Sonder Festival promotes grassroots musicians, comedians, and artists giving them the opportunity to perform at some of the most renowned venues in Manchester, all while raising money for charity.
The festival, which took place between 27th-30th September, supports the charity Future Perfect. A community project which uses art therapy to support cancer patients and their families through their treatment. To find out more or donate click here.
The day before the festival began, Sonder Festival launched with a comedy night headlined by Russell Howard. The night also saw three other comedians take to the stage. The weekend went on to see over 100 artists perform across 9 stages, including headliners The Winachi Tribe, Man and The Echo, and Bang Bang Romeo. The festival brought artists and fans together for a brilliant weekend full of energy and music.
One of my favourite new discoveries at the event was Kiziah and the Kings (above), a mixture of funk and soul with an energetic underlay, the band performed an electric set on Thursday, listen to them on Spotify. I also loved Katie O’Malley’s performance, her folk-inspired sound is definitely one I recommend you listen to. Other must-see performances include The Jade Assembly and Our Fold, being from Bolton, their hometowns, and having an affiliation with the music scene there, these are two artists I would never miss if given the opportunity to see them.
Sonder Festival is already undergoing planning for next year and I hope it will be just as good, if not better than it has been this time around! In 2019, Sonder is becoming seasonal and will be taking place as four one day festival, each in a different season of the year- I am very excited for what is to come!
Photo by Olivia Kenny