‘Ram is ready to rock - for the fourth time

Ramfest at Southowram. Band - While the Cats Away
Ramfest at Southowram. Band - While the Cats Away

Over the past three years, Ramfest, Southowram’s music festival, has built up a strong following and collected more than £3,000 for charity.

The fourth Ramfest will be held at Southowram Cricket Club, Ashday Lane, on Sunday, July 7 with a number of returning bands taking to the stage - as well as a couple of newcomers.

Ramfest at Southowram

Ramfest at Southowram

This year the festival will be raising funds for Help for Heroes and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Media relations officer Sean Liquorish said it was hoped that the event would attract around 1,000 festival-goers.

“The first couple of festivals attracted around 500-600 people, last year, despite the terrible weather, we drew around 700 so we are really hoping this year to break the 1,000 target. The festival is well-supported by the local community and by those living further afield.

“We are also fortunate to be well-supported by the bands who return each year to perform for free in aid of charity”

The McCarrons - at HB Trades Club fri May 17 - for listings

The McCarrons - at HB Trades Club fri May 17 - for listings

Returning bands this year include My Brother Jake and three-piece outfit The McCarrons, supporters of the festival since the start and popular with audiences.

While the Cats Away, fronted by Chris McParland and Lucy Littley, have been present in various forms and under several names and Oblivion, who recently won a Battle of the Bands competition in Harrogate, will also take to the stage.

New bands for this year are six-man band Rox Off, a popular fixture on the rock and roll scene in Halifax, Fork Handles, a four-piece rock and indie covers band, and Tempus.

Sean said: “The charity Help for Heroes does fantastic work in supporting our active and retired servicemen while the MNDA backs research into this progressive disease and supports people who suffer from it.”

Ramfest 4 runs from 12.30pm to 7pm and admission is £5 with accompanied children free.