News: Head For The Hills Will Return

GOOD NEWS! Head for the Hills will be back in 2021!

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to take this festival to the next level.

Our plans include growing the amount of artists performing, adding exciting and immersive elements to the experience and generally improving each aspect of the festival. We’ve listened to what festival-goers love about H4TH, and thought about what we really want to create. 

2020 will be a year of planning and improving, with a series of Head For The Hills gigs and events across the borough to be announced soon. It’s taking longer than we hoped to return with the full festival, but we believe it will be worth the wait. The plans for this festival are extremely ambitious; we’re creating an event that can be a cultural beacon for Ramsbottom and Bury for decades to come.

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We’re going to answer some of the questions you might have here.

You said you’d be back in 2020; what happened?

 We spent the time since the last festival talking to everyone involved in Head For The Hills about what we wanted it to be in 2020 and beyond. We’ve been working on that vision, finding people who share our passion for the festival, and figuring out how to make it sustainable for years to come. Understandably that all took some time: by the time everyone was on board, we realised we wouldn’t have the time to deliver the vision fully in 2020. We worked hard to get everything signed off, but ultimately decided to concentrate on making 2021 brilliant, and use 2020 to help make that happen.

Will 2021 happen?

We understand some people will be disappointed after we stated our aim was to return with the full festival in 2020. But with renewed commitment from partners and funders for 2021, and a range of H4TH gigs and events in 2020, you’ll see that we’re more focused than ever on making something brilliant happen back in the hills. 

What’s happening in 2020?

We’ll be very active in 2020. A little taster of the many things that make Head For The Hills great, at locations across Bury. It’s our contribution to Bury’s year as the Greater Manchester Town of Culture. Will a stage pitch up in Ramsbottom or Radcliffe for the day? Will our strolling theatre artists stroll all the way to Tottington? Affordable arts and music events will pop up in each borough of Bury this year. Sign up to the newsletter or make sure you follow us on social media to find out more.

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