So the wonderful Bee in the City bees may be gone, with their final farewell taking place last weekend, but the city is still buzzing. You may have already noticed the Halloween lanterns going up – part of the annual Halloween in the City celebrations, most of which fall across 27th and 28th October.

But before then there’s a big weekend, with a number of festivals in store. From a words and music special created by Dave Haslam at the legendary Night and Day Café, to an independent beer bash to mark Seven Bro7hers Brewery fourth Birthday, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

WAM – Words and Music Festival

Three to see this weekend: folk sensations, beer creations and festival celebrations I Love Manchester

Night and Day Café is hosting the first ever WAM (Words And Music) Festival this weekend, curated by Dave Haslam – the former Hacienda DJ, journalist and author. Described by the venue’s late and much-loved owner Jan Oldenburg as something he was ‘very excited about’, making it all the more poignant, the festival kicks off on Thursday with two Manchester bands making waves right now, KAZE and LIINES, along with poetry from I Love MCR’s Emily Oldfield. Friday sees a headline set from The Orielles, along with special guests Lætitia Sadier, Le Prince Miiaou and Pacemaker DJs. Other highlights over the weekend include Fujiya & Miyagi, a DJ set from Dave Haslam along with Jason Boardman and a Sunday spoken word special from Manchester’s spoken word night Verbose. Celebrate the connection between words and music at this beautiful venue from 18th-21st October. 

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Manchester Folk Festival

Three to see this weekend: folk sensations, beer creations and festival celebrations I Love Manchester
Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band

Manchester Folk Festival returns to the city for a second year this weekend, bringing everything from intimate traditional gigs to fun-fuelled big performances to a number of city centre venues, as well as hosting the English Folk Expo at HOME. Events are individually priced, so you can pick what you like, with highlights including Billy Bragg bringing his new album tour to the festival, a performance from award-winning musician Eliza Carthy and her 11-piece Wayward Band, and a massive singaround in the historic Briton’s Protection pub. And it’s not just music – there will be craft workshops (bookable online) at The Antony Burgess Centre, too. 18th-21st October.

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Seven Bro7hers Brewery fourth Birthday Beer Festival

Three to see this weekend: folk sensations, beer creations and festival celebrations I Love Manchester

Much-loved local brewers Seven Bro7hers Brewery are celebrating their fourth birthday with a massive beer festival. Collaborating with their good friends at Pomona Island brewing company, they will be bringing craft beers and ciders, live music and street food (including Rubys Street Kitchen) to  their Salford Brewery – open to all – this Saturday. Spirit lovers will love the pop up Gin Bar by Four Sis4ers, plus there will be live music and DJ sets well into the evening, featuring Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine and DJ SZAJNA. £10 tickets includes a free pint of choice from either Seven Bro7hers or Pomona Craft beers. Saturday 20th October, 1pm until 11.30pm.

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