Festivals

Creative Tourist

Ah festivals. We do them well up north. From giant, inhibition-loosening weekends in farmers’ fields to inner-city parties that showcase the best of local, underground scenes, music lovers are spoilt for choice.

Here we pick our highlights for spring/summer 2024, taking in everything from hedonistic escapes to contemporary jazz showdowns via family-friendly fun.

Our top picks

Sounds From The Other City

Sounds From The Other City at Maxwell Hall, University of Salford, 5 May 2024, from £40 - Book now

One of the country’s foremost festivals showcasing new and emerging talent, Sounds From The Other City will be back this Early May Bank Holiday.

A crowd of people watching Honeyglaze at Sounds From The Other City 2023 in St Philips Church
SFTOC23 Honeyglaze at St Philips Church by Breige Cobane.

manchester jazz festival 2024

Manchester Jazz Festival 2024, 17–26 May 2024, 0-£30 - Book now

Manchester’s longest running music festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, returns with 10 days of the best northern, national and international contemporary jazz – featuring big-name bands, emerging artists and new works.

Rina Srabonian.
manchester jazz festival by Rina Srabonian.

Green Island Festival at Hulme Garden Centre

Green Island Festival at Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester, 15 June–7 September 2024, from £20.00 - Book now

Set in the flora-filled sanctuary of Hulme Community Garden Centre, Green Island champions underground, underrepresented, and emerging artists from across the UK, and places global sounds at the forefront.

Festival-goers at Green Island
Image supplied by Green Island Festival.

GASP! Horror Film Festival 2024 at CULTPLEX

GASP! Horror Film Festival 2024 at Cultplex, Manchester, 21–23 June 2024, from £5.00 - Book now

More the indoor type? No problem. GASP! Horror Film Festival returns to Manchester’s CULTPLEX bigger and better, with a full weekend of scary movies from underrepresented voices.

My Mother's Eyes - GASP! Film Festival
My Mother's Eyes - GASP! Film Festival

The National Festival of Making

The National Festival of Making at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire, 6–7 July 2024, free entry - Find Out More

For two days a year, The National Festival of Making fills the streets of Blackburn with an ambitious programme that “celebrates making from the kitchen table to the factory floor”.

The National Festival of Making
The National Festival of Making

TOTfest Cheshire

TOTfest at Chester Racecourse, Cheshire, 21 July 2024, from £12.00 - Book now

Tiniest festival goers can look forward to TOTfest Cheshire, packed with endless entertainment for kids and their grownups.

TOTFest Cheshire
TOTFest Cheshire

Manchester Psych Fest 2024

Manchester Psych Fest at Albert Hall, Manchester, 31 August 2024, from £45.20 - Book now

Manchester Psych Fest, an all-day celebration of psychedelic music and art, returns this September with more musicians, DJs and visual artists than ever before.

Image supplied by Manchester Psych Fest.
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