Rather like Kevin Costner in Field Of Dreams,
Dave Hume is a man with a mission. Along with his brother Harry growing up in Mossley, he has always had a dream to bring a real music festival to his home town, and with the Atmosphere Festival on May 26th at Mossley Football Club he has achieved that ambition.
With his company Ginger Pigeon Promotions Dave has cut his promoting teeth with a series of highly successful sold out events at nearby Uppermill Civic Hall over the past few years, a highlight of which was an appearance by Dodgy. After a false start in 2016 from which many lesson were learnt, Dave has put together a top class, eclectic line up which has already sold out of early bird tickets
Head liners on the day are Cast, formed by John Power in the mid- nineties following his departure from the now legendary LA’s, and with a host of top ten singles and albums, Cast are one of the most influential band of the past few years. Co-head liners Scouting For Girls hail from London and their self titled debut album sold over a million copies in the UK and they can boast four top ten singles including the number one hit “This Ain’t A Love Song”
Being a local lad Dave has not forgotten his Madchester heritage and has managed to get long time Factory Records favourites A Certain Ratio to perform a rare gig along with Time For Action featuring Northside legend Warren “Dermo” Dermody. Also on the bill is Happy Mondays Bez, for what will be undoubtedly an iconic DJ set. This is a packed line up also featuring Republica amongst other bands and it will run from mid-day until 11pm.
Talking to Dave at Atmosphere HQ what struck me apart from his obvious enthusiasm for the music was his attention to detail. Dave is overseeing every part of the organising of the festival, from the state of the art cashless bars to arranging for that the last 2 trains from Mossley on the night of the festival (to Leeds and Manchester)will both have extra carriages on. Whilst this is Dave’s first festival he in no novice to the industry and he’s not been afraid to take help and advice from some of Manchester’s biggest music promoters to ensure that the festival will have the best technical support.
With a crowd of between three and five thousand expected to the football ground and with excellent transport links from Manchester and the surrounding area there will be none of the tramping miles through muddy car parks to get to the festival site for what promises to be a great day out.