Manchester International Festival announces line-up for open-air stage

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Festival Square will serve as central hub for the city-wide event’s next edition, taking place from 29 June to 16 July.

The line-up for Manchester International Festival’s free open-air stage, Festival Square, has been announced. Across the upcoming festival, which returns to Manchester at the end of June, the stage will host over 190 artist, DJs, bands and performers. Among them, the likes of Nahkane, Planningtorock, Peaches, DJ Paulette, A Certain Ratio and Fauna.

Elsewhere, artists such as Samrai, Lady Ice and Cariss Auburn have also been announced, with Auburn performing as part of a successful open-call application ahead of the festival. A slew of takeovers from local club nights, collectives, venues and radio stations, including Band on the Wall, YES, Brighter Sound and Trans Creative, have also been confirmed as part of a music programme announcement.

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These names plus more will join previously announced acts such as Janelle Monáe, Afrodeutsche and Sanam Marvi in Manchester for the festival, with the latter names due to play out at other festival events. A mixed-reality concert experience from the late Ryuichi Sakamoto and studio Tin Drum, entitled Kagami, was announced prior to the cherished composer’s death, and will still go ahead following his passing in March of this year.

A new location for 2023, Festival Square can now be found in the outdoor spaces beside Factory International’s – the team behind MIF – new landmark venue. Opening official this autumn, the venue will soft launch for the festival as it plays host to a new site-specific exhibition from Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama.

Head to the festival’s website for more details on the entire MIF programme, including the Festival Square events.