A Free Street Festival Is Happening At The Great Northern Warehouse This Weekend

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A Free Street Festival Is Happening At The Great Northern Warehouse This Weekend

Ditch the wellies, and forget about the mud!

This summer The Great Northern Warehouse will be throwing its very own Street Festival, with a host of free activities.

From 12pm Saturday and Sunday (August 3 and 4), the destination’s Deansgate Mews, on its upper level, will be transformed into a street of fun festivities, that will bring together the best of Manchester’s art, music, food and drink scene.

Watch as four of Manchester’s top street artists battle it out to create giant murals of what ‘The Great North’ means to them. This live art experience is sure to grip festival-goers, as they watch masterpieces by Qubeck, creator of 22 Bess at Coffee Pot, Mr Dabl, SPHERE3, and MOZE, evolve before their eyes.

There’ll be plenty of live music too, with 10-piece collective, The Moods, bringing its unique drum & bass, reggae and hip-hop on Saturday, along with Manc musician, James Holt. Or you can jam to the distinctive sound of Scuttlers on Sunday, accompanied by Tom Metcalf, Stephen Chadwick (The Backhanders) and many more. More than 26 acts will perform over the two days either on the outdoor stage, or in new Great Northern venue, The Lion’s Den.

Photo: Platzki polish cuisine

All taking place on Manchester’s hidden gem, the Great Northern Mews, the festival will pull out all the stops so that stomachs don’t start rumbling; with special Platzki polish cuisine pierogis, limited-edition Dormouse Chocolates s’mores, cakes from Alex’s Bakery, and sourdough sampling from new Great Northern brand, Holy Grain, to satisfy any sweet or savoury cravings.

Mews residents, Virtual Hideout, will also be offering free tasters on a selection of fully immersive virtual reality games, plus the Street Festival will also welcome a pop-up Gift Emporium over the weekend, hosting a variety of quirky gift sellers from across the North West.

If that’s not enough, why not explore Manchester’s Makers Market which will be returning to the Great Northern square on Sunday 4th August.

Centre Director for Great Northern, Mark Schofield, said:

“We can’t wait to bring our Great Northern Street Festival to the Mews in August. At the Great Northern we’ve always loved showcasing the best culture Manchester has to offer, and what better way than throwing our very own festival.

“On top of that, the event will be raising money for local charity, Forever Manchester, a charity close to our hearts here at the Great Northern.”

Bring your mates, or the whole family, to this immersive Mancunian festival, where all contributions will be donated to Forever Manchester.

Photo: gnwmanchester

Art Battle Manchester Line-up:
Qubeck, Mr Dabl, SPHERE3, MOZE

Music – Saturday Line-up:
The MoodsJames Holt, Stephen Ballinger, The Streams, Max Hammond, John Mackie, Josh Fletcher, James Sinclair-Bennett, Taylor Fisher, Brenden Eric Sutton, Christy Morgan, Junior, DJ Set Suck It And Spin

Music – Sunday Line-up:
Scuttlers, Tom Metcalf, Stephen Chadwick (The Backhanders), Last Race Home, Paul Gleave, PEARL DIVERS, Katie O’Malley, Adam Snape, John Fitzpackwood, Tariq Bhatty, Michael McCarrick, The Exceptionable Remarkables, DJ Set David Foran & Andy Marriott.

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