Every two years, Manchester International Festival gives this already culturally booming city a healthy boost with an 18-day program of world-beating music, theatre and visual arts. This year's MIF runs from Thursday June 29 until Sunday July 16, taking place, as ever, at iconic venues and pop-up spaces across town and featuring unique concerts, world premiers and very special one-off events. The program for this year's festival has just been announced. Theatrical highlights include the Jane Horrocks starring 'Cotton Panic' and renowned Berlin director Thomas Ostermeier's (pictured) 'Return To Reims'. Visual art wise, Turner Prize nominated artist Phil Collins brings a giant statue of radical thinker Friedrich Engels to the centre of town and the True Faith exhibition looks at the ongoing significance and influence of New Order and Joy Division in the world of art. Plus, there's live music from Arcade Fire, Bonobo, Sampha and Kojey Radical and many, many more. For full details of this year's program, head over to the MIF17 site. For more culture, take a look at upcoming theatre shows in Manchester.
Marking an incredible ten years in the game, Manchester's finest party starters Hit & Run have just hosted the first part of their tenth-birthday double-header and part two is coming up on Friday March 10 at Hidden. Over the years, hundreds of acts have played at Hit & Run, from local heroes and breaking talent, to bonafide bass music superstars. Over the next couple of weekends some of the biggest and best guests from the last ten years will be blessing the decks to help the Hit & Run family celebrate in style. Calibre, Sam Binga, Dub Phizix, Kahn, Chimpo and loads more will all be stopping by, with Friday March 10 an all back-to-back special, with some very special sets lined up. To help mark the occasion, we caught up with Hit & Run founder/resident Rich Reason and asked him to run us through ten of the biggest tracks from the last ten years of parties. Read on for a modern history lesson in bass, Manchester style... Von D – 'Show Me' 'This always reminds me of the Area 51 era; dubstep was becoming harder and darker under the influence of the infamous Caspa & Rusko FABRIC:LIVE mix, but at the same time other producers like Quest & Silkie, Ruckspin and Phaeleh started coming through with this deeper, more melodic sound. This epitomised that nascent sub-genre; French producer Von D marrying Rhodes chords with Dillinja bass stabs to sublime effect. We had a few very special nights with him DJing.' Joker – 'Digidesign' 'A game-changing release on Kode 9's Hyper
Local lads North Base will be bringing their own brand of full-power D&B to Parklife on Saturday June 11, tearing things up for the first few hours on Chase & Status's MTA Stage, where the likes of Craig David, Friction and Bugzy Malone will also be doing their thing. Ahead of the show, we tracked down North Base member DJ Silver and asked him to run us round town on a 'ten minute tour' of his favourite spots to eat, drink, shop, think and, of course, party... What’s your favourite Mancunian phrase or word?'Here are a few top words that can be used..... safe our kid, newtons, mint, ginnel, dibble, pecking me head, bobbins. Ah man, there are so many to choose from, but there's a few for yas!' My favourite memory of Manchester is…'Playing at Parklife! It's amazing! All your friends, ravers, DJ mates, neighbours and anyone in between are here for the weekend's festivities. Playing to thousands of people over two days is a memory we'll have for the rest of our lives. ' When I'm hungover and need to recover, I head to…'BED! Get ya head down if ya hungover lad! Bed for you! Watch ya eyebrows, though, lad!' When I have a gig and need something new to wear, my first stop is...We'd normally go down Market Street, Footlocker of course for your kicks or JD in the Arndale. Note is a good place to go and there are some amazing shops around Oldham Street and the Northern Quarter. Manchester has too many great outlets for clothes. When I need to have a good time, I go
