Manchester, England

Manchester’s buzziest weekend is the annual MAPS FESTIVAL
30th April to 3rd May in the Northern Quarter.

Tubelord, Where’s Strutter, Doll & The Kicks, Orphan Boy, My Luminaries, Maria Jordon, Sophie’s Pidgeons, The Second Floor and Danny Mahon aree among star turns at this year’s Maps Festival.

For fullest information see Tickets are £20.00 for the full 4 days of arts and music events, ONLY from

Parties, launches, exhibitions, cocktails, clubs, dance, disco, crafts, BBQs, markets, family events, circus, photography, galleries, food and drink offers film, Brazilian carnival, film, fun and games, the coolest & hottest live entertainment and every kind of musical experience – music trail included – all united. It’s the inclusive friendliness, the quirky edginess and the high quality that makes MAPS the weekend worth travelling to, and has put Manchester’s northern quarter on the, erm, maps! Many a current ‘next big thing’ calls in early doors – take note of the live acts. BBC Introduction are among the multi media in the know.

At a variety of hip venues, the bill includes Janie Graham, The Black Knights, Caulbearers, Tigers That Talked, Fox Force Five, Danny Mahon, The Suzukis, Paper Spaceman, From The Kites Of San Quentin, Robin Mkherjee, Chris Eatough, Pablo Finest Hour, Daniel J Nixon, Erinn, Risa Hall, Millie Blue, Shaun Gilroy, Stephen John Hudson, With That Knife, The Long March, Becca & The Broken Biscuits, You! Me! Dancing! Catfish & The Bottlemen, John McIvor, The Strays, The Bloind Dead McJones Band, Ben Dallas, Damiani, Paper Boats, Jo Rose, The Bedlam Six, Feldspar, Violet Youth, The Minx, John Fairhurst, Honeyfeet, Samson & Delilah, The Suns, Molly Macleod Band, Monkey Poet Matt Paneshal Banker & The Dole Queue, Richard Barry & The Chaps, Still Down Gill, Louis Barrabas + DJs; Manchester Soul Music Collective, Abigal Ward & Steven Perry (Picadilly Records), Dave Hulston, Steve Cato, Liam Quinn, And Strangerways, Paul Wright, Paul Barker (Beat Boutique), Neil Diablo & Mr Masters, Roxby’s Wonky Disco Sr. Gents
Plus events across the Northern Quarter at: Cord, Hatters Hostel, Mint Lounge, The Northern, Trof and Nexus Arts Café

Also Kraak Gallery exhibition 24th April - 9th May; MMU BA (Hons) Photography. Commissioned in conjunction with MAPS, a select group of final year students show their best work on a variety of subjects

Magpie Arts workshops on bangle making from recycled books between 10am and 12.30pm and Bad Language Collective Promoting writing of all types within Manchester - the collective have a special edition for the Festival. See + Film Shorts + - Quizimodo’s Northern Quarter Special - one quarter merry, one quarter daft, one quarter kinda clever and one quarter quintessentially quality. And an absolute WEALTH of a spectrum of art.

Festival photographer this year is the wonderful Steve Campbell, who’ll be around the area to record the events and people involved in this year’s MAPS. -
Various sites; Danny Mahon’s Magical Musical Tour – taking in some of the areas more unusual venues, live music and performance at busking pitches throughout the Northern Quarter + Circus Jam workshops on Thomas Street - a free creative space open to everyone, running their own hubs and classes at the Contact Theatre and the Dancehouse regularly, as well as taking their performances to various festivals across the country. Busking Pitches around the area with live music, spoken word and performance – keep your eyes peeled for something on a street corner near you!

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Added by artfulmtb on April 23, 2010

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