Promotional Feature

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. (Image above)

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.

Aziz Ibrahim

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. (See the full line up below)

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Music programme - Main Stage

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 (tribute to Housemartins and Beautiful South)

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                         Travelling Strings

4pm - 4.30pm                         Olly Neash

4.45pm - 5.30pm                    Rachel Green

5.45pm - 6.30pm                    Naked Stereo

7pm – 8pm                              Ruff Trade

8.15pm – 9pm                         Johnny Pryer

9.30pm - 10.30pm                  Electro 80's


Sunday, August 27

Noon - 12.30pm                      Hot Potato Sycopators

12.4pm - 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 Sycopators

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 28th August                     

Noon - 12.30pm                      Hot Potato Sycopators

12.45pm - 1.30pm                  Bulets & Bourbon

1.45pm - 2.30pm                    Dirty Bare Feet

2.45pm - 3.15pm                    Hot Potato Sycopators

3.30pm - 4.15pm                    James Holt Band

4.30pm - 5.15pm                    Good Foxy

5.30pm - 6.30pm                    Jeramiah Ferrari


Music programme - Real ale and cider bar stage

Friday 25th August                         

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 26th August                    

12noon - 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                              Elanu Cau

6.15pm – 7pm                         The Grande


Sunday 27th August                       

12noon – 1pm                         TBC

1.15pm - 1.45pm                    Jackwoodward

1.50pm - 2.30p                        Beat Roots (FT. Linda j from 2016 the voice)

2.45pm - 3.15pm                    Hot Potato Sycopators

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 28th August                     

All day hosts                         Jefferama & Friends

11.30am – 12noon                  Phi/Steve Trident

12.15pm - 12.45pm                Colin Cunnningham

4.30pm - 5.30pm                   Hot Potato Sycopators