Day-long music festival set to rock Oldham Foodbank


A full-day music festival is expected to bring 12 hours of live entertainment to the borough to benefit the Oldham Foodbank.

Oldham Rocks the Food Bank will see a star team take to the stage at Whittles on Roscoe Street in the heart of downtown.

The concert aims to raise £ 3,500 for the food bank, which currently feeds around 1,000 people per month and has seen increased demand since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The legendary Tony Auton Band is one of 11 groups that will perform during the musical extravagance which runs from 2pm on Saturday November 6th until late.

Members of the group Tony Auton.

Oldham’s band The Recreation will bring dark beats and stadium-ready choruses to the concert, while The Parcel of Rogues will play songs from The Pogues as well as traditional Irish tunes meant to get everyone dancing.

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The rascals’ package.

Other bands that should feature include The Juice, The Micradotts, Rubber Orange, Last Race Home, The Maitlands, King Cotton11, Lazybones and Harry Lavin.

The event will end with a happy Rude DJ after the party.

A range of musical genres will be represented during the day, from indie to blues rock to Celtic folk rock and ska.

The concert, which was originally scheduled for September 2020 but had to be postponed due to the pandemic, was hosted by Royton residents Mick Harwood, Paul Chadwick and Rick Parker.

Mick volunteered at Oldham Foodbank while on leave and hosted an Oldham Rocks party to showcase the talents of the borough.

The event is hosted free of charge by Whittles and received sponsorship from NB Dog Training, Cherwell Productions and The Electricians.

Sound engineers and technicians don’t charge for their services, and all bands play for free.

Mick said: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of fellow Oldhamers but not all surprised. This is a true joint effort of the Oldham music scene, who all believe they must do their part to help food bank users through what is going to be a very difficult winter.

“We will be hit that day, and we hope to raise a lot of money, probably just at the right time.”

Tickets cost £ 10 and are available for purchase on site and on eventbrite.


Gerald R. Schneider

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