Head down to First Street for a summer of culture, sport, food and much more.


This year we are launching a vibrant summer programme filled with a varied calendar of events. Kicking off on Thursday 2nd June, First Street will be transformed, ready for an exciting opening weekend.

In the first weekend, we’ll be celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee with the Punk Queen of First Street – our Manchester Flower Show entry. This will coincide with the launch of the First Street Festival in Tony Wilson Place, where HOME will be putting on an alternative twist on the Jubilee. We’ll also be joined by Bunny Jackson’s ‘Wing Wagon’ alongside the Summer Screen in James Grigor Square.

The Summer Screen by Starling Bank will be showing major sporting events running from 2nd June – 9th August. Pull up a deck chair, grab a beer from the Wing Wagon and enjoy the likes of Wimbledon and The Hundred in James Grigor Square, the best sun trap in Manchester. This year we will also be screening events such as Glastonbury and other cultural events.

The Wing Wagon will be there to meet all your refreshment needs and on weekends we’ll be bringing Gingers Ice Cream Emporium to site in case you fancy a sweet treat in the sun. To access the full screen schedule, click here.

First Street Festival will provide a range of free activities across 5 consecutive weekends including live music, family events, drag performances, yoga, DJs and more. A central stage in Tony Wilson Place will form the focal point of the festival. All events will be free and open to the public. Showcasing local talent this year’s partners are Brighter Sound, SM Music MGMT, All Hands on Deck, and The Untold Orchestra. Click here to view the programme.

This year First Street’s Flower Show display is paying homage to the Platinum Jubilee, but also Manchester’s musical past, featuring an alternative ‘Punk Rock’ Queen that has been inspired by the Sex Pistols. Their infamous gig at the Free Trade Hall in 1976 inspired a generation of new bands as well as the Haçienda and Factory records. It only feels right to go punk this year in Tony Wilson Place. To find out more click here.


See you there!