We can’t believe it’s been almost a year since the last 0161 Festival. Last year saw the first instalment of the festival to be held at the wonderful St Kentigerns Irish Social Club and this year they’re back, taking over St Kents for another weekend of Antifascist celebration. So let the Guinness flow and the good times roll!
Since it’s birth 0161 Festival has excelled in bringing the best Antifascist bands, spanning a wide range of genres, to the city of Manchester. With the festival split between the main stage (named the Anna Campbell stage this year in memory of the first female British born YPJ martyr who was killed earlier this year fighting in Rojava) and a second acoustic stage there is plenty of music to go round.
Whether you like the chilled out acoustic sessions or prefer raging punk screamed in your face there’ll be something to suit your tastes. On top of all this to wrap up your day in style there are two after partys running on each night. Friday to Saturday you can choose between a Drum and Bass, Grime and Hip Hop party taking place at Zombie Shack or skanking the night away to Two Tone, Ska and Reggae beats at Indigo. On the Sunday Zombie Shack will be hosting and Oi!, Ska and Punk extravaganza whilst the Thirsty Scholar hosts a relatively more chilled out acoustic, Reggae and Two Tone do. So make sure you’ve got that Monday booked off work, the party will be plodding along till the early hours!
On top of all this there are radical history tours around Manchester on the Thursday to get the weekend started. Exploring the rich working class history of the city, it’s links to the Spanish Civil War and sights of prominent antifascist victories. There are two tours, tickets have sold out for the afternoon walk but there are limited places left on the midday outing.
Once again Moral Decay will have a stall at the festival open from doors on the Friday until curfew on the Sunday so come raise a glass with us. This festival brings all the hype and we are stoked to be involved!
Haven’t got your tickets yet? Weekend and Day tickets can be bought on the festivals website www.0161festival.com , from German based label Fire and Flames at www.fireandflamesmusic.com or alternatively you can pick them up instore at Rockers England (Manchester), Jumbo Records (Leeds) and Trojan Tattoo (Bilbao, Basque Country).
Look forward to seeing you at the premier music event in the European antifascist calendar!