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We are looking forward to welcoming you to LITTLE GLASTONBORO on Saturday 22nd June 2024. To ensure an enjoyable and safe festival experience for everyone, please read this IMPORTANT event information. 


Gates Open: 1 PM

Last entry: 4 pm

Music Finishes: 10 pm

Curfew: 11 pm 


There will be no re-admittance to the festival if you leave the grounds. 


Only food and drink for very young children and for medical reasons will be allowed. A Foodie Village is on-site with various food vendors and options to choose from. There will also be outdoor festival bars serving alcoholic and soft drinks as well as the indoor bars available. 


Without these rules, the festival would not be viable but it also supports local food traders & businesses in our community. 


Everyone will need an individual ticket to enter the festival. If booked online please ensure you print all tickets or have them available on your mobile if you have selected this option. If you have paper tickets, please ensure each person in your group has their own ticket. Ticket categories will be checked to ensure it matches the persons entering.


Under 16’s MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 18. 

Children under 6 are free but still need a ticket you can get these free on our website Children aged 6-15 need a child ticket. Anyone aged 16 and over requires an adult ticket. In compliance of our licence, no unaccompanied children will be granted admittance to the festival. 


This is a music festival, if you have young children you may want to bring some ear defenders as sustained exposure to loud music may be damaging to young children. 


The festival will be filmed and photographed for marketing and promotional purposes. By entering the festival site you are giving your consent to be featured. 


As it is mid cricket season and to aid all the staff and volunteers in ensuring the pitch is ready for the game the following day, we ask if you could please respect the grounds and take all your rubbish to the nearest bins or take it home with you. 


Only assistance dogs will be allowed into the festival. 


As in previous years, we will again be operating a TOKEN SYSTEM at Little Glastonboro. Tokens speed up the service at bars and reduce the time spent queuing. Plus they are really easy to use! 

Tokens can be purchased at the token station which will be readily visible. . 

• Tokens can be purchased with cash or card 

• Cash purchases are in increments of £20

• Each token is worth £2.50

• Everything at the event will use tokens! 

• Tokens will be available to purchase from 1 pm -10 pm. 

• Tokens can be reimbursed to the full value before you leave from the token booth or for a period of 24 hours after the event.  Please note that tokens after this time period can not be returned or refunded.  

All festivals do have queues at peak times however we feel the token system speed service at the bars and vendors. 


Please ensure you bring cash and change where possible for purchasing tokens. Card payments will be accepted but again making transactional payments can increase queuing time. There is no ATM on site. 


The festival and bars operate a ‘Challenge 25’ policy. Please ensure you bring valid and recognised photographic ID. 


Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather forecast. 


This is a standing festival but free to bring camping chairs and picnic blankets for your comfort. However please ensure these are positioned away from the area directly in front of the stage to allow for standing room. We would prefer people to refrain from bringing umbrellas in order to not obstruct the view of other festival-goers. Gazebos or tent structures of any kind are NOT permitted due to viewing restrictions and health and safety requirements. This will be strictly enforced to ensure your safety.


For everyone’s safety, our security teams will carry out bag checks and pat-downs. We have the right to refuse entry to anyone attempting to bring prohibitive items in to the event. Anyone who is refused entry will not be entitled to a refund. 


No parking is available on site. Please find alternative ways of getting to and from the venue. Please respect local estates and park responsibly. We advise walking to the cricket club. 


Little Glastonboro and the venue accept no liability for the loss or damage of your own personal property whilst attending our festival. 


Everyone is attending the festival to have a good time. Please ensure you are respectful and courteous to fellow festival-goers, volunteers and staff. Any unruly, disrespectful or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated and the security team reserve the right to remove you from the festival site. Anyone removed from site will not be entitled to a refund. 

We ask that you please also be respectful to local residents and their property both en route to and going home from the festival.


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Not only did the Black Dyke Mills Band fill the air in the celebratory procession at the opening of Rochdale Town Hall in 1871, but its successors, the current champion band of Great Britain 2023, performed at a pair of concerts to celebrate the reopening of the renovated Town Hall.

The last time we heard the glorious Binns organ was an Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside Organists’ Association concert during Covid, played by Paul Carr on Saturday 10 October 2020, so, it was great to see it played again by the celebrated organist Darius Battiwalla.

With the Great Hall ceilings cleaned and gleaming, the angelic buttresses and soaring rafters, the hundreds of people in the capacity audience were under no doubt that with world class brass, Rochdale is open for business.

The massive power of the Black Dyke Band is undeniable. It is a constellation of stars, with an admirable policy to highlight its many excellent soloists contained within.

Professor Nicholas Childs is a legendary figure himself in the international music world, as a performer, teacher, and promoter. He also proved to be a highly skilled conductor and genial, engaging compere.

The band’s interpretations of Walton’s Crown Imperial and von Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture were magnificent. As indeed was the mellifluous cornet solo of Richard Marshall followed by the rest of the section in Binge’s Carillon, with meticulous Mantovani-like phrasing.

The solo flugel horn of Stephanie Binns and euphonium of Adam Bokaris in The Armed Man suite by Jenkins again showed first-class individual merits, before the band was joined by organist Darius Battiwalla once more in Boellmann’s Toccata from Suite Gothique.

The second half began with a world premiere, commissioned by the council, of a work by Iain Farrington, (who was present in the audience) entitled The New Pioneers. A bright modern piece that is sure to get more airtime.

More excellent soloists shone forth, including Siobahn Bates on tenor horn, a stunning Air Varie on Rule Britannia by Adam Bokaris, and a dazzling xylophone solo by Gareth Hand.

However, the band proved itself even greater than the sum of its parts with Elgar’s Nimrod - its soaring climaxes and magical dying away that must be the signature sound of a champion band.

The finale was in full Last Night of the Proms tradition, with audience participation complete with flags, in Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No1; rounding off a triumphant night for the musicians, audience, and of course the splendid Town Hall itself.

Dr Joe Dawson

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We can't wait to welcome you to Oktoberfest Rochdale next weekend! It's going to be a great night!

Entry is from 7pm-8pm. We have a full bar stocked with something for everyone including German beer. We also have Bratwursts and a Vegan Dog being served throughout the night.

We are operating a TOKEN SYSTEM at this event. Don’t be scared to embrace the party experience!

Tokens speed up the service at bars and reduce the time spent queuing. Plus they are really easy to use!

Tokens can be purchased at the token station. Please ask a marshall for help if you need assistance with your tokens.

Tokens can be purchased with cash or card but we do recommend cash to speed up the process.

Each token is worth £2.50

Everything at the event will use tokens! Tokens will be available to purchase upon entry.

Tokens can be reimbursed until the end of the night.

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