Manchester’s freshest independent festival, Mad Ferret, returns for a second successive year to Platt Fields Park, Manchester, 12th & 13th June 09! Headliners include The Streets, Roots Manuva, Finley Quaye, Pendulum (DJ set), Stanton Warriors and Claude Von Stroke, with lots more still to be announced. To keep up to date with the latest Mad Ferret news visit www.madferretfestival.com. Alongside playing host to International cutting-edge artists, Mad Ferret showcases some of Manchester’s untapped underground talent; local acts performing include The Travelling Band, The Gentleman’s Dub Club and the Riot Jazz band (featuring Jenna G and Broke n £nglish). Other acts also confirmed include, KidKanEvil, Toddla T & MC Serocee, DJ Hype, FreeStylers, Zinc, Ntype, Hatcha, SubFocus, A1 Baseline and Trevor Loveys. Those wanting to seize the opportunity to get involved should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. With the aim of giving Manchester’s burgeoning community of artists and performers a stage, paintbrush or a patch of grass on which to perform, Mad Ferret encompasses much more than just music. Expect comedians (such as The Comedy Sluts), live artists (such as Sketch City), circus performers, poets and even burlesque dancers – just some of the entertainers on-hand to keep audiences captivated throughout their Mad Ferret experience. Promising to keep the entertainment as cutting-edge as possible, Liverpool extravaganza The Kazimier will also be putting its stamp on the Festival, as only it can, www.thekazimier.co.uk. In another rather unique twist for a festival, as camping is disallowed on site, organisers’ are encouraging all those with homes to host a visitor through the social networking and cultural exchange site www.couchsurfing.com. Mad Ferret festival was started in 2008 by a group of student friends. Hell-bent on recreating in Manchester the sense of spirit, community and euphoria they found at numerous festivals across Europe, they set up Mad Ferret. Its first year saw the likes Aim and Lee Scratch Perry perform alongside hot local talent such as The Riot Jazz Band and Super Fresh Power Squad, all squeezed into one packed day. Lee Scratch Perry had this to say of the festival’s first outing; ‘Most wonderful festival I’ve partaken in for a very long time…it was ball of fire, a special blessing.’ Inspired to make this ‘one off event’ into a legacy, and a positive, lasting institution, Mad Ferret returns for 2009, extending the fun over two-days and with two more stages.
One of the organisers, Ben Tillett, commented; ‘I’m really excited about this year’s festival, last year was amazing, so many people pulling together, working hard and letting their imaginations run wild. This year promises to be even greater, with a more experienced team, more people and ideas and a better line up, how can it fail?’ Mad Ferret is supporting the Bollocks to Poverty tour, with 5% of the profits donated to Bollocks to Poverty, the youth arm of ActionAid. ActionAid works in Africa, Asia and the Americas to end global poverty and injustice. Registered charity 274467. For more information www.actionaid.org.uk/bollocks Tickets are priced at £45 for the first 500, £55 thereafter and available online from www.ticketline.co.uk and www.skiddle.com.
Following Cream HQ’s announcement this week as being the only festival to reduce their ticket price this year, they have delivered an all star line up that includes BASEMENT JAXX, TIËSTO, PAUL VAN DYK, DIZZEE RASCAL, 2MANYDJ’S LIVE and MYLO LIVE, all of whom will be heading up north to one of the UK’s most idyllic spots for August Bank Holiday weekend.
Making his debut on the Main stage is demi-god TIËSTO. Other additions to the line up include Berlin-born maestro PAUL VAN DYK, 2MANYDJ’S, CALVIN HARRIS, DJ Mr DAVID GUETTA, LAURENT GARNIER and the UK debut of LUCIANO PRESENTS ÆTHER LIVE.
This years DJ line up reads like a who’s who from the dance music fraternity, and includes the likes of ERICK MORILLO, JOHN DIGWEED, SASHA, FERRY CORSTEN, PETE TONG, EROL ALKAN and TIMO MAAS.
SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST;
Tiёsto / Mylo Live / David Guetta / Luciano presents Æther Live / Laurent Garnier Live / John Digweed / Pete Tong / Sven Väth / Steve Angello / Axwell / Sebastian Ingrosso / Erol Alkan / Crookers / James Zabiela / Boys Noize / Friendly Fires Live / Hernan Cattaneo / Kissy Sell Out / Danny Howells / Andy C / Hype / High Contrast / Chase & Status / Mark Knight / Dirty South / Dave Spoon / Skream & Benga / Busy P vs DJ Feadz / Nick Warren / DJ Marky / Friction / Filthy Dukes / Funkagenda / MC Beardyman / NTYPE / Gareth Wyn / Kim Fai / Rich Reason / Ken Evil / MC Dynamite / IC3 / MC GQ / SP:MC / Tonn Piper / Mad Rush / Rage MC / Phil Faversham / Dean Rigg / Sarah Louise / Alan Hartley / Deeyana on Sax / Dean Oram on Percussion + More to be announced
SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST:
Basement Jaxx / Paul van Dyk / Dizzie Rascal / 2manydjs Live / Calvin Harris Live / Erick Morillo / Sasha / Ferry Corsten / Deadmau5 Live / Dubfire / Timo Maas / Annie Mac / Sander van Doorn / Judge Jules / Yousef / Tidy Boys / Delphic Live / Aeroplane / Dirty Vegas Live / Brodinski / Fake Blood / Yuksek Live / Toddla T / John O’Callaghan / Showtek / Kutski / Dark by Design / Organ Donors / Mark EG / Rob Tissera / Bootek Live / Tidy DJ’s / Burn the Negative / Jack Beats / Jaymo & Andy George / Jordan Suckley / John Jones / Jim Breese / Carl Hanaghan / Andy Mac / Cassette Jam / Anthony Probyn / Lee Ellis / Anton Powers / Rob H / Lady V on Sax / Dean Oram on Percussion + More to be announced