Desi Factory

15 Jul 2023

15 Jul 2023
The Hall, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ

Age Guidance: 14+, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access

Future sounds and an unmissable night of British South Asian music

A night of partying and discovery to mark the closing weekend of MIF23. Manchester’s own Sam Malik curated a night of British South Asian talent, with Aviva £10 Tickets available so everyone could get involved.

There were R&B-infused tracks with a signal to Bollywood from headliner Zack Knight. Known for his infectious songs and slick productions, Zack has written for Tinie Tempah, opened shows for Taio Cruz and Jessie J, and is a star in his own right – selling out a UK headline tour and writing and producing the huge international hit Bom Diggy. Support came from melodic singer-songwriter Ezu, BBC Asian Network’s legendary DJ Bobby Friction and Bambi Bains – a trailblazer in the UK’s Desi R&B and Bhangra scene, as well as Manchester’s own Joash, Kami Kane, Luqy and Freezy, all hosted by TV & Radio personality Nikita Kanda.

Desi Factory was curated by Sam Malik, a pioneer of the city’s creative scene determined to shine a light on next gen talent, as well as the best of British South Asian music. A member of the Factory Sounds 2022 cohort – our artist development programme for Manchester’s music visionaries – Sam is making waves across the city with new music agency SM Music MGMT.



Curated by Sam Malik.

Presented by Factory International for Manchester International Festival.

Access Information

The event took place in the Hall at Aviva Studios. The full address of the venue is Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ.

What3words is:

Aviva Studios is a new purpose-built cultural space in the heart of Manchester. The entrance to our building is through double glass doors. There are automatic doors at both entrances.

Once inside, there is step-free access to all areas of the venue. You will arrive into the Social, a large public space where there are a range of seats (including those with arms), a bar and toilets (including accessible toilets).

The bars in the Social and Hall Foyer have lowered accessible service points.

The entrance to the Hall is by lift, escalator or stairs from one side of the Social beside the brick arches. There is only one escalator, and this will take you up to the Hall before the show, and will be reversed so that you can travel down at the end of the performance.

There are accessible toilets on all public levels of the building.

Accessible toilets (a mixture of wheelchair accessible cubicles with right- or left-hand transfer as well as accessible ambulant cubicles with grab rails) are located in the brick arches in the Social.

There are additional accessible toilets located in both Hall Foyers.

You do not need a key to use the accessible toilets at Aviva Studios.

If you need to bring an assistance dog to this event, please contact

We will be using Williams WaveCAST headsets for both assisted listening and personal induction loops in the building. Unfortunately, this system was not yet in place for our MIF23 shows in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience this caused.

Accessible ticketing can be booked online and via email and phone for this event.

Below is an overview of access booking information:

Online booking :How to book Access and PA Tickets

Email Address:

Phone number: 0161 817 4531 (phone lines are open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

Travel Information

The building can be approached along Water Street (coming from Quay Street) or along Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield).

The Water Street route is the quickest way to arrive at our City Square entrance.

Our closest stations are:

Salford Central station: 0.4 miles

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 0.6 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.6 miles

Manchester Victoria station is approximately one mile from Aviva Studios

Manchester Piccadilly station is approximately 1.3 miles from Aviva Studios

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to Aviva Studios along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

There is a car park approximately 0.6 miles from Aviva Studios at Water Street Car Park, New Elm Rd, Manchester, M3 4JH.

There is also a NCP car park (Manchester Spinningfields) approximately 0.5 miles away from Aviva Studios at Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. It has 35 accessible bays.

There are a small number of Blue Badge spaces along Water St and Quay St. Otherwise head towards Liverpool Road, Great John St and Lower Byrom St – close to our neighbours, the Science and Industry Museum where there are a small number of additional Blue Badge spaces.

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

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