Music events at The Manchester International Festival

2nd-19th July Various venues across Manchester

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Manchester International Festival takes place biennially in Manchester. The Festival launched in 2007 as an artist-led, commissioning Festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.

Tickets for the following music highlights are available from the Festival website.

10×10: Four Tet – Live in Concert

Support from

  • Tyondai Braxton
  • Koreless
  • Eat Your Own Ears
  • Now Wave DJs

17 July
Doors open from 7pm
First act 7pm

Mayfield Depot
Fairfield Street
Manchester M1 2QF

Tickets
£19.50* / £25
Concs £5 off
£12 for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage

On sale:
MIF Members, Thu 7 July, 10am
General sale, Fri 8 July, 10am

*Limited release, early-bird tickets

10×10: Day & Night
12 Hours Non Stop

Carl Craig & Mike Banks
DJ Koze
Joy Orbison
Octave One – Live
Kyle Hall
Midland
Paranoid London – Live
Dark Sky – Live
Maurice Fulton
Space Dimension Controller
Jacques Green
Mr. Ties
Illum Sphere
The Unabombers
Krysko & Greg Lord
Zutekh DJs

18 July
2pm – 2am
Mayfield Depot
Fairfield Street
Manchester M1 2QF

Tickets
£25
Concs £5 off
£12 for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage

On sale:
MIF Members, Thu 7 July, 10am
General sale, Fri 8 July, 10am

wonder.land a new musical
Music by Damon Albarn
Book and lyrics by Moira Buffini
Directed by Rufus Norris

wonder.land is a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic Alice in Wonderland, with music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe, Handbagged). Directed by the National Theatre’s incoming Director, Rufus Norris.

Welcome to wonder.land, where you can be exactly who you want to be.

Aly, 12, loves this extraordinary virtual world. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, wonder.land lets her escape from her parents, from teachers, from herself.

Online, Aly becomes Alice: brave, beautiful and in control. But some of the people she meets — the weird Dum and Dee, the creepy Cheshire Cat, the terrifying Red Queen — seem strangely familiar.

As hard as Aly tries to keep them apart, real life and wonder.land begin to collide in ever more curious and dangerous ways.

29 June to 12 July

Palace Theatre
Oxford St
Manchester M1 6FT

Tickets
£21.25 (Preview)
£19.25 – £46.25
(Includes ATG restoration levy)
Concs £5 off (limited)
£12 tickets for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage can be booked here.

A group rate of £5 off person on bookings of 10 people or more is available on £40.25 and £34.25 price seats for performances on Tue 7 July at 7.30pm and Wed 8 July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, making the price per person £35.25 or £29.25. To book, call the Group Sales Team on 0844 871 3038

Arvo Pärt, Manchester Camerata, Gábor Takács-Nagy

Arvo Pärt’s music, at once ancient and modern, seeks to communicate what the composer has described as ‘love for every note’. His music is utterly unique and of huge appeal with audiences internationally; today, Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world. Arvo Pärt, Manchester Camerata’s Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy and MIF have curated a special evening of orchestral and choral works that perfectly demonstrates the overwhelmingly spiritual quality of his music.

Sun 12 July 7:30pm

The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3WS

Tickets
Book tickets via The Bridgewater Hall box office on 0161 907 9000.
Side Choir seats available only

£16-£36
Concs £5 off (limited)
£12 tickets for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage

The Immortal: An Oratorio
A new work by Mark Simpson
Mozart’s Requiem
BBC Philharmonic

Manchester International Festival presents the world première of The Immortal, a new work for orchestra and chorus by one of Britain’s brightest young composers, Mark Simpson.

Sat 4 July 7:30pm

The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3WS

Tickets
£16-£36
Concs £5 off (limited)
£12 tickets for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage can be booked here.

Festival Square: The home of MIF
For the 18 days of the Festival, Albert Square becomes Festival Square, the home of MIF.

Free music : The acoustic stage returns to Festival Square each day. Line-ups and times will be announced via social media and mif.co.uk nearer the time.

Free DJs: Everyday, 9pm til late. Our hand-picked selection of DJs will be spinning tunes in our Pavilion bar, including Mary Anne Hobbs, Dave Haslam, Will Tramp, Gregling, Disco Mums, Chris Massey, John Loveless, Justine Alderman and Hattie Pearson.

Sold out events

The following events are currently sold out but check back for tickets that become available

  • Yellow: The traditional MIF finale. Guest DJ Erik Rug (Silencio, Paris) joins Dave Haslam for a soul-stirring night of classic funk and house
  • FKA twigs, one of the most exciting artists of the last ten years, in residence at Old Granada Studios
  • Björk