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Big chance for borough’s local musicians: acts get chance to play at Rochdale Feel Good Festival

Local bands and solo artists can win themselves a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in front of thousands of people as this year’s Rochdale Feel GoodBattle of the Bands opens for entries.

The search for local talent will be reviewed by the Rochdale Feel Good Festival organisers, Rochdale Borough Council.

Winners will be given a coveted central stage slot on Saturday 18 August, playing alongside the spectacular headliners’ Feeder, Cast and other bands TBC.

For the chance of winning a 25-minute set in front of the festival’s crowds, please email your Youtube video link playing live, along with a short biography to events@rochdale.gov.uk  (Write ‘Battle of the Bands’ in the subject heading.)

Solo musicians must live in the borough, and bands must have at least 50 percent of their members residing in the Rochdale borough. Entries must be in by 23 May.

After the closing date, submissions will be uploaded to the festival’s Facebook page, the top six who get the most ‘likes’ go forward to a judging panel who will decide on who performs on the main stage.

Last year Rochdale indie/rock four-piece ‘The Recreation’ won the competition and seized the greatest gig of their profession to date, supporting Razorlight.

Ben Boothman, one of the judges and proprietor of main stage sponsor The Flying Horse Hotel said: “Most local acts want to play Rochdale Feel Good Festival and interest in this competition gets bigger every year.

Over the last decade, we’ve seen some superb local acts win, and The Recreation who scooped the top prize last year is remaining to do extraordinarily well and firmly establishing themselves.

It’s a perfect opportunity for local musicians to raise their profile and all genres and styles of music can enter. We’re expecting another quality field this year.”

Rochdale Feel Good Festival returns on Saturday 18 August, for another showcase of top-class entertainment, food, drink, and culture.

There will be live music across indoor venues, the main stage against the backdrop of the town hall with headliner Feeder, supported by indie rock band Cast, plus many more to be announced, quality food and drink court plus family entertainment.

The Feel Good Festival is funded by the council together with sponsorship from The Flying Horse Hotel, Premier Kia, The Wellington and other local businesses.

To become involved with the festival, email events@rochdale.gov.uk For more information visit www.rochdalefeelgoodfestival.co.uk

For festival updates via Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/feelgoodfestival or connect with the festival on twitter @FeelGoodFest

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