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Live music family festival

Escape from the City


Saturday 10 September 2.00-7.00pm

With city life moving at a frantic pace, why not take a break and Escape the City at our live music festival in a secret green hideaway in Monton? As part of the Bridgewater 250th anniversary celebration, Monton will come alive with the sound of music with everything from brass bands to 15th century minstrels, laidback indie groups to local folk singers.

Bring the family along and join in the arts and crafts activities between sets or explore the magical little forest area. They will be a range of food and drink available onsite too from Lakeland Picnics, Chezzie le Choux cakes and Homemade Passion for Food so you can keep the party going throughout the day. If you want to bring your own picnic, please note that no glassware will be allowed on site - please bring plastic cups etc. No BBQs or camping stoves.

Tickets are free - we've stopped sending out wristbands in advance now but don't worry, there will be plenty of wristbands available on the gate on the day so bring all the family and come along to join in the fun.

We're crossing our fingers that the sun will shine on Monton on Saturday, however, this being Salford please be prepared for rain. Whatever the weather, it will still be a fantastic day but please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a brolly!  

The line-up includes...

(unfortunately due to illness My Bubba and Mi are no longer appearing - please note revised line up)

Lulu and the Lampshades
Luscious harmonies, skittling percussion and intricate arrangements provide the backbone for this London-based four-piece.

Princes in the Tower
We're here to make you happy. We're here to make you jive. We'll make your party rock like it's 1595.

Girl Peculiar
Quirky songstress Girl Peculiar (aka Jenny Shuttleworth) has been praised by Liam Gallagher and Mark E Smith so catch her now before she hits the big time.

Paula Darwish and the Country & Eastern Band
Born in Yorkshire to an English mother and a Jordanian father, Paula plays 'country and eastern' - a fusion of Turkish folk music mixed with English country influenced songs.

Albert Thompson
Albert is a Salford singer/songwriter who will regale us with tales of his seafaring days, times on the dock picket lines and his meeting with Bob Dylan in 1962!

Besses o'the Barn Brass Band
Kicking things off in style will be one of the oldest brass bands in the country, established in 1818.

There will also be entertainment all day long from Salford City Radio.

Family activities

Alongside our face painter and roaming magician, the Salford Ranger Team will be situated in the magical woodland copse delivering den building, an arts and crafts workshop showing you the tradition of 'Roses & Castles' artwork seen on narrow boats and canal ware, a canal themed orienteering session and willow fish making workshop.

Join Billy from 'Billzilla's' and help construct a traditional barge from wood, paper mache and then decorate it! For the day we have also 'Bees & Trees' - why not do some apple pressing to make traditional apple juice, join in the paper making workshop or learn some food heritage facts and how some fruit was used to shape the industrial revolution!

Wristband holder offers

Escape from the City is being held in Monton village and our friends there have kindly offered some great promotions for wristband holders, valid on the day of the event only. Simply show your wristband at the venue to receive your discount. Make a day of it in Monton! 

  • Louis's Ice Cream Parlour - buy one ice cream cone or tub and get a second for 1/2 price
  • Ivy Deli - free croissant or pain au chocolat with every coffee bought. 10% off all hot and cold sandwiches 
  • Cromptons at The Waterside - 20% off lunch menu (12.00-5.00pm) and 10% evening menu.

Location & access

Escape from the City will be held in the green space next to the canal just off Duke's Drive, Monton, just off Parrin Lane. Location map.

Please note there is absolutely no public parking on site - we encourage you to come on foot or by bike and there will be cycle racks available. For public transport information on getting to Monton go to There is a small car park in Monton village itself, 5 minutes walk from the site.

Please note that this event takes place outdoors in a field and so the the usual challenges for wheelchair users and those with pushchairs that this sort of ground presents will apply. There is a temporary roadway from the entrance that offers access onto the site, but the site itself is uneven ground. Disabled access toilets are available. 

Modern History logo  bridgewater canal logo



Escape from the City poster

Lulu and the Lampshades

Girl Peculiar

Princes in the Tower

Paula Darwish

Salford City Radio 


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