The inaugural Burrs Live – By The Met will be bringing a festival atmosphere to Burrs Country Park this summer with two weeks of live music, community events, family fun and artisan food in the great outdoors.

The brand-new festival running 27th August – 5th September, will feature a packed programme of live music events hosted on an outdoor stage, including performances from the world’s premier Beatles tribute, The Bootleg Beatles, folk supergroup, Show of Hands, and one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, The Magic of Motown.

The live music offering will culminate in two full days of the much-loved Head For The Hills festival as it returns for the first time since 2018, on 3rd and 4th September. Traditionally surrounded by beautiful panoramic views of rolling Lancashire hills at the Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Head for the Hills is a fun-filled family friendly festival, renowned for showcasing exciting new music, alongside world-class headliners, as well as its great taste in food and drink.

In addition, Happy Festival, a festival inspired by the work of much-loved Victoria Wood and the way she made people feel, will be taking over the grounds on 5th September with a fun-filled day of events and performances for the whole family. Hosted by Britain’s Got Talent’s Steve Royle, the line-up includes Manchester comedian Rachel Fairburn and Coronation Street star and Victoria Wood long-time collaborator Sue Devaney, plus much more.

Brightside Brewery will be providing the drinks throughout Burrs Live and will be complemented beautifully by a varied selection of local food vendors, so all you need to bring is yourself and a chair or blanket, sit back and soak up those summer festival feels.

Burrs Live is supported by Arts Council England, GMCA, Bury Council and Bury Town of Culture, sponsored by Contained Air Solutions, Pearson Ferrier, Avoira and ISM Waste, and partnered by Lancashire Wildlife Trust, with Walk the Plank as a community partner.

Event Listings

The Bootleg Beatles

  • Sat 28th Aug
  • 8pm
  • £19

The Bootleg Beatles are coming to Bury for the opening Saturday night of Burrs Live.

The world’s premier Beatles band continues to draw critical acclaim with their flawless recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging sixties, every tiny detail is forensically observed from their authentic period costumes and instruments, to their witty stage banter and “inflection perfect” vocals.

This show is an absolute must for Beatlemaniacs of all ages!

Show of Hands

  • Sun 29th Aug
  • 8pm
  • £25

Folk supergroup Show of Hands lands at Burrs Country Park for what promises to be one of the highlights of our Burrs Live opening weekend.

For this outdoor show Steve Knightley and Phil Beer — undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene — will be joined by long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes and master percussionist Cormac Byrne.

With new songs, new sounds, heartbeats and harmonies, you’re in for a real treat.

The Magic of Motown

  • Mon 30th Aug
  • 8pm
  • £26

Celebrate the sound of a generation as The Magic of Motown comes to Burrs Live for one very special night.

You will be going Loco down in Acapulco as we take you back down memory lane with all the Motown classics from artists such as, Marvine Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, and many, many more.

Seen by over a million people, and now in its sixteenth year, it’s no surprise that this show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history.

Get ready for the biggest Motown party of the year!

Head for the Hills

  • Fri 3rd & Sat 4th Sep
  • Details TBA

Head for the Hills is back for the first time since 2018, and will be bringing some of the best live music to Burrs Live.

Traditionally surrounded by beautiful panoramic views of rolling Lancashire hills at the Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Head for the Hills is a fun-filled family friendly festival, renowned for showcasing exciting new music, alongside world-class headliners, as well as its great taste in food and drink.

In its eight editions, the festival brought The Stranglers, The Proclaimers, Maximo Park, Idlewild, Beth Orton, Sinead O’Connor, Roddy Frame, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Public Service Broadcasting, Gaz Coombes and Richard Hawley to Ramsbottom and in 2017 attracted over 12,000 visitors.

Happy at Burrs Live

  • Sun 5th Sep
  • 2pm
  • £11

What a great day Happy Festival has got in store for The Met’s outdoor stage at Burrs Country Park on the last Sunday of summer.

Hosted by Britain’s Got Talent’s Steve Royle, the line-up includes Manchester comedian Rachel Fairburn, Coronation Street star and Victoria Wood long-time collaborator Sue Devaney, the legendary Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, Vikki Stone and Natasha Barnes are Funny Gals, their very own Happy House Band and loads more.

Happy at Burrs Live is going to be a cracker! Bring a picnic or enjoy the refreshments in the park.

Details on Burrs Live – By The Met, and all of its events can be found here. 

For information on how to get to Burrs Live click here.

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