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This July we were thrilled to run an exciting new residency for young Manchester artists, exploring themes of protest, resistance and liberation to link into the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.

DISRUPT – our latest major hip-hop project since I Live Hip Hop featuring Kendrick Lamar – brought together some of Manchester’s most exciting artists to create brand new music, using Peterloo and their own personal experiences of protest as inspiration.

The intensive four-day project was led by Swing Ting’s co-founder Balraj Samrai, MC Fox, rapper Lady Ice and Ruby-Ann Patterson (Family Ranks), and took place at People’s History Museum.

“It was dope to see the diversity in the music that was presented. There was stuff about social issues and environmental issues. It was just amazing and empowering, I just wanted to jump up there. It was so good to see everyone working together and those energies mixing. It gives me hope for the future of music.” – Audience member

Click on the photos below for a closer look…

Photos by Shirlaine Forrest (Female Perspective)