by Kane Allen
July 8, 2016
The Northern Grip Festival has announced its full festival programme for this year’s July event.
The North West’s first ever mountain bike festival will be coming to Ramsbottom, Lancashire, on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of July.
The festival combines riding on some of the North West’s finest fells with a focus on post-ride activities in the festival hub located in and around Ramsbottom’s Civic Hall.
Live Music will be provided in the hub and on the hills by Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, The East Pointers, Rick Warren and Damien Heakin with Manchester’s Funkademia club night providing the DJs throughout the day & night – Graeme Hawley, Pasta Paul and Baz Kirkley will all be on the decks.
Our outdoor expo area will showcase demo bikes and new products from Kona, Alpkit, Sonder, Cotic, Scott, and Giant, whilst headline sponsor Team JMC will be on hand to chat about their sporting club and how you can benefit by getting involved.
Inside the hub there are Q&A sessions planned with pro rider Ricky Crompton, ‘lad and dad’ cycling duo Rich and Tom Pips, the people behind the new indoor mountain bike centre Dirt Factory, the Hope Tech women’s ride team and more. There’ll also be a bike setup clinic from Cooksons, as well as Pedal Precision and Shack Wrap showcasing their wares.
Food and drink will be available in the festival hub’s courtyard where you can sample their very own Northern Grip Bunny Hop ale brewed exclusively for the festival as well as an array of food including wood fired pizzas from local heroes The Venetian.
Throughout the day and evening we’ll be screening classic mountain bike films and new edits from Kona, Alpkit, Ricky Crompton and more. There’ll be track stand and other competitions with great prizes up for grabs.
In the evening the party vibe will take over with the bands and DJs providing all things musical into the small hours. Award winning gastropub the Eagle and Child will be performing breakfast duties on Sunday before riders head out onto the hills for one last big ride.
Northern Grip organiser Tom Whitehead said: “Northern Grip isn’t going to be just about the fun riding to be had on the amazing hills and trails around Ramsbottom. The festival hub at the Civic Hall will have a full programme of activities with film screenings, live music, DJs, Q&As with extraordinary riders, bike demos and, of course, great local food and ales. We’ll also be throwing in some memorable surprises throughout the day.”
The industrial backdrop of this northern town, located just 30 minutes drives from Manchester, is perfect to celebrate the joys of riding dirt. Ramsbottom is home to many a varied festival and Northern Grip continues this aspect. Northern Grip will celebrate the majestic mountain bike and what it can bring to people’s lives.
Remaining tickets priced at £25.00 on the Northern Grip website. Under 16s gain free entry with an accompanying adult ticket.