The Ferret Returns - Bigger, Better and Longer!

Manchester's freshest Independent Festival, Mad Ferret, returns for a second successive year to Platt Fields Park, Manchester, 12th - 13th June 09!

Richard Dyer

Date published: 26th May 2009

Manchester's freshest Independent Festival, Mad Ferret, returns for a second successive year to Platt Fields Park, Manchester, 12th - 13th June 09! Headliners include The Streets, Roots Manuva, Finley Quaye, Pendulum (DJ set), Micachu and the Shapes, Dan Black, Franz Ferdinand (DJ set), Stanton Warriors and Claude Von Stroke, with lots more still to be announced. To keep uptodate with the latest Mad Ferret news visit

Alongside playing host to International cutting-edge artists, Mad Ferret showcases some of Manchester’s untapped underground talent; local acts also performing include The Travelling Band, The Gentleman's Dub Club  and the Riot Jazz band (featuring Jenna G and Broke – N-£nglish. Those wanting to seize the opportunity to get involved should contact

With the aim of giving Manchester's burgeoning community of artists and performers a stage, paintbrush or a patch of grass on which to perform, Mad Ferret encompasses much more than just music. Expect Comedians, live artist, circus performers, poets and even burlesque dancers as just some of the entertainers on-hand to keep audiences captivated throughout their two-day Festival / The Ferret experience. 

Mad Ferret Festival was started in 2008 by a group of student friends. Hell bent on recreating in Manchester the sense of spirit, community and euphoria they found at numerous festivals across Europe, they set up Mad Ferret. Its first year saw the likes Aim and Lee Scratch Perry perform alongside hot local talent such as The Riot Jazz Band and Super Fresh Power Squad, squeezed into one packed day. Lee Scratch Perry had this to say of the festivals first outing; “Most wonderful festival I've partaken in for a very long was ball of fire, a special blessing.” Inspired to make this “one off event” into a legacy, and a positive, lasting institution, Mad Ferret returns for 2009, extending the fun over two-days and with two more stages. 

Quotes from the Organiser Ben Tillett, “I'm really excited about this years festival, last year was amazing, so many people pulling together, working hard and letting their imaginations run wild. This year promises to be even greater, with a more experienced team, more people and ideas and a better line up how can it fail?”

Mad Ferret is supporting the Bollocks to Poverty tour. With 5% of the profits donated to Bollocks to Poverty, the youth arm of ActionAid.  ActionAid works in Africa, Asia and the Americas to end global poverty and injustice.  Registered charity 274467. For more information 

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Mad Ferret 2009 Headliners..

The Streets –

The Streets has sold over a million records worldwide, and has been described as one of the "most authentic voices of British youth" by the BBC.

Mike Skinner’s spoken-word style and disjointed cut-and-paste beats come together to provide an incisive but mostly light-hearted social commentary on life during Britain’s garage/ 2-step movement. The Streets has had two number one albums - A Grand Don't Come For Free, and The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living, and one number one single - Dry Your Eyes Mate.

Roots Manuva –

Arguably the greatest British rapper of all time, Roots Manuva has collaborated on tracks with the likes of DJ Shadow, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) and Leftfield. Manuva transcends genres, incorporating elements of ragga, dub, soul, hip hop and more recently electronic bashment.

Pendulum –

Having sold 100,000 copies of their debut album ‘Hold Your Colour’, Pendulum quickly grew beyond the confines of the underground Drum and Bass scene and began incorporating a wide range of styles into their music – from metal to electro, they’ve thrown it all into the mix.

Finley Quaye –

Former winner of the Best Artist title at The Brit Awards, and unquestionably one of the most prolific songwriters and performers of the last decade, the triple platinum artist has worked with the likes of William Orbit, A Guy Called Gerald, and Beth Orton, and will be performing classic tracks from his vast back-catalogue and new album 'Pound for Pound’.

Stanton Warriors –

The Kingpins of breaks music, The Stanton Warriors are renowned for their impeccable production style and live mix sets. Whereas many dance music acts are limited to producing ‘bassline anthems’, these guys have real musical pedigree - a statement that is re-enforced by their collaborations with artists such as Basement Jaxx, Eska, and Big Daddy Kane.

Claude Von Stroke –

With a mix CD for Fabric in the offing, Mr Von Stroke is an American at the top of his game. The famed techno producer is the owner of two successful labels – Dirtybird and Mothership, and is often credited as being one of the most exciting dance music producers and performers on the planet.

Filthy Dukes –

A stylish update on '80s synth pop, the Filthy Dukes band is comprised of Olly Dixon (sampling, electronic percussion, electric guitar), Tim Lawton (synthesisers, lead vocalist) and Mark Ralph (bass guitar, backing vocals). The Filthy Dukes released their debut album, 'Nonsense in the Dark, earlier this year.

Also featuring…

KidKanEvil / Toddla T & MC Serocee / Zinc / Hype / The Freestylers / N-Type / Hatcha / SubFocus / Gentleman's Dub Club / The Traveling Band / A1 Bassline/ Trevor Loveys / … 

+ much more to be announced. 

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