Dear reader it’s that time again, the last week in September, when I wax lyrical about the utterly wonderful Salford Music Festival. . Now in its’ seventh year this grass roots, no nonsense event, is part of the musical life blood of the city in which I live. Often overshadowed, in entertainment terms at least, by our noisy neighbours in Manchester, this Festival plays a big part in redressing that imbalance and puts Salford firmly on the map, where it deserves to be.
The difference between any other festival that you might care to join in on is that it is absolutely free for punters, no wristbands, no overpriced beer or food, and no tents. Ed Blaney’s desire for the events to be free is a key driver for the popularity and success of the three day celebration of music. And the added benefit is there isn’t a tribute band in sight.
The Festival has been stripped back to three days this year, Thursday 29th September to Saturday October 1st, and centres around the Chapel Street/Blackfriars area close to Manchester City Centre, and the peoples republic of Eccles and the delightful village of Monton, just five minutes up the road from where I happen to live. This more compact and focused approach makes this years Festival feel more important and vibrant than ever.
And of course I have a direct interest in that I am looking after two nights at the Eagle Inn – Friday and Saturday.
So what can you expect? Well all the gigs are listed on the Salford Music Festival website so I encourage you to go there, but here are a few of my highlights from the three days……
The ultra talented Tamsin Middleton (Mr Heart) has a solo show at The Crescent at 8:30pm followed by ded.pixel and The Kingdom
The excellent Salford Arms has Duke and the Darlings, Wintergreen and Crimsons
Bobby Peru close the night at the always excellent Wangies in Eccles with support from The Comics and Sioux.
The beautiful Sacred Trinity Church is the main stage for a headline concert featuring local big new things Cabbage, the excellent Blaney, Sound of Thieves and Jess Kemp
The Eagle Inn has the first of two German Shepherd Nights with The Junta, Bouquet of Dead Crows, The Scissors and Kit B.
Highly regard all female trio Liines play The Crescent.
The second German Shepherd stage at the Eagle features Taser Puppets, Poppcock, JD Meatyard and West Coast Sick Line.
Highly regarded Death to the Strange play The Crescent.
A packed day at the Salford Arms sees seven acts on between 5pm and closing time.
Milton Keys duo The Rusty G’s play Wangies.
Y Key Operators with guest bassist John “The Junta” Montague play the Blue Bell in Monton.
Here are some examples of what to expect over the weekend. I hope to see you at the Eagle for what promises to be an excellent weekend.