Sonder - n. the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

Sonder Festival Info 2018

SONDER Festival 2018 will take place from the 26th to the 30th September across some of Manchester’s best venues. This year will see well over 200 bands, artists, poets and comedians perform across our festival stages. The festival will again bring together creative talent from across the region and beyond, as well as supporting our local communities. Our charity partner is Future Perfect, a community project promoting Music and Art therapy and fundraising for the Christie Cancer Hospitals Art therapy programmes, alongside White Ribbon—a male powered campaign to end violence against women.

2017 saw us entertain over 2000 festival goers across the weekend with over 100 acts, making SONDER Manchester's biggest introducing, independent festival. Our third year is set to be our biggest and best yet with our partner Future Perfect hosting The Future Perfect Comedy Night with Russell Howard & Friends, at Academy 1, as part of the University of Manchester’s freshers week. Sonder only showcases exciting up and coming acts and 2018 sees us confirming Bang,Bang Romeo, Hands off Gretal, Bad Pollyanna, The Kut, Lilith & the Knight, Chambers, The Moods, The Winachi Tribe, Beth McCarthy and more...

Other events across the UK are now looking to Sonder to source the hottest new talent. Last year's event was featured in Manchester Confidential, Lad Bible and we were called Manchester’s most affordable music festival by I Love Manchester. Fab Radio and Pie Radio are our media partners and we have been advised to submit SONDER Festival for Best Small Festival in the UK Festival Awards, 2018.

The festivals ethos is to create high quality, low cost music and art events as a reaction to the escalating comparative cost of live music in modern times. Our aim is to put on an affordable and inclusive community centred event, which is why tickets are priced at only £20 across 4 days and £25 (£20 NUS/NHS) for Future Perfects Comedy Night. SONDER Festival does not receive Arts Council funding or indeed cash support from any government or charitable organisation. Instead the festival is run on hard work, knowledge, innovation and sponsorship from businesses that benefit from associating with our brand.

FUTURE PERFECT SAYS: We have all been affected by Cancer and the mental anguish it causes and we passionately believe in promoting music & art therapy to help people cope and express their emotions. Pioneering treatment, research and Art therapy initiatives are taking place at the Christie in Manchester.

WHITE RIBBON SAYS: We feel very strongly about the fact that 4.5k women reported sexual assaults at festivals in 2017. It is important to create safe gig, event and festival spaces for everyone. We work with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence.  Our volunteer ambassadors engage with other men and boys to call out such behaviour among their peers and promote a culture of equality and respect.

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