A new FREE music festival is launching in Manchester City Centre this Easter – here's everything you need to know.

June 28th, 2022

Award-winning  Spinningfields bar The Oast House has unveiled plans to launch a brand-new music festival in the city this Spring.


The festival, named ManiFest, will kick off during Easter bank holiday weekend on Sunday 17 April with a full day event.


Taking place on The Oast House’s large outdoor terrace, complete with a dedicated stage, the event will run from 1pm in the afternoon until 10pm in the evening, with a packed roster of musicians lined up including bands, solo artists and duos taking to the stage throughout the day with interludes from resident DJs.


Attendees can expect a party atmosphere and sounds of rock, pop, soul, R&B, funk, disco and blues, with a headline act expected to be announced over the next week. The event is not ticketed and is free to attend on a first come, first served basis. We recommend getting there early to avoid disappointment!


The Oast House’s unique street food menu will be on offer throughout the weekend, for those looking to line their stomachs during the festivities, featuring signature dishes such as the Northern Poutine, Crispy Chicken Burger and Famous Hanging Kebabs. Vegan options include Cauliflower Wings, Salt and Pepper Fries and the Plant Based Gyro Wrap.

A breath-taking new mural has been commissioned to celebrate the launch of the new festival, which will see Northern artist Sam Porter paint iconic Manchester scenes onto the inside of The Oast House stage. His work will begin on 5 April, with the unveiling of the new street-art ready for Manifest.

Following its launch event, ManiFest is set to return to The Oast House on each bank holiday weekend throughout the spring and summer. More details of individual events will be released in due course.

June 28th, 2022

Award-winning  Spinningfields bar The Oast House has unveiled plans to launch a brand-new music festival in the city this Spring.


The festival, named ManiFest, will kick off during Easter bank holiday weekend on Sunday 17 April with a full day event.


Taking place on The Oast House’s large outdoor terrace, complete with a dedicated stage, the event will run from 1pm in the afternoon until 10pm in the evening, with a packed roster of musicians lined up including bands, solo artists and duos taking to the stage throughout the day with interludes from resident DJs.


Attendees can expect a party atmosphere and sounds of rock, pop, soul, R&B, funk, disco and blues, with a headline act expected to be announced over the next week. The event is not ticketed and is free to attend on a first come, first served basis. We recommend getting there early to avoid disappointment!


The Oast House’s unique street food menu will be on offer throughout the weekend, for those looking to line their stomachs during the festivities, featuring signature dishes such as the Northern Poutine, Crispy Chicken Burger and Famous Hanging Kebabs. Vegan options include Cauliflower Wings, Salt and Pepper Fries and the Plant Based Gyro Wrap.

A breath-taking new mural has been commissioned to celebrate the launch of the new festival, which will see Northern artist Sam Porter paint iconic Manchester scenes onto the inside of The Oast House stage. His work will begin on 5 April, with the unveiling of the new street-art ready for Manifest.

Following its launch event, ManiFest is set to return to The Oast House on each bank holiday weekend throughout the spring and summer. More details of individual events will be released in due course.

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