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Steal

Steal

Sunday 9th October 18:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

STEAL are an Essex-based function band with songs to suit any venue and specialise in weddings, functions and parties.

They cover songs from the 60s to the present day with artists including: The Killers, Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol, Reef, Green Day and classics from Journey, U2, Queen, Bon Jovi ...

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The Lonesome and Penniless Cowboys

The Lonesome and Penniless Cowboys

Sunday 9th October 19:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

In the dark and dismal early 80's, before you were born and when Britain was still in black and white, 3 men had a vision, a dream and indeed a calling. Somehow The Thin Man, Clive Mellor and Mog decided it was their life's vocation to make people ...

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MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards

MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards

Monday 10th October 18:00 at The Palace Hotel , M60 7HA

The MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony are the highest profile in the region and are the longest standing, best-regarded awards in the region. They are recognised by the industry and consumers in equal measure. They create a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester and are ...

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'Industry' by Dan Doherty

'Industry' by Dan Doherty

Saturday 8th October 19:00

Dan Doherty, executive chef of the acclaimed 24 hour 'Duckand Waffle' restaurant in London will be bringing his unique style and energy to Manchester for this one off event. Taking place in the Bondede Warehouse on Saturday 8th October, Dan will be creating a very special banquet themed around 'Industry ...

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Jackie Kearney's Experimental Vegan Banquet

Jackie Kearney's Experimental Vegan Banquet

Saturday 8th October 19:45 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

Author of Vegan Street Food, Master Chef Runner Up and general street food legend, Jackie Kearney will be gracing MFDF with her meat and dairy free super powers with an experimental vegan banquet.

Join us at the festival hub for a truly special experience as we welcome Masterchef's Jackie ...

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Naomi - Rivers Run

Naomi - Rivers Run

Sunday 9th October 13:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

She is, quite simply, a rising star. 19 year old Singer/Songwriter Naomi (formerly known as 'Caleidra') first appeared on TV after a song she wrote for her GCSE music exam led to her being featured on ITV Daybreak and Granada Reports, and in UK National newspapers who described her ...

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Hidden Banquet No 3|'TV' by MilkJam

Hidden Banquet No 3|'TV' by MilkJam

Thursday 6th October 19:00

The third event to be announced in Manchester Food and Drink Festival’s ‘Hidden Banquet’ series is taking place at Old Granada Studios, “TV” by MilkJam is on Thursday 6thOctober. 

The Hidden Banquets series programmed in partnership with Allied London will allow festival-goers to explore some of the city’s ...

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Big Indie Wine Fest 2016

Big Indie Wine Fest 2016

Friday 7th - Saturday 8th October at The Whitworth, M15 6ER

This is one festival highlight you won't want to miss, as the celebrated Big Indie Wine Fest will be taking over the stunning Gallery 3 at the Whitworth, overlooking Whitworth Park. The event is a celebration of exciting, exclusive and boutique wines brought to you by the best independent ...

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Baratxuri Pop-up Pintxo Bar

Baratxuri Pop-up Pintxo Bar

Friday 7th October 19:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

The team behind Ramsbottom's amazing Basque bar, Baratxuri, come into the heart of the city centre to take over the Festival Hub guest restaurant for one night only. Joe Botham (nominated for Chef of this Year in this year’s Food and Drink Awards) and his team are specialist ...

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Adrian Gautrey

Adrian Gautrey

Saturday 8th October 16:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Adrian Gautrey is a Blues Rock Guitarist and Singer, who is taking the UK by storm with his band's exhilarating live shows and his self penned records that are beginning to turn heads in the rock world. He has been compared with the Vocals of Rodgers, Allman, Marriot and ...

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Josie

Josie

Thursday 6th October 13:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Josefina Amon is a 19 years old singer/songwriter originally born in Argentina but based in England, currently studying music in the Royal Northern College of Music. She takes inspiration in various artists such as Adele, SIA, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce. She will be accompanied by George Nicola an amazing ...

