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Bank Holiday weekend in Manchester


Finally the August Bank Holiday weekend has arrived! And with so many great events taking place in Manchester, the Jammers have never been more proud to be based in the city centre.

Manchester has recently been voted the best city in the UK to live in, and came 46th in the world’s list of most livable cities, and the lineup of events for this Bank Holiday weekend reminds us all why. Manchester Pride attracts tens of thousands of people each year, but it’s not the only festival happening this year that is capturing media attention and pulling in visitors to the city. 

Not sure how you’re spending your long weekend? Here’s a list of some of the top events taking place:

Manchester Pride: 26th – 29th
The annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life takes place from Friday to Monday and brings a lively carnival atmosphere to the city. Come and see the huge LGBT parade on the 27th and see performances from some of the biggest names in music on Saturday and Sunday, including Tulisa, Katy B, Will Young, and Fleur East.

Head to to get your ticket.

Manchester Soul Festival: 28th
Taking place on Banking Holiday Sunday, the Manchester Soul Festival launched last year and raised £22,500 for The Christie. The Jammers were lucky enough to be involved with the launch last year, as well as attend the event and watch a host of performances from over 30 Soul and Motown bands and DJs. The artists will be performing on the ‘Frank Byrne stage’, which has been named in memory of the amazing man who launched the incredibly successful event. 

You can get your tickets by heading to the Just Giving page and purchasing a wristband. Minimum donation is £5 per band and all proceeds go to The Christie –

Bolton Food and Drink Festival: 26th – 29th
The Bolton Food and Drink Festival offers something for food enthusiasts, families, and basically, anyone with taste buds! You can try fantastic food from over 180 artisan traders, watch cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, as well as enjoy live entertainment. There are also special events for kids including science experiments taking place in the Mad Science Zone.

For more information head to

Starburst Film Festival: 26th – 28th
Taking place in Manchester Metropolitan Students Union Complex, the Starburst Film Festival is a weekend full of film cult entertainment. Celebrating the works of industry legends, the festival will be three days of screenings showing over 70 films, comic book workshops and meet and greet opportunities.

You can get your day tickets for £25.50 by visiting

To find out how the Jammers can help promote your event, email or drop by for a brew in our office in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. 


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