The Canal Festival returns to the Northern Quarter this September for a weekend-long celebration of canal culture including live music, outdoor cinema, street art and the city’s finest bars and eateries. And marking 200 years of the Rochdale Canal, this year the festival looks set to be the biggest yet. Across two days and nights, 12 of the city’s top street artists will be teaming up to create a brand new piece to be auctioned off at the end of the festival, while a pop-up, canal-side cinema at Brownsfild Mill on Port Street will be showing cult classic films (to be announced) on both evenings. Elsewhere, Kosmonaut, Takk, 2022NQ, Ning, Las Paellaras and Streatza will be on hand to provide the refreshments while the likes of Pasta Paul, Phil Beckett and XFM’s Clint Boon and Gareth Brooks will be hitting the decks. Some of Manchester’s top up-and-coming bands – including Thugs on Wolves, Songs for Walter and Literature Thieves – will also make an appearance. If you still want more, the celebrations continue at 2022NQ’s afterparty on the Saturday evening as Dance Lady Dance and Disco Mums go head-to-head from 10pm until 3am. And it’s all absolutely FREE.

UPDATE: The Sunday film has been announced: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.

Sat 7 – Sun 8 Sep, Brownsfield Mill, Port Street, M1 2EG, 12pm – 10pm, FREE,

Sat 7 Sep - Sun 8 Sep
Hannah Phillips
Published on:
Sun 1 Sep 2013