BADLY drawn boy is set to take centre stage at the Head for the Hill music festival in Bury this weekend. The singer-songwriter, originally from Bolton, will headline the outdoor festival, which kicks off on Friday. The Head for the Hills festival is part of Burrs Live by The Met.The events, which will take place between September 3 and September 5, will also include Happy Festival and another chance to see the famous Flying Scotsman.

Festival-goers can expect an amazing line up of live music including performances from Everything Everything, Badly Drawn Boy, The Magic Numbers, Ibibio Sound Machine and local award-winning folk trio Harp and a Monkey.

Happy – an arts festival inspired by the work of Bury-born Comedian Victoria Wood – will also take place in various locations across Bury this weekend.

The arts festival starts on Saturday September 4 with a dedicated ‘Fan Day’ at Bury Art Museum and Library Gardens, which is located next to Victoria’s statue. Events include exhibitions, comedy workshops, special talks, Q&A sessions, music activities and lots more. The unique mobile arts centre, Cap and Dove, will be stationed in Bury Market. Cap and Dove will showcase select pieces from Bury Art Museum’s Artwork Collection, alongside special performances and activities.

On Sunday 5 September, the focus for Happy will shift to Burrs Park, where spectators will be able to enjoy a variety of entertaining performances, including comedy, music, dance, brass bands all hosted by Britain’s Got Talent’s Steve Royal.

Cllr Charlotte Morris, cabinet member for the cultural economy, said: “This weekend looks set to be amazing and one to remember with a great programme of cultural events planned for all to enjoy. We’re thrilled to see the return of Head for the Hills at Burrs Country Park as part of The Met’s live programme as well as the Flying Scotsman – a must for any steam enthusiast. Happy is guaranteed to make us all laugh and will give Victoria fans the opportunity to be part of something special. There really is something for everyone and it’s the perfect programme to highlight our year in the spotlight as the Greater Manchester Town of Culture.”