Festival full of food, live entertainment, and more to take over ‘hidden street’ in Manchester city centre

Deansgate Mews Festival is back over the bank holiday weekend from Friday 26 - Sunday 28 May 2023.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 19th May 2023

A three-day outdoor festival full of food, drink, live entertainment, and more is set to take over a hidden street in Manchester city centre.

Back by popular demand after what were successful runs in both 2021 and 2022, city centre dining and leisure destination, Great Northern Warehouse, has announced that its outdoor street festivalDeansgate Mews Festival, is once again making a return at the end of this month – with live music, al fresco dining, independent traders, and so much more on the packed lineup.

Just as the name suggests, Deansgate Mews – which is a hidden street nestled just above the city’s main thoroughfare – will welcome the three-day festival this late May bank holiday weekend from Friday 26 – Sunday 28 May.

The festival is all about championing the very best of Manchester culture, as well as the eclectic range of independent businesses on the street.

Completely free to attend, festival organisers are this year promising a lively celebration of food, entertainment, and stalls from a variety of independent local retailers, as well as a plenty of family-friendly activities to get stuck into.


Over 45 live music acts are booked to play over a number of stages across the extended weekend.

A pop-up outdoor stage at local neighbourhood bar, Lions Den, will see headline performances from Mancunian indie rock band Strawberry Lemonade, North London-based band The Social Club, and Mansfield-based indie rock band The Publics, while there’ll also be additional indoor and outdoor stages at Low Four, and another indoor stage at Manchester One Media.


William KZ, Bright Light Rooney, Dan Disgrace, Nikki & The Waves, Jackie Moonbather, Norrisette, Terry Venomous, and Hank Stankovic are just a handful of the other names set to entertain crowds.

With Deansgate Mews being the perfect place to spend an afternoon basking in the sunshine on the large outdoor terrace, festivalgoers can make the most of al fresco dining from some of the street’s best-loved bars and restaurants – including The Mews Bar, Another Hand, and Acai & The Tribe.

There’ll also be a pop-up ‘gift emporium’ with talented traders, fashion labels, and local artists such as Bah Florals, The Lemur Arts, Helen Jones Art, Hoop and Fred, NoWear To Go, and IOLLA all celebrating the best of Manchester’s independent brands.

Deansgate Mews / Credit: GNW

All the festival’s proceeds will be donated to community charity Forever Manchester.

“Following on from the success of previous years, we are delighted to once again be hosting Deansgate Mews Festival,” Great Northern’s centre director Mark Schofield said ahead of the festival.

“We hope to welcome locals to enjoy a free weekend of music and socialising, alongside the best of outdoor dining, drinks, and shopping that Great Northern Warehouse has to offer.”

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Find out more about Deansgate Mews Festival 2023 here.

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