Manchester International festival 2013

Manchester hosts it’s fourth international festival this summer and what a line up they have in store for us.

The arts based festival includes plays and performances by Kenneth Branagh, Maxine Peake, Goldfrapp & The Xx, as well as numerous other acts, dance performances and exhibitions, held throughout this wonderful city.



One of the more unusual locations chosen is, Mayfield Depot, a disused railway station just behind Piccadilly, built more than a Century ago and abandoned in 1986 , which looks amazing and so atmospheric. The venue plays host to the band Massive Attack, amongst other performances.

On cosecutive Sundays, Rob De Bank will Dj in the festival square, just outside the Town Hall, spinning discs from Manchesters back catologue of fine music. The Sunday sets will start with the 1980’s and finish a few weeks later with a more current set. Locally sourced food and drink will be provided by the North’s finest, Paul Heathcote catering as well as street food provided by a selection of award winning street food traders.

Many events are selling out quickly, some already sold, such is the reputation and quality of the festival. I feel a bit smug saying this, but my Goldfrapp tickets have already been bagged but there’s still so much to see with many events being free, so there’s something for everyone. All we need now is for July to remember that it’s supposed to be Summer!


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