2020 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
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
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.
Photo credit Jack Kirwin
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.
Photo credit Jack Kirwin
The O2 Ritz
Whitworth St West, M1 5NQ
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.
0161 237 9753
Manchester Folk Festival events will take place in the magnificent auditorium.
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.
leaf on portland street
0161 883 1138
A new venue for Manchester Folk Festival 2020, the former CUBE Gallery and RIBA building on Portland Street is now the Manchester home of LEAF. Just a short walk from both our hub venue of HOME and the Northern Quarter, LEAF serve up delicious brunch dishes, through to lunch & early dinner - so its a great place to fill up with food before filling up with folk!