Discover acclaimed music and stand-out exhibitions, groundbreaking theatre, family, cinema and literary events in Manchester and the North.Our top picks
Salford’s Sounds from the Other City festival showcases the best of new and avant-garde music, arts and performance.
Manchester After Hours is back on 18 May: Manchester’s take on the national Museums at Night festival of lates brings unusual collaborations and stand-out events to venues across the city. Here’s our guide.
It was 50 years ago this year that Sgt Pepper taught the band to play. And now, Liverpool is presenting a series of events to celebrate this landmark occasion – from mass-participation free music events to dance exclusives, plus exhibitions, brass bands and more.
Now in its seventh year, Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival is a long summer weekend retreat for a few hundred people, organised by a bunch of friends and festival enthusiasts. This year’s event features headliners Moulettes, Baloji and Jesca Hoop, as well as a host of family theatre, interactive art, music workshops and plenty more besides.
Cult online radio station NTS Radio brings DJs and visual artists to the Whitworth for a night of left-field music and off-kilter video projections as part of Manchester After Hours 2017.
The Museum of Science and Industry and the Engine House Collective team up to explore ideas of surveillance through projections and audio installations on and around the huge Avro Shackleton in the museum’s Air and Space Hall for Manchester After Hours.
The Leeds Indie Food festival is back for a third mouthwatering edition, celebrating the best of the city’s thriving independent food and drink scene.
Sheffield’s legendary synthpop group The Human League celebrate their 40th year by headlining the opening night of Liverpool Sound City 2017 – which is itself marking its 10th outing. With seminal electronic band Art of Noise and former Factory Records group A Certain Ratio joining them, Clarence Dock hosts this extra special opening show.
The best family festival in the UK? We think so. Adventure together into a wonderland of the best outdoor theatre, music, comedy, literature and other curious creative escapades. With midnight feasts, pillow fights and the bonkers Tribal Tournament be sure to snap up a ticket fast.
Bluedot is a brand new festival of discovery located in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics; the iconic space observatory and the heart of our quest for knowledge.
A ridiculous run around the forest produced by Wild Rumpus (Just So Festival) and the Forestry Commission – take in large scale art installations, live music and more.
The wonderful words of Charlotte Brontë and a lovely walk around the Haddon Hall estate make for a great day out in this promenade adaptation of Jane Eyre.
Head to The Lowry to meet the artist who designed wearable sculptures for Lady Gaga, and find out why he’s installed a huge clay trench in the upstairs gallery space.
The Girl On The Train author Paula Hawkins reads from her latest novel and chats to Simon Savidge about her meteoric rise to getting on the bestsellers’ list. Support reading from Sarah Schmidt.
Change the way you feel about traffic wardens forever. Join over 300 brass musicans and parking attendants kicking off a weekend of riotous street performance and events by international performer Meow Meow. Experience the song Lovely Rita through new eyes as part of Liverpool’s Sgt Pepper at 50 celebrations.