24 July 2017 City in the spotlight, Insider’s Guide

We recently took a look at some of the best music and dance festivals on offer this August in London, and now it’s Manchester’s turn. This Northern town is famous for its eclectic and fresh music scene, as well as for its crazy, all-night long parties – and what better recipe could you have for the perfect festival? The month will see all a hugely diverse and exciting range of genres, artists and venues in its different festivals, from the smooth croons of the Manchester Soul festival through to the electric beats of Creamfields.

Save your money for the actual events and book a cheap hotel room at easyHotel Manchester for as little as £20 a night! Ideally located in the heart of Manchester, it is easily accessible to all of the festival locations, as well as all of the excitement Manchester has to offer if you feel like making a holiday out of your trip.


Manchester Jazz Festival

When: 28th July – 6th August

Where: Based in Albert Square, with multiple venues around the city center

About: The Manchester Jazz Festival turns 22 this year, making it the city’s longest running music festival ever! When you look at the festival, it’s easy to see why the event continues to do well and attract thousands of visitors: with 10 days of live music, over 500 musicians and 80 events covering 12 venues, this is a one of a kind event.

The festival offers every kind of jazz genre and artist under the sun, show-casing brand-spanking new-comers and seasoned veterans. Spread around the city, the festival hub will be housed in the Albert Square where you’ll find bars, food and shows.

Highlights from the recently announced 2017 programme include Manchester’s own stars Riot Jazz, who will be starting the party off on opening night at the glamorous 1920s themed Salon Perdu tent in Albert Square – plus The Breath, who will be playing at the same venue.


Cotton Cloud Festival

When: 12th August

Where: Saddleworth Cricket Club, Greenfield, Oldham

About: Situated in the old, industrial wool powerhouse of Saddleworth, Cotton Clouds is the ultimate dreamy escape from reality set against the background of the stunning Peak District National Park. Listen to some great music while you relax in the countryside, with a line up including The Coral, The Sugarhill Gang, Nick Heywar and Tim Peakes among others. With three stages, an ale tent, arts and crafts, and loads of great street food, it’s looking like a pretty ideal way to spend a summer Saturday.

Stay at easyHotel Manchester and get to the venue in an hour by train or bus.



When: 24th-27th August

Where: Located between Liverpool and Manchester in Cheshire

About: Creamfields needs little introduction… One of the most famous festivals in the world, it is a four-day dance extravaganza with a stellar reputation. Drawing some of the biggest and best names in dance music, this year you can see the likes of Diplo, The Chainsmokers, Annie Mac, Alesso, Duke Dumont, Armin Van Buuren, Stormzy, Tiesto – the list is endless.

While there are plenty of camping options on offer at Creamfields, they are obscenely expensive. While you could hire a ‘Summer Lodge’ at £1,614 per person, you could also stay at easyHotel Manchester for £20 a night… Decisions, decisions. If you do decide glamping (and bankruptcy) is not for you, shuttle buses will be running all day from a station two minutes away from the easyHotel, and will get you to Cheshire in just 50 minutes. It’s a no-brainer, really.

If you’re keen on staying in Liverpool instead, take a look at easyHotel Liverpool for great prices and get to Creamfields in the same amount of time.


The Manchester Soul Festival

When: 27th August

Where: The Printworks

About: The Manchester Soul Festival is a one-day festival started in 2015 by Frank Byrne and his partners. As well as providing a day of beautiful music and fun, the festival fundraises for The Christie, and incredible cancer care, research and education center based in Manchester.

Following two successful years where £40,000 was raised for The Christie, this year will see more Soul and Motown bands, artists and DJs from across the country performing in several of The Printworks venues.

So book your tickets now and not only enjoy a day of incredible soul music, but glow in the fact that you’ve just helped and incredible charity do incredible things.


There you have it, the best music festivals Manc’ has to offer in August. Get booking, and get excited.

Why We Love London | Central London

October 2017 | City in the spotlight, Location Guides

It doesn’t get more quintessentially British than central London – Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament - iconic buildings that define London are around every corner. The city is always buzzing, packed with excited tourists taking in the sights and sounds of London, and the rich sense of history and culture that defines the area.