Rochdale Feel Good Festival: A Weekend of Music, Culture, and Community

Get ready for a weekend of fabulous entertainment as the Rochdale Feel Good Festival takes over Rochdale town centre from Friday, 9 August to Sunday, 11 August 2024. With a blend of live music, food, and family-friendly activities, this festival promises something for everyone.

Dates and Highlights

The festival kicks off on Friday, 9 August, with a free fringe programme of live music at various indoor venues. The main festival runs over the weekend, starting from 11:30 am on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the main stage gates open at 12:30 pm, with performances running from 1:00 pm to 10:45 pm. Sunday continues the festivities with gates opening at 12:30 pm and performances from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, culminating in a 5:00 pm finish.

Location and Venues

The main stage will be set up at Rochdale Town Hall Square, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AZ. Additionally, various indoor venues across the town will host events, ensuring a vibrant atmosphere throughout the festival.

Entry and Tickets

While most of the musical entertainment across the festival venues is free to enter, tickets and wristbands are required for the main stage area and the food and drink village on Saturday. Wristbands can be exchanged at Rochdale Town Hall from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm on the day of the festival, granting unlimited re-entry to the main stage area. On Sunday, no tickets are needed for the main stage area, allowing free access for all.

Main Stage Performances

Saturday’s line-up boasts an impressive roster, headlined by the iconic Ocean Colour Scene. Festival-goers can also look forward to performances by local favourites Lottery Winners, soul sensation Heather Small, and eclectic acts such as Toucan, Madame Claude, Atlas, and DJ Dave Sweetmore. Sunday’s line-up includes folk fusion with Ríoghnach Connolly and Honeyfeet, traditional sounds from Marvara, and a historical tribute with Peter's Field.

Getting There

Rochdale is easily accessible, with convenient transport links including the Metrolink and trains from Victoria Station. Whether you’re coming from nearby or further afield, getting to the festival is straightforward and hassle-free.

Family and Age Policy

The festival is designed to be family-friendly, but there are specific guidelines for young attendees. All under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. The main stage area is not recommended for very young children, and unaccompanied under-18s will not be admitted. If an under-18 leaves the main stage area, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to re-enter. 

Food and Drink

Festival-goers are encouraged to support local vendors by enjoying the on-site food and drink options. Outside alcohol is prohibited, but you can bring water and soft drinks in sealed plastic bottles (500ml max). 

Smoke-Free Zones

To create a welcoming environment for all, the food and drink village is a designated smoke and vape-free zone. Please respect this policy and refrain from smoking or vaping in this area.


The festival is committed to inclusivity, providing an accessible viewing platform for customers using wheelchairs or those with mobility issues. Additionally, a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter will be present on the main stage for audience members with hearing impairments.

The Rochdale Feel Good Festival promises an unforgettable weekend filled with music, culture, and community spirit. From legendary headliners to local talent, there’s something for everyone in the heart of Rochdale. Don’t miss this vibrant celebration – it’s the perfect way to feel good this summer!

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Rochdale is a borough in the north of Greater Manchester, comprising of Heywood, Middleton, Milnrow and Newhey, Littleborough, and Wardle. Running alongside the Pennines, Rochdale has some of the most beautiful countryside in the region, and is home to a number of well-known landmarks.