This year, the annual Salford Music Festival marks its 10th anniversary and for the first time moves into the digital realm. Usually held in the pubs and clubs of the other city – in response to the on-going COVID-19 crisis, the organisers have made this a special lockdown edition. This weekend (Friday 29 – Sunday 31 May) you can catch a jam-packed showcase of live music, spoken word and DJs online with performers live-streaming from their own homes. Once again, the line-up is an impressive mix of established big names along with some rising stars. Exact set times are yet to be announced – but that hasn’t stopped us from putting together a list of the top 3 acts you should not miss…

Dr John Cooper Clarke

The Bard of Salford himself, Dr John Cooper Clarke, will be performing a set of spoken-word in his distinctive style. The performance poet and Salford-native rose to fame during the punk-era of the late 70s. With popular works such as Evidently Chickentown and I Wanna Be Yours, John is known for his quick wit, sartorial style and frankly, incredible hair – he’s not one to miss. Check the Salford Music Festival site for exact set times.

Graham Nash

Salford-raised Graham Nash will be performing an exclusive set and chatting to BBC DJ Janice Long this weekend. A founding member of Salford group The Hollies who had hits with Bus Stop and On A Carousel – Nash left the band in 1968 to form the legendary folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. Check the Salford Music Festival site for exact set times.

Jess Kemp

Acoustic singer-songwriter Jess Kemp has grown up on the Manchester music circuit. At just 25, she’s already been making waves across the scene with nods from BBC Introducing, Clint Boon and many more. Having graced stages across Manchester, the UK and further afield – this weekend, she performs from her home to yours. Check the Salford Music Festival site for exact set times.

Show Your Support

Salford Music Festvial has always had a strong community focus and this year is no different – any money donated from the event will go towards local organisations Salford 4 Good, Salford Loaves and Fishes and Salford Lad’s Club. Head to the festival site to find out how you can show your support.

Fri 29 May - Sun 31 May
Cat Allan
Published on:
Thu 28 May 2020