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 John Gomm, a flamenco workshop with Miguel Pérez, a jazz masterclass from Jim Faulkner and Stuart McCallum teaching a pedals masterclass for electric guitar.

John Gomm and Jim Faulkner will also be performing during the festival, alongside Richard Durrant, Alexandra Whittingham and more to be announced.

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 guitarist 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.  For now, you can book elements of the weekend by following the links below:

You can also buy a Full Festival Ticket, which gives you access to everything including all daytime activities, workshops and headliners (excluding youth education activities: Stoller Story Sounds, Guitar Academy and Guitar Choir).

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:

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