Footlights

Dance like wild things to the outstanding music line-up of over 20 live bands on the Footlights stage. Headliners include Manchester's finest folk-hop and barrel-house pop band Honeyfeet (whose new album Orange Whip was recent album of the day on BBC 6 Music), legendary Leeds–based troubadour Gary Stewart recreating Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland album with his incredible 7-piece band, and famous anarchic hoe-down and Ceilidh squad Cut A Shine. Footstomping is guaranteed with award-winning progressive brass from Perhaps Contraption, the infectious Voodoo Love Orchestra, folk rock from Holy Moly and the Crackers, moustache-powered troubadours Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers and good-time-gang Thingumabob & The Thingumajigs. Let your imaginations soar with award-winning musician David Gibb who will be performing toe-tapping songs from recent new album Climb That Tree. Boogie to diverse sounds from Don Kipper, joyous pop from Alphabet Backwards, British-Americana from A Different Thread and top tunes from Manchester’s vintage band The Retrosettes. Don’t miss mini musical circus experience 12-piece The Roustabouts, interactive concert from clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh and toe tapping folk from The Shackleton Trio and The Carry Nations.