Updated: Friday, 28th February 2020 @ 2:01pm

Northern Quarter hosts 'N4 Loves You' free festival as part of 'I Love Manchester' campaign following riots

Northern Quarter hosts 'N4 Loves You' free festival as part of 'I Love Manchester' campaign following riots

By Jessica Cree

A free two day music festival will be held this weekend in the city’s Northern Quarter as part of the ‘I Love Manchester’ campaign.

The ‘N4 Loves You’ street party will host 30 live bands and DJs, including some local acts, on three different stages this Saturday and Sunday from midday until 9pm.

A dance stage will be set up on Thomas Street, an acoustic stage on Tib Street and an indie stage will be built on Edge Street.  There will also be four pop-up bars and Afflecks, a quirky shopping arcade, will hold a vintage market. 

The streets will be closed to traffic and picnic benches will be conveniently placed for those wanting to relax and grab a bite to eat from one of the food concessions.

Local talent will include Sunday headline act DJ Mr Scruff, who plays a range of music from Hip Hop to Reggae. 

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the festival which has received a grant from the government’s High Street Support Scheme, set up to help businesses after the riots. Local businesses will also be donating five per cent of their takings from the event to help cover costs.

Paul Astill, co-owner of Thomas Restaurant and Bar in the Northern Quarter, has been involved in the organisation of the event.  He took inspiration from the successful Royal Wedding festival that was held in the area and decided another to boost the Northern Quarter’s image would be great.

He said: “The Northern Quarter is quite a closed business community and after the riots, we said we should do another festival.

“We loved the idea as the Northern Quarter was quite badly hit by the riots.  Hopefully it’ll drive a bit of trade back into the area.”

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