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Rochdale Feel Good Festival

01 August 2021

August 2021 - date to be confirmed

 

Times to be confirmed

Feel Good Festival logo.  

Event details

  • Date: August 2021 - date to be confirmed
  • Times: times to be confirmed
  • Price: from £6
  • Address: various  venues
  • Suitable for: adults, teenagers, families, businesses
  • Contact: events@rochdale.gov.uk
  • Organised by: Rochdale Borough Council

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Rochdale Feel Good Festival

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Rochdale Feel Good Festival 2020 will not be taking place.

We'll be back in August 2021 - exact date to be confirmed.

We’re expecting the majority of acts booked for our main stage and indoor venues will still appear in summer 2021 along with our hugely popular headliner to be revealed.

Ticket details will be announced later in 2020.


You can get the latest festival updates, by following us on social media.

Festival programme

There will be live music across indoor venues, a main stage sponsored by the Flying Horse Hotel near Rochdale's world famous town hall, an extended food and drink village and other entertainment.

The times are as follows:

Tickets

Cost: tickets costs £6 per person in advance. On the day entry will cost £10 per person, subject to availability. We strongly advise you to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Buying tickets:
 you'll be able to buy tickets online. Tickets are not currently on sale due to the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK. As soon as we have more information, we'll update this page. 

You'll also be able to buy tickets in person at a number of locations in the borough.

Exchanging your ticket for a wristband:
you'll need to exchange your ticket for a wristband before you can enter the festival. These will be available from Rochdale Town Hall from 11am on the day of the festival. You can show your ticket on your mobile device or a printed copy. Your wristband will allow you unlimited re-entry to and from the site.

Wristband information: to collect your wristband you can show your tickets on your mobile device or a printed copy.
Don’t lose or try to undo your wristband. They can’t be replaced and if they’ve been tampered with you may be asked to leave the festival.

When it's being put on don’t let it hang loosely around your wrist. Keep it snug.

Don’t cut it or tamper with it. If you lose your wristband and are outside the festival site, go to Rochdale Town Hall.

If you lose your wristband and are outside the festival site, go to Rochdale Town Hall. If you’re inside the site go to the entrance and ask for help.

Age policy: our main stage area is not suitable for young children after 4pm. All under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, and unaccompanied under 18s will not be admitted. If an under 18 year old leaves the main stage area, re-entry will only be permitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians are responsible for the behaviour of their under 18s. Rochdale Feel Good Festival operates the ‘Challenge 25’ policy.

Entry to Rochdale Feel Good Festival

Searches: for security reasons, all visitors will be subject to searches of their bags and their person, so pack as light as you can and keep belongings to a minimum. No backpacks or large bags will be permitted. Small bags will be permitted (handbags under 40cm x 35cm x 19cm and drawstring or pump bags under 40 cm x 35cm x 19cm). Please cooperate with any security requests and all searches. The less you bring, the quicker you’ll get in. Please remember, food and drink is for sale on site so please support local businesses. Alcohol is not allowed to be taken into the festival, although it will be on sale.

Smoking and vaping: we want to create a welcoming environment for everyone so the Food and Drink Village will be a smoke and vape-free zone. Please help by not smoking or vaping in this area.

Music

  • Main stage: 12.30pm-10.45pm.
  • Indoor stages: various venues to be announced, from 1.30pm onwards.

Main stage

The Northern Soultrain

The Northern Soultrain performing at the 2019 Rochdale Feel Good Festival.

This leading northern soul band will be returning to the main stage after a triumphant crowd pleasing debut in 2019. The Lancashire 9-piece have been filling dance floors and ballrooms for over a decade, playing iconic Northern Soul anthems from the likes of Wigan Casino, Twisted Wheel and Blackpool Mecca.

Fronted by David John Jaggs, the band have played sold out shows at iconic venues including Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Manchester's Band on the Wall and Ascot Race Course. They got one of the biggest receptions of the year in 2019 and can't wait to be back, bringing their Northern Soul party to our main stage.


Abbie Ozard

Abbie Ozard.

Hot new Manchester singer-songwriter Abbie Ozard is supported by BBC Introducing in Manchester and 6 Music. She's already received national airplay on Radio 1 as well as slots at major UK festivals. Her indie pop edge, vocals and infectious hooks have generated a growing fan base.

Nominated as one of the UK's top new artists by the Indie Central Music Awards, Abbie's debut EP 'Growing Pains' was released in 2019 and has been streamed over 500,000 times so far.


ENTT

ENTT.

This alternative dance band draw inspiration from 80s electronic pioneers Depeche Mode and New Order, as well as alt-rock bands such as Arctic Monkeys and the White Stripes. The London-based trio mix analogue synths, dance beats and alt-rock. Their latest EP 'Coepio' was released in February 2020 and has been described as "a bombastic, euphoric project, soaring to symphonic heights".

They've had tracks played on BBC London and performed at Islington's O2 Acacedmy2.


Firewoodisland

Firewoodisland.

