Lost looking for Bank Holiday fun? You need some MAPS in your life.

Maps is an arts and music festival that takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend in venues across Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Now in it’s third year, the lovely folks behind the event are looking to expand on the success of the previous years to bring a unique and diverse celebration of Manchester’s creative talent to the area. Unlike other multi-venue city festivals, Maps is unique in that it does not exclusively focus on music, art, or poetry but exists to showcase all kinds of home grown creative work together in one place. Expect to see acoustic singer/songwriters alongside illustrators in one venue, and full-on rock bands playing harmoniously alongside poets in the next. Nowhere else can such a diverse and multi-discipline arts festival be found on such an intimate scale.

Manchester has an internationally-renowned reputation as a hub of creativity and innovation, and we believe that Maps is a wonderful contemporary celebration of that heritage, while looking towards putting the next generation of Mancunian artistic talent on display.

Maps looks to be a great weekend for all ages – expect to find youngster-friendly craft and drawing workshops by day, and when the sun goes down for those of you who’ve still got the energy for a good party expect you’ll be able to groove along to some of the city’s best cutting edge bands and DJs til’ way on into the early hours.

The full lineup of events can’t possibly all fit on this page, but here’s a sneaky preview of who you can expect to see playing this year, with much much more to follow:

  • Doll & The Kicks
  • My Luminaries
  • Tubelord
  • Jo Rose
  • Orphan Boy
  • Danny Mahon
  • Sophie’s Pigeons
  • The Bedlam Six
  • Circus Jam workshops
  • Craft activities
  • MMU Photography Exhibition
  • Odd Bar’s Quizimodo

Maps takes place on the weekend of the 30th April – 3rd May across various venues in the Northern Quarter. Full weekend tickets cost £20 and are on sale now from Ticketline. For more information, have a look at www.mapsfestival.com.

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