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What’s on this Summer: August

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Featured image: Ronnie Moore

Autumn isn’t here just yet! You’ve still got time before the hustle and bustle of real life comes at you as August gives us one more month of summertime fun with a sports championship, one of the world’s oldest music festivals and ending with the main event, Manchester Pride. Be sure to make the most of these last days of summer and get out there.

THE HUNDRED at Emirates Old Trafford

Friday 5 – Wednesday 31 August | Tickets

Eight teams, seven cities, a hundred balls. This country-wide cricket tournament will bowl you over this summer. The Manchester Originals will represent our city at Emirates Old Trafford, with both a women’s and a men’s team. The Hundred is a sporting event made for thousands to get involved in.

Firestorm Rock Festival

Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 August | Tickets

If rock music and the countryside are your things then this festival is for you! Located in the picturesque Etherow Country Park between Stockport and Manchester, the city’s camping rock festival is bringing you the best rock bands. From hard and heavy, classic blues and a little bit of punk too this is shaping up to be what Firestorm call ‘one hell of an explosion of face-melting Rock.’

Manchester Poetry Library

Hulme Summer Festival: Family Day

Tuesday 16 August | Tickets

Join the Manchester Poetry Library for a family poetry session. Whatever your age, whatever your reading ability; everyone is welcome to enjoy sharing poetry. With activities for all ages, as well as 12,000 poetry books in many languages and on many topics, this will be a relaxing and engaging afternoon for the whole family.

Hulme Summer Festival: Writing Workshop – Victorian Greetings Card

Wednesday 17 August | Tickets

Forget Me Not: Poetry and Pictures in Victorian and Edwardian Greetings Cards is a free exhibition that explores the relationship between poetry and pictures on greeting cards printed between 1840 and 1920 – the ‘Golden Age’ for greetings cards. This workshop will be taking inspiration from the special collection on display in the exhibition to write our own cards.

$not at Manchester Academy 2

Thursday 18 August | Tickets

One of the most exciting up-and-coming rappers right now, $not is dropping in Manchester for the UK leg of his world tour. The Florida rapper rose to fame on SoundCloud and in 2018 his single ‘Gosha’ would blast him into the rap scene and kickstart his widespread popularity. After collaborating with artists such as Flo Milli, Denzel Curry and ASAP Rocky, $not is taking his effortless flow and lyrical mastery to the Manchester Academy 2.


Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 August | Tickets

The UK’s favourite dance festival is back and better than ever! Marking its 25th anniversary, this is an event you are not going to want to miss as Creamfields is the place to be if you’re after thumping beats, a dirty bassline and the heaviest of drops. Boasting a birthday-worthy line-up of Afrojack, Bicep, Calvin Harris, CamelPhat, David Guetta, Erik Prydz, example, Fat Boy Slim, Fisher and more, Creamfields 2022 is a great send-off to an amazing summer.

Reading and Leeds Festival

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 August | Tickets

Each bank holiday weekend in August music of all genres and artists from all over the world take control of Reading and Leeds! These annual festivals take place simultaneously and have been home to some of the biggest bands in the UK. Reading Festival, the older of the two, is the world’s oldest popular music festival still in existence, constantly changing and remixing what it means to be a festival. After increasing the proportion of the lineup and adding new genres to the roster, R&L has been home to the likes of The Stone Roses, Cypress Hill, Paramore, Kendrick Lamar, My Chemical Romance, and so many more.

Doki Doki – The Manchester Japanese Festival

Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 August | Tickets

Held in the Sugden Sports Centre, Doki Doki – The Manchester Japanese Festival is an event dedicated to celebrating both traditional and modern Japanese culture! From informative talks from guest speakers to panels and workshops on various aspects of Japanese culture, there is also a large amount of fun to be had. With a cosplay afterparty hosted by Sandbar and a raffle with the proceeds going towards Aid for Japan, this is the best place to show your appreciation for Japanese culture in Manchester.

Photography: Ronnie Moore

Manchester Pride

Friday 26 – Monday 29 August | Tickets

Manchester is a city of freedom for all and the Manchester Pride Festival is one of the world’s biggest celebrations of LGBTQ+ culture and liberation out there. Over the three days, a number of events will take place around the city to showcase everything queer, each with a focus on one of six strands; equality, art and culture, community, party, activism, and youth and family. Some events are free, some ticketed, all important and joyful. 

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