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Almost 9,000 visitors made it a record-breaking Goose Green Festival – with the town’s footfall up 20% on last year

By David Prior at

Almost 9,000 visitors made it a record-breaking event for the Goose Green Festival over the bank holiday weekend – with the town’s footfall up an incredible 20% year on year.

The fifth running of the annual event – organised by Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (Altrincham Unlimited) – was a smash hit, helped by the glorious weather.

Overall, the town’s footfall was up 19.7% compared to the same weekend last year, with other music venues – particularly King’s Court – packed out across town.

The fifth Goose Green Festival has proved to be a record-breaking year

Ewen Miller, Chair of the BID Board for Altrincham Unlimited, said: “It’s great to see this event continue to grow each year through the fantastic effort of the BID Team and everyone involved, and of course, this year the weather was also on our side!

“The festival has achieved a strong reputation for showcasing great music from up and coming artists as well as more established names. Visitor numbers throughout the town were fantastic over the bank holiday weekend.”

Crowds packed Goose Green throughout Saturday and Sunday

The festival line-up this year included 32 Tens, who have had over a million streams on Spotify, Saturday headliners Luna Bay, who have sold out numerous shows across the UK, and The Zangwills, who are about to headline a sell-out show at the Deaf Institute in Manchester.

Sunday featured Argh Kid, the official poet for UEFA, the NSPCC and Manchester United.

One of the many live bands who played Goose Green and other music venues across the town over the weekend

Adam Wilde, owner of House Restaurant and Bar, said: “The festival had such a tremendous atmosphere and we achieved a record take on both Saturday and Sunday which we’re delighted with. We remained busy into the early hours on both days too! We’ve received lots of positive feedback both about this year’s line-up and the children’s activities. Thank you to the BID Team, they all did a fab job!”

This year’s festival also raised an incredible £2,000 for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT). The charity provides holidays and activities for terminally ill, chronically sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

Kings Court off Railway Street also proved a hugely popular spot throughout the weekend

Photography: Graham Douglas