• Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
    M4 3BG
  • Friday 20th September, 4:00pm - Until Sunday 22nd September, 11:00pm
International Urban Folk Festival Gobefest, Manchester's original international urban folk music and dance festival, has been rescheduled for Friday 20-Sunday 22 September 2024.

Joint Friday headliners for the indie event, which turns eight this year, are gypsy folk band of the moment and Preston's finest Mobius Loop and klezmer and Balkan music supremos She'Koyokh. Whilst Saturday's headliner is Magyar Banda, an 8 piece folk band all the way from Budapest.

Other acts playing across two stages for the three day event include Koszika and the Hotshots, Lazlo Baby, Karolina Wegrzyn and Banda, Csjilla, Reka-Kata Regian and Szabolcs Horvath and Solymosi Duo. Further local and international acts are still to be confirmed.

The weekend promises an expertly curated mix of bands and solo artists, folk dance troupes, choirs and more.

Independent food and drink traders will be serving up favourites from around the Carpathian Basin, from giant pans of goulash, to the fried flat breads known as langos and Transylvanian barbecued chimney cakes. Alongside craft beer, there will also be a Hungarian wine stall, a cocktail bar and a palinka (Hungarian fruit brandy) bar.

Free activities in the family tent include music and dance workshops, arts and crafts and storytelling.

Established in 2017, Gobefest has its roots firmly in Transylvania but over the years has expanded its reach to cherry pick some of the finest performing artists from all over the UK and Europe.

Returning to Cathedral Gardens, the festival will for the first time be selling day or weekend tickets for the Friday and Saturday. Sunday - which has become known as Dance Day - will remain free.

Tickets bought for original dates in June 2024 are still valid.

Friday line up from 4pm
Mobius Loop, She'Koyokh, Solymosi Duo, Reka-Kata Regian and Szabolcs Horvath,

Saturday line up from 11am
Magyar Banda, Koszika and the Hotshots, Karolina Wegrzyn and Banda, Csjilla, Reka-Kata Regian and Szabolcs Horvath, Solymosi Duo, Soma Music, Hunique dance ensemble

Sunday line up from 11am
Hunique Hungarian folk ensemble, Romanian folk dance group Ansamblul Tezaur, Bulgarian folklore club Ripni-Ka, Podilya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Polonez Polish dance group, Monty Folk, Lazlo Baby, Kalinka Balalaika Orchestra, Tulipan Zither and Folk Arts

Keep an eye on the Gobefest website or socials for updates as more acts are added to the bill.

Tickets: https://go.evvnt.com/2362748-0?pid=4351 

General Admission: GBP 35.00

Social Interaction
* thebestof cannot be held responsible for any changes, amends or cancellations of an event