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SWAP n’ Roll

Ok, so there’s no Glastonbury this year, and all of the other festivals sold out in record time. Not to worry.

Published on June 7th 2006.


SWAP n’ Roll

Ok, so there’s no Glastonbury this year, and all of the other festivals sold out in record time. Not to worry. For those of you who have missed out on the opportunity to wallow in the mud at one of this year’s festivals, and don’t fancy parting with a kidney to be able to afford tickets on ebay, this summer the mountain is well and truly coming to Mohammed in the form of Manchester’s SWAP festival.

The Song Writers and Performers Festival 06 is being staged in Manchester on 14-16 July, where famous songwriters will be playing alongside unsigned artists and emerging talent from across the UK.

Last year, SWAP Festival 2005 delivered three days of incredible performances, with over 50 different acts appearing on four stages to packed audiences. This year’s acts range from the legendary forefather of funk, George Clinton at Academy 1 to the fantastic Stephen Fretwell, who will be performing at the RNCM on 15 July.

Proving that an urban jungle can provide just as relevant a setting for live music as a muddy field, the SWAP festival will unite Manchester’s live music venues, plus all three Academies and the biggest outdoor performance spaces in this unique music event.

Venues such as Night and Day, The Kro Bar, Matt and Phreds, The Late Room, Dry Bar and Big Hands are among those hosting Festival performances, while Academy 1, 2 & 3 will be staging some of the bigger names, with tickets now on sale.

On the last day of the Festival, the city will be treated to an outdoor concert in Exchange Square, during which the very best newly-signed and unsigned talent will be in the spotlight on the Sunday Sounds stage.

Sara Austin, SWAP Manager says; “The event will give the whole city a carnival feel and we’re sure that the people of Manchester will applaud the Festival, as they did last year. SWAP is a celebration of the very best in contemporary songwriting talent, staged right in the heart of one of the most exciting cities in England.”

So ditch the wellies and get yourself into Manchester for the SWAP festival on 14-16 July for one summer music festival not to be missed. And the best bit about holding a festival in a city? As many clean, flushing toilets as you could shake a loo roll at.

For more information, click here to visit the SWAP website.

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