Music festival celebrates local artists

Date published: 25 May 2014

A music festival held today (Sunday 25 may) has celebrated local artists who produce and create their own music.

The festival, which was organised by not-for-profit organisation Music Street in association with Made in Rochdale and The Friends of Queens Park Heywood, was a family event encouraging people to listen to local artists.

Organiser Christian James said: “A lot of people think that they have to go out and buy CDs and have a DJ tell them what is popular but if they just listen to local artists who are producing their own music, they will find some good stuff out there.”

The festival included performances from Muttley, One Klick North, The Fellons, Featherteeth, Joe Dunne, Matt Hamer, The Bigsby Brothers and DJ Mase.

The festival was also a way for people to be made aware of local organisatons within Heywood. Christian added: “We are trying to work with local organisations to raise awareness of them and to let people know what is going on in Heywood.”

Heywood Youth Link, Recovery Public and High Level were all in attendance at the festival.

The festival was held in Queens Park in Heywood and was the first festival held in that park by the group. The group have organised other successful festivals in the past, including Deeply Dale.

“We try and do festivals when we can and when we have the money available but we would like to try and make this one a regular event,” said Christian.

Music Street is a voluntary organisation set up for the advancement of the arts, heritage and culture in the local community.

Any money made by the festival will be used to go back into the community for similar events.

“We don’t take any money for ourselves, any money we get will go back into hopefully doing more of these events in the future,” said Christian.

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