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MFDF Spanish trail

MFDF Spanish trail

Wednesday 5th - Thursday 6th October

We are celebrating the remarkable blossoming of Spanish cuisine in the city centre with a tapas crawl that could be done nowhere else in the UK, incorporating a Magnifico Sevenrestaurants sited along, or just off, Deansgate Evuna, El Rincon, Tapeo, Iberica, La Bandera, El Gato Negro and Lunya. Each ...

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'EAT with Adam'

'EAT with Adam'

Tuesday 4th - Thursday 6th October at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

The BBC's Great British Menu contestant and Head Chef at The French, Adam Reid, is bringing an exclusive and bespoke tasting experince to the Festival Hub.  Renowned chef Adam, previous MFDF 'Chef of the Year', will be taking over the event space to bring you a truly unique experience ...

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Zoe Stirling

Zoe Stirling

Tuesday 4th October 18:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

'Taking inspiration from the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Kate Bush, Zoe Stirling teams gentle guitar melodies with poignant lyrics to deliver a soft  yet captivating sound'.

"Singer songwriter Zoe Stirling, performing to what she describes as her biggest crowd to date.  If the brief set is anything ...

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Young Monarch

Young Monarch

Sunday 2nd October 15:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Young Monarch are a Manchester based ambient post-rock pop band interlacing classical and modern instruments to create music that has been described as 'Haunting' and 'soulful'. Forming at the Royal Northern College of Music, this 6 piece have taken influence from bands such as the Foals, London Grammar and Sigur ...

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Dom Major

Dom Major

Sunday 2nd October 16:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Set in a genre of his own, Dom Major and his band have been described as ‘Alt Americana’. Touted by the Independent as “One to watch in 2015”, Dom blends strong vocal melodies with left field influences to create a modern sound, with a vintage feel. Dom has already graced ...

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Funk Soul Family

Funk Soul Family

Thursday 29th September 20:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

The Funk Soul Family are a Manchester-based collective of musicians that provide professional-quality music for every occasion. Be it wedding, anniversary, birthday or corporate function – whether it’s a mellow affair or massive party – they’re the musicians for the job. They know what songs to pick to get ...

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Tim Gallagher

Tim Gallagher

Friday 30th September 12:15 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Tim Gallagher is a professional acoustic artist who performs at venues all over the UK, takes part in Open Mic nights and also busks. He released his first EP '13' in November 2012 and since then has released some of his own original music on itunes/apple music and also ...

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Lily-Jo

Lily-Jo

Friday 30th September 13:15 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Lily-Jo is a pop soul singer songwriter from Manchester, UK. She comes from three generations of musicians and grew up singing in Church. e. After studying Performing Arts at college she went on to perform backing vocals alongside the likes of Damon Albarn, Nenah Cherry, De La Soul, Roots Manuva ...

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Tackling Food Poverty and the Octogenerian Cooks

Tackling Food Poverty and the Octogenerian Cooks

Friday 30th September 16:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

This interactive cooking demonstration and taster session will bring together organisations involved in tackling food poverty, reducing food waste and older people sharing their recipes and cooking skills.

Research has highlighted how some lower income older households are facing a ‘heating or eating’ dilemma of having to choose between spending ...

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Innovation by Aiden Byrne | Hidden Banquet

Innovation by Aiden Byrne | Hidden Banquet

Friday 30th September 19:00 at London Road Fire Station , M60 7RA

“Innovation by Aiden Byrne” is taking place at the rediscovered London Road Fire Station on Friday September 30. Aiden, of the acclaimed Manchester House, has created a very special menu for the occasion, all designed around the theme of ‘innovation’ – that special spirit that Manchester is famous for and which ...

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Paris Graham-jones

Paris Graham-jones

Saturday 1st October 12:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Paris is a professional Soprano singer born and bred in Liverpool who specializes in Classical crossover, Musical Theatre, folk and Opera. Paris has had the benefit of having had many years of training at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Northern College of music Juniors’, under the ...

