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MAPS Festival

Let's get Northern Quarter cultural this weekend: it's partytime Manchester

Published on April 29th 2010.

MAPS Festival

Manchester’s Northern Quarter will be buzzing this weekend with all kinds of creativity, music, art, poetry and more… all under the MAPS Festival banner, now in it’s third year.

Live music across the weekend this year starts on the Friday night, and comes from acts like Doll and the Kicks, fresh from touring with Morrissey, Glastonbury Unsigned winners My Luminaries, Tubelord, Where's Strutter, the ever popular Orphan Boy, newbies Janice Graham and Sophie's Pigeons (BBC Introducing choice) at well trodden gig venues from the Roadhouse on Newton Street right across to the Bay Horse on Thomas Street.

With music showcases alongside local label Debt Records, and band start-up project BBC Introducing, (whose Sunday night showcase is followed by a massive late night after party at The Ruby Lounge) there are some cool Mancunian DJs. Strangeways at the Roadhouse on Friday, You! Me! Dancing! At Night & Day on Saturday and Manchester Soul Music Collective, including Dave Hultson, Liam Quinn and Steve Cato, promising a selection of funk, ska, soul and motown for a Sunday all-night party until the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday.

During the day there are art shows at places like Night & Day Café, literary fiends Bad Language's spoken word and literature event, craft activities at Manchester Craft & Design Centre and circus workshops from the Circus Jam team. There’s a ‘little bit of everything’ at the eclectic Odd on Thomas Street - work from illustrator Kim Thompson, a Northern Quarter themed Quizimodo quiz night, El Diablo DJs and avant garde film from Gilmore and Mancunian film-makers Future Artists.

Dough Pizza Kitchen in the Northern Quarter are supporting the Festival in a big way this year, hosting a ladies cocktail evening in sister bar Apotheca (MFDF Best Bar 2009), and the Northern Quarter’s newest exhibition space KRAAK (Stevenson Square) is hosting the ‘Once’ photography exhibition curated by MMU Photography students, which will run for two weeks either side of the Festival itself.

See www.mapsfestival.com for full info on line-ups, projects and ticket salesand for offers and deals for weekend ticket holders.

Tickets for the weekend are £20 on sale via Ticketline, Skiddle or from the designated wristband collection point at Grindsmith coffee house on Hilton Street.

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