Friends of Mine Festival 2011

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Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire
20/21/22 May 2011

Born of club nights in Manchester, the first FOMfest is ready and set to show us the best of what the city holds. Set in the grounds of Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, a mere 30 miles from Piccadilly Station it’s jammed packed with a 10000 capacity.

The emphasis of FOMfest is on Manchester’s music scene but it also encompasses food, drink, creativity and telescopes fueled with a family friendly vibe.

Music wise there’s four stages with well-known names such as Cribs, Dutch Uncles, Patterns, The Charlatans, Buzzcocks, Mr. Scruff, Unabombers and Bad Lieutenant playing. With a heap of up and coming acts such as KONG, The Travelling Band, Liam Frost, Run Toto Run joining in the fun. It’s a full on Manc musical explosion.

There’s also a ‘country house party’ too expect non-stop dancing till dawn with the likes of Dave Haslam from the legendary Haçienda, The Charlatans Tim Burgess, Horace Andy, Mike Joyce and Daddy G. It’s certain to go off into a massive big fish little fish escapade.

Alongside all this and if you’re in much need for a chill out there’s also a Cinema tent, a Comedy tent and a Jazz tent. It’s tentastic, all in a something for everyone kind of way.

Also nicely arranged is the fact there’ll be very little of the usual festival grub, you know fried chicken, lukewarm noodles etc instead there’s a festival within a festival. Introducing Festaurant, in association with Manchester’s Food and Drink Festival. Set to bring the best of the city’s finest restaurants, cafes, eateries etc to the fields.

For those who are after a bit more than the usual, in a geek kind of way, the folks from nearby Jodrell Bank will be on hand performing science demonstrations in their new mobile visitor centre, complete with giant telescopes.

What more could you want for under £90 and kids in free?

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