Taking place in the cavernous Mayfield Depot over five nights this November, ‘Special Edition’ is a series of music events presented by Manchester International Festival and The Warehouse Project.
Featuring performances by musicians at the top of their game, the series has the stamp of approval of BBC 6 Music DJ Mary Anne Hobbs – who previously collaborated with MIF on the ‘Dark Matter’ concerts at the Ritz and Gorilla during its 2017 festival.
This time, MIF welcomes Bonobo (3 Nov, 4pm-1am), who opens the series with his ‘Outlier’ show, which will feature him DJing alongside the likes of Gilles Peterson and Shanti Celeste, while George Fitzgerald performs live.
Swedish experimental pop artists Fever Ray (6 Nov, 7pm-11pm) – aka. The Knife’s Karin Dreijer – will then perform songs from her two critically acclaimed solo albums, for a show that is likely to feature her trademark performance art routines.
Following the release of his debut album B. Inspired this August, Manchester grime artist Bugzy Malone will play what looks set to be two triumphant homecoming dates (8 & 9 Nov, 7pm-11pm), while Northern Irish producer-DJ duo Bicep (10 Nov, 4.30pm-1am) will bring ‘Special Edition’ to a close with a one-off live set.
All five events will benefit from lighting design by Stuart Bailes, who previously worked with Hobbs and MIF on ‘Dark Matter’.
The shows are bill as part of a series of pre-Factory events (Manchester International Festival present Everything that happened and would happen in October) – in anticipation of the city’s forthcoming, large-scale arts venue The Factory, which is set to open in 2020.
Priority booking opens to MIF Members at 10am on 10 Jul, and tickets go on general sale at 10am on 12 Jul.