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Introducing the 2014 Festival Hub

Introducing the 2014 Festival Hub

The monster Festival Hub returns - as usual it will pop up in front of the Town Hall and be completely free, but this year expect a bigger and better Festival site and programme!

We're creating a foodie paradise and the action is split over two sessions, so there's ...

Thursday 18th - Monday 29th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Streetfood at the Hub... The First Session.

Streetfood at the Hub... The First Session.

Festival Hub 

The UK's penchant for streetfood is still going strong and this year we've curated a range of the best around. Not only
do we have operators from all around the country descending on Manchester for the occasion, the city's finest restaurants and chefs are getting ...

Thursday 18th - Tuesday 23rd September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Magners at the Hub

Magners at the Hub

Festivals can be hard work, but luckily Magners are on board this year to slake our thirst as proud cider sponsors for 2014's MFDF. The first half of the festival will see The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill taking the reins to bring a taste of Somerset into the heart ...

Thursday 18th - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Thwaites Festival of Beer

Thwaites Festival of Beer

Thwaites, the award winning brewer and drinks supplier and new sponsors of MFDF for the next three years, is set to unveil its Festival of Beer at this year's Festival.

Housed in The Festival Hub, Thwaites will be inviting festival goers to its 'Tasting Room', to explore the variety ...

Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Malaysian Bazaar

Malaysian Bazaar

Find a slice of South-East Asian culture in the heart of Manchester as the Festival Hub hosts the majestic Malaysian Market. Taking in the flavours, sounds and smells of South-East Asia, the Malaysian Market is a colourful celebration of the exciting Asian country.

Combining delicious food and exciting entertainment with ...

Thursday 18th - Tuesday 23rd September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Blue Pig Cocktail Bar

Blue Pig Cocktail Bar

The Northern Quarter's vintage inspired Blue Pig bar and restaurant will be selling bespoke cocktails for the duration of the Festival.

Housed in their own special Blue emporium, Festival goers can choose from a host of cocktails includinga fruity Festival Fizz (gin, blueberries, mint, lemon, ginger ale) and Basil ...

Thursday 18th - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Dave Fidler - Opening the festival with melodic folk-pop songs

Dave Fidler - Opening the festival with melodic folk-pop songs

Dave, a Mancunian hero, he opened for Johnny Bramwell on his massive spring UK tour. He makes a very welcome return to MFDF performing a mix of the best covers and his own superb material.

Thursday 18th September 12:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Live Music at the Hub

Live Music at the Hub

Festival Hub 

Your soundtrack to the Festival will come courtesy of some of the best local musicians and DJs around, creating the perfect atmosphere to enjoy gorgeous grub and beautiful booze!

From roots to soul, acoustic artists and DJs will be at The Hub throughout the whole Festival- for more ...

Thursday 18th - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Graeme Park - DJ set for the Opening Night

Graeme Park - DJ set for the Opening Night

Graeme Park: over 25 years on the decks, more than 15 years on the radio.

The story of DJ Graeme Park really mirrors the story of the evolution of dance music and club culture itself. Graeme found himself working in a Nottingham record shop called Selectadisc in the early 1980s ...

Thursday 18th September 21:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Lily Jo presents 'Soul Blues Jam' featuring Taylor Jackson

Lily Jo presents 'Soul Blues Jam' featuring Taylor Jackson

Lily Jo 

A Pop/Soul singer songwriter from Manchester who spent her early twenties honing her distinctive voice performing backing vocals alongside the likes of Nenah Cherry, De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Damon Albarn and Shaun Ryder. She's now made the transition to the front of the stage. Visit ...

Friday 19th September 16:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Electrik Presents... DJ Justin Unabomber

Electrik Presents... DJ Justin Unabomber

Unabombers are Luke Cowdrey & Justin Crawford. Residents and promoters of the well loved Electric Chair (RIP) and the reputation of the Unabombers has grown hand in hand with the success of the club which the pair started together in 1995. 

One of Manchester's longest running club nights the Electric ...

Friday 19th September 20:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Edible Mushroom Hunt Didsbury

Edible Mushroom Hunt Didsbury

This is a popular walk held in the open parkland of Didsbury and the Mersey Basin. Learn how to identify the good edible species and how to avoid the woodlands deadliest mushrooms! All good edible finds will be cooked up at the end for a distinct and delicious taste experience ...

Saturday 20th September 12:00 at ,

Adam Kilkenny Party DJ plus Funk Soul Family

Adam Kilkenny Party DJ plus Funk Soul Family

Come down for a big Mancunian party on Saturday night! Singing live, with a band, the Funk Soul Family have a knack for getting people dancing, singing and losing themselves in their favourite tunes. 

