An amazing menu of music will cater for all tastes at this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival. Rock, retro and even classical will be performed by more than 60 different artists on two stages over the Bank Holiday weekend (Aug 25 – 28) in a packed live music programme.

On the Sunday evening, Aziz Ibrahim, who was the guitarist for the last Stone Roses performance at the 1996 Reading Festival, will play a set on the new main music stage in Le Mans Crescent. Headlining on that stage on Friday night will be the town’s rising stars Jordan Allen. The indie four-piece have just enjoyed sell-out gigs, joining the line-up of Isle of Wight and Dot to Dot festivals. Other bands featured will be Cleargreen, Sittin Pretty, The Jade Assembly and Our Fold. On Saturday, Northern Soul singer Johnny Pryer and Electro 80s top the bill.

Tommy Holland – winner of King of Britain 2017 and described as the best Elvis tribute in the country – will perform on the Sunday. On Monday headliners are Good Foxy from Clitheroe and Bolton’s own reggae four-piece Jeramiah Ferrari. Over the weekend, there will also be performances by the Bolton Ukulele Group, award-winning Eagley Brass Band and festival jazz favourites Hot Potato Syncopators. There will be even more music performed live on a second stage, next to the Real Ale and Cider Bar in Victoria Square.

The live music areas are free entry and no tickets are required. The festival is organised by Bolton Council, in association with Aldi. Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “We have aimed to make our festival about more than just food and drink – we want to have top class entertainment for the whole family and with this line-up of live music over the four days we have managed to achieve just that. “The music stage and bar area on Le Mans is new and we think it will be a hit. The stages also have seating areas to accommodate around 200 each so there will be plenty of seats for people.”

Dawn Price, who has organised the music for the festival, said: “We are really excited about the number and quality of acts we have managed to attract to Bolton for the festival. Like the festival, the live music has grown incredibly popular and we are proud that there is something for every taste.”

Music runs from 11.30am to 10.30pm on Friday, noon to 10.30pm Saturday and Sunday, and 11.30am to 6.30pm on Monday on the main stage.

 For updates visit, follow Bolton Food and Drink Festival page on Facebook, @boltonfoodfest on Twitter or @boltonfoodfest on Instagram. 


Festival sponsors and partners:

Sponsors are: Aldi; University of Bolton; Stateside Foods; Willmott Dixon, and Grosvenor Windows.

Partners include: Arts Council; Bolton College; Bolton Library and Museum; Bolton Market; Carrs Pasties; Crompton Place; Greenhalghs; Last Drop Hotel; Octagon Theatre; Rowland Homes; RRG Group, and Slattery. 

Music programme

Festival stage – Le Mans Crescent

Friday, August 25                         

11.30am – noon                      Sid Bowfin

12.15pm – 12.45pm                Rock of Ages

1.15pm – 1.45pm                    Jack Woodward

2pm – 2.30pm                         Resonent

2.45pm – 3.45pm                    Old Red Eyes

4.15pm – 4.45pm                    Sid Bowfin

5.15pm – 6pm                         Cleargreen

6.30pm – 7.15pm                    Sittin Pretty

7.30pm – 8.15pm                    Our Fold

8.30pm – 9.15pm                    The Jade Assembly

9.45pm – 10.30pm                  Jordan Allen


Saturday, August 26                    

Noon – 12.30pm                      Catkin Gilligan

12.45pm -1.30pm                   Bolton Ukulele Group

2pm – 2.45pm                         Holly Jenkinson Band

3pm – 3.45pm                         Naked Stereo

4pm – 4.30pm                         Olly Neash

4.45pm – 5.30pm                    Rachel Green

5.45pm – 6.30pm                    Travelling Strings

7pm – 8pm                              Ruff Trade

8.15pm – 9pm                         Johnny Pryer

9.30pm – 10.30pm                  Electro 80’s


Sunday, August 27

Noon – 12.30pm                      Hot Potato Syncopators

12.45pm – 1.30pm                  Trident

1.45pm – 2.30pm                    Eagley Brass Band

2.45pm – 3.30pm                    Moody Elf

3.45pm – 4.30pm                    Izzie Walsh

4.45pm – 5.15pm                    Hot Potato Syncopators

5.30pm – 6.15pm                    Acid Haystack and the Shattered Villain

6.30pm – 7.15pm                    The Carbs

7.30pm – 8.15pm                    2nd Hand Wings

8.30pm – 9.15pm                    Aziz Ibrahim (Lord of the Strings) and band

9.30pm – 10.30pm                  Tommy Holland as Elvis


Monday, August 28                     

Noon – 12.30pm                      Hot Potato Syncopators

12.45pm – 1.30pm                  Bullets & Bourbon

1.45pm – 2.30pm                    Dirty Bare Feet

2.45pm – 3.15pm                    Hot Potato Syncopators

3.30pm – 4.15pm                    James Holt Band

4.30pm – 5.15pm                    Good Foxy

5.30pm – 6.30pm                    Jeramiah Ferrari


Real ale and cider bar stage – Victoria Square

Friday, August 25                        

Noon – 12.30pm                      Rachael Green

12.45pm – 1.15pm                  Megan Wroe

1.30pm – 2pm                         Sid Bowfin

2.15pm – 3pm                         Lois and Isaac

3.15pm – 3.45pm                    Ellyse Mason

4pm – 4.45pm                         Degenerates

5pm – 5.45pm                         Gaz Drury

5.45pm – 6.30pm                    Nanukes of the North


Saturday, August 26                    

Noon – 12.30pm                      Grumpy Old Mens Practise

1pm – 1.45pm                         Katie O’Malley Band

2pm – 2.45pm                         Café Misfits

3pm – 3.45pm                         Rachel Green

4pm – 4.45pm                         James Mason Band

5pm – 6pm                              Elana Cau

6.15pm – 7pm                         The Grande


Sunday, August 27                      

Noon – 1pm                            Dharma Sings

1.15pm – 1.45pm                    Jackwoodward

1.50pm – 2.30p                        Beat Roots (feat Linda J from The Voice)

2.45pm – 3.15pm                    Hot Potato Syncopators

3.30pm – 4.15pm                    Toria Woof

4.30pm – 5.15pm                    Quaintest Show on Earth

5.30pm – 6pm                         Dave Gorman

6.15pm – 7pm                         Adam Bradbury


Monday, August 28   

11.30am                                  Phil/Steve Trident

Noon                                       Potting Shed Pete

12.15pm                                  Colin Cunningham

12.45pm                                  Gordon Zola

1pm                                         Charlie Pink

1.30pm                                    Jefferama & Anna

2pm                                         Charlotte Newman

2.30pm                                    Steph & Steve

3pm                                         Dave Roely

3.30pm                                    Charlotte Kinsella

4pm                                         Open Mic/Jefferama

4.30pm                                    Hot Potato Syncopators

5pm                                         Pauline Blackburn

5.30pm                                    Open Mic/Jefferama

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