LIFE IN MY NORTH­ERN TOWN

Rochdale Observer - - YOUR VIEWS BIG PICTURE -

FIRST of all, I would like to apol­o­gise for the in­ter­mit­tent na­ture of this col­umn over the last few weeks.

Un­for­tu­nately, I have an is­sue with my in­ter­net which is, well, nonex­is­tent.

I won’t say who my in­ter­net provider is, ex­cept to say that at the mo­ment the ser­vice is pie-in-the...

Any­way, so it was off to the Feel­good Fes­ti­val the other week and jolly good it was too.

This re­ally is be­com­ing a re­ally good an­nual event and the bands this year were ex­cel­lent, al­though I would ques­tion the com­pere’s de­scrip­tion of the head­lin­ing bands as “Two of the most im­por­tant bands in mu­si­cal his­tory” Re­ally? A hand­ful of top 10 hits does not make a le­gend in my mind.

No dis­re­spect to the or­gan­is­ers or the bands them­selves, but usu­ally the type of band that plays the fes­ti­val are way past their sell-by date.

A bit like Gary Lineker play­ing for Rochdale.

Still, both Cast and Feeder were ex­cel­lent and the sup­port­ing bands were good too, al­though that Ska band did start to grate af­ter a while.

That apart – and one or two is­sues which I will go dis­cuss next week – Oh, come on, this col­umn would not be the same with­out a good moan – the fes­ti­val was a great suc­cess.

I al­ways en­joy it as I get to meet friends I have not seen for ages and I as­sumed had moved away, died or just lost the will to live – ie, got mar­ried.

And the crowd was well- be­haved too, al­though you got the im­pres­sion that one or two were – let’s say, right co-or­di­nates, wrong planet – if you catch my drift.

Of course, it is also a great meet­ing place for all the Dale fans who are usu­ally very happy to see me. Just think of one of those wildlife pro­grammes where the stray an­te­lope is be­ing torn apart by a pack of blood­thirsty lions and you kind of get the pic­ture.

And there were other events go­ing on around town as well, such as a band on in the Flyer, food stalls and things to do for the children.

All in all, a great day for all those who at­tended and the weather was kind, which made a change.

So con­grat­u­la­tions to all those in­volved.

Next week I will take a dif­fer­ent view when nor­mal, sar­cas­tic ser­vice is re­sumed.

Alan Hamer

●●Feeder were the head­lin­ers at this year’s Rochdale Feel­good Fes­ti­val

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