How Will You Spend Your 48 Hours At The Rossendale 60’s Festival 2017


48hrs 60's 3This 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
  • 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

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

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The New Hare & Hounds Are In The Groove With A Fancy Dress Happening For The 60’s Festival

Hare and Hounds

The New Hare & Hounds in Stacksteads are joining the Rossendale 60’s Festival this year with a 60’s themed Fancy Dress and Karaoke evening with prizes on Saturday 9th September. Not only can you look like a 60’s icon, but you can also sound like one. So start practicing those 60’s hits and get your psychedelic gear dry cleaned. It promises to be a Fab night.

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Northern Soul Awards Sparks Renewed Determination From The Rossendale 60’s Festival Organisers


The Rossendale 60_s Festival logo

The organisers of the Rossendale 60’s Festival were elated when they were told that they were shortlisted in the final of the ‘Music Festival Of The Year’ in this years Northern Soul Awards, and thought they didn’t win the category, reaching the final has increased the determination of organisers Barry Hyde and Pete Sweetmore to make this years Festival bigger and better.

Last years Festival had 12 events hosted by  8 venues over the weekend. So far, thanks to the ideas and enthusiasm that has come from the Rossendale community we have managed to double the events to 24 and now have included a further 9 venues. Here is just a flavour of what we are offering this year:

 Friday 8th September

  • Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore will be broadcasting his show from The Whitaker Museum
  • The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall will be staging the Festival launch event,
  • Artisan in Rawtenstall will be staging a fab 60’s music vibe
  • Crawshawbooth Village Centre will be offering a typical 60’s meal organised by the Association
  • The East Lancashire Railway will be keep the 60’s theme at their station in Rawtenstall and combining their Real Ale Trail with the Festival
  • Haslingden Community Link will host a 60s themed Murder Mystery and Meal

 Saturday 9th September

  • The Popular 60’s themed Shop Window dressing Competition entries will be on display over the weekend
  • The Whitaker will be staging their now famous ‘Whitstock’ music and culture event
  • There will be a display of Vintage Minis at The Whitaker
  • The Crown Inn Bacup will be staging an event over the weekend with live music and DJ.
  • The New Hare & Hounds in  Stacksteads is planning a 60’s Fancy Dress and karaoke event with prizes
  • Bacup Market is planning to get in the groove for the 60’s Festival
  • TESCO in Rawtenstall/Haslingden and ASDA in Rawtenstall will be supporting the Festival with 60’s activities
  • The East Lancashire Railway are keeping the 60’s theme going at their station in Rawtenstall with the 60’s themed Real Ale Trail

Sunday 10th September

  • Bacup Cricket Club will again be holding ‘Scoot Rossendale’ starting with a ‘Ride In’ from Rawtenstall to Bacup, ‘Best Scooter’ competitions with Trophies and Music from The Inciders + DJ
  • The Boo Theatre in Waterfoot will be repeating their very popular Baby Boogie experience and a musical event based on 60’s protest songs
  • Crawshawbooth Village Centre is planning a 60’s themed family fun day 
  • St Mary’s Chambers is excited to announce that they are staging a Northern Soul music event featuring renound DJ Keiron ‘Woody’ Woodward
  • A Rossendale 60’s Anything Goes Clog Market will be held at The Whitaker Museum and will be inviting stallholders to attend with an ‘anything goes’ theme
  • A collection of Vintage Minis will be displayed on the forecourt at J A Taylors adjacent to Rawtenstall Station
  • New Kirk Fair will be held in Newchurch Village with a special 60’s project looking back at the history of Newchurch and looking at how it changed in the 60’s.
  • Rawtenstall Conservative Club is to have a 60’s extravaganza.
  • The Rose n Bowl in Stacksteads will be getting in the 60’s groove
  • The Popular 60’s themed Shop Window dressing Competition  will continue to be on display with the winners being announced

There’s still time to include your own event, so if you would like advice or discuss an event please contact Barry at or Pete at

