Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Printworks to host first Manchester Soul Festival reports the Manchester Evening News

Northern soul fans can get their groove on at the first Manchester Soul Festival this summer. 

More than 30 bands and DJs from all over the UK will take to the stage at The Printworks in aid of The Christie on Sunday, August 30. 

The event has been organised by well-known DJ Frank Byrne, who has been undergoing treatment for oesophageal cancer at the Withington hospital. 

Printworks centre director Fred Booth said: “Frank is an influential part of the Mancunian music scene and it’s fantastic to see the support come flooding in for such a good cause. 

“The Printworks is at the heart of Manchester’s city centre and therefore ideally placed to showcase the best of Northern Soul throughout the different entertainment venues. 

“We are delighted to be hosting the festival and look forward to welcoming visitors on August 30.” 

The all-day event kicks off at 2pm on the bank holiday Sunday, with The Oldham Scottish Pipe Band parading through the Pump Yard. 

The line-up also includes sets from soul favourites including The Casino Allstars, The Soul Amigos and Twisted Soul. 

The Casino Allstars frontman Paul Kidd, who has been helping Frank to organise the event, said: “We are all so passionate about this music genre and the event is a really exciting idea for us because we’ve never done anything like this before. 

“It speaks volumes that all artists jumped at the chance to be involved, free of charge to support Frank and The Christie.” 

Participating venues include Tiger Tiger, where there will be a specially designated Groovy Wonderland bar, as well as The Hard Rock Cafe, The Bierkeller and many more. 

Wristbands are now on sale priced at £5, with all proceeds going to The Christie. Organisers hope to raise more than £10,000 and are already nearly a quarter of the way to their target. 

The event will also feature children’s face-painting, a silent auction with a haul of luxury prizes and special discounts.

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