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Local acts get chance to play Rochdale Feel Good Festival

21 April 2017

We've launched the annual search for local music acts to perform on the main stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.

Rochdale Feel Good – Battle of the Bands 2017 is now open for entries, and we're looking for local bands or solo artists.  First prize is a main stage slot on Saturday, and for the first time ever - the act in second place will be awarded a slot on the main stage on the Friday evening.

All hopefuls need to do to stand a chance of bagging a 25-minute set in front of the crowds is email a link to a Youtube video of them playing live, along with a short biography to  (Write 'Battle of the Bands' in the subject box.)

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.

Solo artists must live in the borough, and bands must have at least 50% of their members living in the borough. Entries must be received by the closing date of 22 May 2017.

Last year Rochdale feel good four piece 'The Jackson Kay Band' got the party started with a storming set, supporting acts including The Fratellis.   

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

"Interest in this competition gets bigger each year and for the first time we have the main stage on Friday evening as well as Saturday, meaning two local bands will get the experience of playing in front of the crowds.  We've had some superb local acts win this competition and last year The Jackson Kay Band were a great example, playing covers as well as their own material and getting everyone dancing. It's a perfect opportunity for local musicians to raise their profile and all genres and styles of music can enter."

Another judge, former Director of Performing Arts, Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing added:

"Last year I was very impressed by the quality of acts that entered the competition. Playing our festival with all the publicity that comes with it is a prize that could kick start a professional music career. We're expecting another quality field this year."

Rochdale Feel Good Festival returns on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August 2017, for another showcase of entertainment, food and culture.

'perfect opportunity for local musicians to raise their profile'

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 The Flying Horse Hotel, Rochdale Football Club and other local businesses. 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 on the Rochdale Feel Good Festival on Facebook or Rochdale Feel Good Festival on Twitter pages.


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