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Cathedral Gardens Hub and Across The City
Welcome to the Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019

Festival Hub Music

26th September

CityLife Stage Presents Ben P Williams

CityLife Stage Presents Ben P Williams

Ben P Williams is a Manchester based singer-songwriter who released his album 'Minimum of Fuss' earlier this year. Often compared to Paul Simon and Jack Johnson, Ben has received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and has been described as 'guaranteed to bring a smile to your face' by R2 Magazine

Thursday 26th September 12:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CityLife Stage Presents Songs For Walter

CityLife Stage Presents Songs For Walter

Songs for Walter is the nom–de –plume for Manchester’s indie-pop/folk artist Laurie Hulme. His second record “An Endless Summer Daze” was released in autumn 2018 to rave reviews and sees Hulme stripping back his previously hefty guitar sound in favour of majestic acoustic flourishes. Songs For Walter ...

Thursday 26th September 17:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CityLife Stage Presents The Retrosettes

CityLife Stage Presents The Retrosettes

The Retrosettes are the UKs leading vintage themed party band, playing at events and venues all over the world for the last 9 years. In 2016 they appeared in the film 'Youth' with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel and were called 'the best covers band in the world' in national ...

Thursday 26th September 19:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

27th September

CityLife Stage Presents Molly Sunderland

CityLife Stage Presents Molly Sunderland

Molly Sunderland is an alternative dream-folk guitarist and singer/songwriter from Manchester. The combination of her unusual tunings, pitch-bending guitar playing and elusive, hazily dark lyrics give her a post-punk edge. Molly will be playing a mixture of originals and covers - not to be missed.

Friday 27th September 12:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CityLife Stage Presents The Bright Black

CityLife Stage Presents The Bright Black

Heavily influenced by the likes of Prince, David Bowie and 90’s floor-fillers; The Bright Black are that extra Jaeger bomb you just shouldn’t have had. The ugly ducklings of the indie, Britpop hangover on Manchester; the band have only one demand - love yourself, love each other and love ...

Friday 27th September 17:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

28th September

CityLife Stage Presents Laura Farrow

CityLife Stage Presents Laura Farrow

Laura Farrows Music gives the catchy folk vibes, capturing songs related to love, friends and life’s rollercoaster. Taking inspiration from local musicians and has been developing her craft for 5 years. As well as hosting musicians at her weekly open mic night. 

Saturday 28th September 12:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

Citylife stage presents the Italian job

Citylife stage presents the Italian job

The Italian Job are a “one of a kind” party band from Manchester with over 10 years of experience of performing all over the U.K. and overseas.

Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of Soul, Funk, Reggae, Latin, Italian and Jazz.

The Italian Job roster includes professional musicians from ...

Saturday 28th September 13:45 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CityLife Stage Presents DoveTales

CityLife Stage Presents DoveTales

"A compelling mix of rock, harmony, country and life"

DoveTales are lead by songwriters, finnish born, Stef Rose and Mancunian born Johnny Evans with fellow Mancunians, Victor Freeman on bass and Chris Joyce on drums providing a solid rhythmic foundation.

Together they are creating a treasure trove of original and ...

Saturday 28th September 15:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CityLife Stage Presents The Covertones

CityLife Stage Presents The Covertones

A four piece function band formed in Manchester back in 2009. The Covertones pride themselves on making their audience feel like they're watching all of their favourite acts in one show. Playing indie, rock and pop classics from the 1960s to the present day, their set truly has something ...

Saturday 28th September 18:45 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

29th September

CityLife Stage Presents Rivers Run

CityLife Stage Presents Rivers Run

Rich harmonies, delicate finger-picking and soulful soundscapes that invite and captivate, Rivers Run will be performing an acoustic set of their carefully crafted original songs, and some of their favourite covers too

Sunday 29th September 13:45 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CityLife Stage Presents Derailer

CityLife Stage Presents Derailer

"A brilliant young band," says Inspiral Carpets legend Clint Boon. Derailer hail from Stockport and the 15-year-olds are celebrating the release of their debut single 'High Tide'. Expect synths, bluesy rock 'n' roll and a high-energy performance of their own original songs.

Sunday 29th September 15:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CityLife Stage Presents Ellis Johnson

CityLife Stage Presents Ellis Johnson

Ellis Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Manchester whose catchy acoustic pop, great hooks and lyrical themes are the definition of meaningful feel good music. Ellis Johson's songs about the roller coasters of life ad the ups and downs of everything are personal as well as fictional.

Sunday 29th September 17:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

30th September

CityLife Stage Presents Living Room Dance Club

CityLife Stage Presents Living Room Dance Club

Ailsa McLaggan is the one woman funk force behind vinyl night Living Room Dance Club, a stalwart on the Manchester soul & disco scene, a veteran behind the counter at Vinyl Exchange and one of Reform Radio's longest running residents.

Monday 30th September 17:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

1st October

CityLife Stage Presents Dan Deighan

CityLife Stage Presents Dan Deighan

Manchester based DJ Dan Deighan brings an eclectic variety of sounds to bars across the city. Starting out in early 2007 at one of the cities longest spanning indie clubs The Brickhouse (1991-2011), he has since kept toes tapping around the country, playing at festivals and clubs alike. Currently residing ...

Tuesday 1st October 20:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

2nd October

yes takeover: Anti Social Jazz Club

yes takeover: Anti Social Jazz Club

The Anti Social Jazz Club 「ASJC」is a like-minded collective championing jazz and its connected genres from around the world through improvisation.

