beatles tribute band The Threetles from 4.00pm
    • DJ #Psychedelic Soul will again be spinning his Vinyl throughout the afternoon
    • The Clog Market will be providing delicious food and drink o 60’s wardrobe – get an instant 60’s makeover
    • 60’s related craft activities for the kid
  • The Duke of Buccleugh in Waterfoot will feature Johnny Haze with optional 60’s dress code for the evening
  • Bacup Market will be getting in the groove for the 60’s Festival with a Bacup Bakeoff Competition. Entries to be in by 10.00am for judging from 10.30am. £1 per entry going to Rossendale Responsible Animal Rescue
  • The evening will see The Crown Inn Bacup hosting their Fancy Dress event with popular DJ Shortie who will be staging his Nanoscopic 60’s disco. There will be a BBQ (weather permitting) and a free drink for all in 60’s fancy dress
  • Artisan in Rawtenstall will be holding an ‘Open Mic’ session in the afternoon, with a 60’s inspired band and DJ in the evening
  • TESCO in Rawtenstall/Haslingden and ASDA in Rawtenstall will be supporting the Festival with 60’s activities
  • New Kirk Fair, which is an annual community event in Newchurch Village, will have a market with cake, book and bottle stalls, lots of kids activities and a heritage walk looking back at the history of Newchurch and looking at how it changed in the 60’s.The Boars Head pub will be hosting vocal harmony duo Sorella
  • In the evening, The Hare & Hounds Stacksteads will be holding a 60’s themed party with 60’s fancy dress, disco and Karaoke.Prizes for best male and female fancy dress.
  • The East Lancashire Railway will be continuing the 60’s theme at their station in Rawtenstall, providing 60’s music on the trains and running their ‘Ales on the Rails’ event alongside the Festival

    Sunday 10th September

  • Bacup Cricket Club will again be hosting ‘Scoot Rossendale’, an event that has been organised specifically for the scooter fraternity in mind. Entry is just £2 including raffle entry. Included this year will be:
    • A ‘Ride In’ from TESCO Rawtenstall to Bacup Cricket Club starting at 10.45am
    • Music will be provided by popular band The Inciders + DJ 2 Tone Tony Kennedy
    • Lots of Stalls and a Bouncy castle
    • ‘Best Scooter’ competitions with Trophies
  • The Boo Theatre in Waterfoot will be repeating their very popular ‘Baby Boogie’ experience.Think psychedelic fashion, flower power and rock and roll! Go along for an afternoon of disco fun with your babies and toddlers. With plenty of opportunity to dance, interact and play, it’s sure to be the grooviest event of the year for you and your little ones. £6 Adult £4 Concession £2 Under 2’s. Ages: 0-4 years From 2.00 – 4.00pm
  • The Crown Inn Bacup – will be hosting the return of Elvis Presley aka Andy Brown who will be rocking the Crown from 5.45pm
  • The Artisan in Rawtenstall will be hosting a DJ spinning genuine 60’s vinyl along with a further 60’s inspired band
  • The East Lancashire Railway will be continuing the 60’s theme at their station in Rawtenstall, providing 60’s music on the trains and running their ‘Ales on the Rails’ event alongside the Festival.
  • A Display of Classic Mini Cars on the forecourt at J A Taylors adjacent to Rawtenstall Station
  • The Whitaker will be hosting a book launch at 1.30pm from Steve Millward who will also be giving a presentation based on his book ‘Changing Times: Music and Politics in 1964’. At 4.30pm, there will be a screening of the iconic 60’s film ‘The Italian Job’ with Italian food available on request
  • St Mary’s Chambers is excited to announce that they are staging a Northern Soul music event featuring renowned DJ Keiron ‘Woody’ Woodward from 2.00pm



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 that 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”

The 60’s band ‘The Searchers’ who say “We wish everyone involved in presenting The Rossendale 60’s Festival a huge success. It is so good to know people are keeping our kind of music alive”. Frank Allen, John McNally, Spencer James and Scott Ottawa – The Searchers”

60’s Superstar Helen Shapiro says “Thank you very much for telling me about the Rossendale 60s Festival. It sounds wonderful and I’m writing to wish you much success with this year’s event. I hope all goes well and that an enjoyable time will be had by all. All the very best!”

60’s icon Sandie Shaw has sent her best wishes for the Festival and says “Dear all in Rossendale, congratulations on your 5th Rossendale 60’s Festival. What an amazing thing to do. I really hope this one goes well for you all. Many thanks for keeping music alive! Sandie Shaw x”


For further details of dates and times will be published leading up to the Festival weekend, so please keep up to date with what’s happening on the blog at


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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