Wed 17 July, 2019

Fri 18 October, 2019

  • About the show
  • Reviews
  • Creative team

Skepta invited us to enter another world in this series of intimate and immersive experiences. Held in a secret Manchester location, DYSTOPIA987 was a waking dream that presented Skepta’s singular vision of the future: deep, dark, radical and riveting.

Featuring a live set from Skepta, guest appearances from hand-picked performers and DJs, a wealth of new technology and a cast inhabiting a hidden netherworld, DYSTOPIA987 was a journey into eternity – a future driven with uncertainty and fear but rich in wonder and possibility.

Since emerging as a producer and MC in 2004, Skepta has become one of the most significant British artists in music today. The Mercury Prize winner and BRIT Award nominee has built a diverse audience through both recordings and live performances, and his enduring influence is felt throughout contemporary culture.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival. The project is funded within the Audience of the Future programme by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation. Special thanks to FLIR.

Image Credit: Olivia Rose

Skepta took over Mayfield Depot for three nights during #MIF19, with a forward-thinking rave experience: DYSTOPIA987. Relive the experience on our MIF Live site here.





Image Credit: Chris Payne, Priti Shikotra, Louis Reynolds

'Deep, dark, radical and riveting'

Manchester Evening News

A resounding and powerful victory for Skepta, Manchester International Festival and for pop culture itself

Louder Than War

In Manchester - rave's spiritual home - Skepta blazes a trail once more, guiding a cyberpunk tribe of phone-free humans into an augmented reality rave new world.


Creative Studio – TEM
Writer – Dawn King
Immersive Performance Director – Matthew Dunster


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