Music at the Museums

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Music at the Museums

Take an after-hours trip to Manchester’s museums next week, and experience incredible new music and art from some of the North West’s most exciting young and emerging talent.

On Thursday 12 July Brighter Sound are hosting two free gigs at two of Manchester’s most iconic museums – showcasing new work created on two very different artistic residencies.

Over at Manchester Museum, art-folk collective Firefly Burning will play an intimate show in the magical setting of the Living Worlds Gallery.

Evoking sounds of Sufjan Stevens and Kate Bush, the band will perform previously unheard songs from their forthcoming album – as well as brand new music inspired by the museums collections, in a special collaboration with 17 up-and-coming artists from across Greater Manchester.

Meanwhile across the city at People’s History Museum, our latest Both Sides Now showcase will feature new music and art with a political edge, inspired by and created during a week-long residency led by conceptual artist and producer Fatima Al Qadiri and curator Amal Khalaf.

With a particular focus on femme-ism and resisting through the body, eight of the North West’s most exciting and innovative artists will perform work inspired by current exhibition Represent! 100 Years On, which reflects on those who campaigned for better representation (most famously the suffragettes) and asks ‘How far have we really come in 100 years?’

Tickets for both events are free but limited. Book yours now to avoid disappointment.


Music at the Museum feat. Firefly Burning + special guests

Manchester Museum

Doors 5.30pm, performance to start approx. 5.45pm



Both Sides Now Showcase with Fatima Al Qadiri

People’s History Museum

Performance to start at 7pm.

Preceded by a Have Your Say! conversation at the People’s History Museum at 6.30pm around the topic “Can ‘hashtag feminists’ support a more equal society?”