It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
As we say goodbye to that death bringing, giant burning ball of flames in the sky for another year and welcome back dark mornings and even darker nights, a team of brave young people have been busy getting Manchester ready for the biggest weekend of its social calendar.
Now in its sixth year, A Carefully Planned Festival returns to Manchester’s Northern Quarter this weekend to champion alternative music, DIY culture and sweet, sweet booze. Last year was a peach (tell me about them little gold cans of rocket fuel!) but this year they’ve gone above and beyond. The planning in the lead up has been pretty special, with every member of the team chipping in and offering their take on who punters should go and see, radio plugs and all sorts, as well as a bloody exclusive beer that they’ve gone and brewed! It says a lot about how good this festival is when their sixth outing has the feeling of a big anniversary to it. Who knows what the festival will look like when it reaches ten!
This year’s festival will showcase over 160 different acts across such NQ staples as Soup Kitchen, Aatma, Gullivers, The Castle Hotel, The Crown & Kettle, Texture and 57 Thomas Street, featuring more genres than you can shake a multi-genred stick at.
Our good friends Musical Mathematics have got their own stage this year, putting on a staggering line-up at Night & Day Café. It shouldn’t be too hard to guess where you’ll be able to find Birthday Cake For Breakfast most of the weekend… Body Hound, Classically Handsome Brutes, Orchards, FALLS, Patchwork Natives, Tall Talker – the list goes on. Prepare to get your weird on!
There’s a few absolute must-see’s taking place up the road at Mint Lounge. Previous years have seen the venue house extra special Carefully Planned sets from the likes of Kagoule and Mimas. This year, skull-crushing noise-aficionados USA Nails are making the trip up once again and have got the Birthday Cake For Breakfast 100% seal of approval. Mint Lounge will also be home to Northern powerhouses Oil, DUDS and Irk, as well as the brilliant Real Terms (a.k.a. ¾ of VASCO DA GAMA!)
Other unmissable bands that meet the requirements of the Birthday Cake For Breakfast 100% seal of approval include Grotbags, COWTOWN, Crashtactics, Hen Party, Sly & The Family Drone, Benjamin Blue, Pijn, Peaness, Bruja, Oh Boy! and rad Leeds trio Bearfoot Beware!
A Carefully Planned Festival makes for a truly wonderful weekend. The care and dedication put in by the team working tirelessly behind the scenes really makes you appreciate this terrific, inexpensive DIY extravaganza that is right on our doorstep (if you’re lucky enough to live in Manchester!)
See you in the pit!