Ah. We love this city. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, somebody goes and organises a music festival in the city centre for everybody to enjoy absolutely free. And, what’s even better, is that any donations by lovely Manc folk will be coming to Forever Manchester so that we can carry on helping to make Manchester Greater.

The N4LovesU Festival will take over the Northern Quarter for two days this weekend, with thousands of people expected to descend on Manchester’s independent quarter for a good old Northern knees up.

The festival will be headlined by Manchester electronic group The Whip, with a DJ set on the Saturday night. Sunday will see the city’s own Nu-folksters The Travelling Band take a break from their own tour to close the festival alongside Manchester DJ and purveyor of fine teas, Mr Scruff.

The Festival is part of the city’s I Love Manchester campaign, which came about in response to the rioting and looting in the city centre last month, and will see more than 30 local bands and DJs play across three different stages in the city centre. Live acts set to play at the festival include Kid British, Cherry Ghost, Janice Graham Band, Danny Mahon, The Travelling Band, Ruby Ann Patterson, Paris Riots, Biederbeck and loads more.

Getting the city dancing meanwhile will be DJ set from the likes of The Whip, Mr Scruff, Luke Unabomber, Steve Legatto, Pogo, Juicy, Now Wave and many, many more.

The festival will run from 12pm to 9pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September. It’s all absolutely free, though donation buckets will be collecting funds for Forever Manchester and Reclaim. Thank you Manchester!

The full line-up for the festival is as follows:


Thomas Street – Band on the Wall DJ Stage

Dom BloodandFire/ 
Mikey Don/ 
Electronique DJs/ 
Steve Legatto (Beat Club)
/ Luke Unabomber

Edge Street – Band Stage

Dr Sid (DJ)
/ Morain/ 
Danny Mahon
/ Saturday Social DJs
/ Kid British (acoustic)/ 
Cherry Ghost (solo)/ 
Janice Graham Band/ Sonic Boom Six
/ The Whip DJs

Tib Street – Acoustic Stage

Acoustic Conquistador
Little Sparrow
Aidan Smith
James Kelly
(more to add as confirmed)


Thomas Street – DJ Stage

T.Pot DJ’s
/ Pogo DJs
/ Juicy DJs
/ Now Wave DJs

Edge Street – BOTW Band Stage
John Robb DJ Set (compere)/ 
Ruby Ann Patterson
/ The Travelling Band
/ Greg Thorpe (Off The Hook) DJ Set/ 
/ Mr Scruff

Tib Street – Acoustic Stage

Ruth Cockburn/ 
The Reveres
/ Paris Riots
/ JP Cooper

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