Nestled in the picturesque countryside, only 15 minutes from Stockport and 30 minutes from Manchester City Center, Blackthorn Music Festival is a true celebration of city culture and rural produce..

Manchester is responsible for creating and supporting some of the best music ever made, and the surrounding areas have produced some of the tastiest, highest quality food and drink available. If you come to Blackthorn, be assured that you will experience the best of the city along with the best of the countryside.

Blackthorn originally began life as a massive party to celebrate Laura Hancock going away to uni. Looking happily around the area, Karl realised that he could combine his love of music and food to create Manchester’s first credible music festival with camping. For the last 4 years, the festival has been a great success doubling their attendance yearly. To increase the quality and the ultimate festival experiences, this year all campers have posh loos and hot showers available.

As well as top music, there will also be a variety of other arts showcased at Blackthorn. Dedicated areas for, live art, acoustic acts and spontaneous live art installations appear throughout the festival, so if you go for a wander away from the main stage you never know what you might come across. After our successful venture into Glamping last year, we are increasing the number of Bell Tents available to hire. So why not go for the luxurious approach and enjoy the whole weekend.

Blackthorn Music Festival Timeline May 18, 2018

A look at Blackthorn through the years. 

Blackthorn 2017 July 21, 2017

Headliners this year included Reef, Lightning Seeds, Space and The Sex Pissed Dolls. This year was our busiest yet and the festival grew so much we had to reorganise the…

Blackthorn 2016 - Yeah Yeah Yeaaahh... July 22, 2016

2016 saw a storming lineup including The Stereo MCs, Bootleg Beatles, Maximo Park, Cabbage, No Hot Ashes, Eliza & The Bear and more! 

Blackthorn 2015 - Now We're Cooking July 24, 2015

After a great first year things got better and better - Headliners include: The Enemy, The Sherlocks, Larkins and The Sunshine Underground. 

Blackthorn 2014 - We officially begin July 25, 2014

And we're off! Headliners in this first year included Reverend & The Makers, Dodgy and Slow Readers Club

Blackthorn 2013 - The Start Of Something Cool July 19, 2013

An idea was born, a seed was sown.A private party held at Blackthorn with a couple of live bands... "Hang on, this is awesome, we should do more of this!"...