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Our first day at our new riverside Festival Square home is a certified Manchester love-in – with post-punk legends A Certain Ratio topping a bill presented by Dave Haslam
The city's newest summer hang out bursts on the scene with a line-up of Manchester’s latest and greatest – topped off with a special bill presented by living legend DJ and writer Dave Haslam.
Ease into the weekend with chilled out classical vibes with a performance from NOMAD curated by Untold Orchestra in our Lunchtimes on the Square. Reform Radio take over the airwaves bringing an afternoon version of their breakfast show The Get Up live to the stage in the late afternoon (the perfect invite to get out of work early), before ZOLATEC comes through with her steel drumming-with-a-twist. Come sundown, Manchester School of Samba continue the party atmosphere before electronic artist Werkha.
Presented by Dave Haslam, A Certain Ratio make a triumph return to their hometown – the Factory Records post-punk legends bring their angular and dance-infused classics to Fezzy Square with vocals from Mancunian born and bred, wonky pop upstart Ellen Beth Abdi. Topping things off, Dave Haslam DJs long into the night. Dancing shoes recommended.
12–1pm Untold Orchestra presents NOMAD
1–2.30pm Reform Radio presents Melatrois (talk)
2.30–3pm Zola Tec
3–4.30pm Reform Radio presents The Get Up (talk)
5–5.30pm Manchester School of Samba
6.15–6.45pm James Holt
9–10pm Dave Haslam presents A Certain Ratio
10pm–2am Dave Haslam (DJ)
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