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Head for the Hills 2021 – Friday

Head for the Hills is back as a two day event on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 September. For 2021 the festival will be moving to Burrs Country Park near Bury, as part of The Met’s Burrs Live season of shows in the park.

Tickets not now on sale online but can be purchased on the gate.

Friday’s timetable is…

Jez Mansfield Magic Show (1230-1300 Second Stage)

Magician Jez Mansfield pushes the boundary in the field of close-up magic and the impossible.

Heavy Salad (1300-1345 Main Stage)

Manchester’s finest psychedelic trail-blazers Heavy Salad released their debut album Cult Casual in 2020. They will drag you down a rabbit hole of delightfully off-kilter dream pop and acid rock.

Becky Langan (1345-1415 Second Stage)

Becky Langan is a percussive fingerstyle guitarist who employs a combination of extended techniques that explore the outermost reaches of the acoustic guitar.

James Holt (1415-1500 Main Stage)

Bolton-born singer-songwriter James Holt mixes wily lyrics with upbeat rock, prog and blues. It’s easy to see why his remarkable music is turning heads.

ICHI (1500-1545 Second Stage)

Japan’s ICHI take the notion of one-man-band to new limits combining handmade instrument inventions with steel-drum, ping-pong balls and tape-loops.

Freya Beer (1545-1630 Main Stage)

London singer-songwriter Freya Beer deftly mixes poetic lyrics with a distinctive gothic noir inspired by Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, and David Lynch.

Baghdaddies (1645-1730 Second Stage)

The Baghdaddies, pump out an eclectic fusion of rhythms and melodies plucked from around the world that are guaranteed to raise your spirits!

Beans on Toast (1745-1830 Main Stage)

He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues, the Beans on Toast live show is an odd and unpredictable experience!

Polar States (1830-1915 Second Stage)

This Liverpool guitar four-piece have built a cult following around the north-west, leading to Radio 1 airtime and the release of debut EP Killing Moon.

Ibibio Sound Machine (1915-2015 Main Stage)

Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine combine African music with electronics to create an explosively jubilant sound that’s fantastic live. Don’t miss their joyful mix of seventies-inspired funk, electronic grooves and soaring guitar.

Huw and the Greater Good (2030-2115 Second Stage)

Assembled from each corner of the UK, alternative/indie/folk group Huw and the Greater Good came together in Leeds in 2017, bonded by a love of classic and contemporary groups, including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cage the Elephant and The Water Boys.

Badly Drawn Boy (2115-2230 Main Stage)

A headline act at our first ever festival ten years ago, we’re thrilled to welcome iconic singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy back to Head to the Hills. With new album Banana Skin Shoes taking him back to his pop roots, this promises to be a classic ending to the first night of the festival.

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Skylight Arts: Have a go circus skills activities (1230-1630 Main Field Workshop Tent)

Session covers a variety of circus skills such as learning juggling, spinning plates, flower sticks and feather balancing!

Please note that all times are provisional and may be subject to change.

Dates & Times

Last session: Fri 3 Sep 2021 at 12:00 PM - This event has now passed
Burrs Live @ Burrs Country Park, Bury
Advance £27.50 / gate £32 / unders 14s FREE

Advance price available until 10am on Friday 3 September.

Book for both days of Head for the Hills for just £50 advance / £60 gate. The discount will be applied in your online cart.

Gates open 12 noon; the event will finish at 10.30pm.

This is an open air event on a green field site. Seating is not provided, however ticket buyers who wish to sit are invited to bring their own blankets or chairs.

A Burrs Live event

This event is part of Burrs Live, The Met’s summer season of outdoor shows at Burrs Country Park in Bury.

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