Foals, Lewis Capaldi and Razorlight amongst those announced for summer festival

It’s become a firm summer staple, attracting everyone from Kylie to The Kooks over the past few years. And Sounds of the City will again take over Castlefield Bowl next July with some of music’s biggest names. 

Foals kick off proceedings on Wednesday 1st July following the release of their first ever #1 album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2, which follows the Mercury Prize-nominated Part 1. They’ll be joined by fellow indie rockers and Manchester live favourites Everything Everything.  

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Foals launch Sounds of the City Alex Knowles

Australian rock band Crowded House is up next, on Thursday 2nd July. Having found worldwide success with hits like Don’t Dream It’s Over and Something So Strong on their debut 1986 album, the Melbourne group have since become renowned for freewheeling live shows - performing everywhere from Sydney Opera House to alongside Fleetwood Mac. Don’t miss their first headline Manchester show in 10 years.

It’s another double bill on 3rd July, when Kaiser Chiefs take to the stage following the release of their seventh studio album Duck - proving they’re still hitting new artistic peaks after 15 years in the biz. Joining them will be fellow indie elite Razorlight, who also accompany them on their arena tour next year.

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Kaiser Chiefs (pictured) will be be supported by Razorlight

Another artist heading to Castlefield following a nationwide tour is Lewis Capaldi. To say 2019 has been a big year for Capaldi is an understatement: his debut album spend six weeks at #1, was certified platinum in just 10 weeks and has just become the biggest selling album of the year - also spawning Grammy-nominated smash hit Someone You Loved. He returns to Manchester on Wednesday 8th July, following a string of arena dates in March.

It’s g’day to more Aussie artists on Thursday 9th July, with DMA’S. Since launching in 2015, the Sydney three-piece has performed across the globe - recently opening for Liam Gallagher on his UK tour and selling over 40,000 tickets for their own. Support comes from special guests The Blinders and The Lathums.

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Sydney rockers DMA’s perform on Thursday

From rock to hip-hop, The Streets hit the Bowl on Friday 10th July. Headed by Mike Skinner, widely regarded as having changed the face of British rap music, the band sold over 5 albums and 5 million record sales before taking a hiatus. Recently revived to rapturous acclaim, it heads to Manchester ahead of new album and debut feature film The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light.

Ending the concert series is longstanding local favourite Haçienda Classiçal, which returns with Manchester Camerata on Saturday 11th July for its fifth event at Castlefield Bowl. Having proven wildly successful, the clubbing classical crossover never fails to sell out well in advance. The complete 2020 line-up including support and DJ’s will be announced at a later date.

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Sounds of the City attracts huge crowds every year

As previously announced, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will headline on Saturday 4th July. This sold out show follows the announcement of fourth studio album Manchester Calling and a major UK tour.

All other tickets for Castlefield Bowl will go onsale on Friday 29th November at Ticketline