Damon Albarn, Elbow and Kraftwerk To Contribute To Manchester Festival

Lou Reed, Antony Hegarty and more all confirmed

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Damon Albarn, Elbow and Kraftwerk are all set to contribute to this year’s Manchester International Festival which takes place from July 2 to 19.

Albarn, who is not performing, as he’ll be playing live shows with the reunited Blur, has contributed music to a new play ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ by Adam Curtis and Punchdrunk.

The MIF is where the premiere staging of Albarn’s opera ‘Monkey: A Journey To The West’ took place two years ago.


Artsists who are due to play this year’s festival include Kraftwerk, Elbow, Lou Reed with Laurie Anderson, De La Soul and Amadou & Mariam.

More details about individual shows and ticket ifo from: mif.co.uk

Highlights announced so far include:


‘It Felt Like a Kiss’ – Immersive theatre created by Adam Curtis and Punchdrunk, music by Damon Albarn (not performing)

Kraftwerk and Steve Reich

Antony And The Johnsons with Manchester Camerata (UK premiere)

Elbow And The Halle Orchestra

De La Soul

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed

Same Teens/Mystery Jets

Amadou And Mariam and The Beating Wing Orchestra

Durutti Colum – Paean to Wilson: tribute to Anthony H Wilson

Rufus Wainwright’s debut opera (World premiere)

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