Un-Convention and Manchester Folk Festival have come together for the first time to offer a combined ticket. This means you can attend both Un-Convention Manchester and Manchester Folk Festival for just £100 – a £25 saving on buying separate tickets. Make a jam-packed long weekend of it (Thurs –Sat) by soaking up all of the knowledge that Un-Convention has to offer during the day (Fri 20th & Sat 21st Oct) and then relax at some fantastic folk, roots and acoustic music gigs in the evening (Thurs 19th – Sat 21st Oct). Manchester Folk Festival runs alongside English Folk Expo, which means you will watch the evening gigs alongside 150+ music industry representatives from across the world, including booking agents, festival programmers, promoters, labels and more-offering fantastic networking potential!


The 15th Anniversary Un-Convention music conference will take place in Manchester this October. The event will span two days (from 9.15am until 5pm each day), with panels being held on Friday 20th October at Band on the Wall, Swan St, and on Saturday 21st October at the Methodist Central Hall on Oldham St.

For the last fifteen years Un-Convention has provided a platform for the makers and champions of independent music to build networks, share knowledge, and develop new ways of working. If you’re involved in the sector, then we do hope you can join us in Manchester this October. This will be the 11th Un-Convention, and they are working with a host of partners both from the UK and Europe to deliver this anniversary event. Over two days, Un-Convention will explore ideas for building sustainable careers in music, effective release and live strategies, the challenges for artists and organisations in the modern era, developing regional scenes, music and well-being, and a host of other key issues in the current industry.

They will once again be bringing together hundreds of artists, managers, labels, promoters, and festivals from over 50 towns and cities across the UK to explore the current state of the sector, build networks, and to develop ideas and actions for a more sustainable, diverse, and equitable music industry.

Manchester Folk Festival 2023 Wristband

The Festival Wristband offers full access to every gig, session, and Manchester Folk Festival event from 19-21st October!

Manchester Folk Festival takes place in the Northern Quarter, the vibrant musical heart of the city, at some of the most well-established and iconic music venues this area has to offer.

The festival is a rolling programme where festival wristband holders will be able to dip in and out of these legendary music venues for 3 days of the very best in English Folk and Acoustic music. All of the venues are within a short walk of each other, making it easy to move between concerts, catch up with friends, and just hang around taking in the atmosphere.

The first wave of artists performing in Manchester Folk Festival 2023 has been announced and includes Maddy Prior & Forgotten Lands, Oysterband, Noble Jacks, Hack-Poets Guild, John Smith, Will Pound & Jenn Butterworth, Merry Hell, Simeon Hammond Dallas, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Suntou Susso, Granny’s Attic, Ranagri and Bonfire Radicals.

New for 2023 will be exciting international showcases, bringing in new music from around the world. We are also excited to introduce more sessions into the festival programme, alongside our traditional Singaround.

2023 venues include: Band on the Wall, New Century Hall, Hallé St Peters, Night and Day, Hallé at St Michaels, SOUP, Matt and Phred’s, Castle Hotel and The Stoller Hall.

Band on the Wall is our new festival hub and late-night festival club featuring the best emerging folk-influenced artists.

The full line-up of artists will be announced at the end of April 2023, but as always, whether you prefer traditional folk, the best in singer-songwriters or something a little more alternative, there’ll be something for everyone!



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