World Premiere




Wed 17 July -
Fri 19 July

Starting time


Running time

Approx 3 hours 30


Secret Location webBreak Manchester


Age guidelines

Age 16+, under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Price range

£35 webBreak Concessions no longer available webBreak £2 transaction fee per order (no per ticket fee) webBreak 2 tickets per person webBreak Any additional tickets purchased will be cancelled without notice.


Access information

Skepta invited us to enter another world in this series of intimate and immersive experiences. Held in a secret Manchester location, DYSTOPIA987 was a waking dream that presented Skepta’s singular vision of the future: deep, dark, radical and riveting.

Featuring a live set from Skepta, guest appearances from hand-picked performers and DJs, a wealth of new technology and a cast inhabiting a hidden netherworld, DYSTOPIA987 was a journey into eternity – a future driven with uncertainty and fear but rich in wonder and possibility.

Since emerging as a producer and MC in 2004, Skepta has become one of the most significant British artists in music today. The Mercury Prize winner and BRIT Award nominee has built a diverse audience through both recordings and live performances, and his enduring influence is felt throughout contemporary culture.

Creative Studio – TEM
Writer – Dawn King
Immersive Performance Director – Matthew Dunster

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival. The project is funded within the Audience of the Future programme by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation. Special thanks to FLIR.

Photo: Olivia Rose

Special thanks to FLIR.

Skepta took over Mayfield Depot for three nights during #MIF19, with a forward-thinking rave experience: DYSTOPIA987. Relive the experience on our MIF Live site here.



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