With just over two weeks until Greater Manchester’s premier celebration of music and food kicks off it’s safe to say expectations are high. Not least as 2012’s event boasts the biggest, boldest, and tastiest line up in the festival’s five-year history.
Taking place on Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st, Rochdale Feel Good Festival will welcome the one and only Martha Reeves to headline the mainstage. Bringing with her hits such as Nowhere To Run, and Dancing In The Streets, to name but two. Meanwhile, iconic British ska stars The Beat will also be performing hits such as Mirror In The Bathroom and Can’t Get Used To Losing You.
Needless to say the highlights don’t end there. Morecambe-bred Romantic rock ‘n’ rollers The Heartbreaks arrive in town, fresh off the back of dates in Japan and their critically acclaimed debut album, Funtimes. Elsewhere, Manchester-based U.S. songstress Jesca Hoop will offer beguiling alternative folk arrangements, with fellow Mancunian outfit The Shinies delivering unabashed guitar indie, and Xfm DJ Tim Cocker readying a set list of records.
Dancing makes you hungry, and attendees at this year’s Feel Good will certainly have plenty to satisfy a range of appetites. Celebrity chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli, and Brian Turner will be plating up masterful creations, with esteemed cake connoisseur Alison Seagrave, North West Indian cuisine maestro Aazam Ahmad and Rochdale’s own king of kitchens Andrew Nutter on hand too, meaning the edible treats will certainly match the audible delights.
And that’s not all either. The acoustic stage will see a trio of talented regional players entertain expectant crowds. Alex Hulme, Songs For Walter, and We Are Willow represent both dark and light unplugged sounds, whilst the winner of our Battle of the Bands competition will be on hand too, showcasing the reasons why our panel, and the public, selected them above all other aural contenders. Suffice to say then, it looks set to be a weekend that really can’t be missed, not least as it’s all completely free.