2019 Festival venues

Manchester Folk Festival aims to create the spirit of a festival in a field... 

Minus the chemical toilets. And the mud.

The festival itself takes place across several locations in one compact area of Manchester city centre. All of the venues are within a few minutes’ walk of each other, making it easy to move between concerts, catch up with friends, and just hang around taking in the atmosphere.


The centre of the action is around Whitworth Street West, at HOME, Ritz and Gorilla. All very convenient for Deansgate/Castlefield tram stop, Deansgate and Oxford Road train stations, several 24hr car parks, and a good few hotels, so you can make a long weekend of it.


The festival maintains some of the best features of its predecessor, Homegrown, in Bury. It's intimate, friendly and welcoming, and with a central Festival Hub at HOME where you can spend time relaxing between gigs there's a real sense of camaraderie and excitement, for that true festival buzz. 


Tony Wilson Place, First Street, off Whitworth St West, M15 4FN

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Manchester’s most adventurous and welcoming new venue, HOME is the main hub of the festival.


A new Manchester landmark, this stunning arts centre includes theatres, a gallery, cinemas, cafe bar and restaurant.

Manchester Folk Festival will take up residence here for the duration of the festival,  with many of the events taking place in the two theatre spaces and cinemas. There is indoor and outdoor seating and fantastic facilities, so its the ideal spot to meet up with friends and get something to eat, or appreciate a pint and some time to yourself, all in the convivial company of some good folk.  

The HOME team will be handling the tickets, so you’ll be redirected to their website (or you can call Box Office on 0161 200 1500). Or if you want to pop in to buy or collect your tickets in person before the festival, they’re open Mon-Sun 12.00-20.00. Whilst you’re at it, we recommend the shepherd’s pie…

HOME is located on the corner of Whitworth Street West and Albion Street, around 3 minutes’ walk from the Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop. It's roughly opposite the Hacienda apartments, and has its back to the main road, as it faces onto the open, pedestrianised space of Tony Wilson Place.




Whitworth St West, M1 5WW

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Tucked into the old brick railway arches, just a stone’s throw from HOME, Gorilla is a characterful independent venue which will host events throughout the festival.

Cafe/restaurant by day and bar/performance space by night, this is great venue with an intimate atmosphere.

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You could pass the time very pleasantly here between gigs. Indulge in a lazy brunch (they do a splendid Eggs Royale), or some ‘fruity drinks’ in the mezzanine Gin Parlour.


Gorilla is close to Oxford Rd train station, about 6 minutes’ walk from Home and 8 minutes from

Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink tram stop.


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The Ritz

The O2 Ritz

Whitworth St West, M1 5NQ

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The Ritz is a large live music venue on Whitworth Street West, situated just opposite Gorilla. It will host the Festival’s biggest events.

Famed across generations of dancers for its sprung dance floor, this Grade II listed building dates back to the 1920s and has recently had a £2 million refurbishment.


Manchester Central

Petersfield, Manchester, M2 3GX


Manchester Central is an exhibition and conference centre constructed around a converted nineteenth century railway station.

The centre is located on the corner of Windmill St and Lower Mosley St, close to The Bridgewater Hall and the Midland Hotel, and just a short walk from the St Peter's Square Metrolink stop.

Manchester Folk Festival performances will take place in the centre's 804-seat Exchange Auditorium; you can find the auditorium's entrance just to the right of the main building.



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38 Charles Street,

Manchester, M1 7DB

YES is a music venue on Charles Street, approximately 10 minutes walk from HOME.

Situated in a former auction house, the four-storey venue, which opened in September 2018, contains a basement club, street food kitchen, gig venue and roof terrace.



Comedy Store

Deansgate Locks, Whitworth St West, Manchester M1 5LH

The northern outpost of the famous London comedy venue, Comedy Store Manchester is constructed into old railway arches on Deansgate Locks. The venue features a custom-designed 500-seat theatre, a restaurant, and three bars.

​About five minutes walk from HOME, the Comedy Store is located directly underneath the Deansgate/Castlefield Metrolink stop, and is just a short distance from Deansgate railway station.


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Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

Occupying three connected buildings on Mosley Street in Manchester city centre (two of which were designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament), Manchester Art Gallery is home to an exquisite collection of more than 2,000 oil paintings, 3,000 watercolours, 250 sculptures, and more than 13,000 decorative art objects.

The art gallery is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from HOME, and is near to the St Peters Square Metrolink stop.



The briton's Protection

50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5LE 

This historic pub is one of the oldest in Manchester.


It carries a fine selection of real ales and whiskies and the function room upstairs will be the location for an informal pub singaround at noon on Sunday 22 Oct.​

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​The Briton's Protection is located on the corner of Great Bridgewater St, facing the loading bay at the back of The Bridgewater Hall and just down the street from the Jury's Inn.


It's about 4 minutes’ walk from HOME and very handy for the tram home.


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The Bridgewater Hall

Lower Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3WS

The Bridgewater Hall is Manchester's 2,400 seat international concert hall. Opened in 1996, the hall is the home of the Hallé Orchestra and the main venue of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and hosts over 250 performances a year.

The Bridgewater Hall is about 6 minutes’ walk from HOME, and is near to the St Peters Square Metrolink stop.



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