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Monday 15 October - Monday 22 October 2018

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Festival news

Lucy and literature – singing star gives festival the x-factor

Pop star Lucy Spraggan will be amongst the famous names taking part in Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival this autumn.

The 3 day festival will feature the soulful singer-songwriter who shot to fame after making it to the live shows of ITV1’s The X Factor in 2012.  Spraggan’s memorable performance of her own song Tea and Toast, received a standing ovation and over 28 million views on YouTube.  She was forced to quit the series midway through the live shows after falling ill but had already made her mark and in 2013 had two top 40 singles – Lighthouse and Last Night.

22 year old Lucy, who describes her music as a mixture of acoustic, folk and hip-hop, has received rave reviews for her live shows and last year completed a sell out UK tour.  She will be appearing in Rochdale on Saturday 25 October. As well as performing a live set, she’ll be talking about the art of songwriting and meeting fans.

Councillor Peter Williams, Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Economic Development at Rochdale Borough Council said the festival will give people of all ages the opportunity to learn something new and do something a little different:

“Following last year’s superb debut we are putting together another fantastic programme and we are looking forward to welcoming Lucy … a very talented musician whose appearance in Rochdale will be eagerly awaited.”

Last year thousands attended the festival, which featured over 40 events.