There’s a music festival coming to a backyard centre in Hulme

Hulme’s Community Garden Centre isn’t the primary place that springs to mind when you hear the phrases ‘music festival’. Located on Old Birley Street, the venue is home to trees, shrubs, herbs, fruit and veg, with a give consideration to community engagement by way of gardening. But for the previous three years, it’s also been the site of Green Island Festival – a celebration of native music and unbiased meals. 

Returning to town as soon as once more for 2023, Green Island pageant will host three separate day festivals at the garden centre in summer time and autumn. The first festival is on Saturday 17 June, the second on Saturday 29 July and the final occasion might be hosted on Saturday 9 September with a curated line-up in collaboration with BBC Introducing bringing collectively both native and international rising artists.

Green Island is all about group. Image: Green Island Festival

The 500 capability garden centre will host three phases; the primary stage, forest stage and a third presenting a rotation of takeovers. Giving us an early glimpse of what’s to come back on the bill, due to be released in full subsequent month, Green Island has already confirmed sets from BCUC, a ferocious seven-piece from South Africa. In addition, the legendary North West DJ and producer Ruf Dug will open the competition on Saturday 17 June with ‘Ruffy’s Lab’, and Galivantes – a rowdy ska eight piece – are additionally joining the June celebration. 

Across July and September, alt-rapper Charlie Boy Manson is a noteworthy addition to the festival, in addition to Sham Steele and Meduulla – a spoken phrase artist and rapper who featured in the 2021 season of BBC’s Rap Game – and queer nightlife icon, DJ and founder of RebeccaNeverBecky collective, Mix-Stress.

This year’s line-up features both local and international artists. Image: Green Island Festival

Green Island isn’t simply concerning the music, as Manchester’s food scene will get as a lot love over the three days, too. With community and locality at its core, the competition will host pop-up stalls offering steamed dumplings and Japanese fusion food from Didsbury’s Midori, as properly as a whole host of vegan delights from Boneless Brigade. The challenge of former Black Leaf chef, Grace Stubbs, Boneless Brigade focuses on plant powered street food with highlights including her oyster mushroom wings and banana blossom ‘fish’ tacos. No pageant is complete without a pint or 12, and Seven Bro7hers shall be available all weekend, with their line-up of speciality ales.

A mere two-minute walk away from Hulme’s Community Garden Centre, you’ll discover NIAMOS the place the competition’s afterparties will proceed into the early hours. Originally opened in 1901, the venue, also called Hulme Hippodrome has played host to a number of musical icons together with The Beatles. Partygoers will head over to the venue of their droves post-festival to catch sets from vinyl fanatics My Analog Journal and The Dub Smugglers, who may even roll of their mega, custom built sound system. 

See Thru Hands acting at Green Island in September 2022. Image: Green Island Festival

Making positive it’s accessible to the group it’s celebrating, Green Island festival’s tickets begin at £22.50 for a combined day pageant and after get together pass, whereas pageant and afterparty solely tickets start at £12.50 each. Pre-sale for all tickets will go live on Monday 3 April and basic sale on Wednesday 5 April on Skiddle and Resident Advisor.

Co-founder of Green Island, George McGirr said: “We are dedicated to creating a festival that’s inclusive, diverse and works as an area for Manchester’s underrepresented artists. There’s a lot talent within the city so it’s more important than ever to have a platform to showcase it. Accessibility is a elementary factor of the festival as we want to encourage as many people from completely different walks of life to return and experience what our city has to offer.”

Green Island takes place on Saturday 17 June, Saturday 29 July and Saturday 9 September 2023. You can sign up for pre-sale tickets under. 


Green Island Festival 2023

Venue: Hulme Community Garden Centre
Date: Saturday 17 June, Saturday 29 July Saturday 9 September
Price: Day tickets from £22.50, day or evening parties from £12.50

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