This indie-folk duo is the alias of Bristol-based Norwegian-Welsh multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Stian Vedoy and Abi Eleri. With emotive and dynamic vocal harmonies and a mix of digital and acoustic instruments, their music is atmospheric and euphoric.

Supported by BBC Introducing and 6 Music, the super talented pair have received a stack of glowing praise from the national music press and follow up their 2018 album 'Chaos is the State of Heart' with their 2nd album in spring 2020.


Dave Sweetmore - DJ

Dave Sweetmore.

Rochdale favourite Dave Sweetmore will be hosting and DJing on the main stage. The club, radio, concert and festival DJ is stadium announcer at the Crown Oil Arena and nationally renowned for his indie tunes. He's spent over 2 decades DJing at venues across the country as well as working with renowned bands.

Dave is a regular commentator on the north-west music scene, always championing new bands and live music, and presents his own weekly radio show on Revolution 96.2. He's won many accolades from the likes of Sky Sports and the BBC, and plays a broad range of music including classic indie, 90s Britpop and Manchester classics - in his words, "the best and coolest records ever made".

More acts to be announced.


Food and drink

We'll update this section when we have details about the food and drink line-up for 2021. In the meantime, you can see the food and drink traders we had at the 2019 event.  

The Food and Drink Village next to the Town Hall will be open for elevenses, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. 

Great food and drink is always a big part of the festival. In our Food and Drink Village, you’ll be treated to exciting traders - delicious dishes to try from fantastic street food, pop-ups, bars and much more. Mouth-watering fayre from around the north west. Listen to our live music, enjoy traditional family entertainment and soak up the atmosphere. There'll be meaty, vegetarian and vegan delights, as well as drinks.

Busy Beans Coffee

The Busy Beans Coffee van.Award winning coffee, Caramel Macchiatos, Hazelnut Lattes and Indulgent Mochas, as well as classic favourites, such as the Americano, Latte and Cappuccino. They'll also be serving cool milkshakes and sweet teas.


Ice Cream Creations

Decorated ice creams.Really yummy artisan ice creams, with flavours ranging from Limoncello to Madagascan Vanilla, all served from their vintage ice cream trailer.


Mr Churros

A tray of churros.With authentic Spanish churros and chocolate, Mr Churros is bringing a taste of Spain to the Rochdale Feel Good Festival.


Greek Street Food

Greek mince wraps.Traditional Greek food, cooked to perfection.


The Bubbly Box

Prosecco, Champagne, Cava and their bespoke limited edition cocktail, created especially for the Rochdale Feel Good Festival. The 'Feel Good Fizzer' is made of pink gin and elderflower, topped with Prosecco.


What's Your Beef

Close up of a hamburger.A firm festival favourite, What's Your Beef produce some of the best-tasting, juiciest, most succulent burgers that it's possible to make. Top quality, all made fresh and tasting out of this world.


Issan Friends

Issan Friends.Mouth-watering Thai street food dishes you'll love.


Bao Wow

Close up of a Chinese bun.Chinese Creole Fusion food, all prepared fresh from locally sourced ingredients.

Bao Wow is brought to you by the Quirky Catering Company.


Gamberro's Mexican

A plate of Mexican food. Authentic Mexican inspired street food. All homemade and cooked fresh in front of your eyes. Carnivores, vegetarians, vegans and gluten free all catered for. Served from the rear of the Flying Horse Hotel from 2pm to 1am.

Rockin Buddha

A selection of vegan Chinese street food.The Chinese vegan street food specialists are favourites at festivals across the UK. Last seen at our sister festival, the Rochdale Food and Drink Festival, we're excited to welcome them back to town.


The Flying Horse Hotel

The team at the Flying Horse Hotel.Our main stage sponsor will be serving a range of beers, ciders, ales and soft drinks, as well as the official festival beer, Mr. A.


Casa Rustica

The Casa Rustica stall. An Italian family-run eatery from Rochdale, serving an authentic experience of regional Italian cuisine. A firm favourite at food festivals across the North West.


The Wood Fired Pizza Place

A pizza. Freshly made Neapolitan style pizzas, straight from the oven.


Bit by Bit Mobile Bar

The team at Bit by Bit. Serving cider, lager, spirits and soft drinks.

Other activities

We'll update this section when we have details about the other activities at the festival in 2021.

Travel advice

Metrolink logo. Metrolink is the easiest way to get to Rochdale Feel Good Festival, with the Rochdale Town Centre stop only a one minute walk from the site.

With direct trams from Manchester city centre and all stops to East Didsbury, let Metrolink take you to the heart of the festival. Plan your journey on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival is situated in the heart of Rochdale town centre. You can also get here by train, bus or car.

The Food and Drink Village is located to the side of Rochdale Town Hall. The Family Zone is on The Esplanade in front of Rochdale Town Hall. The main stage (Saturday afternoon and evening) is also by Rochdale Town Hall (Packer Spout Gardens side). There will be additional stalls on Rochdale Market located on The Butts. View Rochdale Town Hall on the map.

