From Australia to America and France, dozens of artists will be travelling across the world to perform at a popular music festival in Bolton next month.

Right to Roam will be back in Bolton for the fourth time on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 with 105 artists set to entertain audiences across the town on seven stages.

Ivan Crompton, headteacher at Bolton Lads and Girls Club, his wife Julie Crompton, who runs Bolton’s Rock-It and Paul Welch, one of the event directors, organise the festival.

Music lovers will be treated to headline acts including EMF, The Chameleons, The Lovely Eggs and more.

There will also be a host of local artists including Will Edgar, who starred in The Voice Kids.

Right to Roam Festival 2023Right to Roam Festival 2023 (Image: Henry Lisowski)

Ivan said: “There will be seven stages, with the main stage being on Victoria Square and there will be two stages at Bolton Lads and Girls Club, one stage at Northern Monkey on Nelson Square, one stage at Northern Monkey on Chorley Street and one stage at the Alma.

“There will 105 original artists with some even travelling from America and France and even Australia. Artists range from ages eight up to 80, with lots of national and international acts mixed with local artists and young bands.

“The weekend will cost attendees £15, and this covers the entire weekend, and this is all non-for-profit. It is all volunteer-led and run, so it goes back into the community if we make any profit as it will go back into our Rock-It projects and the charities that support it.

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“There are lots of people struggling at the moment so that is why we keep the prices as low as possible. Ticket sales are better than they have been, but we would love to get the word out more about the festival.

"With Bolton being named Greater Manchester's town of culture for 2024, we really want to celebrate the music the town has to offer.

“Us organisers all have day jobs, but we do this festival too to try to bring some creativity, art and music to the borough, mixing young artists with artists who perform at festivals such as Glastonbury.

“This is our fourth year and I think we have more interest from people coming from outside of Bolton than we do within Bolton, which is very bizarre at times.

"But we would love to encourage Bolton people to come along and enjoy the music too.

This year's Right to Roam line-upThis year's Right to Roam line-up (Image: Right to Roam) “We have grown from 300 people attending to 3,000, so it has grown and grown and there are bigger things potentially ahead.

“We are excited, it's hard work obviously with all the other jobs we do as well, but it is certainly something we are proud of, and the town should be proud of."

The festival will also have food and drink stalls, seating areas, and other attractions.

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