Carefully Planned Festival

A Carefully Planned Festival, now one of the largest truly-independent music festivals in the UK is celebrating its fifth edition.

By Lee Isherwood | 8 October 2015

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A Carefully Planned Festival, now one of the largest truly-independent music festivals in the UK, is celebrating its fifth edition with a mammoth 153 artists performing in Manchester’s Northern Quarter on the 17th and 18th of October 2015.


Since 2008, Carefully Planned have gradually established a solid reputation amongst music-lovers thanks to their good ear for new music and eclectic variety of musical genres, from math-rock, hardcore-punk and doom metal, to folk, ambient, pop and back again. This year’s event is set to be an extravaganza of often lesser-known, but always artistically-proficient, independent and alternative musicians from the UK and beyond. Previous line-ups have included now-popular acts such as Alt-J, Peace, Drive Like I Do (The 1975) and Everything Everything which confirms the festival’s reputation as an ideal place to discover your new favourite band, before they hit the big-time.

Acts will be performing across nine of Manchester’s best-loved music venues, all located within a few minutes walking distance. Expect to dash from special performances at the mainstays of the Manchester music scene, Soup Kitchen, Mint Lounge and Night & Day, to intimate sets at venues like The Castle Hotel, Cord and Takk, and to unexpected discoveries at new creative spaces, Aatma and Texture.

Highlights from the line-up include garage punks Best Friends, idiosyncratic experimental rockers The Chap, noisy singer/songwriter Hannah Lou Clark, and Nottingham’s post-punk/pop trio Kagoule as well as local favourites Kiran Leonard, Doctrines, and Walton Hesse. Two of the UK’s best independent record labels, Big Scary Monsters and Alcopop! will also be hosting a stage, presenting some of their current favourite acts including Talons, Get Inuit, Delta Sleep and Axes.

This year, ACPF are partnering with DICE to offer tickets with no booking fee at the affordable and inclusive price of £17.50 for a weekend ticket, or just £12.50 per day.

ACPF’s proud not-for-profit, staunchly self-sufficient outlook allows all focus to be on performers and attendees who have a genuine passion for independent music and everyone can expect enthusiasm and friendliness throughout the weekend. Plus, attendees will have access to: After-parties until 3am (including DJ sets from Manchester indie-pop giants Dutch Uncles and post-rock’n’roll underground clubnight legends Crack Yr Skull) Merch ‘bazaar’ and zine stalls at the wristband exchange at Gullivers. Discounts and offers from local businesses and food-outlets around the NQ.

This is one weekend no true music fan should miss.
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