Manchester Folk Festival aims to create the spirit of a festival in a field...
Minus the chemical toilets. And the mud.
The Festival 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. And a few minutes away is the iconic Great Northern Warehouse. 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.
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.
235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN
(Awaiting Access info)
This prominent iconic red brick building is situated on the corner of Peter Street and Deansgate. The venue will host some of the largest events in the Festival.
Today a popular shopping and leisure destination, Great Northern Warehouse was once at the centre of the city's industrial heritage.
Great Northern Warehouse
Built by Great Northern Railway between 1896 -1899, this building will delight history enthusiasts - it was built as a unique 3-way railway goods exchange station serving the railway, canal and road networks of the Manchester region. It was considered in its day to be one of the largest and most advanced railway goods exchanges in the country.
It's about 8 minutes’ walk from Home and 7 minutes' walk from Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink tram stop. The Great Northern Warehouse has a 1200 space car park, accessed via Watson Street and it's also located on a main bus route.
The International AntHony burgess foundation
Engine House, Charlton Mill,
3 Cambridge St, M1 5BY
The International Antony Burgess Foundation will host our craft workshops.
It is just 6 minutes’ walk from HOME or 2 minutes from The Ritz.
This venue is a conversion within one of Manchester’s oldest mill buildings - a charming mix of old and new. There’s original brickwork and architectural features as well as some of the Manchester-born writer’s furniture and musical instruments for added authenticity. Rest assured though that the facilities are thoroughly modern.
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.
The Britons 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.