One of Greater Manchester’s most popular festivals will be back in the Stockport countryside this weekend, as Moovin Festival 2022 heads back to Etherow Country Park.
With its biggest line-up yet – featuring Orbital, Shy FX and DJ Jazzy Jeff – as well as its stunning setting at the eco-friendly Whitebottom Farm, it’s gone from being ‘Manchester’s best kept secret’ to a staple on the region’s events calendar.
At Moovin Festival 2022, you’ll find all the usual countryside stages, including The Barn, a converted cow shed with a massive bar and hay bales to sit on.
Festival-goers are welcomed by a magical canopy of trees, a lake with waterfowl, and a breathtaking gorge, with a limited capacity at the festival itself to ‘keep the friendly, intimate (adult only) family vibe which has helped to make this boutique festival so special’.
On top of the music, festival-goers can take advantage of yoga classes, gong baths, massages, circus and dance performances, poetry, magic, ethically-sourced food and drink, fresh juices and smoothies, treats, sweets and delights.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Moovin Festival 2022 tickets
Early bird tickets for Moovin Festival have been snapped up already – no surprise – but there are still other tickets up for grabs.
Friday day tickets are priced at £38.75, while Saturday and Sunday tickets cost £60.75.
Weekend tickets for Moovin are £132.25 this year, with an extra £27.75 for a camping pass.
Prices will creep up slightly once this next batch of tickets sells out, so move quickly.
Shuttle buses cost £1 each way and you’ll need cash.
If you’re arriving by taxi, it’s best to get dropped off in the Etherow Country Park official car park, where there is either the option of the beautiful 20 minute walk through the country park or the shuttle bus.
The nearest train stations are Marple and Romiley. Stockport train station is also nearby with buses every 15 minutes.
Gate opening and closing times
Motor Home Ticket Holders Only – Friday 26 August – 11am -9pm
Camping Ticket Holders Only – Friday 26 August – 1pm -9pm
All Other Ticket Holders:
Friday 26 August – 2pm – 9pm
Saturday 27 August – 10am – 9pm
Sunday 28 August – 10am – 9pm
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M People’s Mike Pickering ‘very angry’ at Liz Truss for using their song Moving On Up at Tory conference
Mike Pickering, founder of legendary Manchester band M People, is not happy that one of their songs was used at the Conservative party conference.
The musician said the group were ‘very angry’ at the sight of Liz Truss walking out to their tune Moving On Up.
He also described the Tories as ‘despicable’, ‘awful people’, and ‘freaks’ in an enraged rant.
The PM chose M People’s 1993 banger as her intro music for the closing speech at the political event – though thankfully refrained from dancing, unlike her predecessor Theresa May.
Ironically, former lead singer Heather Small’s son was elected as a Labour councillor in May.
Twitter immediately erupted, alerting Mike to the PM’s song choice.
And he was very quick to set the record straight, insisting ‘no permission had been given for that’ and that they were ‘very angry’.
He then added that he didn’t want his song to be used ‘as a soundtrack to lies’.
Mike tweeted: “So apparently we can’t stop Truss walking out to our song, very weird! So sad it got used by this shower of a government.
“BTW Truss labour used it with permission in 90’s. I don’t want my song being a soundtrack to lies.”
He has since appeared on LBC to further tell his side of the story – and he didn’t hold back.
Mike told presenter James O’Brien: “I’m not have that woman or that party having anything to do with my music. I wouldn’t have had that.”
He clarified that the Tories can use songs without permission – but if M People had known it was coming, they could have sent cease and desist letter to the venue itself.
He said: “We’re all in fear that these freaks are gonna use our music!
“There’s a few things really. New Labour used it all the time, with our permission, and also the lyrics – ‘you’ve done me wrong, you took a sip from the devil’s cup, move on out of here, pack your bags and leave’.
“And I’m just like ‘mmm not sure you should’ve used that song’.
“It’s the worst government in my lifetime, and my lifetime’s quite long.
“I think they’re despicable, I really can’t stand them.
A Manchester gaming bar is throwing a 2000s-themed Myspace party this week, taking it back to a time when studded belts were all the rage and angsty bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, and Taking Back Sunday ruled the airwaves.
Staff at Pixel Bar are getting ready to relive their Myspace Scene kid days with a free-to-enter ‘Myspace social’, which will take place on Tuesday 4 October at the Northern Quarter gaming bar.
Promising a night full of emo, pop punk and scene classics, if you regularly find yourself listening back to old Brand New songs and fingering packets of blue-black hair dye in Boots, this is probably a party for you.
Throughout the night Pixel Bar will be running a 40% industry discount on food and drink for partygoers, as well as hosting games of beer pong and giant Jenga.
Dressing up is not mandatory but it is encouraged, and its bar staff will be going all out in their best emo and Scene kid get-ups – so expect to see a lot of kohl eyeliner, sweeping fringes, and maybe even a few pairs of fingerless gloves.
Sharing the news of the upcoming party on social media, Pixel Bar wrote: “We’re officially bringing Myspace back!
“Head down next Tuesday for our Myspace special. Mega industry discount with 40% off food and drink!
“@camthedj is spinning all the Scene/Emo tracks bringing back the emo fringe.”
Originally hailing from Leeds, Pixel Bar opened its second site in Manchester at the end of 2021 and became an instant hit with the city’s gaming community.
Selling 18 different gaming-themed cocktails, with choices like ‘Jigglypuff’, ‘Princess Perch’ and the ‘Yoshi’s Island Iced Tea’, plus a selection of ‘magic potion’ shots promising do deliver ‘full health’ and ‘stamina’, it has quickly become a haven for gamers.
The bar also has a signature cocktail called ‘Who’s that Pokemon?’ – a combination of vodka, lemon juice, soda and your choice of flavoured syrup.
Elsewhere, you’ll find the newest PlayStation 5, Xbox X Series, and Nintendo platforms, arcade games, high-spec PCs and a downstairs club room playing early 00s pop punk until the early hours.