Northern Grip 2019 Mountain Bike Festival Details Released

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Northern Grip Mountain Bike Festival returns to Stubbylee Park and Lee Quarry in Bacup, Rossendale, in Lancashire on Saturday the 13th July for its fourth year, promising another great year of entertainment, riding and food & drink.

Northern Grip is an annual celebration of Mountain Bike culture with a big focus on activities for families and children which last year attracted over 350 mountain bike fans to the festival hub in Stubbylee Park.

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Just chillin’ with your bike. Like the best of bike festivals.

Organiser David Agnew says: “Northern Grip has established a great reputation for a relaxed and easy going festival atmosphere, with our audience loving the combination of new bike demos, kids activities, food, beer, live music and DJs and mapped out trails around the valley.

This year we’ve got some fantastic demo bikes, including e-Bikes to try out in the amazing trails in Lee Quarry.

Live Music @ Northern Grip

We’ve also got some spectacular live music lined up, including an evening set from the fantastic Take Me To Church DJs who are regularly selling out their club nights across the North.

We’re really happy to announce that we’ll have more skills coaching available this year to get children started on their first ride, as well as a host of other fun activities provided by local kids party heroes Pennine Pop.”

There’ll be a wide range of amazing new demo bike on offer from local bike shops Cycle Factory and Cycle Addicts, including Orange and Kona as well as some fantastic smaller brands such as Stanton and Identiti.

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The heckling game is strong with Northern Grip

Festival of mountain biking

Food and drink is a huge part of the festival with local brewery Northern Whisper again supplying the famous Bunny Hop Ale, as well as bringing their Bocholt Lager to be served from a fully stocked bar. TINCUP Whiskey will be back again this year with the TINCUP Whiskey Mining Cart Bar. Local guys Dough Ball Pizza will have their pizza truck fired up all weekend and this year we’re also welcoming Vegan Nom Noms to the festival who’ll have a range of great vegan food available.

Previously on Northern Grip

This being the 4th year of the event this event has plenty of pedigree and reputation. Check out our report from last year’s event here.

On site camping

There’s still some camping space remaining for those who want to make a full weekend of it, with Copper Lane Yoga Studios again providing their morning yoga sessions to get guests properly stretched out before a big day of riding and partying.

The event would not be happening without the fantastic support of Rossendale Borough Council, and the organisers are very happy to be welcoming the Mayor and Mayoress who’ll be dropping by during the event. Northern Grip have also put a call out for volunteers so if you fancy earning a free ticket get in touch with them at

Northern Grip 2019
Date: 13.7.19
Location: Stubbylee Park & Lee Quarry
Tickets: Adults £15.00, Under 18s £5.00 Under 10’s Free


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (1)


    Rossendale is in London, isn’t it?

    “Northern” (England) is the pointy bit at the top of Northumberland. Host it on Lindisfarne and you’re “northern”…

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