Rochdale Feel Good Festival, which had been set to take place this summer has been cancelled for the second year in a row, due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Mark Widdup, director of neighbourhoods at Rochdale Borough Council said:
“We are very disappointed to confirm that we have decided not to proceed with this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival, but I can confirm it will return on Saturday, 13 August 2022. We’ve carefully considered the situation and despite hopes that we would be able to bring the festival back this August it has become clear that we can’t plan such a big event in these uncertain times. Despite the current easing of lockdown we don’t feel it would be responsible to stage the biggest event in the borough this August and encourage the huge crowds and congestion into the town centre that this festival generates both outdoors and inside all our indoor venues. It’s those big crowds and the atmosphere that helps makes the festival what it is.
“Public safety is always our top priority and coronavirus rates across the borough of Rochdale have been amongst the highest in England over the last year, so whilst there is hope on the horizon and we are looking towards the autumn, the uncertainty for the council and our partners is too great at this moment.”
Ben Boothman, long term festival supporter and owner of main stage sponsor The Flying Horse Hotel said:
“This is sad news for our team and for the thousands of people who look forward to it every summer, as well as the local businesses that benefit. But given the last 15 months and the pressures everyone is still under, reluctantly I think it is the right decision. Trying to plan such a big event at this moment feels a little like too much too soon, especially when quite rightly, Rochdale’s efforts are focused on reducing infections and delivering this huge vaccination effort.
“Rest assured, work will begin behind the scenes soon to ensure that 2022 will be the most impressive Rochdale Feel Good Festival we have ever held, and we will all get back together again to enjoy the party.”