The fifth annual Manchester Soul Festival spins and shuffle-steps its way to Printworks on Sunday 25th August, as the city gears up for a huge party weekend.

And, the hotly anticipated line-up  is set to delight lifelong Soul, Northern and Motown fans throughout the region and further afield.

Stax of Soul, Babalola, the Rumble Fat Band, Soul Temptations and singer Ben Brierley are amongst the headliners on the Frank Byrne stage this year.

Stax of Soul are the UK’s leading soul and Motown band, and were even invited to play at Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley’s wedding in 2016. Singer Stuart Widdall once famously shared a stage with Motown artist Edwin Starr, renowned for his number one hit version of ‘War’.  And, Ben Brierley – known as the Soul Man – is a well regarded and very accomplished singer of the Motown and Northern Soul Classics.

The Frank Byrne stage, situated in the Pump Yard, is named in memory of the DJ and Manchester legend who devoted himself to the Soul scene for over thirty years.

Frank created the festival in thanks to The Christie for taking care of him as he battled with oesophageal cancer. He worked tirelessly to make it a success until he sadly passed away in 2015.

As well as the big-hitters, Printworks’ venues, including Walkabout, Waxy O’Connors, Yates’, NY By Night, Bierkeller and the world-famous Hard Rock Cafe will host a wide range of much-loved Soul, Northern and Motown acts, including bands, solo artists and well-known DJs from all over the UK including Dave Starr and Fay L Jones.

What’s more, any guest with a valid wristband can take advantage of a huge range of exclusive offers, including two cocktail pitchers for just £12 at The Seven Stars, 25% off food at Chiquito and NY By Night, 20% off the main food menu at Frankie & Benny’s and Waxy O’Connor’s, 20% off food and drink at Walkabout, five Heinekens for £15 at Yates’, a £10 buffet at Peachy Keens and half-price cocktails at Eden from 5pm – 9pm. There are also lunch deals to be found at O’Neill’s and Eden.

Plus, with the Manchester Soul Festival programme, which will be available on the day, you’ll get a complimentary Hard Rock gift when you spend £25 in Hard Rock Cafe Manchester’s Rock Shop.

Printworks is open from noon until late, and tickets are only £5.00 with all proceeds going to The Christie. You can make your donation and secure your wristband here.

For the past four years, Printworks has dedicated August Bank Holiday Sunday to raising vital funds for The Christie, and has already raised more than £100,000. This year, it intends to go even bigger than before.

Last year the festival saw over 50,000 people come together to keep the nostalgia of Soul alive.

Make your £5 donation and get your wristband here. All money raised will be donated to The Christie. 


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