Greater Manchester joins UK’s biggest free Music Festival

July 5th, 2013

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Venues in Greater Manchester will be among those taking part in the country’s biggest free music festival next weekend.

Towns across England will be hosting 330 concerts in venues such as pubs, parks, cafés and community halls between Thursday 11 and Sunday 14 July as part of the ‘Our Big Gig’ event.

In Greater Manchester, events are taking place at Mesnes Park and Wigan Youth Zone in Wigan, Mahdlo Youth Zone in Oldham, Factory Youth Zone in Manchester, Salford Arts Theatre in Salford, and the Starlight Performing Arts Academy in Stockport.

Performances will also be held at Bury College Sports Hall, Cadence Café in Tyldesley, Lancaster Road in Haughton Green, Wangies and the White Horse Pub in Eccles, and at Cross Keys Barn in Oldham.

The events have been organised by local people for local people and celebrate local talent. More details are available at

The series of concerts have been created to encourage people of all backgrounds to get out and participate in community events. They will feature a huge variety of musical styles, from classical and opera to punk rock, jazz and reggae.

With over 200,000 people in total expected to attend, the Our Big Gig concerts are due to exceed crowds at Glastonbury and achieve in a long weekend similar attendance to an average week at Wimbledon.  And all for free.

Communities Minister Don Foster said:

“This is going to be a fantastic long weekend of free music bringing people of all backgrounds and communities together and I encourage everyone to get involved in a local event.  And why not invite your neighbours too whilst you’re at it?

“I’m doing my bit for the events. I played at St Pancras station with the Uke Choir and the Olympics Opening Ceremony Pandemonium Drummers to encourage people to get involved, and I’m taking my ukulele on the road again to concerts next weekend to see if anyone will let me join in.”

To see Don Foster on ukulele with the Uke Choir at St Pancras’s station sessions go to:

The events have been organised by local volunteers with funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government and Arts Council England.

They are part of the government’s Olympics legacy commitment to reconnect communities and ensure the benefits of the Games are spread across the country long after the sporting events ended.

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