Feel Good Festival Saturday - Razorlight rock Town Hall Square
Date published: 13 August 2017
Photo: SKW Events
Feel Good Festival - Razorlight
Razorlight proved to be the biggest draw yet at a Feel Good Festival as many thousands of appreciative music lovers packed Town Hall Square as the band took to the stage.
Performing a set that included the band's biggest hits - ‘Up All Night’, ‘Somewhere Else’, ‘In The Morning’, 'Wire to Wire’, plus new material - the band, who at the height of their fame supported bands such as Oasis, The Rolling Stones and The Who, had indie fans rocking for what was a scintillating Feel Good finale.
Supporting Razorlight were Manchester’s Baked A La Ska, RedFaces, Pacific, The Bright Black, The Kar-Pets fronted by Tom Hingley, Honeyfeet, the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, singer/songwriter Kirk McElhinney, The Delphina Kings and The Recreation.
Baked A La Ska, the heavy heavy sound of Manchester, 'a super charged 11-headed monster on a rampage' skanked a 45 minute set of ska music, to the delight of a crowd every bit as eclectic as the assembled oddballs and pranksters that make up the band.
Read Rochdale Online reporter Michelle Kight's interview with Baked a la Ska.
Sheffield band RedFaces - signed to Sony last year - included their debut single ‘Kerosene’ in their set. It made BBC Radio One’s ‘Best Of Introducing’ playlist and was named ‘Record of the Week’ by radio stations across the country. The great melodies and catchy hooks had the audience on the edge of their imaginary seats!
They certainly won new fans in Rochdale and it comes as no surprise that they are one of the most talked about new bands in the country.
Read Rochdale Online reporter Michelle Kight's interview with RedFaces.
Fast rising through the ranks of the UK music scene, the piano led alternative indie band ‘Pacific’ with their big melodies, energetic grooves and anthemic sound also proved a hit.
Read Rochdale Online reporter Michelle Kight's interview with Pacific.
The Bright Black returned to the main stage for the second year running with another blistering funk and soul set of upbeat feel good sounds combined with soulful lyrics.
Read Rochdale Online reporter Michelle Kight's interview with The Bright Black.
Inspiral Carpets tribute ‘The Kar-Pets’, fronted by Tom Hingley, former lead singer of the Inspirals, performed big tunes from Manchester indie heroes The Inspiral Carpets, including hits such as This is How It Feels, Caravan, Saturn 5 and I Want You.
Performing earlier in the day were Mancunian ‘folk hop and wonky pop’ band Honeyfeet. The seven-piece group recently signed to record label Wah Wah 45s.
Read Rochdale Online reporter Michelle Kight's interview with Honeyfeet.
Also supporting were Delphina Kings, an alternative and indie rock group originating from Manchester and Warrington. This rapidly rising three-piece left a big impression on the Feel Good audience with their brand of 90s influenced indie pop.
Read Rochdale Online reporter Michelle Kight's interview with Delphina Kings.
Winner of this year’s Battle of the Bands, the local indie rock four piece ‘The Recreation’ made their festival debut. The band, who have been playing at venues across the North West over the last three years, comprises George Porter from Milnrow, Sam Sumner from Newhey, Owen Baldwin and Tom Atkinson from Royton.
Owen said they are all buzzing after getting the chance to play the festival: “Rochdale is always one we try to get to and I’ve seen some of our favourite bands there over the years, like The Fratellis. To be actual play the main stage ourselves this time around, supporting Razorlight, is an absolute honour.”
Read Rochdale Online reporter Michelle Kight's interview with The Recreation.
Talented singer, songwriter and guitarist from Rochdale, Kirk McElhinney also supported with his soulful voice and insightful lyrics, mixed with a rich and vibrant mosaic of picking, his sound sound that is unique and enticing. Kirk's free-spirited jamming style and raw energy captivated the audience.
Photos: SKW Events and Rochdale Online