Train

Rochdale Train Station is accessible from Manchester and Leeds. The festival is a short 10 minute walk from the train station, or hop on Metrolink which goes direct to the site.  Get journey times and prices.

Bus

Rochdale Transport Interchange is a 2 minute walk from the festival site. Get a bus journey planner.

By car

Festival parking in Rochdale town centre council car parks is free for the first 3 hours but you must display a ticket. The nearest car parks are Rochdale Town Centre Zone B and D. You can park in these 2 car parks for up to 10 hours for only £5. Find Rochdale council car parks.   

There is also unlimited FREE parking on Saturday, 22 August 2020 at Hopwood Hall College Car Park, a 5 minute walk from the festival. The car park is open all day, but closes after midnight at 12.30am. Any vehicles left overnight can be collected between 9.30am-1.30pm on Sunday, 23 August 2020.

Get directions by car.

Some road closures and other road restrictions will need to be in place so we can run the festival safely.

Expected start and finish: 12.01am, Saturday, 22 August 2020 - 6pm, Sunday, 23 August 2020.
Restriction and location:

  •  Temporary road closure of:
    • The Esplanade, from its junction with Vicar's gate to its junction with Newgate.
    • The Esplanade, the entire enclosed car parking area south of the main carriageway.
    • Vicar's Gate, for its entire length.
    • Packer Street, for its entire length.
    • Newgate, from its junction with The Esplanade for a distance of 80 metres in a north-westerly direction.
    • South Parade, for its entire length.
    • Town Hall Square (side and rear), for its entirety.
    • Fleece Street, from its junction with King Street to its junction with Packer Street.
    • Nelson Street, from its junction with Packer Street to its junction with King Street.
  •  Temporarily prohibit waiting on:
    • The Esplanade, both sides from its junction with Vicar's gate to its junction with Newgate.
    • The Esplanade, the entire enclosed car parking area south of the main carriageway.
    • Vicar's Gate, for its entire length.
    • Packer Street, from its junction with Fleece Street to its junction with Nelson Street.
    • The Butts, both sides for its entire length.
    • Newgate, from its junction with The Esplanade for a distance of 80 metres in a north-westerly direction.
    • Town Hall Square (side and rear), for its entirety.
    • Nelson Street, from its junction with Packer Street to its junction with King Street.
  • Suspend those parts of the Borough of Rochdale (Civil Enforcement of Traffic Contraventions) (Various Streets) (Rochdale Township) Order 2008 along those sections of Highway specified in the temporary prohibition of waiting at any time in this order.

Alternative route: the alternative route for vehicles will be signed on street.
Organised by: Rochdale Borough Council.

By bicycle

Get directions by bicycle.

By air

Manchester Airport is approximately 45 minutes away by train or car.

Frequently asked questions

Can I play at the festival?

The Feel Good - Battle of the Bands is our annual search for local acts to appear and was won by Between The Vines. Information on next year’s competition will be announced in Spring 2020. For other artist enquiries, email events@rochdale.gov.uk.

Can I bring my own alcohol, or non-alcoholic drinks?

Alcohol is not allowed to be taken into the festival, although it is on sale. We allow in water and soft drinks in sealed plastic bottles no bigger than 500ml.

What time are acts on the main stage?

Artist performance times will not be released before the event, although the running order and start times are available on this website and in a printed programme available FREE on site. Arrive early to see all the bands.

Can I play at the festival?

The Feel Good - Battle of the Bands is our annual search for local acts to appear and was won by Between The Vines. Information on next year's competition will be announced in Spring 2020. For other artist enquiries, please email events@rochdale.gov.uk.

Can my company have a stand at the festival or in the market?

All spaces are allocated this year, but if you're interested in being involved in 2020, please email events@rochdale.gov.uk.

Can I bring my children to the festival?

Yes, there is no minimum age for attending the festival, however our main stage area is not suitable for young children. Performances may feature material not suitable for children that we are unable to predict and classify due to the nature of a live performance. All under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, unaccompanied under 18s will not be admitted. If an under 18 year old leaves the main stage area, re-entry will only be permitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians are responsible for the behaviour of their under 18s. Rochdale Feel Good Festival operates the ‘Challenge 25’ policy.

If you lose a child, report immediately to a festival steward.

Where to stay

The Royal Toby Hotel

The Royal Toby Hotel is less than 2 miles away from the festival with en suite rooms available over the weekend.

Royal Toby

Camping

There are no camping facilities on site, but Hollingworth Lake Caravan Park is conveniently located, just 3 miles from the M62 and a 10 minute drive or taxi ride from the festival site. Space for tents, caravans and motorhomes from £15 per night.

Other accommodation

To book other accommodation visit the accommodation section of the Visit Rochdale website

Holiday lettings near Rochdale from Trip Advisor Rentals.

Disclaimer

​Events and activities are not organised by Rochdale Borough Council unless stated otherwise. Neither is Rochdale Borough Council responsible for the accuracy of the information provided. If you are under 18, ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any event or activity.

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