Summer Events Programme – Castlefield – May – September 2013

Manchester City Council Event’s Unit would like to notify residents and businesses in the Castlefield area of the

forthcoming activities that will be taking place in the area over the coming summer months.

May 5 – 12 – Beach Installation

The beach will be open to the public May 5 through to May 12 (8 days) and will be open primarily between the hours of 10:00 and 22:00. Other than the events identified below, there will be no amplified live bands performing during the Beach’s normal operating programme.

The load in of the beach will commence 29 April – with the facility open to the public on 5 May. The core beach area will be contained within a controlled site on the Kenworthy as last year and will focus on family appeal in the daytime and a more adult orientated audience in the evening.

The Venue Manager/Organiser Tim Ross will oversee the beach project and will also be responsible for the day to day management of the event. Should you wish to contact him with any concerns/complaints he can be contacted during the event period on – 07980 162418

May 4 – Real XS – Rock Radio Beach Party

The site will be extended to create a venue for an event in partnership with Rock Radio. Capacity will be capped at 4,500 with the site open from 12:00. Access will be by paid ticket only via a pre-booked Rock Radio promotion (no on the day walk ups). From 12:00 – 22:00 there will be outdoor performances – comedy and music on the stage in the Kenworthy area – 14:00 – 22:30 – there will be live bands in the marquee located on the arena. Sound checks will take place for a short intermittent period/s from 11:00am

There will be additional market stalls and content linked to the theme located on the Kenworthy (Markets Rights will be applied for). Noise levels will be set in accordance with the Premises Licence and a system of monitoring put in place.

On site contact telephone number for Event Control – 07583185924

May 6 – FuturePerfect 4

A one day music, arts and comedy event (to raise awareness and funding for The Christie Charitable Fund) in a ticket access fenced site incorporating the Kenworthy and Area 7. The event will run from 12:00 to 21:00 – with a programme of live music, DJ’s, comedians and activity workshops and exhibitions. Tickets (via priced at £6 pre-ticket, £7 on the door, free to children under 12.

It is anticipated up to 1000 people will attend the event across the day. The venue will incorporate the beach area for the main stage, additional stage in the arches on Area 7 (opposite car park), an arts marquee plus food and drink provisions. Appropriate stewarding, medical, cleansing and toilet facilities will be provided.

There will be no impact on access to buildings or resident or business car parking facilities. Sound levels will be monitored by an independent engineer so that they operate within the license conditions, and any issues can be directed to the contacts below.

On site contact telephone number for Event Control – 07583185924 May 26 – Love Running Manchester

A Charity initiative run by St Peter’s Parish Church – consisting of 100 runners entering the Manchester 10k. Event consists of a modest marquee in the Roman Gardens which is used as a drop off and pick-up point before and after the race. There will be an element of music to keep the runners motivated, food (hot dogs) and face paining. Set-up will commence at 08:00 – de-rig and site cleared by 15:00.

June 1 – RNCM in the City, 1pm

This hour-long performance, given by the RNCM Military Band, will offer an energetic programme suitable for all ages. Situated in the Castlefield arena, the ensemble comprising 30 first and second year students, will feature a whole range of wind, brass and percussion instruments. Music will include pieces by Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger and Holst.

This event is part of RNCM in the City, a series of 40 free performances taking place in 40 different venues across Manchester and Salford marking the College’s 40th anniversary. For more information, please visit

June 2 – Manchester Day Parade

The theme of this year’s parade is ‘Wish you were Here’. In a celebration of people and places, highlights will include gravity-defying acrobats, marauding pirates and a carnival of poppies dancing through the streets!

In order for the parade to take place, Liverpool Road will be closed between Potato Wharf and Deansgate from 07:00 to 20:00 although we will probably be able to open it earlier. Access from Deansgate to Duke St and Rice Street will be maintained at all times. Participants in the parade will start assembling between 08:00 – 09:00.
Residents of Liverpool Road will be contacted again nearer the time with more detailed information.

For more information, see June 15 – Manchester Urban Orienteering – A Trail of Two Cities

The sport of Orienteering comes to our urban environment with an event ranging from Manchester city centre via Castlefield and St. George’s Island through to The Quays and Media City in Salford. Organisers expect the area around Castlefield canal basin to be one of best on offer.

Orienteering is the sport of running and navigating. Competitors are given a specially-drawn detailed map marked with a number of control points which they must visit in order, choosing what they consider to be the fastest route from their map. Control points are identified on the ground by a red and white marker with a timing device attached, which runners use to prove they have visited each site. The runner with the fastest overall time is the winner.

You may see some of these markers secured to street furniture. They will be put out and removed on the day of the event. Competitors will be set off at minute intervals, so residents will not see a pack of runners heading down a street – more a steady trickle of 80 – 100 over about two hours between 12.00 and 14.00.

The event is part of a National League and is already attracting competitors from across the UK. It will have a number of courses of different lengths and difficulty, including some aimed at novices, so that people of all ages and abilities
can take part. The action will be centred on The Quays right next to Media City metro station, so anyone wanting to give the sport a try will need to head over there at around midday. Help will be on hand for beginners. Although the courses that reach as far as Castlefield are probably going to be a bit long for anyone not keen on running around 10km, there will be shorter options available staying around The Quays. For more information, see

July 5 – 6 Courteeners at Castlefield

SJM Concerts will stage a two night sold out commercial gig in Castlefield Arena headlined by the Courteeners 5 – 6th July. The shows will follow the bands recent and biggest ever tour of UK and Ireland. Each show will host a capacity of 8000 attendees per night. Supports across both dates include Miles Kane, Reverend And The Makers, James Skelly & The Intenders, The Strypes, The Heartbreaks and Findlay. To put his in perspective, D:Percussion had around 30,000 attendees across the day and around 22,000 on site at any one time.

Manchester City Council are working very closely with the concert promoters to minimise the impact on local residents and businesses in the surrounding area and we will be in contact with you again with complete details for the management of the event and notice of temporary road closures and parking restrictions. As always, we will work to ensure access to car parks are maintained.

As with the nature of this event, there will be adequate levels of visible security by the stewarding company with staffed gated entry points at the Kenworthy and the Visitor Centre steps. Gates are at 17.00, show starts at 18.00 and finishes 23.00. Event Control will operate out of the Visitor Centre and a bespoke cleansing plan will be developed to assist with managing the wider Castlefield area.

Measures to protect the heritage structures and landscaped areas will be put in place across the duration of the event.

Build Schedule – work will commence Monday 1 July and the site will be clear by Monday 8 July.

July 10 – 21 The Machine – Manchester International Festival

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival. Venue: Campfield Market Hall. For more information, please see

August 4 – Castlefield Carnival

Castlefield Carnival is a one-day event combining music, sports activities, markets, food and fun for all the family located at facilities of the YMCA Manchester and Castlefield Arena. The event will run from 10:00 – 16:.00. The programme is still in development and will be communicated nearer the time.

August 24 – Pride Parade

Parade starts on Liverpool Road. Residents of Liverpool Road will receive more detailed information nearer the time. For more information on the Pride Big Weekend please visit

Should you be having difficulty contacting the identified Event Organiser on the day or require further information please don’t hesitate in contacting me on – 07949 727848 or by email

MCC is working with the Castlefield Forum to improve communication between Events organisers and local residents and businesses. For further information about the Castlefield Forum, visit the website or contact Ian Christie, Secretary,

Jennifer Walker, Major Event Project Co-ordinator MCC Events
Mobile: 07949 727848

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