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Ride In To Bacup Cricket Club For Their Second 60’s Festival Scooter Rally


Scoot Rossendale poster

‘Scoot Rossendale’ at Bacup Cricket Club had its first outing at last year’s Rossendale 60’s Festival, and it proved a great success. It will again be staged at Bacup Cricket Club on Sunday 10th September, and is expected to be even better. The event will start with a ‘Ride In’ from TESCO in Rawtenstall (adjacent Rawtenstall Station) at 10.30am to arrive at Bacup Cricket Club at 10.45am. There will be food, stalls and the return of the very popular Ska/ Reggae band ‘The Inciders’ who will be performing and DJ ‘2 Tone’ Tony Kennedy, who loves vespas and playing Northern Soul, Weller, Kinks, Small Faces, The Who, Ska, and 2 Tones, and in response to feedback from those who attended last year, the organisers have recognised that competition between scooter owners is essential to any rally. So the organisers will be holding a competition with Trophies for Best Vespa, Lambretta, Auto and Custom Scooter. There will be a small £2 entry charge, but will include entry to a raffle. For further information please contact Pauline Clawson at Bacup Cricket Club on: 01706 873286 or Mob: 07932 436039

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St Mary’s Chambers Hosts ‘Northern Soul’ Event For The Rossendale 60’s Festival


Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged in Northern England in the late 1960s from the British Mod scene as a particular style of black American soul based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound.

The Northern Soul movement, however, generally falls short of Motown or Motown-influenced music that has had significant mainstream commercial success. The recordings most prized by enthusiasts of the genre are usually by lesser-known artists, released only in limited numbers, often by small regional American labels

Northern soul is associated with particular dance styles and fashions that grew out of the underground rhythm & soul scene of the late 1960s at venues such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester, Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca.

In recognition of this great Northern heritage and as one of the new events for  the Rossendale 60’s Festival 2017, Maria Teoli of St Mary’s Chambers in Rawtenstall has invited the well respected Northern Soul DJ Kieron Woodward to host a Northern Soul spectacular on Sunday 10th September from 2.00pm.

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ELR Classic Car Gathering Extends To Rawtenstall As Part Of The Rossendale 60’s Festival


The East Lancashire Railway’s  Vintage Transport Gathering held each year at The Transport Museum in Bury is extending its offer, providing owners the option to display their pride and joy on the forecourt of J A Taylor’s in Rawtenstall as part of the The Rossendale 60’s Festival. The Festival is in its 5th year and is event bigger and better this year, with new events happening all over the Valley including Rawtenstall where there will be an Anything Goes Clog Market and the Town SquareLive music at Artisan and a Northern Soul experience at St Mary’s Chambers. Click on the link below to register your vehicle for the event

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The Rossendale 60’s Festival Makes It To The Final Of The Northern Soul Awards 2017

Northern Soul Awards 2017 Finalist Badge

The Rossendale 60’s Festival has been shortlisted for the final of this years Northern Soul Awards. These awards are a showcase and a reward for the very best in Northern flair, creativity and, of course, soul.

The Rossendale 60’s Festival is a finalist in the Music Festival Of The Year category, but has strong competition from 4 other events. However, the organisers feel that they have a strong chance, as the Rossendale 60’s Festival is unique in that it is a festival that is inclusive of many towns and villages in the Rossendale valley and encourages community engagement and collaboration.

The awards will take place on 29 June 2017 at the Hilton, Deansgate in Manchester, and will reward organisations across 27 diverse categories reflecting the culture and artistic breadth in the North.

This is the fifth year of the Festival and we as organisers would like to sincerely thank each and every event, organisation and venue that has supported the Festival over those years and will be doing again this year. We are extremely pleased that our Festival is being recognised as one of the best quality Festivals in the Northwest, but we are not complacent, and are striving to make the Festival even bigger and better for 2017. So we are inviting other groups in the Rossendale community to join us for this years Festival. So if you have an idea for a 60’s themed event, please contact Barry at or Pete at and we will be glad to discuss you idea with you.

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