The Comet Is Coming and Daisy Dickinson Present Hyper-dimensional Expansion Beam

The Comet is Coming

12 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

We were transported to other realms as cosmic sound and vision collided.

Bringing together the unified powers of Danalogue, Betamax and Shabaka, The Comet is Coming is a cosmic alignment of inter-stellar talents, featuring synth, drums and saxophone.

For this very special performance at MIF23 – their last in Manchester before the band returned to near-Earth orbit for a break from touring – they were joined by Daisy Dickinson, ground-breaking visual artist and filmmaker. Daisy’s short films have been screened at film festivals such as BFI London and Raindance, while her installations have toured the globe, from Glastonbury to Japan.

Together they presented Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam – a unique collision between the band’s cosmic sounds and Dickinson’s transcendent visuals – specially commissioned for MIF23.

A night that transported you to new worlds.

Image: Fabrice Bourgelle

The Comet Is Coming and Daisy Dickinson present Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam at Aviva Studios home of Factory International as part of Manchester International Festival 2023 © Jody Hartley

  • If this is a farewell tour for Comet they're ending on a high, waving bye bye somewhere near the rings of Saturn

    Manchester Evening News


Presented by Factory International for Manchester International Festival, in collaboration with Now Wave.

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.

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.

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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