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…