Share mem­o­ries of fes­ti­val days gone by

Rochdale Observer - - CHILD SEX ABUSE INQUIRY -

DO you re­mem­ber the Deeply Vale fes­ti­vals?

If so mu­seum bosses are look­ing for your sto­ries from the leg­endary free con­certs, which took place in Ash­worth Val­ley in the mid to late 70s.

An ex­hi­bi­tion to co­in­cide with the 40th an­niver­sary of the 1978 fes­ti­val is due to be held at Touch­stones next year.

And now cu­ra­tors are look­ing for your sto­ries as part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Or­gan­is­ers were in­spired by a free fes­ti­val which took place in Riv­ing­ton Pike, near Bolton, in 1976.

There was an ex­ist­ing pool of tal­ent to call on as the lo­cal band Trac­tor and their man­ager were keen to be in­volved. Af­ter a few weeks of fran­tic plan­ning the dream be­came a reality and in 1976 Deeply Vale played host to a gath­er­ing of mu­si­cians and fans alike.

Two years later the fes­ti­val saw its big­gest crowd, when more than 20,000 peo­ple watched over 40 bands play.

Manch­ester’s Fac­tory Records first ever sign­ing Du­rutti Col­umn played at Deeply Vale and came to record in Rochdale with the fa­mous Manch­ester pro­ducer Steve Hil­lage, who him­self flew back from the Mid­night Sun fes­ti­val in Fin­land spe­cially to play at the fes­ti­val. Tony Wil­son com­pered the New Wave af­ter­noon, which in­cluded a then lit­tle known Prest­wich band called The Fall and Wil­son’s fel­low Granada TV pre­sen­ter Trevor Hyett also com­pered and per­formed at the folk af­ter­noon.

Con­tact Touch­stones on 641085.

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