Manchester bars to celebrate Northern Soul with new festival


Printworks Norwegian Blue

Bars, pubs and restaurants across Manchester are supporting the city’s first Northern Soul Festival, organised in aid of specialist cancer hospital The Christie.

Taking place on Sunday August 30, The Printworks complex in Manchester city centre will open its doors to over 30 live music acts, celebrating the north’s iconic era of soul.

From soul DJs playing vinyl, bands, and solo performers to authentic Northern Soul dance troupes, it will involve venues at The Printworks such as Waxy O’Connor’s, Norwegian Blue, the Hard Rock Café, The Bierkeller and Tiger Tiger with its Groovy Wonderland bar.

Beyond the city centre, other bars and pubs will be throwing special Northern Soul-themed evenings, such as The Horse and Jockey in Chorlton in south Manchester, with collections at the bar for The Christie.

The food and drink outlets within The Printworks will offer a series of special promotions available to anyone who has bought a £5 wristband. All proceeds from the wristbands will go to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, based in Withington.

Fred Booth, centre director at The Printworks, said: “The wristbands are great value, offering patrons some fantastic deals on food and drink, while donating to a worthy cause.”

The fundraiser is being organised by Frank Byrne, a renowned DJ of the Manchester soul scene for over 30 years. After being diagnosed with oesophagus cancer in October last year, Frank began chemotherapy treatment at The Christie, a specialist hospital in Withington, south Manchester and one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe.

Using his extensive contacts garnered over the course of his career, Frank has invited an impressive host of acts to perform at the charity fundraiser, aiming to raise a total of £10,000.

Fred added: “The event itself is a valuable opportunity to showcase some of the north’s finest talent within the mod movement, while generating awareness for a charity close to the city’s heart.

“Having already raised over £7,000, we are astounded by the support from local businesses and entertainers alike. This is not just a revenue-generating exercise. It’s a chance to give back, and the support received so far is a testament to Manchester’s community spirit which is second to none.

“We are thoroughly looking forward to what’s sure to be a must-attend bank holiday event.”

Wristbands for Manchester Soul Festival can be purchased at www.justgiving.com/Manchester-Soul-Festival. More details at www.theprintworks.com.

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