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Dpercussion Returns

Published on August 4th 2005.

Saturday saw the latest instalment of Dpercussion - now a Manchester’s institution - arrive back in Castlefield complete with 8 stages and over 100 acts.

Borne out of the IRA bomb that hit Manchester in 1996, the free festival was set up as a positive response for the city. Originally set up by music promoter Steve Smith, Dpercussion, or ‘Repercussion’ as it was known then was off and running, and, a few funding problems aside, it hasn’t looked back since.

The event lays claim to hosting first major gigs for the likes of Badly Drawn Boy, Snow Patrol and Mr Scruff, and the return of 808 state in 2002.

Following last year's sunshine filled success, Dpercussion has now received 3-year funding from Manchester City Council, to ensure the festival returns for 2005 and reaches its 10th anniversary in 2008.

Now in its 9th year, the Castlefield bash attracted 40,000 Mancunians through the gates to take in a host of music and events throughout the day.

Highlights included Belfast’s own David Holmes who was headlining the B-Stage. After collaborations with Steven Soderburgh on a few film soundtracks like Out of Sight and Oceans Eleven, a growing and loyal fan base turned up to watch.

Scunthorpe-based Stephen Fretwell also be appeared. The 23 year old singer songwriter included number one-tipped ‘Emily’ in his set.

Raw-T also returned for their second appearance at the event, whilst Bez-inspired Domino Bones are also put on a show. The Nine Black Alps played before making their way down to London for a gig they were playing at midnight.

In addition to all the music there was also plenty more stuff going on, not least the mental sounding Urban X event – click here for more… There was also ‘Sketch City’ - an opportunity for artists, or people who want to have a go at some art-type stuff. They usually have a spot at the Dry Bar once a month, but transferred their canvasses down to Dpercussion from 4pm till 11pm.

Another new addition for this year was Manchester's most infamous boat party, 'The Smugglersrun', with promise of ‘Vermin Bass Driven Shanty House Music'. Setting off from Barca, every hour from 2pm.

Later on, the DJs like Big Faye fancier Phil Morse and the Tangled crew took over before the after show parties began.

Click here for the aftershow parties

Click here for the full line up.

Castlefield - 12-11pm


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