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Snoop and Bjork for MIF

Headliners revealed for 2011 festival

Published on March 17th 2011.

Snoop and Bjork for MIF

US rap star Snoop Dogg and Icelandic pop midget Bjork will headline this year’s Manchester International Festival - 30 June to 17 July.

Bjork will be performing her new 'app album' Biophelia, playing two shows a week for three weeks, to 1,800 people per show at MOSI's Campfield Market Snoop will be performing debut album Doggy Style, in its entirety, with some original collaborators.

The official announcement was made to an audience at MOSI today, who were also told that Paul Heaton, formerly of The Beautiful South and The Housemartins, will also be on the bill, composing a 65-verse poem based on the Seven Deadly Sins for the event along with lots of special guests. There will also be a new show from Damon Albarn this year.

Festival organisers gave a flavour of the bill away last week at property show MIPIM, when chairman Alex Poots promised an ‘international rap star and a 30 million selling recording artist.’

Snoop Dogg has a soft spot for Manchester and even made a virtual appearance on the Corrie cobbles last summer for the soap’s 50th birthday. So it’s no surprise that he will follow in Kanye West and De La Soul’s hip-hopping footsteps to perform at this year’s Manchester International Festival. Let’s just hope the fourteen time Grammy nominee makes it through customs this time.

Björk has won four Brit Awards, four VMAs and has 13 Grammy nominations to her name. Her eclectic style has helped her to sell millions of albums worldwide with ‘Debut’ going double platinum and ‘Post’ and ‘Homogenic’ both going platinum.She also went mental in an airport once, but we’ll let her off for that.

What else can we expect to see at MIF?

- A new modern opera from Damon Albarn on the life of Dr John Dee- A new show written by Victoria Wood- A piece of theatre by Johnny Vegas that ‘could go really wrong’, according to the man himself- A Punch Drunk Theatre production aimed at 6-12 year olds on the MediaCity piazza- A premier of new work by ArtAngel at the Whitworth Art Gallery, including a film called ‘1,395 days of Not Seeing Red’- Music Boxes – a piece of work aimed at kids up to six years old, including contributions from Brit band Cornershop- The creation of a ‘vertical farm’ in a disused office block in Manchester- ‘Sacred Sites’ – a number of musical performances, including Candi Statton performing in Moss Side- Sinead O’Connor premiering her new album in Albert Square’s festival pavilion for three nights- ‘True Faith’ - a celebration of Manchester’s musical history curated by Dave Haslam

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26 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

user98858March 17th 2011.

exciting news, but predictably enough the site has crashed by ten past 2...

PeterMarch 17th 2011.

I was excited to hear the full schedule but in a word, zzzzzzzzz. If zzzzzzz is a word.

AnonymousMarch 17th 2011.

Great to see Bjork back in town - no doubt she will find it much changed since she first visited here - legend has it performing at Band on the Wall in 1982 as temporary vocalist for Icelandic art punk outfit Purrkur Pillnikk supporting The Fall. Another Manchester first!

Is Peter Mad?March 17th 2011.

The line-up is very exciting

So what?March 17th 2011.

so its basically a line up full of "has beens" reinventing themselves! can we be reminded of how much this is costing the city again??? I hope its not coming from my council tax.....will the normal joe public want to see the 2million or so its costing the taxpayer spent on this when we have libraries, pools, yoof centres surestart centres all facing closure??? Get your priorities right please!

Simon TMarch 17th 2011.

We have a bet on in the office how many self-defined Joe Publics will whinge about the cost of this. So far only one. Either Joe Public has finally heard the compelling economic and cultural arguments for having a festival of this sort in the city or they're too busy filling the 'M.E.N' messageboard with their dreary rubbishings.

rosieMarch 17th 2011.

I'm hoping for a Bjork/Snoop collaboration.

Phil NichollsMarch 17th 2011.

I like the look of this. Definately going for the Damon Albarn opera. Monkey was amazing 4 years ago! Quite interested in that vertical farming concept. Where as you could say that some of the bigger names are 'has-beens' this will put Manchester at the forefront of research into a ways of increasing food production

D KesslerMarch 18th 2011.

@so what, get YOUR priorities right: Manchester is a city that can easily do a festival and should. If you need a bath why don't you just go down the Aquatic Centre and swim in an Olympic size pool. It was built for you, go and use it! As for Sure Start: apparently noone is...

Eddy HuxleyMarch 18th 2011.

Is this a 90s revival festival? I half expect to see Babylon Zoo to be playing and the cast of This Life to do a turn.

Kevin HMarch 18th 2011.

What a fabulous line-up of mature artists and surprise features.

DescartesMarch 18th 2011.

Already got my tickets for Snoop, but to be honest apart from getting lots of random I've not spotted any events that really bring the wow.

Great names, particularly looking forward to seeing William Defoe but where's the totally out there big scale event like Industrial Revolution?

PeterMarch 18th 2011.

Too much music. Too much dad rock. Too little that is genuinely innovative and interesting - people playing their old albums? Not artistic enough. Not much that is genuinely engaging with the people of Manchester who are contributing much of the funding. A load of concerts is not an international arts festival.

I fully support the idea of the Manchester International Festival but compared to say, the Liverpool Biennial, this is lazy, unchallenging, mainstream, middle-class even.

AARGHMarch 18th 2011.

Cannot believe they are using Quay tickets again- that site is a farce, and already seems to have crashed. Hateful. Also Ticketmaster which only lets you pay with credit card - utterly hateful.

Descartes - how the hell did you get your Snoop tickets prior to posting at 9.58??

DescartesMarch 18th 2011.

o2 priority AARGH (o2 customers get a 24 hour headstart on tickets for events at o2 venues)

40somethingMarch 18th 2011.

What's wrong with a middle class festival for 40 year olds? If you want bumbum, go to Sankeys. I for one will be back with D Haslam like last time. It was brilliant.

UnbummedMarch 18th 2011.

I've been to Sankeys loads of times and never got "bumbum" there. A guy did chat me up once, but being fairly naive I didn't realise. That's the closest I got to the aforementioned violation.

p.s. Bjork = Win!

40somethingMarch 18th 2011.

you've obviously never been to their loos in the nineties...

UnbummedMarch 18th 2011.

I just got a pang of nostalgia for the terrible little blokes loo downstairs in the "old Sankeys". Dunno why, it was horrendous.

AnonymousMarch 18th 2011.

Bjork is hardly a has-been. Constantly innovative, and if is not playing an old album; rather, unveiling a new one.

MMarch 18th 2011.

The line up two years ago was better I thought. There seemed to be more going on. Sure, Willem Dafoe, Bjork, Snoop and Antony Hegarty are international names, but overall it does seem to be a poor do. 'MIF 2011 Lite'. Eeek...Bjork tickets £45!!! I'm going to have to blog about that. I would rather give that money to that thing that happened in Africa or whatever.

Simon TMarch 18th 2011.

Oooo, Manc Guy you're so angry you're going to have to blog about it. That'll be good, make you feel better I guess. Why don't you blog about "that thing that happened in Africa or whatever" as well. Jesus. There isn't a quote of wisdom you need to have to start a blog is there, that's for sure.

MMarch 18th 2011.

@Simon T Dude!...I was taking the piss!!!


Eddy Two TeasMarch 18th 2011.

Is Candi Statton any relation to the soul singer Candi Staton?

Johnny Two BeersMarch 19th 2011.

No, I think they mean the venue, Canley Station.

Secret SquirrelMarch 21st 2011.

I caught a tube from there once I think.

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