Manchester International Festival and The Warehouse Project to present ‘Special Edition’


Manchester International Festival and The Warehouse Project to present ‘Special Edition’

Manchester International Festival (MIF) are working with The Warehouse Project to stage four specially curated shows taking place across five nights in November. All performances take place at Manchester's immense Mayfield, a former railway station, where they last came together for the '10 x 10' weekend back in 2015.

A meticulously crafted collaboration, curated with BBC 6 Music's Mary Anne Hobbs, 'Special Edition'brings an immense musical offering with standout shows from across the musical spectrum. The vast, atmospheric space of Mayfield will provide the perfect stage for this world-class line-up, with unique visuals from lighting designer Stuart Bailes.

These shows are part of a series of pre-Factory events, paving the way for the opening of The Factory, a new major arts space being developed in the heart of the city that will be operated by MIF, which returns next year. 'Special Edition' will run alongside The Warehouse Project's full 2018 season still to be announced.

Opening the series on Saturday 3rd November, Bonobo brings his international Outlier series to Manchester. Previously presented in London and New York, Outlier has seen Bonobo harness his talents as a curator and arbiter of club culture, as well as demonstrating his instinctive relationship with music.

Bonobo DJs alongside musical purveyor and tastemaker of worldwide sounds Gilles Peterson. Having featured Bonobo on his recent 'All That Must Be' album, George Fitzgerald (live) joins the line-up along with musical chameleon and ever party ready Shanti Celeste, plus the amazingly engaging Palms Traxand Rinse FM's Josey Rebelle.

Off the back of their second solo album, the critically acclaimed Plunge, the bold and brilliant Fever Ray will take to the stage on Tuesday 6th November. With their shows a concoction of visually arresting performance art, sharp synths and pulsating beats, this is likely to take live entertainment to another level.

Manchester's very own Grime King of the North, Bugzy Malone will perform two consecutive shows on the8th and 9th November. With his first album B. Inspired due out in August, Bugzy is one of the artists responsible for giving Manchester a voice in an otherwise London dominated scene, and will bring the city a double hit of his trademark, heavyweight sound for the ultimate homecoming. A number of tickets for these shows will be free to young people in Greater Manchester, more details on this will be announced soon.

Bringing the curtain down on the 'Special Edition' series are the mighty Bicep. Transformed from club dance floor dwellers to globetrotting producer DJs, the duo will front an expansive and gripping live show, featuring songs from their triumphant self-titled debut album at Mayfield on Saturday 10th November.

More artists for every show are still to be announced.

Priority booking for tickets for Special Edition opens on Tuesday 10 July 2018, with general sale available from Thursday 12 July 2018.

The Mayfield shows are subject to license.

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