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MAPS Festival

Lose yourself in the Northern Quarter this weekend with live music, fashion, art and cups of tea

Published on April 30th 2009.

MAPS Festival

The Northern Quarter appears to have two festivals to its name this year. The Flying Pigeon festival on Spring Bank Holiday (22-25 May), and the MAPS festival this weekend – both of which claim to be 2009's incarnation of last year's successful MAPS. We're not sure which is the 'original' or 'official' one, and we're thinking that it doesn't much matter. Two big parties are better than one big party, whichever way you look at it.

There's loads of stuff happening all over the Northern Quarter as part of this weekend's celebration, but here's a few of the highlights. It kicks off on Friday with a launch show at Night and Day headlined by Manchester songster Liam Frost. He'll be playing a band-free solo set – sure to be a spine-tingling experience. It's the first of a few shows he'll be doing this summer in the run up to a new album release. Support comes from Alessi's Ark, Jake Flowers, Albany Throws and Petty Thief. Tickets cost £6 in advance.

On Saturday daytime, head to Tib Street for the fashion market, or up to the newly re-opened Castle Hotel who'll be hosting Radio Republic for a weekend of acoustic sessions, interviews, local band CDs and festival gossip.

Liam Frost

Lucy and the Catapillar

Although most people would rather spend Saturday night anywhere other than the laundrette, you might make an exception just this once. The Hilton Street Laundrette is putting on a mix of indie and acoustic acts from 7.30pm. It's one of several indie-rock gigs that night including Billy Ruffian at Dry Bar (£5 advance) and a five act bill at Piccadilly Gardens Hotel headlined by Bolton's The Jade Assembly (£5 on the door). Meanwhile at Rags to Bitches vintage shop on Tib Street, they'll be holding one of their evening tea parties serving 'gin in a teapot' to the elegantly-dressed wasted.

Sunday starts off sedately with the Thomas Street Tea Party – teas, cakes and music from 3pm. After that, skip over to Cord for some proper drinking. They're having a 12 hour DJ-ing spectacular from 1pm with Bugged Out and WHP DJs. At Ruby Lounge, there's the festival aftershow party from 11pm till 4am with The Brute Chorus headlining (advance tickets only, £5). It's a bit premature considering there's another day of fest-ing on Monday but at least you won't have to get up for work in the morning.

Monday's highlight looks like the BBQ at the Bay Horse – Kathryn Edwards and Lucy and the Caterpillar are some of the acts on there from 3pm. Anyone who isn't faint with exhaustion by then can head back to Ruby Lounge to see Ginger from The Wildhearts (£8 advance) or go to Odd Bar to hear street artist Hammo talk about his work with a soundtrack provided by Sketchbook Sessions.

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Rags to BitchesApril 30th 2009.

Hi, The MAPS festival is great and I hope it gets loads of support. However, we're not sure where the idea we're doing a Saturday evening party has come from as we didn't commit to anything this year.We'll have some cocktails in the shop on Saturday afternoon, as we often do, but we rarely do anything Saturday night cos it's the night we go out!! Good luck to the festival though..they deserve success.

ErrorApril 30th 2009.

Is it not 'Hungry' Pigeon Festival??

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