Summer In The Park Festival - Music Line Up Confirmed

I Am Kloot
Pictured: I Am Kloot

Summer In The Park, an exciting new festival taking place in Manchester, England on 12-13 July, 2008, has announced its latest music line-up. Manchester favourites, I am Kloot and Stephen Fretwell top the bill for the Saturday stage, while on Sunday, Mr Scruff, Liam Frost and The Earlies are headlining on the main stage.

Other artists performing at the two-day festival, which celebrates everything that is excellent about music, food and drink in the region, include Keith, It's a Buffalo, Josephine Oniyama, Travelling Band, Gideon Conn, Bone-box, The Crane Builders and a special Red Deer Club session featuring Magic Arm, Sophie's Pigeons and The Bottomfeeders.

As well as featuring some of the very best musical talent, the veritable 'food and drink concert', which is taking place in Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, will feature demonstrations by top chefs, and include a market featuring the regions best food brands and local producers.

Split into designated areas, the festival offers something for everyone:

Dine in the Park - Try and buy from some of Manchester's best restaurants
Drink in the Park - A chance to sample and purchase a stunning selection of wines, champagnes continental beers and Greater Manchester ales
Producers in the Park - Meet some of the regions best producers and sample the delights of local produce
Play in the Park - Something for the kids...Play in the Park will create a haven for the little ones. From a baby disco to fruit kebab making, Play in the Park has it covered. Plus kids under 11 come for FREE.
Learn in the Park - Pick up some useful cooking tips from some of the best chefs as they let you into their culinary secrets. A full programme of demonstrations will take place at Learn in the Park giving you the chance to discover all about food and drink, as well as the chance of meeting some well known chefs
Tea in the Park - A dedicated home for the finest and most diverse, teas, coffees, juices, smoothies, cakes and biscuits that Manchester has to offer
Feast in the Park - As evening draws in, the inimitable Robert Owen Brown will be hosting a traditional feast in the park, featuring a huge Ox-Roast and seasonal vegetables. The communal banquet will kick off at tea time for those who haven't already filled up during the day, rounding off a perfect day in the park...

Music in the Park - What better accompaniment could there be for a festival of food and drink than festival of live music on the main stage, compiling some of Manchester's favourite artists, including:

I Am Kloot


Manchester-based I AM KLOOT are Johnny Bramwell (singer/songwriter and guitarist), bass player Peter Jobson and drummer Andy Hargreaves. A Manchester institution, I am Kloot have achieved critical acclaim in their near-10 year existence. They've recently released their 4th studio album 'Moolah Rouge' to massive plaudits - "the best band to come out of Manchester in the last 20 years." The Independent.

Mr Scruff

Mr Scruff


Stockport born, superstar DJ, Mr Scruff is known for his playful and summery approach to breakbeat, and his love of 'nice cups of tea' - who better to provide laid back beats especially for Summer in the Park on Sunday evening.

Liam Frost


Liam Frost, real name Liam Pickering, is a singer / songwriter, from Manchester. "The deepest breath of fresh air mixed with burning melancholy, Liam Frost is an unbelievable gem of new talent..." - Lianne Steinberg, Music Week.

Stephen Fretwell


He is known for his curly mop of ginger hair, somber lyrics and gravelly deep voice. He names his main influence as Bob Dylan. His songs are derivative of Dylan's work, and he learnt to play guitar by playing Dylan's songs on his grandfather's old, unused guitar. His debut album Magpie, was released in November 2004. The first single taken from the album was "Run", which is also used as the theme tune to BBC3 comedy Gavin & Stacey.

The Earlies

The Earlies


The Earlies are a band formed by Christian Madden and Giles Hatton from Lancashire, and Brandon Carr and John Mark Lapham from the United States. They are notable for blending elements from a wide range of musical genres - The Independent described their music as "a very English kind of folk-psychedelia (think Sergeant Pepper-era Beatles, or The Beta Band) with a smattering of Beach Boys harmonies and the grandiose American spaciousness of, say, Mercury Rev"

Gideon Conn


Although it's a cliche within the music industry, it has to be said, Gideon Conn is a truly unique artist. A Prestwich lad - born and bred, everywhere he plays crowds flock to hear him. Renowned for his visual art as well as his folky, hip hop sound, Gideon can be found touring the festival circuit this summer, playing gigs at several of the big British events including Glastonbury, Latitude and Bestival. Gideon Conn is joining us at Summer in the Park on the back of a successful UK tour supporting Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip and is well worth coming down to experience.



Keith's experimental music defies categorisation. Prepare for an adventure of sound through progressive, psychedelic melodies, funky dancing rhythms and distinctive vocals. Their first album 'Red Thread' released in 2006 brought Keith to the limelight, proving particularly popular in Japan. Their second album is now in post-production, and, having gained popular attention during their recent Courteeners support slot, expect to hear the name Keith a lot more in the near future.



