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Janelle Monáe to take centre stage on the opening night of Manchester International Festival 2019

Manchester is set to get hella PYNK next July as the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and overall talented artist Janelle Monáe has been revealed to be taking centre stage on the first night of the Manchester International Festival in 2019.

The acclaimed artist will headline the open-air event at Castlefield Bowl on Thursday 4th July. The show will kick off the 18-day festival, which is bringing a host of leading artists from across the globe to venues and spaces across Manchester.

Monáe has had an impressive past month with her third studio album ‘Dirty Computer’ recently receiving a nomination for ‘Album of the Year’ at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. In fact, QWEERIST recently named the album the best of 2018, too.

John McGrath, Artistic Director and CEO at MIF, said: “We’re thrilled that Janelle Monáe is performing on the opening night of MIF19.”

Justifiably, she’s getting widespread acclaim for her work and we’re delighted that Manchester is hosting one of only two shows she is planning for the UK in 2019. It will be a sensational event and adds to an exciting start to the Festival.

Janelle Monáe joins other internationally acclaimed artists already been announced for next year’s MIF19. Yoko Ono will bring her ‘Bells for Peace’ to Cathedral Gardens, featuring thousands of diverse voices and a people’s orchestrate of bells from around the world all singing out for peace.

Skepta will a futuristic vision to Manchester with ‘DYSTOPIA987’. Featuring a live set from Skepta himself, alongside guest appearances from performers and DJs, the show will see an uncertain future rich in wonder and possibility. Meanwhile, Idris Elba, alongside Kwame Kewei-Armah, will take audiences on a journey to find the soul and spirit of contemporary South Africa through music, dance and film.

The full MIF19 programme will be announced in Manchester on 7 March 2019.

It’s set to be an exciting year for Manchester, with Contact recently announcing its programme for Contact In The City which will include shows from Mother’s Ruin, Nima Séne and Tuna Erdem, while Home also unveiled its 2019 programme of events which will feature shows from Jinkx Monsoon and Scottee.

Priority booking for tickets for Janelle Monáe is now open for MIF members, with general sale available from Friday 14 December 2018 at 9am. Tickets from £35, with £10 tickets available for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage. Book tickets: mif.co.uk

Written by Adam Maidment

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