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Join us for the second day of our River Stage Festival Takeover down on the Southbank.

Mighty Heart Theatre
All day
Creators of work that aims to reflect the world around them, Mighty Heart Theatre are on a mission to see what people think of Manchester & The North, with some other pop up surprises along the way. These words will then be turned into a performance on Sun 6 August.

Bootworks Theatre
The Jukeboxes
12:00 – 13:00, 14:45 – 15:45
Two beautiful 1950͛s Jukeboxes sit side-by-side. Watch them spring to life as two performers (hidden inside) re-create classic pop music videos in a lip-syncing musical medley. Using props, masks, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs, the kitsch duo bring to life some of our favourite celebrity pop-stars from past and present. The Beatles, Sinead O͛Connor, Miley Cyrus, Stevie Wonder and Adele all make cameos – and audiences are encouraged to sing or dance along with the show. Whatever your age, there͛s a little something for everyone.

The Beat Chics
13:30 – 14:30
The Beat Chics believe in two things and two things only. Music from the 1960s and vinyl records. When they head to the River Stage, they’ll be spinning a collection of classic and rare records perfect for an afternoon on the South Bank, including tracks from The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, The Zombies, Lulu and more.

Pen:Chant
16:00 – 17:30
Toiling down the art mines, Pen:Chant taps the seams of spoken word, comedy, live music, contemporary performance and everything in between. Unearthing gems from Manchester, the UK and around the world we present them to you, confident they’ll make your hearts and minds sparkle.

Aziz & Dal
18:30-19:15
Aziz Ibrahim and Dalbir Singh Rattan are the pioneering creative force behind the new Asian Blues genre mesmerizing audiences worldwide. Ibrahim’s signature Asian-Mancunian guitar playing and songwriting blends with Singh Rattan’s exceptional and aggressive percussion styling, to create a sound layered with rich melodies and rhythms.

The Beat Chics
19:45 – 21:00
The Beat Chics are back and are digging deep into their vinyl boxes and setting out on an excursion into some of the best pop and rock the 60s have to offer spinning tunes from girl groups, garage, Northern Soul and much more.

In Bed With My Brother
We Are Ian
21:30 – 22:45
1989. Manchester. The year it all changed from black and white into crazy technicolour. Illegal raves. Acid parties. We might not have been born, but Ian remembers and can take us back. Peppered by recordings of conversations we’ve had with Ian, and scored by buzzing 80s and 90s tracks.

“Be Ian, be you but really, just be in this audience” ✮✮✮✮✮ A YOUNGER THEATRE