Festival

Square

Festival
Square

We’re transforming Albert Square into Festival Square, the home of the Festival in the heart of the city. Free live music and DJs, great food and drink, MIF tickets and more – open noon till late daily, 5–21 July, and always absolutely free.

Free live music & DJs – day and night

We’re presenting an amazing programme of live music and DJs in the Square. Check out sets from the likes of Nitin Sawhney, The Orielles, The Black Madonna, Horace Andy, LIINES and many more – all absolutely free. Check out the line-ups below.

 

Fabulous food & drink

From British classics to Indian street food, coffee to craft beer, our Festival Square food traders will be in residence throughout the Festival – and there’s an amazing series of Supper Clubs and Lazy Lunches from some of the region’s top chefs. Whet your appetite here

 

A great new look 

Nicolas Henninger (Office for Crafted Architecture) and Paloma Gormley (Practice Architecture) are giving Festival Square an exciting new look, with contributions from Standard Practice and students from Manchester School of Art, MMU. The build is currently under way – and on Friday 5 July, we’ll reveal all…

Live music

Fri 5 July


12.30 – 2pm
TBA
3 – 4.30pm
Baluji Shrivastav OBE
5.30 – 7pm
Manchester School of Samba
8 – 10pm
House of Ghetto
10pm – late
DJ Paulette

Sat 6 July


10am – 2pm
The Allotment Nannies & Mr Bloom Live
3 - 4.30pm
TBA
5.30 – 7pm
Rise Like Lions
9 – 10pm
Nitin Sawhney
10pm – late
DJ Andrea Trout

Sun 7 July


Noon – late
Festival in My House Takeover

Mon 8 July


12.30 - 2pm
NTS present Golden Ratio Frequencies
3 - 4.30pm
TBA
5.30 – 7pm
Reform Radio & Thirty Pound Gentleman present Soundcamp
8 – 10pm
TBA
10pm – late
DJs Mary-Ellen McTague & Craig Potter (Elbow)

Tues 9 July


12.30 – 2pm
Chloe Foy
3 - 4.30pm
TBA
5.30 – 7pm
Bethlehem Casuals
8 – 10pm
TBA
10pm – late
DJ Yoda

Wed 10 July


12.30 – 2pm
Lingua Franca World Music Agency present Henry Fung
3 - 4.30pm
TBA
5.30 – 7pm
Together We Move
8 – 10pm
BBC Introducing Takeover
10pm – late
Across the Tracks with DJs Justine Alderman & Martin Glynn

Thu 11 July


12.30–2pm
TBA
3-4.30pm
TBA
5.30–7pm
Electronic Empires
8–10pm
House Gospel Choir
10pm–late
DJ Hattie Pearson (Girls On Film)

Fri 12 July


12.30 – 2pm
TBA
3 - 4.30pm
TBA
5.30–7pm
Wingspread
8 – 10pm
Fabaret! presented by A Queer Revue!, Trans Creative & Superbia
10 - Late
Dave Haslam + more

Sat 13 July


Noon – 4pm
YESFAM Takeover
4 - 7pm
TBA
7 – 8pm
Stealing Sheep
8 – 10pm
Deptford Northern Soul Club
10pm –late
DJ Dave Haslam

Sun 14 July


12.30 – 2pm
NoTTwins present BeeLive with China Lilly, Emanuel J Burton, Maxi Zee, Pablo & ALEKS
3 – 4.30pm
Young Identity & Contact present One Mic Stand
5.30 – 7pm
KYSO
8pm – 12am
Horace Andy Soundsystem set with Blood & Fire*

Mon 15 July


12.30 – 2pm
Kara
3 - 4.30pm
Psychedelic DiscoTech plus guests
5.30 – 7pm
Chorus of Others
8 – 10pm
The Orielles & Working Men’s Club*
10pm – late
Psychedelic DiscoTech plus guests

Tues 16 July


12.30 – 2pm
TBA
3 - 4.30pm
TBA
5.30 – 7pm
The 7:45s
8 – 10pm
The Blinders, Witch Fever & The Pagans SOH*
10pm – late
DJ Shell Zenner

Wed 17 July


12.30 – 2pm
Lingua Franca World Music Agency present The Tebu Project
3 - 4.30pm
TBA
5.30 – 7pm
NoSpace
8 – 10pm
LIINES & Sink Ya Teeth*
10pm – late
DJ Jez Kerr

Thur 18 July


12.30 – 2pm
One Little Atlas
2.30 – 4.30pm
DJ Tacostan
5.30 – 7pm
Aim Sky High
8 – 10pm
Children of Zeus with DRS, [KSR] and more
10pm – late
Swing Ting featuring Fox, Lady Ice, HMD & Resident DJs

Fri 19 July


Noon – 10pm
Sound City Mcr as part of Distractions
10pm – late
RebeccaNeverBecky & Kiss Me Again present Many4Manny

Sat 20 July


12.30 – 2pm
TBA
3 - 4.30pm
TBA
5 – 7pm
Tilt the Axis present Samrai, !higgiWahWah & more TBA
8 – 10pm
Skittles with 8 Gold Rings & The Untold Orchestra
10pm – late
Lost in Music with Natasha Kitty Katt

Sun 21 July


12.30 – 1.15pm
The Sunday Boys
2 – 3pm
Songs for Walter
4 – 5pm
Jubacana

Special Events


12 - 17 July
*Curated by Dave Haslam

JW Lees

Festival Square's official beer supplier, serving up beers, wines and soft drinks and a limited edition craft beer from The Boilerhouse

Honest Crust

Wood-fired pizzas and summer salads daily from Mackie Mayor & Altrincham Market favourite

Kala

Restaurant food on the go from Gary Usher's brand-new Kala

Manjit's Kitchen

Superb Indian vegetarian and vegan street food and snacks, all inspired by Manjit's Grandmother's recipes

Firebird Hope

Hatch favourite and YES resident, create a special Festival Square menu with free-range chicken thigh and homemade seitan

Idle Hands Coffee

Fresh coffee every day and espresso martinis by night, with tray bakes and the best vegan cherry pie

Ginger's Comfort Emporium

Inventive and irresistible ice cream with a new MIF19 inspired flavour - the perfect treat

Paul Heathcote & Friends

Lancashire legend Paul Heathcote curates a series of Supper Clubs and Lazy lunches

Festival Square is open from noon till late, every day from Fri 5 July to Sun 21 July. The full live music programme will be announced in June.

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