Saturday 20th September 19:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Stone Flowers

Stone Flowers

Wishing to highlight the use of music as torture, musician Aidan Jolly approached the Freedom from Torture North-West centre with the idea to create music with torture survivors. Freedom from Torture recognised the value of using music in a positive way to support theircore counselling work and support survivors ...

Sunday 21st September 15:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Old House Playground feat. Vini Reilly

Old House Playground feat. Vini Reilly

A Greek rock band with an English Guitar Genius. Come & see the debut of Vini's new project.

 

Sunday 21st September 19:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

100 Greatest Beers Bar

100 Greatest Beers Bar

It's back and this time we're... well, even more serious.Our massive regional beer festival is now the biggest around and our aim is to bring booze lovers a nirvana like experience of more than 100 beers across the week, all provided by the region's very best ...

Monday 22nd - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Taylor Jackson Presents...'Soul Blues Jam'

Taylor Jackson Presents...'Soul Blues Jam'

Soulstress Taylors diverse voice, weaves between jazz folk ballads and anthemic soul classics. www.taylorjacksonmusic.com

Monday 22nd September 18:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Kristyna Myles

Kristyna Myles

Fabulous, unique  jazz & soul singer. Her New album Pinch Me Quick, will be launched during MFDF. http://www.kristynamyles.com/

Monday 22nd September 20:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Lily Jo presents 'Soul Blues Jam' feat. Alice Gasson & Ione Mai

Lily Jo presents 'Soul Blues Jam' feat. Alice Gasson & Ione Mai

Lily Jo 

A Pop/Soul singer songwriter from Manchester who spent her early twenties honing her distinctive voice performing backing vocals alongside the likes of Nenah Cherry, De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Damon Albarn and Shaun Ryder. She's now made the transition to the front of the stage. Visit ...

Tuesday 23rd September 18:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Street Food hits Festival Hub @ Albert Square, Session 2

Street Food hits Festival Hub @ Albert Square, Session 2

Festival Hub

Continuing our Street Food celebration session 2 sees a whole new set of the UK's greatest food adventurers roll up to Albert Square for the second round of street banqueting with cuisines from right around the globe... bring your spends! 

FoodMarkets at The Hub...

The fine food ...

Wednesday 24th - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Dan Deighan Presents MFDF Indie Disco

Dan Deighan Presents MFDF Indie Disco

Calling all student and lovers of indie mancy music this is the day for you! Dan will be playing all the favs from New Order, The Roses and The Smiths to The 1975, Courtiners and Elbow. Stay around to watch one of the best bands form our great music city ...

Wednesday 24th September 13:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

MFDF Hell’s Kitchen With Capital FM

MFDF Hell’s Kitchen With Capital FM

This year to celebrate Manchester Food and Drink Festival, presenters from Capital Manchester will be taking over restaurants and street food stalls around Albert Square and competing against each other in the ultimate cook off! 

Join The Rob Ellis Breakfast Show, Sally Hudson and Adam Brown as they don their ...

Wednesday 24th September 17:00 at ,

Turrentine Jones

Turrentine Jones

Promoting their debut album "Our Days" these new bluesie, rocky Mancunian favourites draw their inspiration from Stats Records. Website: http://www.turrentinejones.co.uk/

 

Wednesday 24th September 20:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Lucy Hope Solo

Lucy Hope Solo

Lucy Hope is a professional torch-singer/chanteuse performing and entertaining across the UK and internationally. She specialises in 1960's soul/pop/motown and French chanson.

Thursday 25th - Wednesday 24th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Big Unit

Big Unit

Big Unit feature 808 States' Darren Partington and former Fall /Ian Brown drummer Simon Woltenscroft, playing 'Acid Rock', a Mancunian mongrel, of Acid House and Rock n'Roll. Expect some Very Special Guests.

 

Thursday 25th September 19:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Little Rach

Little Rach

A beautifully pure voice, true sensibility for live performance, and songs that will make you laugh, cry, and wonder. Her debut album is 'If You Go'

Friday 26th September 12:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Gary Neville and the Hotel Football team cook up a storm at MFDF

Gary Neville and the Hotel Football team cook up a storm at MFDF

Ex-England and Manchester United footballer, Gary Neville will be swapping the pitch for pans when he takes part in
a live cook-off at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival. Gary is taking to the stage ahead of the opening of his and Ryan Giggs' exciting new hotel, Hotel Football. The ...

Friday 26th September 17:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

The Moss Cider Project presents: 'Cheese & Cider'

The Moss Cider Project presents: 'Cheese & Cider'

Hosted by The Anchor Coffee House, Rusholme.

The Moss Cider guys are back hosting yet another of their legendary 'Cheese & Cider' nights. The move from the city centre allows Manchester's guerrilla cider makers to cater for even more of you eager food and drink lovers. This special festival event ...

