Top Five Upcoming Manchester Summer Festivals

During summer there seems to be nothing better than sitting in a field with your friends, cold drink in hand listening to some great music. While I’m sure Parklife immediately comes to mind, you will find Manchester is home to many more festivals than you might have ever imagined.


Saturday 10 June – Sunday 11 June

Currently located at Heaton Park, Parklife has come a very long way from its humble Fallowfield origins. Offering a huge variety of acts from hip-hop, grime, dance, indie and pop, the festival will even see Manchester band The 1975 and Frank Ocean as main headliners this year for all you die-hard fans out there.

Coming into its eighth year it continues to grow and further hold itself as one of the UK’s greatest music festivals. With only one week left Parklife has completely sold out, but if you want to catch some of the action you can still get tickets for the official after party ‘Afterlife’.

Manchester International Festival

Thursday 29 June – Sunday 16 July

The biennial Manchester International Festival is back in town for a whole 18 glorious days across the summer. The festival, which first took place in June–July 2007 is now currently entering its tenth year and has continuously taught audiences to expect the unexpected. MIF 2017 will include free and paid events across an assortment of city centre venues. 

The festival brings together artists and performers from a variety of different backgrounds and art forms to create dynamic new work, which are staged in many venues across Greater Manchester spanning from theatres, concert halls to churches and even car parks. The line-up looks great this year, featuring artists such as Boris Charmatz, New Order and Liam Gillick among many others.

Manchester Jazz Festival

Friday 28 July – Sunday 6 August

Jazz is a genre that can bring out an incredible array of emotions. The Manchester Jazz Festival attempts to celebrate the art form in the best possible way they know how. Expect over 70 incredible acts to perform in multiple venues across Manchester, and more than half of them are free such as How Monkey found his Swing, Riot Jazz Brass Band and New York Brass Band

The artists will be bringing out their musical instruments starting 28 of July. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different this summer.

Saturday 29 July – Sunday 30 July

Festwich is the largest free tribute festival located at none other than St Mary’s Park in Prestwich. Festwich is a celebration of the best tribute acts in the country featuring over 40 acts including favourites such as Slipknowt and Mentallica. It is the perfect substitute for those who may have missed out on Download festival this year or those who are just looking for something slightly different that is just as fun.

Manchester Pride
Friday 25 August – Sunday 27 August

Manchester Pride is an inspirational charity celebration which campaigns for equality, challenges discrimination and offers LGBT communities an opportunity to come together and party. Pride features an impressive selection of top of the chart artists from all around the country, such as Clean Bandit and Ben Pearce who are performing this year.

Manchester Pride is represented around the globe by a number of Patrons and last year an amazing £149,000 was raised for LGBT causes with this year’s festival looking to top that.