Blackthorn Festival

Published on June 9th, 2016 | by Nigel Cartner


Blackthorn Festival 2016 Preview

One of the North West’s fastest growing summer music events, Blackthorn Festival, is quickly approaching, and is once again promising to be another feast for showcasing some of the best music in the British underground scene today. Taking place between Friday 22nd July and Sunday 24th July in a scenic, rural part of Stockport, Blackthorn is building upon last year’s success. The organisers have been inundated with applications, whittling down the hopefuls to a rich blend of superlative music that caters for all tastes, providing a balance of genres that focusses around the indie, rock and acoustic scenes, with an emphasis on local talent that can be found on all stages throughout the weekend. Last year’s coup in bringing in indie giants The Enemy has led to the capture of popular national favourites, The View and Maximo Park, who will headline Saturday and Sunday respectively this year, highlighting Blackthorn’s growing pulling prowess. It promises to be another summer highlight, and having attended last year for my festival camping debut, it’s an event I daren’t miss.

At Sonic Bandwagon we pride ourselves on discovering, playing and promoting new music, so it’s fantastic to see so many bands who have featured on the radio show appear on the bill. Below are just a few who’ve crossed our path, who we can strongly recommend keeping an eye out for:

The Tapestry                                               Cabbage
Billy Bibby & The Wry                               No Hot Ashes
Barron                                                          The Cornelius Crane
Little Sparrow                                             Sixty Minute Man
The Jade Assembly                                    Ist Ist
Gas Panic                                                     Liberty Ship
New York Tourists                                     Jess Kemp
Rum Thief                                                    Matchstickmen
Gary Quinn                                                  The Claremonts

Blackthorn Festival 2016A full list of bands/artists can be found at HERE. Stage times have not been finalised as yet, but we will give a further update when they’re released.

Aside from the new music on offer, the customary tribute acts will grace the stage on Friday, with Kazabian, Antarctic Monkeys and the legendary Bootleg Beatles, hailed by some as the greatest tribute act of all time, set to provide the crowd with a series of anthemic, well-known classics to really light up the night. 90s legends Stereo MCs are also present to provide some original nostalgia to the weekend, and iconic DJs Craig Charles and Clint Boon are booked in to deliver the tunes and beats on the decks to keep the crowd’s energy simmering between bands.

But it’s not solely about the music. Similar to previous years there will also be a variety of other activities to enjoy, including stalls and areas for live art. The variety and quality of food and drink on offer is also another reason to attend (trust me). Also, after last year’s venture into Glamping, the number of Bell Tents available to hire has increased for those who prefer the deluxe approach to festivals.

This year also sees Blackthorn partnering with local conservation charity, Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT). For every ticket booked a donation will be made to the Trust, and they will be joining the festival with some intriguing, ‘wild’ activities over the course of the weekend.

If you like your music and festivals to be laid back, fun and set in a beautiful, safe environment then Blackthorn is a must attend.

Ticket prices are as follows:

£55.00 – Weekend Ticket Single – £20.00 for 15s and under
£20.00 – Friday Solus – 5:30pm – 2:30am, £10.00 for 15s and under
£30.00 – Saturday Solus – 11:30am – 2:30am, £15.00 for 15s and under
£30.00 – Sunday Solus – 11:30am – 8pm, £10.00 for 15s and under
£15.00 – Camping Pitch Ticket – Camping for the weekend
6 and under enter for FREE

Tickets on sale from outlets May 1st:

  • Buy tickets direct from Blackthorn 07340 809204, or Or get them from our local outlets
  • – Inkbox Marple
  • – Stationary Supplies Marple
  • – Compstall Post Office
  • – Romiley Post Office
  • – Alternatively you can purchase from Skiddle

More information on Blackthorn Festival can be found on the WebsiteFacebook and Twitter.

Address: Whitebottom Farm, Etherow Country Park, Compstall, Stockport, SK6 5HZ


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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