Manchester Canal Festival

A free, outdoor mini music festival will take place at Brownsfield Mill on Port Street in Piccadilly Basin

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 26 September 2013

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A free, outdoor mini music festival will take place at Brownsfield Mill on Port Street in Piccadilly Basin in Manchester city centre on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September. The line-up includes DJ sets from XFM DJs Clint Boon and Gareth Brooks and performances from some of the city’s most talented new bands.


The music line-up is part of the 2013 Canal Festival and organised by the Piccadilly Partnership in conjunction with CityCo, Manchester’s city centre management company, and sponsored by Skiddle. The event will include a range of free entertainment from 12pm – 10pm each day.

As well as Manchester’s most popular DJs hitting the decks including Pasta Paul, Phil Beckett, Leggit, Disco Mums and Dance Lady Dance there will be a hand-picked programme of live music, showcasing exciting local talent. Manchester bands taking the stage will include Thugs on Wolves, Black Lights, Songs for Walter, Horses on the Move and Literature Thieves.

Pop-up food stalls from Kosmonaut, Ning, Las Paellaras, Stretza and Takk will serve gourmet hot dogs, burgers, paella, noodles, woodfired pizzas, cakes and coffee and 2022NQ will be hosting a licensed bar with indoor seating.
Twelve local illustrators and street artists, including Barney Ibbotson, Arisu, Stephanie Morris, Chris Howker, Emma Reynolds, Rose Whittingham and Generic Greeting will be working all weekend designing one-off pieces of artwork that will be displayed in the 2022NQ bar then auctioned off for the Forever Manchester charity.

On Saturday night there will be free entry at an after party at 2022NQ from 10pm – 3am with Dance Lady Dance and Disco Mums going head to head on the decks.

Alexandra King, Cityco’s Partnership Director said: “Last summer’s Canal Festival was a great at success and attracted thousands of people to come into the Basin to enjoy the space. The waterside spot makes a fantastic place for outdoor performances. The Canal Festival this year will also include other free family entertainment which we’ll be announcing shortly – watch this space!”

This is a free event. It is not ticketed.

The entrance to the Canal Festival site is via the Port Street TCCP car park (M1 2EQ) near Great Ancoats Street . All day parking is available on Town Centre Car Parks Dale Street car park for £5.00.

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