What to expect at Rochdale Feel Good Festival 2019 - full line up

Date published: 09 August 2019

Rochdale Feel Good Festival returns to Rochdale town centre this weekend, filling the town with live music, food and free family fun from 11am – 11pm on Saturday 10 August.

Headlined this year by indie rock band The Coral, the main stage located in Rochdale Town Hall car park, will feature live music from 12.30pm from an array of bands including rock ‘n’ roll band Alias Kid, northern soul maestros The Northern Soultrain, new singer/songwriter Ione, Caribbean pop act The Curious Incident and singer/songwriter Megan Dixon Hood, plus more.

CBeebies favourite Mr Bloom will perform first at 12.30pm, joined by his four-piece band for a free lunchtime show guaranteed to get families dancing and singing.

American pop/rock band The Hoosiers are expected on stage after 7.30pm before headliners The Coral - who have sold well over a million albums since their debut EP release in 2001 - take to the main stage after 9pm.

Once again, the main stage host and DJ will be local favourite Dave Sweetmore.

A full line-up of live music, including the times that bands are performing, can be found here:


CBeebies Mr Bloom and his band will open the main stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival
CBeebies Mr Bloom and his band will open the main stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival


The festival’s food and drink village will be open from 11am – 11pm alongside a pop up pre-historic dinosaur garden, seating area and fifteen traders selling delicious dishes, fantastic street food and much more.  

Here is a list of traders you can expect to see on the day:


Feel Good Festival
Fifteen traders will be in attendance selling delicious dishes, fantastic street food and much more


There’s a packed programme of live music inside too, with festival venues including The Flying Horse Hotel and The Empire hosting another 20 acts throughout the afternoon and evening including singer-songwriter Alison Gasson, local Irish covers band The Scattering, soul band The Lack of Commitments, Country Rats, Katie O’Malley and AriA.

Once The Coral close the main stage, the festival will continue in venues across the town, with The Flying Horse Hotel hosting the official after show party in the function room upstairs (£6 entry).

The Family Zone this year is sponsored by Hopwood Hall College and supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funding. It will be open from 11am to 5pm.

Activities and shows will include: The Bewonderment Machine - a cycle-powered carousel for small children; a Virtual Reality Playground where you’ll be able to put on a headset, jump on a swing and be transported inside a virtual reality ride;  an aerial ‘Dip’ trampoline show, featuring breath-taking air twisting tricks, music and comedy; Bees! The Colony, which promises to be a fascinating multi-sensory experience where you’ll be able to wander amongst a honey-perfumed bee colony and the Playground of Illusions where visitors will be able to play with intriguing interactive giant toys.

Circus theatre artist Stefano Di Renzo presents his live show and you’ll be able to get up close and personal with a dinosaur!

The Family Zone will also feature performances from local groups including Skylight Circus and there will be an inflatable assault course, balance bikes and tennis.

Visit the link for more information:


A Playground of Illusions can be found in the Family Zone at Rochdale Feel Good Festival
A Playground of Illusions can be found in the Family Zone at Rochdale Feel Good Festival


Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture said: “I am so pleased with this year’s line-up, another great mix of live music, feel good family activities, food and drink.

“A lot of hard work goes into organising and staging this fantastic festival and I hope once again people will show their support for the event and our town centre by coming along.”

Rochdale Feel Good Festival is funded by the council together with sponsorship from local businesses, including digital media partner O2 Rochdale, The Flying Horse Hotel, Hopwood Hall College, Premier Kia, The Royal Toby Hotel, Recycle for Greater Manchester, Link4Life and Metrolink.


For those travelling into Rochdale from Manchester Victoria and Oldham, Metrolink runs a direct service to Rochdale town centre.

Council pay and display car parks are also located across the town centre and the first 3 hours are free. There is unlimited FREE parking on the day at Hopwood Hall College Car Park and Rochdale Sixth Form College car parks - a five-minute walk from the festival. The car parks are open all day, but close after midnight at 12.30am. Any vehicles left overnight can be collected between 9.30am - 1.30pm on Sunday 11 August 2019.

For further information on the festival:

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