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Gypsy River

Gypsy River

Saturday 1st October 13:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Singing songs to help pass the time while working together in Alderley Edge during the autum of 2015, close friends Sadie and Lauren would find themselves subconsciously harmonising with each other. Loving the sound they made together, Gypsy River were formed!

They set about putting together a repertoire of ...

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Deliah

Deliah

Saturday 1st October 15:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Hailing from Liverpool, Deliah is fronted by lead singer Michelle Harris and instrumentalist Alex Dopierala. Having been premiered by Fortitude Magazine and featuring on The Only Way Is Essex, their latest Single, ‘Marble Heart’, was released through PWS records and is available to download and stream now.

Deliah boast soulful ...

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Larkins

Larkins

Saturday 1st October 16:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Larkins are Manchester's most hotly tipped new band! Formed in 2014, led by the twin guitars of Josh and Dominic, with the tightest rhythm section courtesy of Matt and Henry. The band has played numerous gigs to great acclaim, most recently Manchester Club Academy (sold out) Kendal Calling and ...

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Hidden Banquet No 4 | 'Technology by Deliveroo

Hidden Banquet No 4 | 'Technology by Deliveroo

Saturday 1st October 19:00

“Technology” by Deliveroo is taking place at London Road Fire Station on Saturday 1st October. 

The Hidden Banquets series programmed in partnership with Allied London will allow festival-goers to explore some of the city’s secret, undiscovered and down right jaw dropping spaces, in association with the nation’s most ...

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Gardenia Sessions

Gardenia Sessions

Sunday 2nd October 12:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Gardenia Sessions is a Manchester run festival who will be taking over this afternoon by showcasing some of their favourite artists. The afternoon will consist of indiviudal artists performing a few songs from their own sets. Performing on the day are the following acts: Joe Mc Adam, Alex Darling, George ...

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Ben WillIams

Ben WillIams

Thursday 29th September 12:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

A singer-songwriter who moulds the classic songwriting sound of Paul Simon with the laid back nature of Jack Johnson, Ben Williams is a difficult artist to pigeon-hole and all the better for it.  His debut album ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’  has received airplay on BBC Radio 2, including ...

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The Chanteuse (Lucy Hope)

The Chanteuse (Lucy Hope)

Thursday 29th September 13:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Nobody does lifestyle, entertainment and refinement quite like les français and The Chanteuse never fails to create a sophisticated ambience for her audience; that je ne sais quoi and a certain joie de vivre.

Although she is regularly booked to sing in English, The Chanteuse is known as ...

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Fever Tree Gin Festival

Fever Tree Gin Festival

Thursday 29th September - Sunday 9th October at Albert Square, M2 5DB

To celebrate the wonderful world of gin, Fever-Tree will be transforming their Ultimate G&T Bar into Albert Square's very own gin festival. An amazing range of gins from Manchester and beyond will be available to taste alongside the range of Fever-Tree mixers. 
For those looking for even more ...

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Dave Fidler

Dave Fidler

Thursday 29th September 16:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Based in the North West of England, Dave Fidler is a songwriter who puts a contemporary spin on the traditions of British folk and blues. His songs spin tales we can all relate to, around themes of love, loss and birth shaped by his own life experiences. Paying homage to ...

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Anna McLuckie

Anna McLuckie

Thursday 29th September 17:30 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Anna McLuckie is a nineteen year old singer – harpist. Having grown up in Edinburgh, Anna now studies vocals at The Royal Northern College of Music. Influenced by alternative folk and Indie rock music, her sound has been described as “hauntingly beautiful” and “utterly captivating”.

Anna has performed at venues such ...

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Three Wine Women

Three Wine Women

Thursday 29th September 18:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

After the success of last year’s Three Wine Women event, this year MFDF will be staging the event on a new theme and with a new visiting ‘wine woman’! Susy Atkins will join the BBC’s Kate Goodman (owner of Didsbury’s Reserve Wine Shop) and Evuna Manchester’s ...

