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Salford’s popular We Invented the Weekend festival confirms 2024 return and teases ‘unforgettable’ lineup

The cultural celebration will be descending on MediaCity once again this summer.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 1st February 2024

One of Salford’s best-loved cultural celebrations has confirmed it’ll be making a 2024 return once again this summer.

That’s right, We Invented the Weekend is back for another year of fun.

After a hugely-successful launch year last summer – which saw 60,000 visitors descend onto MediaCity and its neighbouring Salford areas – We Invented the Weekend will once again transform Salford Quays into a hub of family-friendly fun this June, all in a bid to “celebrate what people get up to over the weekend”.

An exciting programme of performances and activities has been teased this week – including an “unforgettable” Sunday afternoon DJ set from Manc icon, DJ Paulette.

The 2024 edition of the festival will take over MediaCity on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June.


Although the full lineup is yet to be released, organisers say festivalgoers can expect an specially-curated programme of over 200 events and activities, with something for people of all ages and backgrounds to get stuck into.

As well as DJ Paulette’s special Sunday afternoon set, there’s also set to be more “unmissable” headline moments scattered throughout the weekend celebrations.


And the best bit about it all? The festival is completely FREE to head on down to.

Salford’s popular We Invented the Weekend festival confirms 2024 return / Credit: Mark Waugh (via Supplied)

“The concept of We Invented the Weekend is like no other,” commented festival co-founder, Wayne Hemingway.

“And based off the tens of thousands of people who visited on that wonderfully sunny, uplifting weekend last year, it’s clear people are understanding the ethos and meaning of the festival, so it’s incredibly impactful to be able to put on We Invented the Weekend as a free large-scale event in the place where the weekend was created in 1843.


“The event doesn’t just celebrate what we all get up to at the weekend, but is also a moment to recognise the culture, heritage, and legacy of Salford and Greater Manchester.”

The popular cultural celebration will be descending on Salford Quays once again this summer / Credit: Supplied

2023’s edition of the festival saw well-known names like the BBC, the RHS, The Lowry, and Manchester‘s legendary Science and Industry Museum host special events, plus loads of local creatives and community-run organisations presented over 200 free performances and activities to help MediaCity achieve its highest footfall moment in its history.

Not only that, the 2023 festival also brought in more than £3.2 million to the local economy too, so it’s no wonder organisers are bringing it back for more again this summer, right?

And we can’t wait.

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We Invented the Weekend 2024 is happening down at MediaCity on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June, and you can find out more here.

Featured Image – Mark Waugh (via Supplied)