FRIDAY 20 – SUNDAY 22 MAY 2022 

Sean Shibe Daniel Martinez Flamenco| Northern Chamber Orchestra with Craig Ogden | The Ukulele Uff Trio | Gwenifer Raymond | Duo: Ben Bruant and Will Cashel | Alexandra Whittingham | Whitford Rees | Becky Langan | Boo Hewerdine | Family workshops | Live Q&As | Talks | Food & Drink

Celebrating the finest guitar talent with three jam packed days of concerts, talks, workshops and pop-up performances; encompassing everything from flamenco and acoustic to electric, jazz and blues and even a few ukuleles!

Whether you want to enjoy incredible live music or you’re an amateur player, a budding professional, a session guitarist, or just want to learn more about the world of guitars, there’s something for everyone. Over the course of the weekend you can work alongside professional musicians to develop your playing, listening and ensemble skills, and watch outstanding professional concerts covering all genres and styles. The three-day festival is suitable for all ages, including little-ones.

Read the festival guide

Get into the festival spirit and listen to our playlist here, with music from some of the upcoming performers.


Alongside performances there’s interactive workshops with professional musicians taking place throughout the weekend. There’s something for all ages and abilities; from a flamenco guitar workshop with Daniel Martinez, to jazz and improvisation with Jim Faulknerpercussive rhythm and techniques with Becky Langan and a chance to learn how to play the ukulele with Chris ‘Uff’ Hough.

The workshops are fully interactive, so don’t forge your instrument if you’d like to join in. All workshops are included within the festival weekend ticket.


Tickets available from £5 (free for U18s & FTE).

Festival weekend tickets include all pop up performances, talks and workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Tickets for the headline concerts (Sean ShibeDaniel Martinez Flamenco and Northern Chamber Orchestra with Craig Ogden) will need to be booked separately.

Please contact us if you would like help with your booking, or to speak to a member of our team, please email or call 0333 130 0967.


The festival is open from Friday 20 May – Sunday 22 May.

The doors and bar will be open from: Friday 6 – 11pm / Saturday 12pm – 11pm / Sunday 10.30am – 4pm.


If you are joining us for Manchester Guitar Festival this weekend, there are road closures in place for the The Great Manchester Run. Check before you travel here.

Supported by Mark Griffiths and The Granada Foundation.

In this unmissable programme of polar opposites, Sean Shibe presents a first half dedicated to classical guitar before switching to electric guitar for Steve Reich’s hypnotic Electric Counterpoint.

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Art of Believing promises to be a truly memorable performance, bringing a taste of pure Flamenco and outstanding musicianship to The Stoller Hall. Vibrant and exciting, this is an unmissable Flamenco experience.

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Australian-born Craig Ogden is one of the finest players of classical guitar of his generation. He will be joined by the Northern Chamber Orchestra for a special Manchester Guitar Festival performance.

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