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Festival Fringe

Secret Wine Tasting Treasure Hunt with Andy The Wine Guy

Secret Wine Tasting Treasure Hunt with Andy The Wine Guy

Sunday 9th October 15:00

A flight of five high quality wines to be served at a secret, historic Manchester location, disclosed on the night via a short series of hidden clues. The treasure hunt will take you to several of the city's hottest wine establishments along the way, where you're, of course ...

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Festival Fringe

Robert Owen Brown’s Edwardian themed Ancoats Supper Club

Robert Owen Brown’s Edwardian themed Ancoats Supper Club

Saturday 8th October 19:00 at Ancoats Coffee Co, M4 5BA

ACCLAIMED chef Robert Owen Brown is hosting an Edwardian themed five course Supper Club menu at Ancoats Coffee Co in collaboration with Inca Pop Ups. Feel free to dress up in the spirit of that golden age in the appropriate setting of the Grade II* listed Edwardian Royal Mill. On ...

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Festival Fringe

Lowry Hotel 15th Anniversary Banquet

Lowry Hotel 15th Anniversary Banquet

Thursday 6th October 18:00 at The Lowry Hotel , M3 5LH

It’s an amazing 15 years since the city’s finest modern luxury hotel arrived on the banks of the Irwell. Since when it has hosted a galaxy of famous guests and no little part of its immense appeal has been the River Restaurant and Bar with its views of ...

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Cheese tasting - SOLD OUT 2nd date added

Cheese tasting - SOLD OUT 2nd date added

Thursday 6th October 18:00 at Lunya, M3 2BB

Come and join us for a fabulous evening of all things cheese – the perfect event for cheese lovers.  Lunya has one of the world’s best Spanish cheese collections and this night will showcase many of them.

You will hear about how cheese is made, discover different styles of Spanish ...

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Celebrating 10 Years of Hawksmoor

Celebrating 10 Years of Hawksmoor

Thursday 6th October 19:00 at Hawksmoor, M3 3WB

Hawksmoor’s 10th anniversary celebrations continue at the MFDF with a special dinner in their gorgeous private dining room showcasing their Hawksmoor Classics Menu. This tells the upmarket restaurant chain’s story in six decade-spanning courses, featuring shortrib nuggets with kimchi ketchup, scallops with white port  and garlic, Tamworth pork ...

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Festival Fringe

Tampopo Supper Club - Albert Square

Tampopo Supper Club - Albert Square

Wednesday 5th October 18:00 at Tampopo (Albert Square), M2 5PF

Enjoy a fantastic five course Grazing Menu’ taste tour of Thailands varied and fabulous food, for just£22.Youll be greeted with a beer or delicious cocktail from Tampopo’s new drinks menu – alcoholic or non-alcoholic, you decide. For further details visit www.tampopo.co.uk ...

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Blind Tasting Evenings at Vapiano

Blind Tasting Evenings at Vapiano

Wednesday 5th October 18:45 at Vapiano, M4 3TR

The Corn Exchange Italian will be hosting two exclusive nights of ‘blind taste testing’. Guests will be served a dinner consisting of five courses, plus drinks, and encouraged to identify the fresh ingredients used in Vapiano’s meals.  But how well do we really know our favourite dishes?

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Colour Me Happy

Colour Me Happy

Wednesday 5th October 19:00 at Kosmonaut, M1 2FF

Colouring in and five fine wines to taste – you don’t have to adult every day. Kosmonauts wine experts will be on hand to talk you through what youre tasting and therell be some additional info in your colouring-in book, created especially for the event. Tickets are ...

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Tampopo Supper Club - Corn Exchange

Tampopo Supper Club - Corn Exchange

Wednesday 5th October 19:15 at Tampopo Corn Exchange, M4 3TR

Enjoy a fantastic five course Grazing Menu’ taste tour of Thailands varied and fabulous food, for just£22.Youll be greeted with a beer or delicious cocktail from Tampopo’s new drinks menu – alcoholic or non-alcoholic, you decide. For further details visit www.tampopo.co.uk ...

