I was recently told by a friend that there is this huge festival going on in Manchester and now I am wondering why I had not heard of it. Dpercussion as the festival is named, started in the summer of 1997 and has been taking place ever since. Last year, attendance reached the 40,000 mark. This year they are expecting at least this amount. Dpercussion is now one of the biggest free multicultural festivals in the UK, playing host to some very well known acts. As it is a free festival the amount they can spend on advertising is very minimal if nothing, so that explains why I may not have heard of it before now.
The Festivaltakes place in the Castlefield area of Manchester on this Saturday, 6 August. There will be eight stages as well as live street and art performances and also for people who like to see people risk injury, an extreme sport area.
The line up looks amazing and extremely varied with something for everyone. It starts at 12 noon and finishes at 23:00. The partying does not finish there thought as the official after-party (or should I say after-parties) commence at around 22:00 hrs. You will find the main after-party at the Music Box on Oxford Street, which will close at 04:00, so there is plenty of time to let off some steam.
Dpercussion Festival Line up
The KEYPERCUSSION Stage
Nine Black Alps(on stage 3pm), Bez & Domino Bones, Alfie, Stephen Fretwell & Band, Durutti Column, Raw T, RSL, Fear of Music, The Forest, The Young Offenders Institute, Daywalkers, Xander (Romp), John Stammers (Gardensticks), Andy Woods (Smile), Rob Bright (Bugged Out), Blowout DJs, Phil Beckett (Rock n Roll Bar), Veba,
The METRO Stage
Stanton Warriors, Chibuku Shake Shake, The Tangled DJs (aka Phil Morse & Friends), The Electrosluts (Fuse), Martin McNulty & Jim Beattie(Kindergarten), The Pedestrians, Beats for Beginners, Movement, Loose Canon, Stazi, Behind Green Lights, Working For A Nuclear Free City, Jack Cooper & The Beep Seals, Sirconical
The Virgin Cola Urban Music Stage
Blak Twang, Hidden Nightclub Featuring: IMM Platinum - Troy & Rado DJ Dodge (MTV Base) & JC, Greg Wilson, Kelvin Andrews, Eyes Down DJs, Domu (Sonar Kollectiv), Kirk deGiorgio (As One Ubiquity Records, Afronaut, El Diablos Social Club, Brazilian Samba Party Feat: Irfan & Franco Ze (Rainy City Music), Manchester School of Samba & Cordao de ouro
The Canteena Stage
The Electrosluts Souls SoundsystemFeat: The Unabombers: Pete Simpson & Chris Cruiks, Fred Deakin (Lemon Jelly), Gutterfunk Featuring: DJs Poi & Afray Suddz, Skullsnap Records Featuring: Krispy, Konny Kon, Chuck Nubian & Dj Didjit, White Chalk Music Presents: Nia Jay & Melody, GGMAZ presents Urbanize, Virgin Cola emerging vocalists final hosted by Motley Broke 'n' English Showcase, F.R.E.S.H breakdance showcase - Dazo (Break Angels) - Mouse - DJ Timber, Raw T Showcase, Virgin Cola Emerging DJs final hosted by Mad Rush, Unity Radio DJs
The Aftershock Area
Lee Speed (All that Jazz), Diesler (Tru Thoughts), Phat Phil Cooper, The Nudge (Grand Central), James Faulkner, Barry May (On Hubert Street Frodsham), Alix Walker (Flux/Romp), Gavin Moruda (Soulfulvibes Liverpool), Rob Hyde (Rain or Shone. Chips with Everything), Richard Reason (All that Jazz), Mark Harna and Francis Wooff (That Amazing Thing), Tom Lynch and Chris Feinmann (Under the Stairs), Mark Lupton (All in Good Time), the Birthday Party Night, G Kut (Faversham Leeds + Magnet Liverpool), Pete Haigh (Blackpool Mecca, Jazz Fm weekender, Sean Livesey (Bury Town Hall Soul)
The Corona Extra B Music Stage @ Barca
David Holmes, Pete Wiggs & Bob Stanley, Gruff (Super Furry Animals), Andy Votel (B Music), Dom Thomas (B Music), Sean Rowley (Guilty Pleasures TBC), Graham Massey (Toolshed/808 state/Homelife), Marc Riley (Mark and Lard), John McCready, Jay Talyor (Night & Day), Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), Danny Webb and Steve Perry (Friends of Music), Cherrystones, Marc Rowlands
The Choice Stage
Ed Cottam & The Everythings, Peter Haley, Sam & Me, Jane Weaver, Bandy Leg, Liam Frost & The Slowdown Family, John Stammers, Aidian Smith