If you’re in Manchester this month you can support the city’s cracking music scene by catching a gig or two at the FIGHTBACK Festival.
More than 150 shows will be held across 16 venues as part of #FIGHTBACK Manchester, a fortnight-long event organised by the Music Venues Trust (MVT). The festival is promoting the independent venues that support Manchester’s music talent and raising funds for MVT, a charity fighting the closure of live music venues across the country.
The line-up includes established artists Danny Goffey, Slaves and Jade Bird as well as emerging acts.
The festival kicks off on Friday, 16 November. Venues taking part include Night People, Night & Day Café, Band On The Wall, Blitz, The Castle Hotel, Eagle Inn, Gullivers, Soup Kitchen, Gorilla, Deaf Institute, Albert Hall, Jimmy’s, Manchester Academy 3, Academy Club, Old Abbey Taphouse and (The) Factory.
MVT’s Gary Prosser says: “These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in Manchester, providing spaces where artists can take their first steps, develop and grow. #FIGHTBACK Manchester provides an opportunity to showcase the fantastic range of artists and venues that Manchester enjoys, celebrating the history of our music scene and supporting its future.”
Manchester’s musical heritage is impeccable – New Order, Oasis, The 1975 and The Smiths all got their start in the city. The cultural and financial benefits that music brings to the city is currently the subject of a major review initiated by Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and UK Music.
For more on the Manchester music scene read artist Jack Woodward’s guide to gigging in the north west.