Rochdale Feel Good Festival to take a year off in 2023

Feel Good main stage.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival attracts thousands of people every year.

Published: 18 November 2022

Rochdale Feel Good Festival will take a break in 2023 but will return in summer 2024.

Organisers Rochdale Borough Council have confirmed that due to ongoing construction work in the town centre, the popular music festival will have a ‘year off’ in 2023. 

This will make way for the launch of a brand new free event for families. The Feel Good Family Picnic will be four days of fun activities, performances, sports and shows across the borough next summer. This new event was due to be held in 2020, delayed due to the pandemic. Produced by the team behind Rochdale Feel Good Festival it promises ‘a magical day out.’

Rochdale Feel Good Festival was held this summer but its main stage was located at Hopwood Hall College due to ongoing work in and around Rochdale Town Hall Square. Now major construction due to begin next spring at Hopwood Hall College means neither the festivals usual site or its temporary site on the college car park will be available in 2023, which has led to the decision being taken.

Artist impression of the new Town Hall Square.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival will return to the new Rochdale Town Hall Square.

‘Returning to the new Rochdale Town Hall Square with a bang in 2024’

Mark Widdup, director of neighbourhoods at Rochdale Borough Council said:

“Refurbishment works at Rochdale Town Hall, closure of town hall square, The Esplanade and major new construction work over at the college campus means unfortunately we don’t have a suitable location for Rochdale Feel Good Festival next year. We know how much festival goers like the location around the town hall square and this will be a fabulous space that we look forward to returning to in 2024. So, for now, the big festival will take a break and we will focus on launching the long overdue Feel Good Family Picnic, a new free event for families.” 

Crowds at the 2022 Feel Good Festival.

In August 2022 the main stage moved to Hopwood Hall College due to ongoing work in and around Rochdale Town Hall Square.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for events added:

“We’ll have an exciting events programme for 2023 so there’s a lot to look forward to with established favourites as well as some new additions, and I can assure you that Rochdale Feel Good Festival will be returning to the new Rochdale Town Hall Square with a bang in 2024. People rightly love it, and it will be right at the heart of the celebrations, retaking its place as the most eagerly awaited date on the calendar.”

Rochdale Feel Good Festival was first held in summer 2008 and has grown to become the single biggest event on the borough’s calendar, attracting thousands of residents as well as visitors from across the north of England and beyond.

More information about the Rochdale Feel Good Family Picnic will be available in December 2022.

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