Carrying on from where other urban festivals such as In The City left off, A Carefully Planned Festival is back for a third time to bring more than 100 national and international acts to the Northern Quarter, for a weekend of live music, art, spoken word and partying – all for the princely sum of £12.50 for a weekend wristband.
Spread over six venues encompassing Manchester’s best-loved to the surprisingly intimate, the event will see some of the most interesting and cutting-edge bands from across the UK and further afield, including as far away as Japan, take to the stage for a weekend of unrivalled entertainment on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October.
Highlights from the line-up include the much-hyped Crash Of Rhinos, This Many Boyfriends, The Physics House Band, festival favourites Johnny Foreigner, plus up-and-coming talent Kiran Leonard, who will be guaranteed to attract significant attention from anyon with their finger on the pulse. The bands booked will surely be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Mercury Prize winners Alt-J who wowed crowds at previous Carefully Planned events. Joining them on the bill are some of Manchester’s finest talents, including Golden Fable, Plank and Doctrines, whose local reputations are sure to draw a large crowd.
However A Carefully Planned Festival is just as much about a warm and friendly atmosphere as it is about the music. The team at Carefully Planned have been in existence since 2007 and since then they’ve put on numerous well-attended events, including the much lauded previous incarnations of A Carefully Planned Festival. The extra attention that is paid to getting the tone just right, and efforts to keep ticket prices low has seen the popularity of Carefully Planned events grow exponentially through word of mouth, as well as increasing media interest.
“Of course people ought to enjoy the music and the performances, but there is so much decent music in this country that booking the bands is the easy bit, Finding the right audience and creating the right atmosphere is much harder and is something that has taken me years to get right. A Carefully Planned Festival is a celebration of our six years of organising events. If you like good people and you like great music, you’ll really like this. I’m very excited.” ~ Matthew Boycott-Garnett, Carefully Planned founder
Performances will take place from 1pm on Saturday 19th in six carefully chosen locations; Soup Kitchen, Night & Day, Kraak, Bakerie, The Castle Hotel and recently renovated Gullivers, all within a few minutes walk of each other here in the Northern Quarter, with performances followed by DJs going on into the early hours of both Sunday and Monday.
The full line-up is available on the Carefully Planned Festival website (you can get an idea from the posters on this page too), where the bands’ music can be sampled on a Spotify playlist .