Popular live music festival returns to The Oast House this bank holiday weekend – and it’s FREE

ManiFest is back once again this Sunday 28 August to celebrate the August bank holiday weekend.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 23rd August 2022

One of the most popular city centre venues is back with another edition of its new music festival this August bank holiday weekend.

In case you missed it, award-winning Spinningfields bar and one of the city’s best-loved sun traps, The Oast House, has launched a new live music festival this year – which kicked-off for the first time over the extended Easter bank holiday weekend, with a full day of tunes provided by local musicians throughout the one-day event.


It then returned for the early May bank holiday, and was back once again to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

Now, to mark the final bank holiday weekend of the year, ManiFest returns this Sunday 28 August and will take over The Oast House’s large outdoor terrace area with a dedicated stage set up.

Set to run from 1pm right through until 10pm in the evening, a packed roster of acts are lined up to perform, including bands, solo artists, and duos all taking to the stage throughout the day, with interludes provided by a number of resident DJs.


As always, the Oast House says that festival-goers can expect a “party atmosphere” and sounds of rock, pop, soul, R&B, funk, disco and blues.

The event is not ticketed, and is free to attend on a first come, first served basis.

It will take over The Oast House’s large outdoor terrace area with a dedicated stage set up / Credit: The Oast House

Given the fact that the event is not ticketed and knowing how popular The Oast House is on most weekends in general, the venue is recommending that people get there early to avoid disappointment.

And if the tunes weren’t enough of a draw as it is, The Oast House’s unique street food menu will also be on offer to try out throughout the weekend for those looking to line their stomachs during the festival – which has a wide range of signature dishes such as the Northern Poutine, Crispy Chicken Burger, and the famous Hanging Kebabs.

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Some of the vegan options on the menu include Cauliflower Wings, Salt and Pepper Fries, and the Plant Based Gyro Wrap.

The Oast House says that festival-goers can expect a “party atmosphere” / Credit: The Oast House

Festival-goers will also get a glimpse at a new street art mural by Northern artist Sam Porter, which was unveiled to celebrate the launch of the new festival earlier this year, and has seen iconic Manchester scenes painted onto the inside of The Oast House stage.

Find out more about the final ManiFest of 2022 on the Oast House website.

Featured Image – The Oast House