Music and the arts are what makes the city of Manchester so unique and diverse. From the buskers of Market Street to the global renowned acts performing at the stadiums, venues and arena. Yet, wedged in the top part of the city you have the Northern Quarter. The true heart of Manchester. From The Castle Hotel, Aatma, Gullivers, the countless shops, cafes and more the Northern Quarter is about to welcome a brand new, and exciting festival ready to embed itself into the heart of Manchester.
Sabotage Festival takes place on Saturday, April 28th. It is a one-day music festival split between two iconic Manchester venues, Night and Day cafe and Soup Kitchen. The festival aims to bring new, and exciting alternative rock talent from across the country and play in these well-renowned venues. For its debut year, the festival has already made a statement. Its three headliners, Scottish band Catholic Action, the hotly tipped Bloody Knees, and London based Italian trio Husky Loops. This trio of headliners are followed up by some outstanding talent that will be split between the two stages.
Cardiff newcomers and blog favourites Sock bring their slacker, Mac Demarco inspired dream sounds to Manchester. Indie-pop trio Peaness will also be taking to the stage at Sabotage. Their fun, enjoyable alt-rock make them one of the must-see bands at the year’s event. Brightons Beachtape will be making the long trip North to sub-headline the Night and Day stage. The lineup also includes Manchester based bands. Queasy and MOLD, who will both be looking to shine brightly in the lineup.
The festival itself is the brain child of Alexis Panidis. “I’ve basically wanted to do something like this for a while, after failing a degree in music and feeling completely uninspired. I decided to take things into my own hands. I’ve been a big fan of city festivals over the years but have felt things like a few festivals have been pretty lacklustre in recent times.” He said.
“I finally got the drive to just go for it last year and starting enquiring with bands and venues to see if it was feasible. 10 months on, it’s shaping up nicely with some of my favourite up and coming bands playing at my 2 favourite Manchester venues. I’m really keen to start to make a living out of living music events, so hopefully, it goes well”. It is clear to see Alexis is one dedicated individual. Trying to create a brand new inner-city festival is no easy task and having acquired the likes of Soup Kitchen and Night and Day, as well as the trio of headliners, Sabotage looks set for a blockbuster debut year.
Sabotage is less than a week away and tickets are flying out. Grab the last remaining tickets here:
Listen to a Spotify playlist provided by the festival below:
Piran of Let It Happen will be situated in Soup Kitchen on the day providing photos and reviewing the day as it unfolds.