The party definitely won't stop once the sun goes down at this year's Parklife on June 11 and 12 - the festival has announced 16 after parties at some of Manchester's best loved venues across both nights of the weekend. Sankeys, The Albert Hall, Sound Control, Gorilla and Antwerp Mansions are just some of the spots that will be welcoming revellers after dark, with some of the biggest club nights and record labels around hosting dozens of DJs plucked from the enormous Parklife line-up. Seth Troxler, Chase & Status, Steve Lawler, Preditah, Armand Van Helden, My Nu Leng and Jamie Jones are just some of the names already confirmed. Check the full line-up below, and you can grab tickets to all the events right now here. Saturday June 11 Ape at the Albert Hall CHASE & STATUS – DJ SETFRICTIONDIMENSIONCULTURE SHOCK1991NORTH BASEMARK XTC11PM - 5AM /// £19.50 - £22.50 - £25 Zutekh, Soup Kitchen SETH TROXLERSPECIAL GUESTZUTEKH DJS11PM - 4AM /// £10 - £12.50 - £15 Lo-Fi, Hidden VERY SPECIAL GUEST TBAGREG LORDKERRIEANTON FITZ MVSON COLLECTIVE11PM – 4AM /// £12.50 - £15 - £17.50 boogie nights at Joshua Brooks DISCO STUSPECIAL GUESTBRAD LUCYMYLES HAMILTONWILL HOLDOWAYCHRIS GILKS11PM - 4AM /// £3 - £5 Metropolis, Gorilla PREDITAHP MONEYBARELY LEGALBASSBOYJAM DJS11PM - 4AM /// £9.50 - £12.99 - £14.99 Circus, Sankeys STEVE LAWLERYOUSEFLEWIS BOARDMANSpektrum:OLIVER DOLLARLAUREN LO SUNGJAMES ORGAN11PM - 5AM /// £12.50 - £15 - £17.50 Rum & Bass at Antwerp Mansion ZED BIASLOGAN
Parklife's line-up boasts some of the biggest DJs and dance acts around, but there's more to the festival than just electronic music. A bunch of bands and singer-songwriters will play the festival's Main Stage and Big Top arenas during the weekend, including Bastille, Wolf Alice, Fat White Family, Jack Garret and Manchester's own Blossoms. Ahead of their Parklife performance in the Big Top on Saturday June 11, we asked the band to fill us in on three acts playing this year's festival that they definitely won't be missing... Izzy BizzuHer song 'White Tiger' has been on non stop in the dressing room during our tour. It's such a great summer anthem, and we can't wait to hear it live. Bugzy MaloneWe can't stop listening his album, and have heard his live shows are massively energetic, so it will be great to catch him. 0161 MANNY ON THE MAP. Anne-MarieHer tune 'Boy' is an absolute tune, dead catchy. Blossoms play in the Big Top at Parklife on Saturday June 11.Read our guide to Parklife.For ticket info, please check the official site.
Barcelona's spectacular party starters Elrow bring their Sambodromo de Brasil to Heaton Park for both days of the Parklife weekend this year, with a host of house music's biggest and brightest names lined up for what's guaranteed to be one of the festival's liveliest, most colourful arenas. Among them are DJ and production duo Groove Armada, who headline the Elrow arena on Saturday June 11 alongside the likes of Steve Lawler and Waze & Odyssey. We tracked Groove Armada down and asked them to share with us three acts they definitely won't be missing at this year's Parklife... Eats EverythingHaving another amazing year in the studio, making super fresh house tunes like ‘Big Discs’, which is an anthem for 2016. A brilliant DJ and a lovely fella too. Jamie JonesBrilliant producer, maybe an even better DJ. The sets we’ve heard him play always feel very fresh; a mixture of on-it house with a healthy respect for the classics too. A must attend event - and we're sure it’ll be rammed out there. JackmasterLove how across the musical spectrum he operates, and he always creates a party vibe without resorting to cheap shots. A must see/hear. Groove Armada play in the Elrow Sambodromo de Brasil on Saturday June 11.Read our guide to Parklife.For ticket info, please check the official site.