Friday 26th September 18:00 at The Anchor Coffee House, M14 4PA

Big Indie Wine Fest 2014

Big Indie Wine Fest 2014

This is one festival highlight you won't want to miss, as the celebrated Big Indie Wine Fest takes over New Century House. The event is a celebration of exciting, exclusive and boutique wines brought to you by the best independent merchants. It's a chance to try mind blowing ...

Friday 26th - Saturday 27th September at New Century Hall , M60 4ES

Extra Love

Extra Love

Extra Love are a ten-piece band from Manchester who throw a variety of spices into the Reggae/Dub pot; creating their own distinctive and very danceable flavour. With big vibes, grooves to make you move your waist line, and deep bass that rolls all the way down your spine...this ...

Friday 26th September 20:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Electrik & Volta Presents...Luke Unabomber and Team Electrik

Electrik & Volta Presents...Luke Unabomber and Team Electrik

Unabombers are Luke Cowdrey & Justin Crawford. Residents and promoters of the well loved Electric Chair (RIP) and the reputation of the Unabombers has grown hand in hand with the success of the club which the pair started together in 1995. 

One of Manchester's longest running club nights the Electric ...

Friday 26th September 21:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

The Liquor Market in association with The Drinks Enthusiast.

The Liquor Market in association with The Drinks Enthusiast.

After a hugely successful first year, The Liquor Market pops up in the decadent surrounds of Deansgate's Elixir bar.

This is your chance to dive into the world of boutique spirits. Lose yourself in the intoxicating samples of the UK's best brand ambassadors with everything from single malts ...

Saturday 27th September 12:00 at Elixir , M3 2BY

Edible Mushroom Hunt Chorlton

Edible Mushroom Hunt Chorlton

Take part in a fun group foray for wild edible mushrooms through Chorlton Ees as part of the Chorlton Food & Drink Festival. We wrap the walk up with an outdoor cooking experience to sample our edible finds. Due to popular demand there are two dates for this walk. Booking is ...

Saturday 27th September 12:00 at ,

MFDF Cheese and Chocolate Fest

MFDF Cheese and Chocolate Fest

This year we're launching a brand new Cheese and Chocolate Festival, celebrating two of Britain's most glorious and gluttonous foods.

Cheese, in particular, is one of Greater Manchester's specialities and we're lucky to welcome a whole host of local makers and traders to showcase their best ...

Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Afternoon Tea at Heaton Hall's famous 'Orangery'

Afternoon Tea at Heaton Hall's famous 'Orangery'

Afternoon Tea: Enjoy delicious finger sandwiches, cakes, scones and fancies with a wide selection of teas.

£20.00 per person, £25.00 per person with a glass of fizz, £10.00 per child under 12

Enjoy fine views over Manchester from Heaton Hall, with a rare opportunity to enjoy afternoon ...

at The Orangery, Heaton Park, M25 2SW

Tracey Browne

Tracey Browne

Tracey is a regular performer at MFDF. She has an amazing rich catalogue of folkie, rocky music, all self penned and delivered at the top of her game.

 

Sunday 28th September 13:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Little Sparrow

Little Sparrow

A truly original singer / songwriter. We're proud to present this wonderful charismatic performer at MFDF.  Her album "Wishing Tree" is a true masterpiece.



Sunday 28th September 16:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

An Afternoon with Ren Harvieu

An Afternoon with Ren Harvieu

A very special concert to close MFDF 2014 Festival Hub. Salford's finest ever chanteuse with her 3 piece band, new songs and new style. A very special evening to end the 17th MFDF Hub Music Programme.

Ren will be doing two sets, 4pm & 6:30pm, make sure you don ...

Sunday 28th September 16:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

MFDF Gala Dinner & Awards

MFDF Gala Dinner & Awards

We're delighted to host the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards, one of the industry's most hotly anticipated events, at Manchester's historic Town Hall for 2014. This glitzy celebration is where the region's highest profile and best regarded food and drink awards are announced. Your hosts for ...

Monday 29th September 18:45 at Manchester Town Hall , M2 5DB

festival event highlights

Taylor Jackson Presents...'Soul Blues Jam'

Taylor Jackson Presents...'Soul Blues Jam'

Monday 22nd September 18:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Magners at the Hub

Magners at the Hub

Thursday 18th - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

The Moss Cider Project presents: 'Cheese & Cider'

The Moss Cider Project presents: 'Cheese & Cider'

Friday 26th September 18:00 at The Anchor Coffee House, M14 4PA

Street Food hits Festival Hub @ Albert Square, Session 2

Street Food hits Festival Hub @ Albert Square, Session 2

Wednesday 24th - Sunday 28th September at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Liquor Market
Taste of Manchester for foodie news
Big indie Wine Fest
Richmond Tea Rooms