MIF23: Janelle Monae

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Janelle Monae, 30 June–2 July 2023, from £10 - Book now

Music looks to be playing a bigger part in Manchester International Festival than ever before. From legendary composers like Ryuichi Sakamoto all the way to the jazz rave trio The Comet Is Coming, the music line-up for MIF23 is pretty huge.

And it kicks off with a big old bang. Following a euphoric live performance at MIF19, the shapeshifting, multi-talented superstar Janelle Monae returns to the Festival for a three-night residency.

Something of a renaissance woman, Monae has won eight Grammy-nominations for her visionary sound as an artist and producer while starring on the big screen in films like MoonlightHidden Figures and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Her critically acclaimed back catalogue gives her plenty to cherry pick from across the three nights: from 2010’s sci-fi concept album The Archandroid and 2013’s The Electric Lady, which featured collaborations with Prince, Solange and Erykah Badu, right through to 2018’s Dirty Computer – home to certified-Gold earworms like ‘Make Me Feel’ and ‘I Like That’.

Janelle’s latest single ‘Float’, featuring Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, is already a contender for song of the summer, and no doubt her three Manchester shows will be up there with the music highlights of the Festival.

Janelle Monae

30 June–2 July 2023
From £10

Dates and Times

  • 1 July 2023 7:00 pm
  • 2 July 2023 7:00 pm
  • Always double check dates and times with the venue before making a special visit

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MIF23: Janelle Monae