News | The Whisky Sessions to make festival debut

whiskysessionsI Am Kloot, Gomez, British Sea Power, Turin Brakes, Tim Burgess, Badly Drawn Boy and a host of others will flock to Manchester this November for a brand new music festival with a difference.

Promising 24 bands over two days, world class whiskies and an amazing venue, ‘The Whisky Sessions’ will make its first full festival debut in Manchester on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November. The festival takes place at Victoria Warehouse, one of the North West’s most unique and innovative event spaces, with music lovers able to experience and taste a wide range of whiskies, while enjoying an impressive line-up performing across two stages.

I Am Kloot and Gomez will make their only Manchester appearances of the year at The Whisky Sessions – for Gomez it’s their first Manchester show since 2011.

The full line up has now been revealed (with the exception of a number of special guests to be announced) making up a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most celebrated artists, all heading for the North West this Autumn.

As well as the headline acts there will be performances from British Sea Power; Turin Brakes; Tim Burgess; Badly Drawn Boy; Dodgy; Little Comets; Admiral Fallow; To Kill A King; The Riptide Movement; Matthew & the Atlas; Josh Record; Treetop Flyers; Southern; Marcus Bonfanti; Jon Allen; Rainy Boy Sleep; Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo; Robbie Boyd; The Young Folk; and Lisbee Stainton.

Brought to Manchester by the Ingenius Events Company (part of the International Wine & Spirits Competition Group), the festival’s vision is for a selection of the world’s greatest whiskies to share the stage with some of the most talented musicians around.

Against the vibrant music backdrop, whisky experts, mixologists and bartenders will be on hand to introduce festival goers to whiskies from around the world. The team from Manchester’s Whiskey Jar will be concocting some unique whisky cocktails especially for the event.

Allen Gibbons, Group Chief Executive of IWSC Group, commented, “We are delighted to be launching The Whisky Sessions, which we feel is a unique music experience with a whisky twist. Whisky has been the source of inspiration for countless numbers of musicians over the years, and as the world is currently exploding with great new whiskies from traditional and new countries, we thought it was a great time to get the two together.”

James Walsh of Starsailor, who performed at the Whisky Sessions taster event held at the Isle of Wight Festival earlier this year, said:  “I was blown away by what happened at the Isle of Wight Festival. It was such a rush to play at a whisky themed stage that seemed to really resonate with people. I can’t imagine what that that will be like when The Whisky Sessions is allowed to take over its own venue… but I’m sure festivalgoers will love it!”

John Bramwell, lead singer of I Am Kloot added “I’m looking forward to our only Manchester gig of the year. It’s a great venue. I saw a few bands play there at the 6 music festival and was very impressed. We’ll be performing in our original three-piece line up. Kloot fans can Facebook us any song requests and we’ll do our best to add them to the list.”

Tickets are on sale now here.

10% discount applies to group bookings of 10 or more people by calling Ticketline on 0161 832 1111