• FAQs

    FAQs about out plans for 2020 and beyond.

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  • Volunteering

    A small dedication to our wonderful volunteers and information on how you can join the H4TH family.

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  • Families

    Performances, interventions, creative workshops and more. See what we have planned for families of the weekend

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Who are we?

Head for the Hills is a festival of established musicians, emerging artists, DJs and a vibrant family arts programme in Ramsbottom, a beautiful town in Greater Manchester.

You can enjoy great music, family activities for all ages and tasty local food & real craft ales in the Lancashire hills.

Starting out as Ramsbottom Festival in 2011, we became Head For The Hills in 2017.  In programming Head for the Hills we look to our core values and hope to produce something unique, amazing, high quality and worthwhile. We are not Glastonbury. We’re not even Green Man. We’re definitely not V Festival. They are all great in their own way but we are something beautifully different.


The Met

The festival is curated with care by The Met, Bury’s independent music and arts venue.

Typically we’ve held the festival on the 2nd or 3rd weekend of September, when it is delivered by a passionate team of volunteers and partners. After a year off in 2019, we announced the festival would return in partnership with Scruff Of The Neck in 2021.

We’re also part the Northern Festival Network and share best practice, ideas and tips to stay creative and innovative.


Environmental impact

Sustainability is really important to us and we implement policies before, during and after the event to reduce our environmental impact. We’re in the third year of a pledge which aims to reduce waste disposal, energy use and the impact of our visitors. We’re doing really well!



We’re really focussed on accessibility. To achieve this, we work closely with our partners; Attitude Is Everything who improve accessibility for deaf and disabled customers, and All In Access who co-ordinate access on site for our festival visitors.



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