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Changes announced for Rochdale Feel Good Festival

21 February 2020

Stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival. Tickets for Rochdale Feel Good Festival are not currently on sale due to the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK.

Entry fee introduced and plans for big new free family event revealed.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival is back on Saturday, 22 August 2020 for another day of entertainment, food and music. 

This year there will be a small entry fee for the council organised event, with £6 tickets going on sale soon.

Although there will still be some entertainment for younger visitors at Rochdale Feel Good Festival, most activities for children and families will move to a brand new free event to be held in Broadfield Park on Saturday, 25 July 2020. The Feel Good Family Picnic will be a huge day of fun activities and shows for children taking over the historic town centre park.

Crowd gathered at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.

Councillor Janet Emsley, the council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture, said: 

“Improving the range of entertainment and activities for families with children is something we have done over the last couple of years, but moving this element of the festival into a park setting in July will create a much bigger, better and more welcoming event. The Feel Good Family Picnic is going to be a really magical day out in a beautiful setting.”

Rochdale Feel Good Festival will include live music across indoor venues, a main stage sponsored by The Flying Horse Hotel near the town hall, a food and drink village and other entertainment.

"Looking forward to another fabulous year"

Councillor Emsley said that after 12 years it is important to secure the future of the event by further reducing the festival’s reliance on public funding: 

“Since 2008 the council has invested well over a million pounds into Rochdale Feel Good Festival, but severe cuts in public spending during that time have resulted in budgets being squeezed and many council services cut. The festival has lost 25% of its public funding in the last 3 years and we would like to see it continue to be less reliant on council support.

"We are still the event’s biggest supporter, contributing £75,000 shared between the feel good festival and our new family event this year, but we may be forced to reduce this further in the future, so from this year we want festival goers to contribute in the form of a modest entry fee. We will ensure visitors get value for money and I am looking forward to another fabulous year.”

Tickets will be available online and at Touchstones Rochdale, Heywood Civic Centre and Middleton Arena for £6. The festival site will open at 12noon and run until 11pm and subject to availability, on the day tickets may be available, priced at £10.

The festival is organised by Rochdale Borough Council, with sponsorship from local businesses.

As in previous years, another local band will get chance to play the main stage in front of a crowd of thousands. Last year, Rochdale country rock 4-piece Between The Vines won the coveted Battle of the Bands. The competition will be launched in April 2020 with local acts encouraged to apply to win the prized slot.