Event guide and ticketing agent Skiddle partnered with the grassroots music and arts-focused SONDER Festival.

The Manchester festival, which has seen attendance double every year since 2016, will see more than 100 bands, artists, poets and comedians perform across venues including The Bread Shed, Night People, Joshua Brookes, Zombie Shack, FACTORY, Sandbar and Dance House Theatre.

The event, which takes place between September 27 and 30, will bring together creative talent from across the North West and beyond as well as supporting causes such as Future Perfect, The Christies and White Ribbon.

SONDER also boasts a 40 per cent female line-up.

Sam Garlick, business development manager at Skiddle, said: “We are delighted to partner up with SONDER Festival and help promote such an important, vibrant event in Manchester’s calendar. SONDER and Skiddle share an ethos of supporting up-and-coming talent, protecting grassroots music venues and offering gig-goers an authentic, affordable live experience.

“Without support from Manchester’s creative industry and community, Skiddle would never have grown to become the organisation it is today, that’s why we wanted to offer additional support alongside ticketing for this particular event. We are looking forward to helping showcase some amazing talent and offering North West gig-goers four days of raw and unapologetic live music in some of the UK’s most iconic music venues.”

Kelvin Leigh, co-founder of SONDER Festival, said: “Without the support of the team at Skiddle, SONDER would not be able to continue to grow and challenge the status quo when it comes to bands, artists and poets being booked for festivals.

“Our ethos from the very start of SONDER Festival has been that it does not matter how large or small an artist’s fan base is; what matters is how good their music and talent is. We are delighted that Skiddle believe in supporting Manchester’s independent scene as much as we do and have joined us as a main festival partner for this year.”

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