Over 80 bands, DJs and musicians are lined up for an exciting Festival Square music programme during MIF19 this July.

International DJ The Black Madonna, hip-hop master DJ Yoda, reggae legend Horace Andy and award-winning producer and composer Nitin Sawhney – performing a stripped back version of his groundbreaking album Beyond Skin, celebrating 20 years since its release – lead a wide-ranging Festival Square programme at MIF19, which runs from Friday 5 to Sunday 21 July and includes live music, cabaret, DJs, special events and family entertainment – all for free – alongside delicious food, drink and more.

They will be appearing onstage in a new look Festival Square – which takes over Albert Square in front of Manchester’s historic town hall – alongside some of the city and the North’s finest musical talent, including a Children of Zeus friends and family line-up of Manchester neo soul, Halifax heroes The Orielles, new wave power pop from Working Men’s Club and post-punk from LIINES.

Returning to the Festival following packed-out shows at MIF17 are Stealing Sheep and the House Gospel Choir. DJ and writer Dave Haslam has once again carefully curated an array of DJs from the city’s best club nights, including Swing Ting, Girls on Film and Kiss Me Again, to keep people dancing until the early hours – as well as some surprise appearance sets from MIF artists past and present. Other DJ sets include Jez Kerr from A Certain Ratio, Andrea Trout and Deptford Northern Soul Club.

Festival Square’s opening day on Friday 5 July will see the spirit of carnival celebrated by Manchester School of Samba, plus House of Ghetto bringing a two-hour dance party with vogue dancers from across the North West, celebrating the diversity, verve and flamboyance of the Manchester clubbing scene, and uplifting house party hip hop, rare grooves and blistering funk from the pioneering DJ Paulette.

Other Festival Square artists include folk-pop from Chloe Foy and Songs for Walter, plus world music from leading sitar player Baluji Shrivastav OBE, Henry Fung playing the erhu (Chinese violin) and jazz quartet The Tebu Project.

MIF19 celebrates Manchester’s home-grown talent, following an open call for local performers and artists, including street-dance from Aim Sky High; Indian infused rock from Wingspread; the horn-heavy soul from the 7:45s; NoSpace – a six-piece crew of hip hop, grime, neo soul and dancehall artists; tropical-kraut rockers Bethlehem Casuals. There will be pop-up performances from the Chorus of Others, plus rising talent presented by Reform Radio and Thirty Pound Gentleman’s Soundcamp project.

BBC Music Introducing’s Michelle Hussey and Natalie-Eve Williams will present the best new music from Greater Manchester including Mouse Outfit, OneDa, Argh Kid, with further guests to be announced.


Fri 5 July

3pm – 4.30pm: Baluji Shrivastav OBE

5.30pm – 7pm: Manchester School of Samba

8pm – 10pm: House of Ghetto

10pm – late: DJ Paulette

Sat 6 July

10am – 2pm: Mr Bloom

5.30pm – 6.30pm: Rise Like Lions

8pm – 10pm: Nitin Sawhney

10pm – late: Andrea Trout

Sun 7 July

12pm – late: Festival in My House takeover

Mon 8 July

12pm – 2pm: NTS Presents: Golden Ratio Frequencies Live

5.30pm – 7pm: Reform Radio & Thirty Pound Gentleman present: Soundcamp

10pm – late: Mary Ellen McTague & Craig Potter (Elbow)

Tues 9 July

12pm – 2pm: Chloe Foy

5.30pm – 7pm: Bethlehem Casuals

10pm – late: DJ Yoda

Wed 10 July

12pm – 2pm: Lingua Franca World Music Agency present Henry Fung

5.30pm – 7pm: Together We Move

8pm – 10pm: BBC Introducing with Mouse Outfit, OneDa, Argh Kid and more

10pm – late: Across the Tracks with Justine Alderman & Martin Glynn

Thurs 11 July

5.30pm – 7pm: Electronic Empires

8pm – 10pm: House Gospel Choir

10pm – late: Hattie Pearson

Fri 12 July

5.30pm – 7pm: Wingspread

8pm – 10pm: Fabaret! Presented by A Queer Revue!, Trans Creative & Superbia

10pm – late: The Black Madonna & Dave Haslam

Sat 13 July

12pm – 4pm: YES present YESFAM

7pm – 8pm: Stealing Sheep

8pm – 10pm: Deptford Northern Soul Club

10pm – late: Dave Haslam DJ

Sun 14 July

12pm – 2pm: BeeLive presents NotTwins

3pm – 4.30pm: Young Identity present One Mic Stand

8pm – late: Soundsystem PA with Horace Andy & Blood & Fire

Mon 15 July

12pm – 2pm: Kara

5.30pm – 7pm: Chorus of Others

8pm – 10pm: The Orielles plus Working Men’s Club

10pm – late: Psychedelic DiscoTech

Tues 16 July

5.30pm – 7pm: The 7:45s

8pm – 10pm: The Blinders plus Witch Fever, The Pagans SOH

10pm – late: Shellzenner

Wed 17 July

12pm – 2pm: Lingua Franca World Music Agency present The Tebu Project

5.30pm – 7pm: NoSpace

8pm – 10pm: LIINES plus Sink Ya Teeth

10pm – late: Jez Kerr (A Certain Ratio)

Thurs 18 July

12pm – 2pm: One Little Atlas

2pm – 4.30pm: DJ Tacostan

5.30pm – 7pm: Aim Sky High

8pm – 10pm: Children of Zeus present Manchester Neo Soul

10pm – late: Swing Ting

Fri 19 July

12pm – 10pm: Distractions

10pm – late: Rebecca Never Becky & Kiss Me Again present Many 4 Manny

Sat 20 July

8pm – 10pm: Skittles presents ‘Poor on Purpose’ Live with 8 Gold Rings & The Untold Orchestra

10pm – late: Lost in Music with Natasha Kitty Katt

Sun 21 July

12pm – 12.40pm: The Sunday Boys

2pm – 3pm: Songs for Walter

4pm – 5pm: Jubacana

5pm: Festival Square closes

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