Festival season is nearly upon us, and the line-up at Cheshire's Friends of Mine festival has bloomed into something very special indeed.
Taking place in the magnificent surroundings of Capesthorne Hall - around 30 minutes from Manchester - Friends of Mine Festival will get the festival season off to a super start with a line-up of legends, hot new talent, and everything in between.
Iconic Manchester acts like The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Bernard Sumner's Bad Lieutenant and The Charlatans will appear alongside the region's fresh new talent like Patterns, The Answering Machine, Golden Glow and Dutch Uncles.
Joining the dots between them will be The Cribs, Cherry Ghost, Badly Drawn Boy, Jim Noir, Liam Frost, The Whip, Mr Scruff and loads more.
And heading to the festival frm further afield is an international line-up of must-see acts including Yuck, Toro Y Moi, Black Lips, Young Knives and John Maus.
Also playing are Flats, David McCalmont, The Longcut, The Heartbreaks, The Lightning Seeds, Twisted Wheel, A Certain Ratio, Puressence, The Phantom Band, The Wedding Present, Emmy the Great, Factory Floor, Fiction, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Kong, Detroit Social Club, Unabombers, The Travelling Band, and loads more.
Aside from the musical entertainment on the Lake Stage, the Satellite Stage (so named for its views of the giant observatory at nearby Jodrell Bank), the Big Top Stage and the Bowl Stage, there’ll be a dedicated tent for stand-up comedy, spoken word and poetry headlined by the bard of Salford, John Cooper Clarke and featuring sets from Steve Shanyaski, Mrs. Barbara Nice, Nick Fraser and more. More culture can be found on Saturday’s Jazz Stage, with 12 hours of music curated by Manchester’s beloved Northern Quarter jazz institution Matt & Phred’s. Performers include Hidden Orchestra, Hackney Colliery Band, Illum Sphere Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra and Renegade Brass Band.
There’ll be late night goings-on in the marquee run by THE HOUSE PARTY, who specialise in turning spaces into riotous, themed shindigs. DJs include Tim Burgess, the Hacienda’s Dave Haslam, Smiths legend Mike Joyce and Massive Attack collaborator Horace Andy as well as Daddy himself. And there’s a cinema tent showing Manchester-centric movies Control and 24 Hour Party People plus a host of cult classics and a special screening of Mr Nice introduced by Howard Marks himself.
Friends of Mine Festival, May 20th-22nd, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire