Creative agency Big People Music is putting on a special weekend of music for the ‘Music That Makes You’ festival in the city. And best of all, it’s totally free!
Known for producing top quality artists, Big People Music has curated an unbelievable lineup of the freshest hip hop, neo-soul, R&B and electronic musicians putting local music on the map over the last couple of years.
St Ann’s Square and HOME’s sister venue Homeground have been chosen to host a stage each. Both venues will be fully outdoors, creating the perfect setting for some festival feels right here in the city centre.
Since opening its doors at the end of May, the new Homeground – situated on First Street – has been providing Mancunians with a brand-new means of enjoying live music, DJs, comedy and theatre with a weekly programme of entertainment to get stuck into.
On Saturday, you’ll find the silky soulful sounds of KinKai and LayFullstop, plus DJ Jomo, Children of Zeus’ tour DJ Gyalex, Maniaco17 and producer glue70 playing here as part of the Music That Makes You festival.
Meanwhile, Sunday will see some powerful performances from The KTNA twins, and Ceeow, alongside Be!ng Rasheed, Meme Gold and Sham Steele.
If you’re over in St. Ann’s Sq, you can expect the same good music vibe. There’ll be appearances from DJ Gardener, Drew, Jali, Retroneek, Slowpo, Subzero & Pyper on Saturday.
And then on Sunday, they’ll have EvaBee, Me Gusta, Lobé and Nxdia.
It all kicks off from 12pm at both stages on both days, before finishing at 7pm on Saturday. On Sunday, things will wind down at a slightly earlier time of 5pm.
Although all the events are free, capacity is limited. So, head down early to make sure you secure a space.
Tunde Adekoya, Director of Big People Music, said: “This event is for those who rate quality, have a passion, and feel what they do.
“Especially those who understand that art can make you; performing can make you; literature can make you; and music can make you feel.”
Big People Music is well versed in putting together these open-air occasions. Last month, the agency hosted a series of live performances as part of Manchester International Festival’s finale at Cathedral Gardens on July 18. Manchester artists Misha B and Abnormal Sleepz both performed alongside the Big People Music Orchestra to see out the epic 18-day festival.
For more details on Music That Makes You head to Big People Music’s Instagram page, and for all this music in Manchester, follow The Manc Audio.
Feature image: Big People Music / KinKai
Hundreds of Ian Brown tickets appear on resale sites as fans slam ‘karaoke gigs’
People are selling off their tickets for Ian Brown’s tour at far less than face value after footage from his gig in Leeds went viral for all the wrong reasons.
Fans have been saying that the former Stone Roses frontman has been ‘butchering his own tunes’ while singing along to a backing track.
His show has been compared to a karaoke due to the lack of live band, and some have said they had to walk out halfway through.
Ian Brown is set to perform a sold-out show at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse on Friday 30 September as part of his UK tour – his first solo headline tour in more than a decade.
But dozens of people are now listing their tickets for the gig on resale sites for almost half the face value.
There are also tonnes of tickets popping up for his concerts in London, Liverpool, Newcastle, and other dates around the country.
One person joked: “Just seen the Ian Brown footage gig in Leeds. Anyone want to buy 2 tickets for the Liverpool gig this Saturday night haha.”
Another said: “Just the 132 email alerts from @Twickets today for #IanBrown tickets.”
Someone wrote: “Absoloutely brutal reaction to Ian Brown and his karaoke tour. Over 80 tickets up for his London gig already at under face value. It gets to a fiver and I’ll go, failing that, I’ll spend a tenner at the chinese karaoke in town.”
Someone has even compared the resale value of tickets for his shows to the plummeting pound.
One person said: “Absolute sh*t show from Ian Brown, the videos doing the rounds from his karaoke concert are cringe as f*ck, i couldn’t even give away two tickets for tonight’s gig in Glasgow.”
The viral video of Ian singing in Leeds – which has now been viewed more than one million times – was posted by one ‘gutted’ fan who said they had to leave early.
They wrote: “Gutted to see @ianbrown turn up to his £40 a ticket, sold out gig at leeds tonight WITH NO BAND. I’m a life long fan but it was bad. #ianbrown does karaoke and butchers his own tunes. Most were too pissed to care but I had to get out after this one. Longsight M13 was a highlight.”
Another fan wrote: “Ian Brown charging £50 a ticket to only sing his solo tunes, over a backing track, with no band is quite something.”
A third simply called it “the funniest gig I’ve ever been to”.
One fan and his partner said they had seen enough around half an hour in to the gig, before they headed to the door to make their exit.
How to get Arctic Monkeys tickets for their massive Manchester gig next summer
Arctic Monkeys have announced details of their biggest-ever UK and Irish tour – and your best chance at getting tickets ends today.
The Sheffield rockers are set to perform in Manchester next summer, with a massive gig at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.
Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Matt Helders and Nick O’Malley will also play shows in Bristol, Coventry, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Swansea, Southampton, London, Dublin, Glasgow, and two gigs in their hometown at Hillsborough Park.
The tour announcement follows news of a new album, The Car, which is due for release on 21 October.
Arctic Monkeys have already released one single from their seventh studio album – There’d Better Be a Mirrorball dropped last month, to rave reviews.
The group first formed back in 2002 and were one of the first groups to shoot to fame via the internet.
Their 2006 critically-acclaimed debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, became the fastest-selling debut album in UK chart history.
They’ll be supported on their May and June tour dates by fellow indie rockers The Hives and The Mysterines.
The Arctic Monkeys general sale will begin at 9am on Friday 30 September, but there’ll also be a fan pre-sale for an extra chance at grabbing tickets.
To gain access to the pre-sale, fans need to pre-order The Car from the band’s official web store before 3pm today, Wednesday 28 September.
Pre-sale tickets will then go up for grabs at 9am on Thursday 29 September.
Arctic Monkeys 2022 UK and Ireland tour dates
May 29 Bristol – Ashton Gate Stadium 31 Coventry – Building Society Arena
June 2 Manchester – Emirates Old Trafford 5 Middlesbrough – Riverside Stadium 7 Norwich – Carrow Road Stadium 9 Sheffield – Hillsborough Park 10 Sheffield – Hillsborough Park 12 Swansea – Swansea.com Stadium 14 Southampton – The Ageas Bowl 16 London – Emirates Stadium 17 London – Emirates Stadium 20 Dublin – Marlay Park 25 Glasgow – Bellahouston Park