Date: 6th-7th June 2014
Venue: Heaton Park
Tickets: £79.50 for a weekend or £49.50 for a day ticket
If you’re looking for a big messy weekend with performers of the world-famous variety, then Parklife is the one for you, with Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar amongst the long list of superstars confirmed for the event. To combat last year’s return-leg transport issues, the promoters have said they are to “increase the number of double decker buses and relocate the Fallowfield Bus Station to Platt Fields Park.” Assuming that these measures are sufficient, then this looks set to be a fantastic weekend. Saturday tickets have already sold out so be quick if you don’t want to miss out.
Date: 28th-29th June 2014
Venue: Albert Square
Tickets: £20 for a weekend or £12-£15 for one day
Grillstock brings the heat with BBQ, ‘Man v Food’ style eating competitions and a Hillybilly soundtrack to round off the experience. Their tag line is ‘meat, music, mayhem’, which sounds pretty damn good to me. Children are welcomed and will be entertained by a treasure hunt and craft workshops. Vegetarians however, are strictly forbidden…
Dot to Dot
Date: 23rd May 2014
Dot to Dot provides a day of music spread across close-knit city venues such as Gorilla, The Ritz & Joshua Brooks. Manchester is the first stop of a 3-day marathon for the performers, so they should be fresh and raring to go, whereas Nottingham will most likely receive them hung-over and in desperate need of a bath. This year’s line-up sees Peace, The Midnight Beast and Wolf Alice take the stage. Tickets are £20 meaning it is on the cheaper side, plus it was shortlisted for the Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2013 so it should be decent!
Date: September/ October 2014
The Noise Festival offers creative talents the opportunity to have their work seen by a number of high profile curators including Brian Eno and Doc Brown. They will be holding exhibitions, retail events, careers advice talks, gigs and parties all in the name of encouraging those with an active interest in artistic expression to get involved.
Date: 5th & 27th May, 28th July, 25th August 2014
Venue: The Courtyard, Spinningfields
SpinFest is Manchester’s brand new series of free Bank Holiday daytime live music shows. The inaugural event is an American themed celebration offering an array of classic pop, soul, jazz and swing. The Oast House will be providing the al fresco dining - including a hog-roast. A fun and inexpensive day out, especially for those with families.
Date: 27th March - 1st April 2014
Tickets: £50 - £100
Future Everything showcases unique ideas about the future through art and performance, techonology, social experimentaiton and insightful discusssions. There are 3 separate strands of events: conference, live programme and art programme. The conference will take place in the Town Hall. The live programme is spread across a number of venues including RNCM, Soup Kitchen and the Ritz - tickets for these events are sold individually. The art programme will be predominately based at NOMA, where they present a speculative future city under the guise of 'City Fictions'. The line-up for the live programme includes Dean Blunt, Evian Christ, Martin Messier, Tim Hecker, as well as Nicolas Jaar playing alongside Dave Harrington as 'Darkside'.
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If those aren't enough for you, then there's more still!
Film buffs may fancy the Viva Latin American Film Festival or the Family Friendly Film Festival at The Cornerhouse.
Theatre enthusiasts might be partial to the 24:7 Theatre Festival.
Then there's the Manchester Day Parade: a celebration of all things Mancunian - in other words, an opportunity to have a knees up. This year's costume theme is 'Going Global' which leaves room for imagination.
And finally, one of the most vibrant parties of them all, Manchester Pride features the colourful Parade and Big Weekend events featuring some of the most fabulously costumed individuals you could ever hope to see.
Sadly, there will be no Eurocultured this year, but we're hopeful that they'll be back next year!
So, that's the round-up! If there are any other festivals we should add to the article, please let us know in the comments. Here's hoping this summer's weather is as good as the last!