Rochdale ready for free Feel Good Festival

Martha Reeves, The Heartbreaks and a host of esteemed chefs prepare for one of the area's biggest toll-free parties.

By Matthew Tyas | Last updated 30 August 2012

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Martha Reeves, The Heartbreaks (pictured) and a host of esteemed chefs prepare for one of the area’s biggest toll-free parties. 

This weekend sees a host of international music stars and culinary experts descend on Greater Manchester’s most easterly borough for two days of edible and audible delights. With everything from Motown and contemporary indie to East Asian cuisine and delectable cakes on offer, we could think of far worse events to attend for free.

Now in its fifth year, Rochdale Feel Good Festival will take over the town centre’s streets and squares on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September 2012. Easily accessible from Manchester Victoria, we’d wholly advise making the effort to investigate. Martha Reeves, famed for work with The Vandellas, along with singles like Nowhere To Run, and Dancing In The Street, tops the bill, though there are a few more reasons to attend still.

Currently labelled as Britain’s best new indie Romantics, The Heartbreaks exploded out of Morecambe, with this summer’s debut album Funtimes cementing their appeal with the music loving public. Rave reviews followed, as have dates in Japan and across Britain over recent weeks, which conclude with a headline performance this Saturday. Meanwhile, beguiling Californian-born, Manchester-based female songstress is also almost guaranteed to impress.

And the list could go on. In terms of epicures superchefs Andrew Nutter, Alison Seagrave, Aazam Ahmad, Jean-Christophe Novelli, and Brian Turner will be plating up dishes. Oh, and we almost forgot to mention Songs For Walter- currently signed to cult Mancunian folk imprint Red Deer Club (well worthy of investigation) is on the line up too. Check the full details by clicking here, though be warned, it’s first come first served, everything being ticket free and all.