BEFORE you Head For The Hills, head to The Met, Bury, on August 5 for an offering of upcoming artists, showcasing what’s to come at the Ramsbottom Festival September 15-17.

Scruff Of The Neck is hosting a night of music to set the tone for the festival, as Glass Caves and SKIES return to Bury after standout appearances at last year’s rip-roaring September weekend. They will be joined by local ones to watch, Dear CAROLINE and Laurel Canyon.

Hot from their headline set at a packed-out Gorilla, Manchester on April 8, launching their latest single, ‘Swim’ (released in association with Scruff Of The Neck, April 7) and a national tour, Glass Caves are sure to land sucker-punching indie rock expectations for Head For The Hills.

The West Yorkshire four-piece will be playing hits from their top 40 album, Alive (2014), and having sold out shows at Fibbers, York, and The Lending Room, Leeds since their last visit to the hills, their headline set is not one to miss.

One of Ramsbottom’s highlight acts from last year, Folkestone duo, SKIES will storm the stage with their electro-fused pop rock, one year on from marking the memories of all present at the festival’s By The River Stage.

In flying form from their largely sold-out national tour in support of The Slow Readers Club, SKIES will undoubtedly give locals a sneak-peak of the horizon on August 5, building excitement for Head For The Hills to conclude the summer with style.

But the night won’t just play host to fast-rising national stars, but local heroes too. Returning to their roots for the first time since a wall-busting show at The Blind Tiger, Bolton on April 14, via appearances at Dot to Dot Festival and Blackthorn Festival, Dear CAROLINE are one of the North-West’s hottest underground prospects.

With their high-tempo indie rock and lyrical zest, the youthful alt-rockers will be joined by friends, Laurel Canyon, an indie-folk experiment that has to be seen. August 5 at The Met will surely be another night to remember for all those witnessing the two young four-pieces on the rise.

If the prospect of Maximo Park, The Stranglers, Larkins, Cassia and many more at Head For The Hills isn’t exciting enough, August 5 at The Met will leave you insatiably waiting for September.