Manchester hosts a range of festivals every year, and here are some festivals coming back for 2017.

As students prepare for exams and the weather grows 1 degree warmer, Summer in Manchester is upon us, and so are the region’s biggest festivals.

Ranging from activities for families to free jazz music, there are just a few months to go until some of the biggest summer events.

Pulling together Manchester’s most anticipated festivals, here are the most likely to get everyone in the mood for the coming months:


On June 10th and 11th, Parklife is back for its 7th year. Over the last few years, Parklife has become a staple in the festival scene, as it hosts around 150,000 (2016 statistics) festival goers in Heaton Park every year.

This year, there will be over 160 artists across eight arenas, including three brand new stages. The likes of Frank Ocean, The 1975 and Stormzy will be performing, alongside several DJs such as Jamie Jones, and Patrick Topping.

A range of food and drink stands are also available on the day (at a cost). As it is only five miles away from the city centre with a direct metro link, the venue is also easily accessible.

With tickets still available, you can buy them here.


Bluedot is an award-winning festival, combining a line-up of music artists with live science experiments. An alternative to the music-based festival, Bluedot even welcomes children so families can take part in the weekend festival.

Expert talks, artworks and DJs take stage at the location of Jodrell Bank on July 7th, 8th and 9th. Music artists include, Alt-J, Pixies and Orbital, who will be set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope.

Get your tickets and more information for this event here.

Manchester Jazz Festival

This year, the 22nd Manchester Jazz Festival is set to run for another 10 days from 28th July until 6th August. Usually featuring over 500 original new talent across 80 events in up to 10 venues, this festival presents free gigs for the locals of the North East.

Thousands of visitors attend the festival site on Albert Square alone to watch and experience Manchester’s contemporary Jazz music.

As an evidently loved event, Manchester’s Jazz Festival will be launching its full programme this month so keep checking the website, for more information.

Manchester Festivals
Jazz Festival location

Just So Festival

A country festival with a difference. Taking place in Cheshire, Just So Festival is for families to escape in a weekend of theatre, art, music and literature together and enjoy a camping experience like no other.

The annual weekend-long festival is located at Rode Hall Parkland, Scholar Green, offering scenic views for families to enjoy. During the weekend, campers can listen to the UK’s current award-winning queen of country music, Laura Oakes, take part in baby yoga, or join a choir for the day – it has something for everyone.

Beginning in 2009, Just So was created by the community interest company, Wild Rumpus, and will once again take place in summer on 18th, 19th and 20th August this year.

Early bird, tier one and tier two tickets have now sold out for this event, however tier three tickets are now available here.


Four days of the biggest names in dance music take stage in the city of Manchester once again. This year however, BBC Music Introducing will be launching its first electronic stage at the festival.

Hosting sister events across the world, the largest venue for the EDM festival is held here in Manchester. Artists and DJs such as Annie Mac, MK and Gorgon City will be visiting Daresbury, Cheshire on August Bank Holiday weekend.

Tickets for the weekend can be found here.

Manchester Pride

The celebration of LGBT communities takes place across the nation every year, and Manchester is no different as they host another weekend-long event showing their support.

Known as The Big Weekend, the event takes place in Manchester’s famous Gay Village over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

During the weekend, the likes of Clean Bandit, Danny Howard, Anton Powers and Louisa Johnson can be enjoyed. Not forgetting on Saturday 26th, The Manchester Pride Parade will take place, as thousands of participants turn the city into a rainbow of colours with their floats and marchers.

Although a celebration, as the event draws to a close The Candlelight Vigil will take place in Sackville Gardens to remember those who have fallen ill of the virus, HIV.

Tickets for the event can be found here.

Manchester Festivals
Manchester Pride

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  1. Frank Donovan

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