This year’s Rossendale 60’s Festival will be held over the weekend of 8th, 9th and 10th September and in addition to last years events, a number of new events are being added for 2017. The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall will be holding the Festival launch event on the evening of Friday 8th. The ‘Whitstock’ music and culture event will be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th, including author Steve Millward who will be giving a presentation based on his book ‘Changing Times: Music and Politics in 1964’.
Bacup Cricket Club will again be holding ‘Scoot Rossendale’ on Sunday 10th, which is expected to attract even more scooters than last year, and will include a ‘Ride In’ from Rawtenstall to Bacup, music from Ska/Reggae band ‘The Inciders” and DJ 2Tone Tony Kennedy and ‘Best Scooter’ competitions with Trophies
- Artisan in Rawtenstall will be staging music sets throughout the weekend, which will include live bands and DJ sets
- The Crown Inn in Bacup will be staging and event over the weekend with live music and DJ.
- The Boo Theatre in Waterfoot will be holding the very popular Baby Boogie and a musical event based on 60’s protest songs on Sunday 10th
- TESCO in Rawtenstall/Haslingden and ASDA in Rawtenstall will be supporting the Festival with activities on Saturday 9th
- The Popular Shop Window dressing Competition will be held again, and judged over the weekend
In addition to the now established events and venues, we have a number of new events and venues, extending the reach of the Festival and broadening its appeal:
- Crawshawbooth Village Centre is planning a typical 60’s meal on Friday 8th at the centre and a 60’s themed family fun day on Sunday 10th.
- St Mary’s Chambers is hosting a Northern Soul event on Sunday 10th with DJ Kieron ‘Woody’ Woodward
- There will be a Classic Mini show at J A Taylor in Rawtenstall
- A Rossendale 60’s Anything Goes Clog Market will be held at The Whitaker. The organisers are still looking for stallholders. So please contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Newchurch Village Community Association is planning a 60’s themed New Kirk Fair, which is an annual community event and will have a market with cake, book and bottle stalls, lots of kids activities and a special 60’s project looking back at the history of Newchurch and looking at how it changed in the 60’s. As part of what is also the heritage weekend, links are hope to be made with St Nicholas church to access their famous church tower
- The East Lancashire Railway are looking to keep the 60’s theme at their station in Rawtenstall and combining their Real Ale Trail with the 60’s Festival. They are also looking at the availability of a 60’s bus serving beers and located at the station. They are also looking at getting music on the train, and have a brake van on each train featuring local artists playing 60’s themed music. They are hoping to run hourly shuttles from Bury to Rawtenstall running until around 23:00 so people have easier access up to Rawtenstall.
- Haslingden Community Link are planning a 60’s themed murder mystery and meal
- Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore will be broadcasting his show from The Whitaker Museum on the afternoon of Friday 8th. Guests from the many events and venues that make up the Rossendale 60’s Festival will be invited to appear to promote their events.
- The New Hare & Hounds in Stacksteads is organising a 60’s themed party on Saturday 9th with 60’s fancy dress, disco and Karaoke. Prizes for best male and female fancy dress.
- Rawtenstall Conservative Club is to have a 60’s extravaganza
- Bacup Market is staging a ‘Bacup Bakeoff’ for the 60’s Festival
- The Rose n Bowl in Stacksteads will be getting in the 60’s groove
- Sunnybank Social Club in Helmshore is planning a 60’s happening
For those who would like to stay the weekend, there is some excellent accommodation offered by Rural Rossendale. Check out their web site at http://www.ruralrossendale.co.uk
The organisers would like to encourage more Pubs, Clubs, Organisations to ‘Get in the Groove’ and set up 60’s themed events and join the 60’s vibe across The Valley. Being part of this now established Festival is good for Rossendale, good for your community and good for your business. If you are interested or would like advise please contact us at email@example.com
further details will be published leading up to the Festival weekend, so please keep up to date with what’s happening on the blog at http://www.rossendale60sfest.wordpress.com