Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fine Festival Finale ; We May Already Be Halfway through the Festival Season, but Greater Manchester Is Nowhere near Done with Wild Weekends. Sarah Walters Takes a Look at the Best Parties Coming Up in the Weeks Ahead

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fine Festival Finale ; We May Already Be Halfway through the Festival Season, but Greater Manchester Is Nowhere near Done with Wild Weekends. Sarah Walters Takes a Look at the Best Parties Coming Up in the Weeks Ahead

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MUSIC PRIDE WEEKENDER August 23-26 The Fringe has firmly got everyone in the mood for Pride's Big Weekend, which sets the bar on Friday with a headline set from The Feeling. Misha B and Sam Sparro top the bill on Saturday, but it's really Sunday that everyone's getting dizzy about when the original Sugababes - Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan - reunite. And that's just the main arena; there's also a stage in Sackville Gardens on which you'll see everything from rousing proms to the annual candlelit vigil, and the Gaydio Dance Arena for some late night loved up raves. Gay Village, Manchester. Pounds 21 over-13s/Pounds 7.50 child weekend;Pounds 13.50 and Pounds 10/Pounds 5 daily.

ROCHDALE FEEL GOOD FESTIVAL August 30/31 A festival made up of one part music, one part food, RFGF welcomes The Feeling and The Neville Staple Band to the big stage and Simon Rimmer, Andrew Nutter and Aazam Ahmad to its kitchen. The Esplanade, Rochdale/ rochdale feelgoodfestival.co.uk. Free.

EAGLE FEST August 31 Manchester's neighbouring city of Salford packs just about every up and coming one to watch into The Eagle Inn for a day of blissed out sounds and barbecue. Sean Toohey starts things off at 3pm, but you can catch Joe Nightingale, The Diamond Bays, BlackSonic Revolver and more before last orders.

Collier Street, Salford/facebook.com. Free.

RAMSBOTTOM FESTIVAL September 13-15 Affectionately known as Rammy Fest, this three-dayer on the town's cricket ground boasts a surprisingly broad mix of greats and newcomers. In 2013, that means Richard Hawley, The Beat, Futureheads, Sinead O'Connor, The Unthanks, Eliza Carthy and the new-look Twisted Wheel share billing with the truly excellent Public Service Broadcasting, much-tipped Chasing Owls, Canterbury songwriter Luke Jackson, hiphop septet Lazy Habits, Manchester's hot property The Tapestry and Bonehead's Parlour Flames. Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom/ ramsbottomfestival.com. Pounds 65/Pounds 10 ages 6-16 weekend; Pounds 23-Pounds 25/Pounds 5 daily.

FESTIVAL NO6 September 13-15 Not strictly on our patch, but its organisers are - the people behind The Warehouse Project and Live From Jodrell Bank - and since about 50 per cent of the crowd are Mancunians you''re bound to bump into familiar faces. Hosted in the curious town of Portmeirion on the north-west Wales coast, it brings together My Bloody Valentine, Manic Street Preachers, James Blake, Chic, Tricky, Johnny Marr, Neon Neon, Caitlin Rose, Hookworms and Indians. And then there''s the raves on the beach, stages in the forest, comedy, DJs, talks and games. Who would say no? Portmeirion Village, Wales/festivalnumber6.com/Pounds 179/Pounds 91 ages 11-15/ free under-10s weekend only.

CAVFEST September 21 Cavendish Primary CAVFEST September 21 Cavendish Primary School welcomes behatted troubadour Drawn Boy, home grown talent The Rainband and Badly Drawn Boy, home grown talent The Rainband and The Minx, Chester's garage upstarts The Suns, and DJ sets from Inspiral Carpets' Clint Boon (above) and top trio The Whip. …

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