"A beguiling musical tapestry...there really aren't any bones to pick with a record as fulfilling as this. Bone-box are definitely out there on their own!" KERRANG "Lyrics that sometimes sound like Milton...a sound that somehow transplants Manchester to a plain near Tucson" Q MAGAZINE

Travelling Band


Mancunian country-folksters the Travelling Band are one of most exciting band coming out of the city at the moment. The six piece group, who describe their sound as Crunk Folk, have a busy year coming up having just won 'Glastonbury New Talent 2008' in March. Travelling Band released their latest EP 'The Redemption of Mr Tom' in April.

The Sylvia's


Manchester new alt super group, featuring twin sisters Stef and Sami Rose, ex-Simply Red drummer Chris Joyce and Jonny Evans on guitar.

Salford Sheiks


The Salford Sheiks is a fizzy combination of Acid Skiffle and Bathroom Blues headed up by CP Lee, founder member of satirical Rock band Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias. Also in the Sheiks is Albertos guitar maestro John Scott, and playing alongside them are Gary 'National' Atkinson, Bob 'Ragin' Cajun' Dickinson and Dave 'bass player to the stars' Lunt. Their blend of swinging harmonies, laugh-out-loud comedy and toe-tapping rhythms brings joy to all who surrender to their sultry sounds.

The Lonesome And Penniless Cowboys


The Lonesome and Penniless Cowboys are a Hank Williams inspired band with Cajun influences that have been performing for many years.

The Crane Builders


Indie five-piece Cranebuilders formed in 2000 and are proud to count Radio 1 dJs Steve Lamaq and Mark Radcliffe amongst their fans. Their debut album 'Sometimes you hear through someone else' was released in 2005 by Skinny Dog Records and lead to a tour culminating with an appearance at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The Cranebuilders perform their own brand of bittersweet pop and are regularly found to be touring the UK. The band are now preparing for a US tour in the autumn and are putting together the finishing touches to the lastest recording.

Josephine Oniyama

Josephine Oniyama


'She is one of this city's most original and stunning talents' BBC Manchester. "Make a note of the name. We are going to be hearing a lot more from her" - Uncut Magazine. "A precious new song writing talent" - Time Out.



Diverse, cinematic, lyrical, art school rock. BigFinn have big ideas...big melodies...big emotion...Bigfinn write songs that wrap themselves around your head - dramatic, colourful, all enveloping. Singer Martin Travers delivers a full throttle performance which owes a lot to his heroes.

Its a Buffalo


Fresh from touring with Manchester's latest success story, The Courteeners, Its a Buffalo are a Mancunian 4 piece set for big things. "Upbeat pop with a lo-fi, alt-country delivernence." - Flux Magazine

Lucy and the Caterpillar


Drawing comparisons to Regina Spektor and describing herself as a cross between Vashti Bunyan and Destiny's Child, Lucy's style is inimitable. A refreshing antithesis to the sickly-sweet, tasteless chart pop currently dominating the Top-40. Drenched in honesty and openness, her style is unique, and the songs speak for themselves.

The Red Deer Club Presents: Sunday Sessions


The Red Deer Club has set about bringing strange and interesting folk music to the masses since April 2005. Red Deer Club are proudly presenting: Magic Arm, Sophie's Pigeon and The Bottom Feeders.

Magic Arm


Magic Arm aka Marc Rigelsford describes his sound as sinister pop and new psyche folk. His debut EP 'Outdoor Games' was released in 2007 and was met with critical acclaim by the press and championed by Radio 1's Huw Stephens. Magic Arm's follow-up single "Widths and Heights" is due to be released by Switchflicker Records on 14 July, 2008, so if you like what you hear on Sunday, you can go out and by it on Monday!

SR Gents


SR Gents play music they think their influences would listen to. So if you like Tom Waits, The Falming Lips and The Eels, you'll love this band.

Nomad Jones


An ordinary boy with extraordinary talent, Nomad Jones is a small town Lancashire lad, who through a love of singing and music has weaved his way to the heart of the Manchester folk scene. Having gained appreciation supporting the likes of Elbow and Badly Drawn Boy, he is now starting to run on his own, playing at this years Glastonbury Festival and having released his first record 'The TV Light EP' in early June.

Siobhan Hanley, Festival Producer said: "We're trying to bring together everyone's three favourite things in life, in what we think is the best City in the world. The idea is to bring a cost-effective, unique and exciting family day out to the people of Manchester this summer, one which doesn't exclude anyone - from serious foodies and real beer fans, to music lovers and kids. We also want to shout about the excellence in Manchester of the local restaurants, chefs and producers, and do this in a very Mancunian way by involving live music, and even a kids disco! Finally, we want to use the event to raise awareness of some local and national campaigns... watch this space".

Summer In The Park

(Prices and information subject to change. Go to the Summer In The Park Official Website for the latest prices and information.)

Ticket Prices (advance)
Adult: £9.50
Concessions: £6
Families: £22
Children under 10: FREE

Party bookings: 1 adult free per 10 tickets bought (9 for the price of 10)

10 - 16 year olds

2 X Adults and 3 X Children (aged 10 - 16)

To book: 0161 832 1111, 0871 424 4444
Or book online at

Festival Enquiries (and party bookings): 0161 834 4312, [email protected]

For more information, go to:

Summer In The Park Official Website
Food and Drink Festival
Taste Of Manchester

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