Manchester

Friends of Mine Festival 'beyond wildest dreams'

The Charlatans
Image caption The Charlatans will close the Friends of Mine Festival on Sunday 22 May

The organisers of new summer weekender, Friends of Mine Festival, have said it has exceeded their "wildest dreams".

The festival, which completed its bill with the announcement of The Cribs as the Saturday night headliners, will feature many Greater Manchester acts.

Organiser Sam Gardner said it was "no word of a lie to say that the line-up is beyond the wildest dreams of two years ago when the project started".

The event takes place at Cheshire's Capesthorne Hall in May.

The weekender will see performances from some major local names, including The Charlatans, Badly Drawn Boy, The Fall, Buzzcocks, Cherry Ghost and Mr Scruff, as well as well-known acts from further afield, such as The Wedding Present, Horace Andy, Toro Y Moi, Yuck and The Phantom Band.

Mr Gardner said he was excited by what the festival, which will be debuting this year, had to offer.

"There will 250 acts across nine stages over three day and nights of bands, DJs, comedians, MCs and poets," he said.

"Alongside that, there's cult film screenings, a 'Festaurant' - a collection of Manchester's finest restaurants on site for the weekend - a dedicated children's area, fairground rides and real cask ale."

Much of the bill is made up of bands who have been associated with BBC Introducing in Manchester over the programme's three year history.

Established up-and-coming acts such as The Travelling Band, Kid British, The Whip, Dutch Uncles, Liam Frost, Twisted Wheel and Karima Francis will all be taking to the stages across the three days.

There will also be newer bands like Patterns, From The Kites of San Quentin, Golden Glow, Honeyfeet and The Janice Graham Band.

Live on the radio

The BBC Radio Manchester programme will be broadcasting live from the site, alongside the BBC Manchester Music and Friday Night with Matt White shows, and BBC Introducing in Manchester producer Chris Long said he was looking forward to being involved.

Image caption Dutch Uncles are one of the highlights of the new music talent on show at the festival

"It's something of a stellar line-up as far as Manchester music goes," he said.

"Even without the major national and international acts, the festival would have been pretty unmissable.

"For our Introducing bands, this is a great opportunity to show the wider world what we on the show already know - that Manchester is overflowing with brilliant new talent at the moment, who have the potential to eclipse some of the big names on the bill.

"I cannot wait to get on site with my colleagues from BBC Radio Manchester and capture some of the undoubted magic that is going to happen."

Friends of Mine Festival takes place at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire on Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May. Tickets are £89.50

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