Manchester Jazz Festival

Friday 11 June 2021 - Sunday 13 June 2021

Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring Street, Manchester, M1 2PZ

Cost: free

Every day

Manchester jazz festival heads to Escape to Freight Island for three FREE days of new music.

Friday 11 June

Sets from soul artist and Manchester scene favourite, Yemi Bolatiwa, the storming Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and one of the brightest and boldest jazz talents in the UK, Rebecca Nash. DJs Pablo Blanquito and Danielle Moore will also be providing some tunes.

Saturday 12 June

Kicking off with Ain’t Misbahavin’, an interactive concert for 6-11 year olds and their families, followed by sets from fast-rising, global-infused Leeds band Yaatri, MOBO-nominated saxophonist Camilla George and nine piece afro-beat collective Nubiyan Twist. Saturday audiences can also enjoy Manchester-based singer songwriter Marco Woolf, the synthesised soundscapes of Rafe’s Dilemma, pounding brass parades from Back Chat Brass and Young Pilgrims and DJ sets from Debra Richards and Harkirit Boparai.

Sunday 13 June

See The Untold Orchestra ft special guest Mali Hayes, high energy beats and traditional African vocals from Ubunye, the Binker Golding Band led by the multi-award winning saxophonist and composer, and sessions from Jazz North’s northern line bands Nishla Smith Quintet and John Pope Quintet. High energy brass covers of pop gems from Twisted Tubes and Break Out Brass keep the tempo up, along with a DJ set from Jenna G and her Freight Island favourite, From MCR with Love. 

Manchester jazz festival’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director Steve Mead: “As it became apparent we couldn’t stage our usual festival across the city in May, we wanted to do something that still embodied the spirit of manchester jazz festival. And our weekend at Escape to Freight Island will do just that in what will be one of the first live music events with an in-person audience this year – three days full of unmissable, surprising musical moments teamed with a relaxed festival vibe and the best food and drink. Whether you’re first in line to book a table to see a new band or you simply want to surround yourself with live music again, the weekend promises great music and a good time all from the comfort of your own seat.”

Table bookings

You can book a socially distanced table in advance, free of charge, for up to 2.5 hours in the different areas of the venue. In line with COVID-19 restrictions the venue will provide table service for food and drink.

Find out more about the programme and line up, and book your table online at the mjf website.

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