Feel Good Festival welcomes R’n’B Talent iamkyami

Date published: 09 July 2024

Rising indie R’n’B pop star iamkyami will perform on the main stage at this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival in August.

Originally from New York, Kyami began her musical journey at a young age, blending her passions for art, football, and Taekwondo, where she earned a second-degree black belt.

Now based in Manchester, she has captivated audiences with her unique J-pop R’n’B sound. Her dynamic performances have impressed at international festivals, earning praise from BBC 1Xtra and BBC Introducing on Radio 1.

Drawing on her childhood experiences and travels, iamkyami's music offers relatable stories with self-reflective lyrics, soulful melodies, and production influenced by pop, R’n’B, electronic, and hip-hop.

iamkyami will join a line-up that includes indie rock giants Ocean Colour Scene, Lottery Winners, Heather Small (the voice of M People), soul, pop, and funk artist Toucan, ska band Madame Claude, local rock band Atlas, and DJ Dave Sweetmore on Saturday 10 August.

On Sunday 11 August, there will be a new free afternoon of folk music produced by Sound Roots and funded by Arts Council England.

The main stage will feature Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet, party band Marvara, the new Rochdale musical Peter's Field with Sean Cooney, Eliza Carthy MBE, Sam Carter, and another act to be announced.

The festival weekend will kick off on Friday 9 August, with a ‘Feel Good Fringe’ – a series of free indoor gigs at ten venues across the town. More details about these events and the full line-up will be announced later this month.

Saturday tickets are available at rochdale.gov.uk/FeelGoodFestival or in person at Middleton Arena. For the first time, all tickets will include a reusable drink cup to reduce single-use plastic, which can be collected upon arrival at the festival.

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