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Free festival at HOME



HOME has revealed the line-up for the opening weekend of this year's First Street Festival, a five-week, weekend event on the piazza in front of the theatre from June 2.

The festival offers free activities throughout June and July as part of First Street’s Summer at First programme.

The opening weekend includes drag performances curated by Donna Trump, live music from Juba do Leao and Yemi Bolatiwa; yoga with Jenny Roche; DJ sets from DJ Paulette, Steve Varden, Mix-Stress, DJ NikNak and DJ Califace J; family-friendly events hosted by Cheddar Gorgeous, and performances from Young Identity and Accessible Music Productions. HOME has programmed the opening weekend for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, and has worked with four partner organisations to mount the following weekends – allowing a wide diversity of artists and voices from the artistic community of Manchester.

This year’s partners are Brighter Sound, SM Music MGMT, All Hands on Deck and The Untold Orchestra. Their line-ups will be announced in due course.

The weekends are: June 2-5: HOME Opening Weekend June 10-12: Programmed by Brighter Sound June 17-19: Programmed by SM Music MGMT June 24-26: Programmed by All Hands on Deck July 1-3: Programmed by The Untold Orchestra Director and CEO of HOME, Dave Moutrey, said: “We are excited to announce the line-up for the opening weekend of First Street Festival 2022 and delighted to bring a free outdoor stage of entertainment to First Street this Summer.”