We are delighted to announce that this year’s Summer Music Festival will be going ahead in July, even though audience numbers have to be limited due to the ongoing Covid restrictions. Do please join us if you can for the joyous return of live music to Saddleworth!
For one exciting week in July, we will welcome back some of the fantastic musicians who have helped make previous Festivals such a success; and also introduce 10 more exceptional artistes for you to enjoy. We know they will all be guaranteed the usual warm Uppermill welcome.
Please see below for booking information and kindly note that all tickets need to be bought in advance this year.
USMF would like to reassure all visitors that we will be doing everything we can to keep everyone safe and feeling comfortable, in line with current Government advice. See below for more information. (20 June 2021)
We look forward to you joining us!
Full festival ticket£60
Kathryn Rudge (SOLD OUT)£8
Sat 10 July, 13:00
Kathryn Rudge Repeat Performance£8
Sun 11 July, 14:30
Jazz at St. Chads£10
Sun 11 July, 20:00
Maxim Calver (cello)£10
Tues 13 July, 20:00
Festival Friends’ Fundraising Concert (SOLD OUT)£6
Wed 14 July, 13:00
Duncan Glenday Repeat Concert£6
Thurs 15 July, 12:00
Clouds Harp Quartet£10
Thurs 15 July, 20:00
Festival Finale: Pixels Ensemble£12
Fri 16 July, 20:00
How to Book
Tickets for all events must be purchased in advance from the Festival Box Office in Uppermill Methodist Church (open daily from Monday 5th to Friday 16th July, between 4pm and 5.30pm), or by downloading the postal booking form from the website.
We regret that we are unable to sell tickets online this year as we now need to manage audience numbers carefully to ensure safe social-distancing. (Please do not attempt to purchase tickets through the website – the system remains de-activated).
USMF would like to reassure visitors that all concerts will be managed carefully and in line with current Government safety guidelines: face-masks must be worn whilst in church; one-way systems will be in place; hand-sanitizer will be available, and all seating will be socially-distanced, with audience capacity substantially reduced. We request that you arrive no earlier than 25 minutes before the start of the concert and follow the advice of our stewards, thank you.
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Support our festival
USMF has decided to price our tickets the same as for the 2019 Festival, despite obvious concerns about budgets this summer.
Perhaps, when booking you might consider including a small donation in appreciation of our efforts this year. The simplest way to do this would be to purchase the full festival ticket, even if you can’t join us at all of the events. The extra income this will generate in these challenging times for the Arts will be hugely appreciated and help ensure our continuation into 2022.
The picturesque village of Uppermill lies in the heart of Saddleworth, 11 miles northeast of Manchester and 4.5 miles east of Oldham and is easily accessible from the M62 or M60. If arriving by car, you may find the post codes given below useful. Limited parking can be found next to the museum or at Saddleworth Leisure Centre (OL3 6HQ) about 500m from Uppermill Methodist Church.
If travelling by train, Uppermill Methodist Church, our main venue, is only a 10-15 minute walk from Greenfield Train Station, on the Manchester Piccadilly to Huddersfield line.
Venue postcodes: Uppermill Methodist Church OL3 6AX;
St Chad’s Church Uppermill OL3 6LW
Where to stay?
Whether you need a room for one night or for the duration of the Festival, there are a number of attractive places to stay in Saddleworth, all within a short drive of our concert venues. During your stay you might also like to head off into the stunning surrounding countryside, explore the picturesque village of Uppermill, take a stroll by the canal, or visit Dovestone’s Reservoir, the well-loved local beauty spot on the edge of the Peak District National Park.
Hotels, Pubs and B&Bs
Boothstead Farm, B&B, Denshaw – 01457 878622
Grains Bar Farm Hotel, B&B, Delph – 0161 624 0303
Higher Quick Farm, B&B, Lydgate – 01457 872424
The Old Bell Inn Hotel, Pub & Restaurant, Delph – 01457 870130
La Pergola, hotel & restaurant, Denshaw – 01457 871040
The Saddleworth Hotel – 01457 871888
The Shippon, B&B, Delph – 01457 872357
The Waggon, pub & restaurant, Uppermill – 01457 872376
The White Hart, restaurant with rooms, Lydgate – 01457 872566
Dovestone Caravan Park – 01457 820451
Moorland Caravan Park, Denshaw – 01457 874348
Well-I-Hole Farm, Friezland – 01457 834316
Where to eat?
Before coming along to our concerts, why not treat yourselves to a meal at one of our excellent nearby restaurants?
Please mention the Festival when pre-booking.
Dinnerstone: Anglo-Italian restaurant ideally set in the heart of Uppermill, opposite the Methodist Church, 99 – 101 High Street.
Rioja Tapas: the finest Tapas in Uppermill, 58 High Street.
The Shalimar: for the authentic Royal Indian Dining experience, delivered by award winning chefs, 103-107, High Street.
The Waggon Inn: a traditional pub offering tasty, excellent home-cooked meals, 34, High Street.
A 5 minute drive out of Uppermill, but please allow time for pre-concert parking:
The Three Crowns, Scouthead: where a warm welcome awaits, highly recommended.
The Old Bell Inn, Delph: offering its AA Rosette Awarded Signature Menu. Stunning 18th Century coach-house.
The Kingfisher, Greenfield: for delicious pub food in a warm, friendly environment. Chew Valley Road, nearer to Friezland.
The White Hart, Lydgate: listed in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015 as a “top 50” pub.