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Local musicians get chance to play Rochdale Feel Good Festival

23 April 2018

Image of a band on stage at the Rochdale Feel Good Festival.

Local bands and solo artists can bag themselves a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in front of thousands of people as this year's Rochdale Feel Good Festival – Battle of the Bands opens for entries.

The annual search for local talent will see winners given a coveted main stage slot on Saturday, 18 August 2018, playing alongside headliners Feeder, Cast and other bands to be announced.

All hopefuls need to do to stand a chance of bagging a 25-minute set in front of the festival's huge crowds is email a link to a YouTube video of them playing live, along with a short biography to events@rochdale.gov.uk. Please write 'Battle of the Bands' in the subject box.

Solo artists must live in the borough, and bands must have at least 50 per cent of their members living in the borough. Entries must be received by the closing date of Wednesday, 23 May 2018.

'The Recreation who scooped the top prize last year are continuing to do really well and firmly establishing themselves'

After the closing date, submissions will be added to the festival's Facebook page, before the top 6 who get the most 'likes' go forward to a judging panel who will decide on who performs on the main stage.

Last year Rochdale indie/rock 4 piece 'The Recreation' won the competition and bagged the biggest gig of their career to date, supporting Razorlight.

Image of two musicians playing on stage.

Ben Boothman, one of the judges and owner of main stage sponsor The Flying Horse Hotel, said:

"Most local acts want to play Rochdale Feel Good Festival and interest in this competition gets bigger every year. Over the last decade we've seen some superb local acts win, and The Recreation who scooped the top prize last year are continuing to do really well and firmly establishing themselves. It's a perfect opportunity for local musicians to raise their profile and all genres and styles of music can enter. We're expecting another quality field this year."

Rochdale Feel Good Festival returns on Saturday, 18 August 2018, for another showcase of top class entertainment, food and culture. There will be live music across indoor venues, a main stage against the backdrop of the town hall with headliner Feeder supported by indie rock band Cast plus many more to be announced, a quality food and drink court plus family entertainment.

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