What doesn’t kill us, makes us. That’s the premise of this taboo-busting four-day programme of shows, talks and debates, bookended by two of the most provocative forces in current live performance, which takes place March 9-12. Sick! Festival is the first UK festival dedicated to exploring the medical, mental and social challenges of life and death. Born in Brighton, it’s now expanded to Manchester, and recently bagged a prestigious European EFFE festival award. Last year’s offerings included a piece of theatre staged as a self-help group for porn addicts, a dance duet between a man and a boy, and what we can only describe as a sort of medically-enhanced Ann Summer’s party titled ‘Sex, Cancer and Cocktails’. You can look forward to the next full festival in 2017. Meanwhile, Sick! Lab is a chance to watch the creative seeds being planted, with individual tickets or a four-day pass. Alongside the acclaimed shows by Bryony Kimmings and Kim Noble, there’s a scratch evening of embryonic work. A late-night philosophy bar titled ‘The Trigger’s Broom Paradox’ will mash ‘Only Fools & Horses’ with the latest in identity theory. And On The Couch is a day of discussions about the forces that shape us, from global trauma to the voices in our heads. Sick! shines a light into the darkest corners of human identity, and coaxes our deepest secrets centre stage. Frankly, it’s starting to make other arts festivals look a bit gutless. Highlights from the program are below, and for the full S
Now firmly established as one of the leading festivals in the UK, Parklife returns to Heaton Park this June with a huge line-up that's got more than a few surprises up its sleeve. Headliners The Chemical Brothers have a long relationship with Manchester, dating back to their uni days in the '90s, and over the years their sets at the likes of Bugged Out! and Manchester Academy have become the stuff of legend. Joining them are another global conquering act with Manc connections, Chase & Status, who also spent their student years cooking up beats and hanging out at local raves, before going on to become one of the biggest acts in dance music. As always, Parklife have used their Warehouse Project connections to snare the biggest names on the club circuit. Kaytranada, Floating Points, Jamie xx, Four Tet, Special Request, Dixon and Bicep are just a few of the names making up a very special bill (there's going to be one helluva rider required, let's put it that way).There's a particularly strong hip hop connection this year, too. NWA's Ice Cube tops a bill which also sees Busta 'Woo Ha' Rhymes alongside the mighty De La Soul and the new school fire of Pusha T, while grime's corner is repped by the likes of Skepta, Stormzy, Lady Leshurr and Kano. And if it all gets too much, the guys from Kurupt FM will be on hand to lighten the mood with their garage and gags show. It basically promises to be like 12 weeks' worth of Warehouse Project shows condensed into a June weekend. That's a
January inevitably involves paying for that seasonal glut back in December. Packed lunches made of healthy leftovers restore the waistline and the bank balance. Waste not want not, after all. And that's exactly the ethos behind a new cafe that is opening its doors in Manchester City Centre next month. Real Junk Food Project Manchester will open up in The Wonder Inn, near Shudehill. A day after it hosted delegates from the EU Committee of Regions to discuss all things food waste, Time Out went along to speak to the project's director Corin Bell, to discover more. Hi Corin. Junk Food Cafe, sounds like our idea of heaven! What's different about what you're doing? 'Real Junk Food Project is all about serving up food that would have otherwise gone to waste. We're not talking about scrapings from people's plates and we're not talking about food that's mouldy. There is an amazing amount of perfectly edible food that gets wasted for the daftest of reasons that could be going in a human belly. We'll serve food on a pay-as-you-feel basis.' You're due to open any week now. What's your routine like at the moment? 'It's random at the moment. Because we're not quite open yet, my days are crackers. There are some days I don't even come in and I just work from home. Alex our upcycler has got his own set of keys, and he'll be in here building furniture. At the moment when we have big events, we rent out some space in a big commercial kitchen in Trafford.' Sounds hectic! Do you have oth
After taking a break in 2015, Red Bull Culture Clash is back, hitting Manchester's Old Granada Studios on Thursday March 10 for one of only two of the hugely popular events to take place outside London this year. The idea of the Clash is simple - gather four crews of legendary and rookie bass-music talent and set them against one another in a four-way battle for sound system superiority. Teams are expected to draw for their biggest tracks and, most importantly, plenty of special dubplate exclusives in order to win over the crowd and be crowned as the champion sound. The teams for this year's Clash are yet to be announced, but with previous crews including Annie Mac Presents, grime kings Boy Better Know, reggae legends Stone Love and the Rodigan/Shy FX/Chase & Status supergroup Rebel Sound, you know this is going to be an unmissable event. Tickets are on sale now priced at £12 via the Culture Clash website, and the event is open to anyone aged 16 and over. For an idea of what to expect, check out the video of 2014's London Clash below. www.redbullcultureclash.com