Dogstock festival looks to be best yet

The Bolton News: Total Victory Total Victory

WITH nearly 30 bands over three days, this year’s Dogstock looks set to be bigger than ever.

The festival, held at the Dog and Partridge, in Manor Street, will take place over the jubilee weekend, from June 2 to 4.

Headliners include Our Fold, To The Bones, Billyclub, Jeremiah Ferrari, The Lottery Winners and The Broken Door, with each day loosely themed. On the Saturday there will be predominantly acoustic bands, followed by a rockier sound on Sunday and a mixed bag on the Monday.

Organiser Matt Leonard says: “We tried to envisage it as a compilation album, like the best of the gigs we have had on at the Dog since last Dogstock.

“Half the bands on the bill made their debuts at the Dog this year, so we wanted to get them back — it’s like a ‘thankyou for being great’.”

In addition, there will be the return of the popular Big Bird food van, whose goat curry sold out last year, plus stalls selling cakes and crafts and a mini beer and cider festival, including locally sourced ale from four different breweries including Bank Top, Prospect and Moorhouses, plus a range of ciders.

Landlord Neil Piper says: “There’s a real community feel. The number of people who have offered their services for free without us even asking is amazing. It’s going to feel a lot like the first one we did, I think.”

Music starts at 3pm on the Saturday with, as has become traditional, The Managers big band.

A full line-up, with times, is available from the pub’s website, liveatthedog.co.uk. Tickets are available now from the bar, costing £10 for three days, or £6 per day on the door. Anyone interested in taking a stall should contact Neil on 07708 377229.

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