Our passion for jazz has no time constraints or geographical boundaries, from Louis Armstrong to Herbie Hancock we enjoy the genre in its entirety.

While we remember the ...

Wednesday 2nd October 17:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

YES TAKEOVER: Poppy Turner

YES TAKEOVER: Poppy Turner

Poppy Turner started out with Deptford Northern Soul Club in September 
2017, but since then she's got people dancing in London, Manchester, and 
back home in West Yorkshire - playing northern soul classics, disco 
bangers and everything in between. Poppy is a resident at YES, and still 
plays regularly with ...

Wednesday 2nd October 18:30

YES TAKEOVER: Hot Singles Club

YES TAKEOVER: Hot Singles Club

Playing everything from the symphonies of long forgotten stoned soul to the esoteric jerkers of world Taboosique, Hot Singles Club have created a space on the dance floor where even the most reluctant dancers will get down for a knees up. Initially playing with the notion of a service in ...

Wednesday 2nd October 20:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

3rd October

CityLife Stage Presents Lost Like Alice

CityLife Stage Presents Lost Like Alice

Lost Like Alice is a project from Singer-Songwriter Ben Parker, combining his love for the poetic lyric, blues guitar playing, and his ever changing pursuit of multiple genres. Ben has been performing and writing since the age of 11, playing songs about his life in all aspects, most recently playing ...

Thursday 3rd October 12:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

citylife night takeover: the happy soul

citylife night takeover: the happy soul

The Happy Soul are a four piece melodic power-pop band from Manchester, UK. They have recently released their second studio album, ‘Big Wow’ to critical acclaim. ‘Big Wow, the second album from The Happy Soul, is an enjoyable blend of strong harmonies, pop panache and swingin’ highs relived, when necessary ...

Thursday 3rd October 19:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CITYLIFE NIGHT TAKEOVER: THE BE POSITIVES

CITYLIFE NIGHT TAKEOVER: THE BE POSITIVES

The Be Positives are the product of a generation none of them belonged to. Formed in 2017 from garage rock combos Proto Idiot and Antelopes, the band make a 60s/70s pop sound for today. Strong melodies, jangly bright guitars and a loud rhythm section are their bedrock. Mike (Guitar ...

Thursday 3rd October 20:15 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

4th October

CityLife Stage Presents Becky & Josh

CityLife Stage Presents Becky & Josh

Becky & Josh are an acoustic covers duo, performing a mixture of Pop and Rock songs from the 60's to modern day, from Oasis, to Elvis, to Tina Turner! Having met on the second day of university, this duo have been performing together for three years at events such as ...

Friday 4th October 12:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

Citylife stage presents charlotte gallagher

Citylife stage presents charlotte gallagher

Charlotte Gallagher born and bred in Liverpool, started dancing at a young age at Sharon Collins school, at age twelve she trained at Elliot Clarke and carried on to get her performing arts diploma at Dolphin Dance Studios starting her career singing and dancing around the North West.


Charlotte has ...

Friday 4th October 14:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CityLife Stage Presents Zoe Unsworth

CityLife Stage Presents Zoe Unsworth

Zoe Unsworth is a singer/songwriter from Leigh, Lancashire. Currently studying at BIMM Manchester, Zoe performs each week across the country. Performing at venues such as Old Trafford, the AJ Bell Stadium and at festivals across Europe. Her original song ‘Selfish Love’ was nominated for the Youth Music Award at ...

Friday 4th October 15:45 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CityLife Stage Presents Whoever and the Somethings

CityLife Stage Presents Whoever and the Somethings

The female fronted live band can get the party started anywhere they go!

Having graduated from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Whoever and the Somethings put on an engaging, classy live show showcasing a repertoire of songs that range from the 1950s through to modern day hits ...

Friday 4th October 20:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

5th October

citylife stage presents mike bray

citylife stage presents mike bray

Mike plays a range of acoustic covers and original songs with influences from the 1960’s to the present day.

Saturday 5th October 12:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

citylife stage presents pacific

citylife stage presents pacific

Piano-indie band Pacific, based in Manchester, UK are making a name for themselves, with their unique blend of alternative rock and indie nuances. The band consists of brothers & songwriters Anthony Orzel – Vocals/Piano and Daniel Orzel – Synths/Bass/Backing Vocals, Dave Bithell – Guitars and Drew Burns – Drums/Percussion.

Having been ...

Saturday 5th October 17:00 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

CITYLIFE STAGE PRESENTS THE CASSETTES

CITYLIFE STAGE PRESENTS THE CASSETTES

The Cassettes are a team of high class musicians who come together with a bespoke set up for each event they play. The Cassettes are a 4/5 piece band who have played and recorded for the likes of Bruno Mars, The Who, Alex Hepburn, Simply Red, Nina Nesbitt, Joss ...

Saturday 5th October 19:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

6th October

XS manchester sunday session

XS manchester sunday session

Sunday 6 October features the XS Manchester Sunday Session with acoustic acts for relaxed chilled out Sunday vibes along with some of XS Manchester's Presenters. 

Cobain Jones - 1.30pm

Reclaim Vienna - 3pm

Jess Kemp - 4.30pm

Callow Youth - 6pm

Sophie Sveinsson - 7pm-9pm

Sunday 6th October 13:30 at Festival Hub - Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG

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