Rossendale 60s Festival

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Information on this page was last updated on 23/08/2018

The Rossendale 60s Festival is now in its 6th year and has established itself as the premier valley-wide event in Rossendale. Its current Chair Barry Hyde founded the Festival in 2013 as an initiative that would provide a theme that both businesses and the community would buy into.

It was seen as a Festival that supported a number of individual events that adopted the 60’s theme but the interpretation was left to each event organising group. T he first year did attract a number of groups and businesses, and was seen to have great potential going forward.  Pete Sweetmore joined Barry in 2014 to provide further capacity to discuss and engage with businesses and community groups with a view to developing further events and express the opportunities for all to benefit.

The Festival Organising Group now a constituted group of members that coordinates and promotes the Festival and has succeeded in developing the Festival to where it is now. The organisers have always seen the Rossendale 60’s Festival as distinctive in a number of ways.

  • It has always encouraged the Rossendale community and businesses to get involved and engage with the festival and benefit from all of the opportunities presented to them as a consequence of the success of the Festival
  • From its conception, the Rossendale 60s Festival has always been envisaged as a Valley Wide event, encompassing all that is synonymous with the 60’s era
  • Putting Rossendale on the map as a preferred tourism destination

The Rossendale 60’s Festival 2017 was recognised by the Northern Souls Awards Judging panel as one of the best Festivals in the Northwest and the Festival was shortlisted  in the ‘Music Festival of the Year’!

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