Ben UFO, Shonky, ANOTR & more to play Summer Of Love Festival this August

To feature inside a disused printing factory, in the heart of the cities center.

Summer of Love Festival will return this August with a two day music, arts & wellness experience in Manchester’s city centre. Organised by renowned promoters Animal Crossing, they will be taking over a Warehouse and Printing factory to put on this festival extravaganza. After a groundbreaking and award winning year in 2021, we’re excited to see what they’ve got in store for 2022.

The Animal Crossing team are known for finding interesting, distinct and compelling venues to throw their own unique events. With buildings such as car showrooms, railway arches and their very own space ‘The Loft’ getting well deserved recognition.

Summer of Love will take place on August 27th & 28th with a roster of over 80 international artists set to perform. Featured artists include Mr G (Live), Arpiar which is the triple threat of Raresh b2b Petre Inspirescu b2b Rhadoo, Craig Richards b2b Ben UFO, Dyed Soundorom b2b Shonky, ANOTR, and many, many more – it really is a mouthwatering lineup.

This year also features extensive arts and wellness programs, including a record fair run by The Vinyl Factory, Palace Vinyl, Sub City and international record sellers Yoyaku.

Joe Smonolsky is a local gallery owner who has helped Summer of Love to create an Artist Corner, very akin to the one seen at legendary Glastonbury. With wellness in mind, last year’s area will be expanded to incorporate The Wellness Cafe, ran by the Feel Good Club with the intention to motivate, elevate, relax, unwind and inspire.

Animal Crossing have said:

Following the energy of our first edition, we were determined to push the boundaries & expand the narrative of what defined the Summer of Love. An annual occasion to bring people together in celebration of music, arts & wellness. 

There has been such great ambition for year two and we’re super proud of the picture that’s been painted. To be welcoming such a list of amazing artists to Manchester fills us with joy knowing the creative experience that is still to be revealed. 

It’s not every day you have a Factory within the city centre to transform. We’re doubly excited to keep telling the story and sprinkle a little bit of joy across the August Bank Holiday weekend!

To find out more head here.

Words: Neil Ritchie

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