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‘Feel good funk’ - The Bright Black return to Rochdale festival

19 April 2017

The Bright Black. ​​​

Middleton-based band 'The Bright Black' will play the main stage again at this year's Rochdale Feel Good Festival.

After wowing the crowds with their blistering funk and soul show in 2016, the band will return on Saturday 12 August 2017.

Recognised as one of the region's best new unsigned bands, performing sell-out gigs since launching their debut EP in 2015, this month they release new single 'Strike a Pose' accompanied by live dates in London, Leeds and Sheffield. 

The Bright Black, played by BBC Introducing, take influences from classic funk and soul artists while maintaining a high-energy sound symptomatic of their Mancunian roots. Their blend of upbeat feel good sounds with soulful lyrics was emphasised in their debut EP 'Up Not Down' recorded at 80 Hertz Studios, produced by George Atkins who has worked with Lily Allen and The Courteeners. Their capacity to get audiences dancing has resulted in them gaining a core following of dedicated fans.

Lead singer Travis Hamilton Yates said: "We're super amped to play again this year and get everyone dancing their heels off!  This festival never fails to be a fantastic experience and we can't wait to add a little glam-soul, post-funk to the bill." 

The Bright Black will be joined by previously announced band The Karpets, fronted by Tom Hingley, former lead singer of the Inspiral Carpets.

'This festival never fails to be a fantastic experience and we can't wait to add a little glam-soul, post-funk to the bill'

Rochdale Feel Good Festival returns on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August 2017, for another showcase of entertainment, food and culture. The festival which is celebrating its 10th birthday will include live music across indoor venues, a main stage against the backdrop of the town hall, a quality food court and family entertainment. 

The festival is funded by us together with sponsorship from local businesses and more acts will be announced this month.

If you would like to get involved with the festival, email

More information can be found on the Rochdale Feel Good Festival, or at the Feel Good Festival Facebook or twitter page


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