festivals: when is manchester festival 2017 preview

The festival we all knew the North West needed, When In Manchester (WIM), is returning in April 2017 for another groundbreaking all-dayer.  Set to showcase some of the best breakthrough bands and artists across a massive four venues, including The Tuts and The Strawberries, the 2017 edition of WIM is set to be the juiciest yet.


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WIM’s first outing in 2016 took place at Northern Quarter gig venues, Gullivers and The Castle, while their second venture (dubbed the When In Manchester Festival Christmas Extravaganza) took over The Ruby Lounge in the December, and seen the likes of The Amazons and INHEAVEN gracing its stage.

This year’s WIM – taking place on April 15 2017 – however, is bigger and better than ever – adding two massive venues to the roster: the legendary Night & Day Café (Oldham Street) and the swankiest bar and gig venue on Newton Street, Jimmy’s  (ran by One Night Only frontman, George Craig) as well as already having some scorching acts already lined up for domination.

Announced in the first wave were: Yorkshire’s Rood, the recently-formed SAPHO and The Strawberries, a four-piece with a North England cult gripping at their heels.

Following these names, and the pronouncement that ‘Keen Bee’ tickets for WIM 2017 had completely sold out, the likes of Seprona, Gathering Of Strangers and the mighty, massive Tuts were also added to the line-up, with the announcement coming earlier this week.

Already boasting a spectacular bill (with many more artists expected to be announced) in four, colossal venues across Manchester’s Northern Quarter, there is seriously nowhere else for WIM to go but up.  Could these festivals go down in North West history?  And could we see the fest being as celebrated as Liverpool Sound City in the coming years?  Hold on to your hats, we’re set for a ride.

Limited tickets for When In Manchester Festival 2017 are available here for £12.

Ella Scott

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