With tickets for the legendary Glastonbury Festival going on sale in the next couple of weeks, it’s easy to think that this year’s festival season is well and truly over. Yet the echoes of the brilliant bands that graced the stage at Head for the Hills have barely stopped reverberating around Ramsbottom Cricket Ground. And after another amazing weekend, the chat about the festival is sure to carry on even longer.
Of course, these days the festival season isn’t just about summer and music. The excitement starts as early as January with the Pokerstars Festival in London, and it stretches right through to the endless winter festivals in December, with their sparkling lights and Christmas treats. Whatever time of year it is, there is always festival fun to be had.
Head for the Hills may not quite rival Glasto’s line up, but then it doesn’t come anywhere near their big ticket prices either, with entry from as little as £10. Last year, weekend Glastonbury tickets cost a mighty £238 and they are rumoured to be even higher for 2019, possibly to make up their lost income from taking 2018 off. Add in the cost of camping in the middle of nowhere and it becomes a very expensive weekend indeed. Unlike Rammy Fest (sorry, Head for the Hills), which happens conveniently close to town with everything you need right on your doorstep.
Not that the Head for the Hills 2018 line-up lacked star quality, with the likes of rising rock stars The Slow Readers Club, 90’s indie giants The Bluetones and 2-tone ska legends the Selecter headlining on Friday and Saturday. These were backed by an immense line up of dozens of up and coming acts, local bands and special guests, including many making their festival debut in the smaller stage tent and on t’other stage. And they don’t get much more special than the Boomtown Rats, who headlined Sunday night. Proving that all that globe-trotting altruism hasn’t dulled his razor sharp edge, Bob Geldof summed up the sentiments of the weekend crowd with his heartfelt rendition of their most famous hit of all, I Don’t Like Mondays.