Manchester Guitar festival 2023

After a hugely successful first year, we’re excited to announce that the Manchester Guitar Festival will return in 2023.

The second Manchester Guitar Festival will take place on 19-21 May 2023 with three days packed full of concerts, workshops and masterclasses with some of the finest guitar stars.

There will be a headline performance each day in The Stoller Hall, as well as a variety of other performances in The Stoller Hall, The Carole Nash Hall and pop-up performances in The Atrium.

Workshops will include a fingerstyle masterclass from Jon Gomm, a flamenco workshop with Miguel Pérez, a jazz masterclass from Jim Faulkner and Stuart McCallum teaching a pedals masterclass for electric guitar.

Jon Gomm and Jim Faulkner will also be performing during the festival, alongside Richard Durrant, Alexandra Whittingham and more to be announced. You can find out more about the performers here.

We will also be running a series of participatory activities for young people and adults across our site – Stoller Story Sounds for ages 3-5, and Guitar Choir for young guitarists of all abilities aged 8 – 16.

There will even be an opportunity for budding young guitarists aged 9-17 to try out the world of Chetham’s as part of our Chetham’s Guitar Academy Day which will run alongside the 2023 Festival. Guitar Academy and Guitar Choir are both free to book.

There is definitely something for everyone to watch, learn and participate in.

Our full weekend tickets are currently sold out!  You can book elements of the weekend by following the links below:

  • Friday Night Headliner – 7.30pm in The Stoller Hall : Eric Bibb
  • Saturday Night Headliner – 7.30pm in The Stoller Hall : Espíritu Flamenco Presents Miguel Pérez.
    Booking for this event will also give you access to our Saturday day ticket events.
  • Sunday Night Headliner – 7.30pm in The Stoller Hall: Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
    Booking for this event will also give you access to our Sunday day ticket events.

Day Only Tickets give you access to workshops, masterclass, daytime and pop-up performances apart from the three headliners and youth activities, and can be booked as an upgrade to individual concert tickets, or separately. You can check out more details of what’s going on each day, as well as booking tickets, below:

Specialist guitar retailers such as Forsyths of Deansgate will have stalls at the festival with a selection of guitars, accessories and music to try and buy.

You can check out the Forsyths website or virtual tour to explore what guitar stock they hold. You can also contact them in advance about specific guitars, accessories or music, which they’ll be happy to bring along you to have a look at over the weekend.

Johnny Roadhouse Music will be joining us with a range of guitars and accessories on display.

We’re also delighted to have HM Pasties joining us at over the weekend to provide a range of meat, vegetarian and vegan pasties.

Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be announcing more details of all the performances, masterclasses and workshops, so make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list to hear more.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please drop us an email to or check out our Guitar Festival FAQs.

Manchester Guitar Festival 2023 has been generously supported by The Granada Foundation.