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Festival Fringe

PLY - Prince of Pizza

PLY - Prince of Pizza

Tuesday 4th October 19:00 at PLY , M1 1DW

The late, great Prince on the playlist all night long, accompanied but pizza specials names after four of his smash hits matched with four specially selected wines (Minneapolis's favourite son loved a good red).  Plus Prince - themed giveaways. 

£12, tickets include a pizza and a paired wine

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Explore fine wine and exquisite meats at Fazenda

Explore fine wine and exquisite meats at Fazenda

Fazenda is renowned for its mouth-watering cuts of delicious meats, matched with one of the fi nest wine lists around. To explore the possibilities of both, join sommelier Chris Milner as he hosts a MFDF masterclass giving guests the opportunity to explore hand-picked Argentinian and Brazilian wines. Bottles will be ...

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Tampopo Supper Club - Trafford Centre

Tampopo Supper Club - Trafford Centre

Tuesday 4th October 18:30 at Tampopo (Trafford Centre), M17 8AA

Enjoy a fantastic five course Grazing Menu’ taste tour of Thailands varied and fabulous food, for just £22.Youll be greeted with a beer or delicious cocktail from Tampopo’s new drinks menu – alcoholic or non-alcoholic, you decide. For further details visit www.tampopo.co.uk ...

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Explore fine wine and exquisite meats at Fazenda Bar & Grill

Explore fine wine and exquisite meats at Fazenda Bar & Grill

Monday 3rd October 18:00 at Exchange Square , M3 1BD

Fazenda is renowned for its mouth-watering cuts of delicious meats, matched with one of the fi nest wine lists around. To explore the possibilities of both, join sommelier Chris Milner as he hosts a MFDF masterclass giving guests the opportunity to explore hand-picked Argentinian and Brazilian wines. Bottles will be ...

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Festival Fringe

Salvi's Italian Feast: Italian Food and Heritage Walks

Salvi's Italian Feast: Italian Food and Heritage Walks

Sunday 2nd October 15:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Independent, Italian food and drink business, Salvi’s, are hosting a city-wide celebration of all things Italian in association with Manchester Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 2nd October.  

In true Italian style, the whole event will centre around food and drink  - this will be  chance for Manchester to ...

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Festival Fringe

Real Junk Food Manchester Presents:

Real Junk Food Manchester Presents:

The Binner Party - A Celebration

A fundraising dinner with a difference - hosted by 53two, Manchester's newest "hidden" venue. Head chef Mary - Ellen McTague will cook a feast made entirely from the food that would otherwise go to waste. Funds raised will go towards their mission to open the citys ...

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Festival Fringe

Oktoberfest arrives in Manchester courtesy of Albert's Schloss

Oktoberfest arrives in Manchester courtesy of Albert's Schloss

Friday 16th September - Sunday 9th October at Alberts Schloss, M2 5QR

Albert’s Schloss have announced they are bringing Munich to Manchester with their very own version of the Oktoberfest Beer Festival. The Bier Palace will be pouring the largest selection of the limited edition Oktoberfest beers, which are usually the reserve of the Munich festival.

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festival event highlights

Baratxuri Pop-up Pintxo Bar

Baratxuri Pop-up Pintxo Bar

Friday 7th October 19:00 at Albert Square, M2 5DB

Innovation by Aiden Byrne | Hidden Banquet

Innovation by Aiden Byrne | Hidden Banquet

Friday 30th September 19:00 at London Road Fire Station , M60 7RA

Nacho and Friends at Iberica

Nacho and Friends at Iberica

Tuesday 4th October 19:00 at Iberica, M3 3HF

Three Wine Women

Three Wine Women

Thursday 29th September 18:30 at Festival Hub, M2 5DB

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