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Published on April 17th, 2017 | by Nigel Cartner


Nineties Giants Set For Blackthorn Festival

It’s that time of year again where Blackthorn Music Festival, one of the North West’s premier summer music events, is just around the corner. The festival takes place between Friday 21st July and Sunday 23rd July at Whitebottom Farm, Etherow Country Park, showcasing some of the best music in the British underground scene today with an emphasis on local talent. Attempting to cater for a variety of genres, the organisers have a strong focus on indie, rock, country and acoustic music, but don’t be surprised to catch the odd differing genre to freshen things up, and to broaden musical horizons from time to time. Past years at Blackthorn have always had a couple of well-known acts performing the headline slots and this year is no different. In fact, it’s better, as three 90s legends: Reef, Lightning Seeds, and Space will grace the stage at various points throughout the weekend – sure to be a trip down memory lane for many festival-goers. As usual, aside from the new music and legends on offer, the customary tribute acts will take to the stage on Friday, with Sex Pissed Dolls, Ohasis and The Smiths Ltd, set to liven up the night with a series of well-known hits from a celebrated age of music.

Blackthorn has been a growing festival year on year, seemingly full of potential of where it can go in future. This year is a statement towards realising that potential, and proves once again that this is the local summer highlight of the year. Having attended the past two years, it’s an event that gets bigger and better year on year. If you like your music and festivals to be laid back, fun, family friendly and set in a beautiful, safe environment, then Blackthorn is a must attend. A full list of bands/artists, prices and other entertainment details can be found at

About the Author

Nigel is a huge fan of music from the 60s and 70s with an emphasis on rock, psych, blues and indie. This spreads to music of the same genre into the modern era. Being a Manchester lad he also has an affiliation with local music past and present. He has also recently released his debut novel, 'Lost in Manchester, Found in Vegas' which is available on amazon or

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