Some of UK’s ‘most exciting’ comedians to perform at mini Manchester comedy festival

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Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 12th May 2023

Some of the UK’s “most exciting” comedians are bringing their shows to a new mini comedy festival in Manchester city centre this summer.

Taking over Manchester’s home of cult cinema, video games, and “cool nerdy events”, Cultplex – which is tucked away within the award-winning venue GRUB in Cheetham Hill – for one-day only next month, A Lovely Day is a brand-new mini comedy festival that’s set to bring all the laughs.

A handful of the funniest and upcoming names on the comedy circuit will take to the stage to perform their new work-in-progress shows.

The new festival is the brainchild of Manchester’s hotly-tipped comedy production power couple, John Stansfield and Chris Cantrill – who together created A Lovely Time, which brings tour shows to audiences right here in Manchester, and is known and loved for developing a range of unique comedy concepts.

Those making their way down to GRUB on Saturday 3 June will be able to see new shows from Spencer Jones (Upstart Crow), Rachel Fairburn (All Killa No Filla), and Vittorio Angelone (Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee).


William Stone (Moth Club), and Erika Ehler (Comedians Giving Lectures) are some of the other exciting names on the lineup.

“We’re so thrilled to be launching Manchester’s first day-long comedy festival bringing together our favourite comics,” said organiser Chris Cantrill.


“It’s a unique opportunity for comedy fans, rarely seen outside the capital.”

Organisers hope A Lovely Day will provide Mancs with an alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As the world’s largest performance arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is enduringly popular and is known to take over the Scottish capital city for a month of eclectic shows every August – but as the years go on, the event is becoming increasingly more expensive, which sadly means many comedy fans miss out on the action due to finances.


“Edinburgh is getting quite expensive for outside punters, so we thought we’d bring some of our favourites to Manchester so we can all have a lovely day without having to pay through the nose for accommodation,” organiser John Stansfield added.

Cultplex at GRUB / Credit: GRUB MCR

A Lovely Day is taking over Cultplex at GRUB from 1pm onwards on Saturday 3 June, and tickets are now available to get your hands on – with individual shows priced from £6.

You can also buy a day pass for £20, which gets you into all five shows on the day.

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Featured Image – GRUB MCR