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Hungry Pigeon festival

The music and art-loving pigeon swoops into the Northern Quarter once more

Published on May 18th 2010.

Hungry Pigeon festival

The Hungry Pigeon seems to have set its sights on becoming one of the city's biggest annual festivals. It took its inaugural flight last year and returns on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (28-30 May) with an extended line-up of music, film, fashion, art, and all things creative.

There'll be a free concert headlined by Athlete at Piccadilly Gardens on Saturday.

The music's the main deal. About 150 bands will be playing in venues throughout the Northern Quarter. Opening up the festival on the Friday night at Moho Live is Hungry Pigeon Vs The Aftershow with a headline slot from the Reverend Soundsystem (Jon McClure plus special guests performing Reverend & The Makers songs in an electro style.) While over at Band on the Wall, local girl Kirsty Almeida, who has just been signed to Decca, will be showing why she's hotly tipped to be one of the year's rising stars.

There'll be a free concert headlined by Athlete at Piccadilly Gardens on Saturday. Misty's Big Adventure and the about-to-break The Jessie Rose Trip will also be playing here. Elsewhere in the Northern Quarter over the weekend, you'll find gigs from Liam Frost, The Longcut, The Travelling Band, Kid British, Karima Francis, Lowline, and To The Bones.

The Jessie Rose TripAthlete

Music fans should also look out for the multi-venue photography exhibition 'XPOSED – A Decade Of Manchester Music' by Karen McBride. Her celebrity-studded portfolio includes the likes of Robbie Williams and the Ting Tings. This show will focus on celebrating a decade of Manchester music. You'll find it at The Bayhorse, The Northern, Centro, Cord and The Castle.

Other arty events include an avian-inspired exhibition called Twitcher's Paradise at Earth Cafe, a talk at Brit Art Gallery by photographer Paul Wolfgang Webster, and experimental films at Nexus Art Gallery and Barcelona.

A word of warning about the free concert in Piccadilly Gardens – entry is only guaranteed if you've got a Saturday or weekend wristband. If capacity allows, people without wristbands will be able to get in.

Day wristbands cost £12. Weekend wristbands cost £25. Click here for full listings and to buy tickets.

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JenksMay 21st 2010.

Why the name??..
Why not "The Northern Quarter Festival"??

At least then peeps will know where it is and not be confused with "Hungy Pigeon"
A quick straw poll of half a dozen mates I asked if they knew what "Hungry Pigeon" was drew blank stares all round.

Stephen RyanMay 21st 2010.

Why not call Bestival the Isle of White festival? Or Exit the Serbia festival? Or for that matter why is V-festival so-called? It should be "those wimpy two that aspire to be Reading and Leeds but with less good bands and based in Stratford and Staffordshire".
Festival names never put anyone off, nor do they regularly draw people in. If you hear that the bands are playing and you can't be bothered to find out it's in the NQ rather than hanging around outside the town hall pointing your wristband at a rather famished looking sky-rat then you're probably in the wrong game...

AnonymousMay 27th 2010.

Questions for the promoters to answer

Is this being financed or part financed by the counil again?

Why (if there's space) can anyone go to see Athlete for FREE on a big open air stage, but the smaller, up and coming bands are forced to flog over-priced tickets to fans?

A band that are able to sell out medium sizes venues across the country – A band that people are willing to PAY to see – are available for people to see for free. The other bands are forced to sell tickets. What's all that about?

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