Summer’s looking sweet. You’ve got your big holiday sorted, long weekenders planned, and of course you’ve booked a festival or two. You have booked a festival or two… right? Just to be sure, check out our guide to the best festival line-ups in the North, from all-nighters to family-friendly fun via considered, thought-provoking weekends.
And while you’re here, take a look at our our fresh gig picks — from chaotic hardcore (Amyl and The Sniffers) to dancefloor-leaning post punk (Parquet Courts) to the best flora-themed hypno-folk-metal collaboration you’ll have heard in recent months (Richard Dawson and Circle).
Here are our picks
From all-nighters to family-friendly fun via considered, thought provoking weekends, we select out top picks from the many, many festivals taking place in the North this summer.
Punk animals Amyl and The Sniffers have risen up from the sticky carpets of Melbourne’s underground music scene to storm the world stage. Fiery, spontaneous and crammed with colossal riffs, their latest album Comfort To Me is made for the stage — and Albert Hall’s is as good as any you’ll find in Manchester.
Starting life as a genetic mutation of late 70’s post-punk, Parquet Courts’ new currency is groove-heavy psychedelia – the kind you might file somewhere in between Talking Heads and Primal Scream. A creative handbrake turn that we’re here for.
Geordie troubadour Richard Dawson performs with Finnish Heavy Metal band Circle in support of their collaborative album — the greatest flora-themed hypno-folk-metal record you’ll have heard in recent months.
Manchester Psych Fest, the UK’s leading psychedelic music and arts festival, returns this September, and with the second wave of artists now announced, the 9th edition of Psych Fest is set to be the best yet as it takes over Manchester for one day only.
From classical and jazz, acoustic, electric and flamenco, the three-day Manchester Guitar Festival will feature some of the finest guitar music talent from around the world, including Sean Shibe, Daniel Martinez and Craig Ogden, alongside many rising stars.
Discover the next generation of artists emerging from the RNCM’s Popular Music department as they perform their original music accompanied by the RNCM Session Orchestra.
Manchester Folk Festival is back with a huge line-up and a new venue on the books. We take a look at the artists playing at this year’s city-wide festival, from Grace Petrie to Lady Maisery.
This year, The Stoller Hall aims to connect audiences with nature through music, getting us thinking about everything from climate change to our relationship with the animal kingdom. Take a look at our highlights from their Sounds of Nature programme.
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From Jimi Hendrix to Pink Floyd, Manchester’s iconic New Century Hall once played host to some of the most influential artists on the planet. Following a £10m transformation, the ’60s dance-hall is returning this summer. Take a look at what’s in store.
‘Interruptions: Sounds’ is an online collection of new audio works by seven artists, spanning spoken word, ambient sound and musical tracks.
It’s not just Symphony Orchestras or big name artists that perform as the RNCM, their lunchtime and spotlight concerts showcase the best student performers in more intimate settings.
Theatre Royal Wakefield will hosts a musical project that showcases the diversity of folk music from each of the 27 EU countries.
A 13-piece orchestra from Chile, Newen Afrobeat will perform a show comprising music, dance, and social awareness at The Crescent.
Best known as a guitarist from Grizzly Bear, Daniel Rossen has given in to his individual creative flow. He will present his solo work at Left Bank Leeds.
Manchester Jazz Festival returns with 10 days of the best northern, national and international contemporary jazz this May.
Kicking off Manchester Guitar Festival 2022 in style, Sean Shibe will be performing a typically eclectic programme at The Stoller Hall.
Live literature has plenty for readers and writers alike this spring, with emerging names and established authors taking to a mic near you, along with the opportunity to perform or put pen to paper yourself. There’s lots to listen to in real life and there are still opportunities to join in to events online. Read more here…