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What is there to do in June? – Student news

By Vaseline May30,2024

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This summer we’re starting with a whole series of events in the city. We’ve rounded up the best of what’s on display so you can find it all in one place!

Universal Manchester Festival

We are hosting the Universally Manchester Festival to celebrate our bicentenary, a free event that will take over the campus. You can create your own programme, from behind-the-scenes tours, music, theatre, comedy, art, poetry, wellbeing and much more. (Thursday June 6 to Sunday June 9).


There are lots of gigs this month, so there really is something for everyone, from a daytime basement disco to Joshua Brooks with the Shapeshifters (June 29); hip-hop, grime and afrobeats (Band on the Wall, June 8) to a celebration of exciting classics from James Bond films (The Bridgewater Hall, June 29).

Celebrate the end of exams with alternative dance music (Yes, June 7, free tickets available), or head to Co-op Live to see Manchester’s own Liam Gallagher celebrate 30 years of Definitely Maybe (June 15, 16, 27, 28).


The festival season in Manchester starts in June and there is something for everyone to enjoy. For music lovers, there’s the iconic Parklife (Heaton Park, June 8 and 9), with tickets at 2023 prices. The Green Island Festival kicks off in June and celebrates underground and unrepresented artists (Hulme Community Garden Centre, June 15 ).

For festivals celebrating culture and heritage, there’s the free Histories Festival (Central Library, June 7-8), Festival of Nature (Heaton Park, June 30) and the Festival of Libraries (various locations, June 12-16).

We invented the Weekend Festival, celebrating the joys of leisure (Salford, June 15-16) and DogFest (Tatton Park, June 15-16). The SU will be showcasing some of Manchester’s best student artists at Alive! Festival (SUN, June 6).

Not quite Manchester, but worth a bus or train ride out of town to celebrate Stockport Pride (Stockport Marketplace, June 2)


There are also a lot of exhibitions starting in June, including the timely ones General election route (People’s History Museum, from June 6). The City of floating sounds is accompanied by a bespoke mobile app, which allows you to walk the streets of Manchester while listening to excerpts from Huang Ruo’s meditative new work (Factory International, June 6-8). And head to The Whitworth for an exhibition by Caribbean British artist and poet John Lyons. (All of June).

For those who want to try something creative there’s Life Drawing Late – where you can sharpen your pencil and chalk skills (Salford Museum and Art Gallery, June 19) or for something more relaxed there’s Paint & Sip Night where you can quietly paint and have a chat while enjoying a glass of wine (Factory International, June 5).


Grab your mat and head outside for a relaxing yoga session in Manchester’s sky garden (Castlefield Viaduct, 7 + 14 June). For nature lovers, there are Gardening Volunteer Sessions you can join (Peel Park, various dates in June). International students can enjoy a free evening full of music and cultural exchange with DJ Yayo on the decks (The Social, Aviva Studios, June 5)

For those who love arts and crafts, there is the MCR Sew Social, where seamstresses of all levels can come together (Whitworth Locke, June 13). Make sure you check out the SU events this month as they have everything from a vintage clothing fair (June 3+4) to a mindfulness workshop (June 4).


Finally, Euro 2024 kicks off on June 14, and in football-mad Manchester, there’s no shortage of locations in the city to watch the matches. Head to the fan zone at Diecast and enjoy the atmosphere with a capacity of 3,000 people, or for a quieter experience, go to Gorilla.

Photo credit: Amelia Drake

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