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Middleton rockers ‘over the moon’ after winning slot on biggest stage in town

22 June 2018

Band portrait of Scuttlers.

Local band Scuttlers are celebrating after getting a slot on the main stage of this summer's Rochdale Feel Good Festival.

The Middleton based band won 1st prize in this year's 'Feel Good – Battle of the Bands' competition and will take to the stage during the afternoon on Saturday, 18 August 2018 supporting acts including Feeder and Cast.

Rock 4-piece Scuttlers were the unanimous choice of the judges who were impressed with the band's energy, attitude and musical sound.

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

"All 6 finalists received a great response online but Scuttlers were the judges' favourite, displaying good stage presence and star quality. We are all looking forward to seeing them on our main stage and we think the crowd will enjoy them too."

The band, who were formed in 2016 and have been playing at venues and festivals across the North West, is comprised of Kaiden Nolan, Liam Cleere, Tom Ogg and Jack Phillips.

Scuttlers playing on stage.

'We are all looking forward to seeing them'

Kaiden said they are over the moon after getting the chance to play the main stage:

"A big thank you to everyone who voted for us online to get us to the final. To be lining up alongside Feeder and Cast is massive for us. We can't wait to bring our very own Middleton rock and roll to the Feel Good Festival. I just hope the bus driver lets us on the number 17 with our amps!"

The band were short-listed through a Facebook vote before their videos were assessed by the judges. The judges for Rochdale Feel Good Battle of the Bands 2018 were:

  • Rob Kerford: music PR specialist, owner of Sonic PR and promoter of some of Europe's biggest musicians.
  • Dave Sweetmore: radio, club, festival DJ, music columnist and new music champion.
  • Councillor Janet Emsley: our cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture. A former drama teacher, Janet was shortlisted in the 2018 Hearts for the Arts Awards for Best Local Authority Arts Champion.
  • Ben Boothman: owner of main stage sponsor and live music venue The Flying Horse Hotel.
  • Andy King: Chief Executive of Link4Life. The culture and leisure trust curates arts, heritage and entertainment across the borough.

Scuttlers will be joined by previously announced headliner Feeder, Britpop legends Cast, ska music stars The Uplifters, country singer Emily Faye, new band Last Race Home, pop rock duo The Curious Incident, Manchester duo KAZE, international songstress Anna Pancaldi, R & B singer [ K S R ], Rochdale indie dance funk band The Alchemists plus new bands VALA and High Wyre.

Rochdale Feel Good Festival is on Saturday, 18 August 2018 for a showcase of entertainment, food and culture. There will be live music across indoor venues, a main stage against the backdrop of the town hall, a quality food and drink court plus family entertainment. The festival is funded by us together with sponsorship from The Flying Horse Hotel, Arts Council England National Lottery Funding, Premier Kia, The Wellington gastro pub, MetrolinkO2 Rochdale, The Royal Toby and other local businesses.