Mu­si­cians to serve up some tasty treats for big fes­ti­val

Middleton Guardian - - TRAVEL - DA­MON WILKIN­SON

IT’S not just about the food at next week­end’s Rochdale Food & Drink Fes­ti­val – there’s also plenty of mouth-wa­ter­ing live mu­sic on the menu.

An out­door stage on The Es­planade by Rochdale Town Hall will run through­out the fes­ti­val on Satur­day, March 24, fea­tur­ing a host of acts.

Open­ing the stage at noon will be Rochdale’s Joe Dunne. The tal­ented singer/ song­writer who played the main stage at Rochdale Feel Good Fes­ti­val last year af­ter bag­ging sec­ond place in the an­nual Bat­tle of the Bands com­pe­ti­tion.

Joe will be fol­lowed at 1pm by #Hash­tag – a Rochdale-based acous­tic quar­tet who spe­cialise in their own ver­sions of clas­sic tracks by the likes of Bowie, T-Rex, the Red Hot Chilli Pep­pers and more.

At 2pm and 4.30pm lis­ten out for Tony Lam­bert - a singer-song­writer, gui­tarplay­ing folk pop mu­si­cian who writes and per­forms his own ma­te­rial as well as hits from the likes of Ed Sheeran and Adele.

He’s played fes­ti­vals across the UK and re­leases a new al­bum this sum­mer.

At 3pm KSR – also known as KS Roo­sevelt will take to the stage. Fea­tured on BBC In­tro­duc­ing he’s been se­duc­ing au­di­ences with his silky soul­ful voice and was re­cently named as one of the ‘top 5 mu­si­cians and bands to watch in 2018’ by the Manch­ester Evening News. His lyrics tell of life and love in Manch­ester and he’s a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion on the North West’s live mu­sic scene.

At 5.15pm, Manch­ester based new band KAZE will be tak­ing to the stage. The highly orig­i­nal vi­brant duo who write and per­form all their own ma­te­rial have al­ready been played on BBC 6 Mu­sic, BBC Ra­dio Manch­ester and were sup­ported by BBC In­tro­duc­ing last year.

The fes­ti­val will be open from 10am to 6pm with a food and drink vil­lage and more than 40 traders sell­ing de­li­cious dishes, fan­tas­tic street food, pop-up shops, bars and more.

In­side the Grade I-listed town hall – there will be lots of stalls sell­ing food and gifts to take home, in­clud­ing cheeses, chut­neys, rel­ishes, In­dian street food, Caribbean cakes, muffins, ar­ti­san choco­lates, black pud­dings, fudge and desserts. The re­cep­tion room will be trans­formed into a 1920sthemed bar for the day host­ing a se­ries of free work­shops ev­ery hour from 11am, in­clud­ing Won­der­ful Wines, The Gin Ex­pe­ri­ence, and Cock­tail Mak­ing Like A Pro. In the fes­ti­val kitchen Jean-Christophe Novelli, Nisha Ka­tona, An­drew Nutter and Tom McNeeney will be cook­ing live, with seven 40-minute demon­stra­tions sched­uled.

CBee­bies I Can Cook pre­sen­ter Katy Ash­worth brings her en­er­getic burst of silli­ness and fam­ily fun to the in­door stage – with shows at 10:30am and 1:30pm aimed at children and grown-ups.

Coun Janet Em­s­ley, cabi- net mem­ber for neigh­bour­hoods, com­mu­nity and cul­ture, said: “We’ve got a great line-up of mu­si­cians per­form­ing while you en­joy some su­perb food and drink. This is a new event which I am re­ally ex­cited about and we’ve had a great re­sponse so far.” En­try is free. To book cook­ery work­shop tickets and get the full line-up, visit rochdale.gov. uk/events.

Among those per­form­ing at the Rochdale Food and Drink Fes­ti­val al will be (from left) #Hash­tag, #Hash­tag KAZE and singer singe song­writer Joe Dunne

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