MIF Announce Huge Free Line-up of Manchester Talent on Festival Square

The Festival Hub will return to the city from 2nd July - 18th July...

Festival Square, the hub of the Manchester International Festival in the heart of the city, returns 2nd – 18th July in a new COVID-19 safe seated format in Cathedral Gardens with a FREE daily programme of Greater Manchester talent.

With over 100 performers from Greater Manchester, highlights include: Abnormal Sleepz, Akemi Fox, Blanketman, Caoilfhionn Rose, Cheddar Gorgeous, Chloe Foy, Ellysse Mason, Honeyfeet, Kat Brown Sugar, LayFullstop, Lovescene, Matthew Halsall, Pip Millett, Porij, SheBeKeke, Swing Ting, The Untold Orchestra, OneDa and lots more.

Following a public callout for Manchester-based performers earlier this year, 30 acts from Greater Manchester have been selected to perform during the Festival alongside hundreds of artists from across the region and beyond.

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Here’s what’s on at Festival Square over the two weeks…

Friday 2nd July

THE UNTOLD ORCHESTRA – will present a tribute to Nina Simone’s Four Women in a unique piece exploring the experiences of Black women within the creative industries and society at large, and will be joined by DJ Paulette, poet Shirley May, vocalist Yemi Bolatiwa, dancer Maisha Kungu and contemporary circus performer Seren Marimba.

DJ PAULETTE – DJ set

Saturday 3rd July

OUR CITY OUR FESTIVAL – Residents from across Greater Manchester host a takeover for Our City Our Festival, a free day-long event of music, conversations, performances, participatory activities and more celebrating the diversity and talent within Greater Manchester communities.

CHORUS OF OTHERS – Performers and curators include men’s community choir Chorus of Others, music and performing arts youth group KYSO and Muslim community radio station Heritage Radio alongside performances presented by MIF’s Neighbourhood Organisers, selected from their local areas.

 

Sunday 4th July

THE GRIOT CITY EXPERIENCE – Bringing together spoken word and music, Dave Haslam presents a showcase of Mancunian record label Griot City Records in The Griot City Experience including DJs and performers Werkha, SheBeKeke and Reece Willams.

KONNY KON (CHILDREN OF ZEUS) – DJ set

Monday 5th July

AKEMI FOX – Live music performance

PIP MILLETT – Live music performance

 

Tuesday 6th July

TYSON – Live music performance

KAT BROWN SUGAR – DJ set

 

Wednesday 7th July

CHLOE FOY – Live music performance

JANE WEAVER – DJ set

 

Thursday 8th July

BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING – Singer, songwriter and producer Caoilfhionn Rose

MATTHEW HALSALL – DJ set

 

Friday 9th July

GROVE – Gender queer dancehall vocalist and producer, Grove brings their Black, queer and feminist sounds to Manchester as part a curated line up by DJ and broadcaster Jamz Supernova.

REFORM RADIO & THIRTY POUND GENTLEMAN – Also presenting some of the finest young emerging talent in the city, multi award winning online radio station Reform Radio and long-time collaborators Thirty Pound Gentleman present nine performances from afrobeat to French electro.

 

Saturday 10th July

HOMOELECTRIC – Bringing the party atmosphere, Manchester’s infamous LGBTQ+ club night Homoelectric also returns for one night only with DJ sets from residents alongside performances from House of Ghetto.

BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING – Electro dance music quartet Porij

 

Sunday 11th July

HONEYFEET – Live music performance

QUEER LATIFAH – The legendary DJ Mix-Stress of RebeccaNeverBecky presents a night of forgotten Sunday jams in her new concept Queer Latifah (Sun 11 July) in collaboration with DJ Deb Jump.

BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING – Singer songwriter Ellysse Mason

Monday 12th July

DAVE HASLAM PRESENTS – Specially curated artists from Manchester and beyond including Lounge Society, Blanketman.

Tuesday 13th July

BILLY NOMATES – Live music performance

REFORM RADIO & THIRTY POUND GENTLEMAN – Also presenting some of the finest young emerging talent in the city, multi award winning online radio station Reform Radio and long-time collaborators Thirty Pound Gentleman present nine performances from afrobeat to French electro.

Wednesday 14th July

DAVE HASLAM PRESENTS – Specially curated artists from Manchester and beyond including DJ Mark Rae and Lovescene

 

Thursday 15th July

SWING TING – Manchester record label Swing Ting host a take over with MCs, DJs and live performances from residents and special guests including Tai Chi Rose, Tarsza and Samrai.

BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING – R&B artist Femi Tahiru

 

Friday 16th July

MR SCRUFF – Legendary Manchester DJ and producer Mr Scruff presents a night of performances from across the UK including Rebecca Vasmant and Secret Night Gang, ending the night with a special B2B DJ set with hip hop pioneer Mikey D.O.N.

Saturday 17th July

FABARET – Fabaret returns, curated by Greg Thorpe, supported by Superbia (Manchester Pride), with a celebratory showcase of Manchester-based LGBTQ+ artists including drag legend Cheddar Gorgeous, dancer and choreographer Jason Andrew Guest, performance duo Tom Yum Sim and spoken word artist Taylor Le Fin.

ONE MIC STAND – Manchester’s legendary spoken word night One Mic Stand returns with ten spoken word artists including Ella Otomewo, Billie Meredith, Isaiah Hull, and Jardel Rodrigues.

REFORM RADIO & THIRTY POUND GENTLEMAN – Also presenting some of the finest young emerging talent in the city, multi award winning online radio station Reform Radio and long-time collaborators Thirty Pound Gentleman present nine performances from afrobeat to French electro.

KATH MCDERMOTT – DJ set

HIGH HOOPS – DJ set

 

Sunday 18th July

MISHA B & ABNORMAL SLEEPZ – An epic Festival Square finale Manchester creative agency Big People Music presents Misha B and Abnormal Sleepz performing with the Big People Music Orchestra plus special guest DJ sets from some of Manchester’s best.

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Rivca Burns, Festival Square Producer at MIF said, “Festival Square is back once again as a showcase of what Manchester has to offer the world. Being able to bring such a wide array of incredibly talented and diverse musicians to our three stages in Cathedral Gardens this year is such an honour and a true reflection of this city. We hope that Festival Square will provide a safe and free space where anyone feels welcome to reconnect and celebrate.”

And for the first time, select performances on Festival Square will be live in people’s homes all over the world via United We Stream, Greater Manchester’s world leading cultural streaming platform set up by Stream GM to support the city region’s night time economy, cultural organisations and charities.

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Manchester International Festival (MIF) will take place safely in indoor and outdoor locations across Greater Manchester from 1-18 July. It features a vibrant programme of original new work from across the spectrum of visual and performing arts and music by artists from over 20 countries.

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