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FEATURED: Rochdale Feel Good Festival

07 March 2018

Saturday, 13 August 2022



Crowds watching the headline act at the 2019 Feel Good Festival.  

Event details

  • Date: Saturday, 13 August 2022
  • Times: 1pm–11pm
  • Price: £7 (excluding booking fee)
  • Address: Rochdale town centre
  • Suitable for: adults, teenagers, families, businesses
  • Contact:
  • Organised by: Rochdale Borough Council and Your Trust

Festival updates on social media

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Festival programme

There will be live music across indoor venues, a main stage, an extended food and drink village and other entertainment.

We'll add the official Feel Good Festival programme here in June 2022.

The times are as follows:

  • Main stage: 1pm–10.45pm with the Food and Drink Village: 12 noon–11pm

Book your tickets

Ticket price: £7 (excluding 35p booking fee)
Ticket availability: tickets can be purchased online from our festival partner Your Trust.

Book tickets through Your Trust

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 40cm 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.


  • Main stage: 1pm–10.45pm.
  • Indoor stages: from 1pm. Various venues to be announced.

Main stage

The Fratellis

The Fratellis.

Since winning the Best British Breakthrough gong at the BRIT Awards, the multi-platinum Glaswegian 3-piece have enjoyed huge success, with 5 top 20 albums and 5 top 40 singles.

The Fratellis first album – 'Costello Music' sold more than one million copies in the UK alone. While they've enjoyed a string of hits, including 'Whistle for the Choir', 'Henrietta', 'Mistress Mable,' and 'Baby Fratelli' they are best known for the anthemic 'Chelsea Dagger, which remains a playlist staple at sports stadia, clubs and bars worldwide. They played Rochdale Feel Good Festival back in 2016, and since then have gone from strength to strength winning a new generation of fans thanks to top 5 album in 2018 'In your own sweet time,' followed with the acclaimed 2021 album 'Half-drunk under a full moon'. Earlier in 2021 they collaborated with Rudimental who remixed their single 'Need a little love' as well as releasing a charity cover of 'Yes sir, I can boogie' to coincide with Scotland playing at Euro2020.

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.


Members of HAiG standing near some vintage cars.

Comprising former Catfish and The Bottlemen founder Billy Bibby, Carl Forbes and Joe Money (former New York Tourists) HAiG are a band that explodes out the blocks like a giant confetti cannon spreading anthemic guitar hooks, haymaking drum and bass and beer-raising choruses. The band, who signed a worldwide record deal in 2019 have already played sold out shows across the north of England to a rapidly expanding fan base. Their debut EP 'Freeze the World' was released in 2020 and their debut album is due to be released in late 2022, promising rock and roll to make your ears tingle.

For now, the band are excited about getting back on the road, with a stack of gigs and festivals in the diary.

Aziz Ibrahim

Aziz Ibrahim.

The influential multi-talented guitarist and singer/songwriter has performed with artists including the Stone Roses, Simply Red and Asia as well as co-writing and playing live with Ian Brown, Paul Weller, Rebel MC and Hot Chocolate.

With a stellar career spanning over three decades he’s founded the Asian Blues Collective and toured with Pakistan based rock group ‘Overload.’ Aziz’s solo work includes his acclaimed debut album telling the story of his family’s journey from ‘Lahore To Longsight‘, EP ‘Middle Road‘ and album ‘Rusholme Rock with Tabla maestro Dalbir Singh Rattan’ all showcasing his unique blend of Desi GuitR and Asian Blues.



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 Academy2.



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.

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 Tameside Radio. He's won many accolades from the likes of Sky Sports and the BBC. Described by the Manchester Evening News as 'an uncompromising trailblazer and Rochdale's answer to John Peel' he plays classic indie, 90s Britpop and Manchester bangers - in his words, "the best and coolest records ever made".

Further acts

To be announced.

Food and drink

We'll update this section when we have details about the food and drink line-up for 2022. In the meantime, you can see the food and drink traders we had at the 2019 festival.  

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 2022.

Travel advice


The Rochdale Town Centre stop is only a one minute walk from the site. There are direct trams from Manchester city centre and all stops to East Didsbury.


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.


Rochdale Transport Interchange is a 2 minute walk from the festival site.

By car

Festival parking in Rochdale town centre council car parks is free for the first 3 hours but you must display a ticket.

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

By bicycle

By air

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

Frequently asked questions

Is the festival going ahead in 2021?

We're very disappointed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Rochdale Feel Good Festival in 2021 will not be taking place.

Can I play at the 2022 festival?

The Feel Good – Battle of the Bands is our annual search for local acts to appear. Information on the 2022 competition will be announced in Spring 2022. For other artist enquiries, email

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

You're not allowed to take alcohol into the festival, although you can purchase this on site. You can bring your own 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 will be available on this website and in a printed programme available FREE on site. Arrive early to see all the bands.

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

If you're interested in being involved in the 2022 festival, please email

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.

Everyone who attends will need to purchase a ticket. Performances may feature material, not suitable for young 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 this immediately to a festival steward.

Where to stay

You'll be spoilt for choice by our range of  hotels, B&Bs (Bed and Breakfast) and self-catering establishments, offering everything from budget accommodation to 5-star luxury.

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.


​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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