Rochdale Feel Good Festival goers are advised to plan their journey, arrive early and allow plenty of time to get to the event, which promises to be the biggest and best in the festival’s history.
Thousands of people are expected to head into the town centre on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August for the annual showcase of entertainment, food and culture, which is being headlined by indie-rock band Razorlight.
The main event runs from 5pm until 10.30pm on Friday, and on Saturday from 10.30am until 10.40pm, followed by the official festival after-show party at The Flying Horse Hotel, raising money for Rochdale resident and mum of two Samantha Smith, who urgently needs to raise £150,000 for life-saving surgery in America.
Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture at Rochdale Borough Council said:
“Car parks, taxi ranks and walking routes to the festival in the town centre will be signposted but we advise those attending to plan their arrival and return home journey in advance. The town centre is likely to be extra busy.”
For those travelling into Rochdale from Manchester and Oldham, Metrolink runs a direct service to the town centre and Rochdale Town Centre tram stop is only a one-minute walk from the festival site. Rochdale railway station connects to Manchester and Leeds and the festival is a 10-minute walk from the station or a one-stop journey on Metrolink. Rochdale bus station is a two-minute walk from the festival.
Danny Vaughan, Head of Metrolink, the official festival partner said:
“Rochdale Feel Good Festival is one of many of top attractions in Greater Manchester that are accessible on the tram network. With a Metrolink stop right at the heart of the festival, the tram offers a quick and convenient way to get to and from the event. Rochdale Feel Good Festival promises to be a fantastic weekend that offers something for all the family. I’m delighted that Metrolink is a partner for the second year running.”
Council pay and display car parks are located across the town centre and the first 3 hours are free. There is also unlimited FREE parking on Saturday, 12 August 2017 at Hopwood Hall College Car Park, a 5 minute walk from the festival. You can enter between 7am - 9pm but you can exit at any time through the automatic barrier.
The main stage area is not suitable for young children. All under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, and unaccompanied under 18s will not be admitted. If an under 18 year old leaves the main stage area, re-entry will only be permitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For security reasons, all visitors will be subject to extra searches of their bags and their person at this year’s festival, so visitors are being advised to pack as light as possible.
“Please co-operate with any security requests and all searches. The less you bring, the quicker you’ll get in. Please remember, this is a free festival, food and drink is for sale on site so please support local businesses.”
Added Councillor Emsley.
More details on how to get to the festival, visitor information, FAQs and the full line-ups are at www.rochdalefeelgoodfestival.co.uk
On Saturday from 12.30pm the main stage will be headlined by indie rock band Razorlight, alongside Manchester’s Baked A La Ska, RedFaces, Pacific, The Bright Black, The Karpets fronted by Tom Hingley, Honeyfeet, the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, singer/songwriter Kirk McElhinney, The Delphina Kings and The Recreation.
On Friday evening the main stage which starts at 7pm will be headlined by Daft Punk The Tribute, alongside 90’s Britpop covers band Marblehead Johnson, hot new London four piece Next Stop Mars and Rochdale singer/songwriter Joe Dunne.
The festival’s food and drink village will be open from 5pm – 10pm on Friday and 10.30am – 11pm on Saturday with a new layout, seating area and over twenty traders selling delicious dishes, fantastic street food, pop-ups, bars and much more.
The festival is funded by the council together with sponsorship from The Flying Horse Hotel, Rochdale Football Club, Metrolink, O2 Rochdale, The Royal Toby, Rochdale Town Centre Management and Rochdale Sixth Form College.
Tweet your festival photos and comments during the event to @FeelGoodFest or use #FeelGoodFest17