Mercury Climbing: A New Festival for Stockport M
September 27th - October 4th
ercury Climbing is a new 8 day urban festival bringing music, film, comedy and more to the heart of Stockport. Established acts such as Fuzzy Sun and Mark Radcliffe’s Une will play alongside rising stars like The Lathums and Dirty Laces, in a diverse range of venues across Stockport that includes Remedy, The Hatworks and St Marys Church. Mercury Climbing is about much more than music, with a range of events planned across the eight days. As part of the festival, Bands FC are bringing their exhibition to Stockport Museum. A collaboration between music and football, Bands FC has broken records everywhere it’s been, from The Football Museum in Manchester to the Royal Albert Hall and even New York. A huge print and music fair will see Charlatans front-man Tim Burgess bring his Vinyl Adventures record fair to Stockport for the first time as well as performing a DJ set at the event.
An online radio station will broadcast throughout September and during the event, showcasing music from all the acts performing and playing the best unsigned acts from across the North West. Mercury Climbing is the brain child of Stockport resident Paul Austin. “Stockport is in the middle of a huge renaissance, and I want to be a part of that. I want to make Mercury Climbing a regular thing, and watch it grow every year into something special.” With the help of Nick Fraser, one of the Bands FC founders who worked with Tim Burgess on the hugely successful North by Northwich event, the idea quickly started to take shape. “Nick was really
collaboration with A Laugh in Stockport comedy club brings TV regulars Mick Ferry and Steve Harris, as well as celebrated comedians Danny Sutcliffe and Rachel Fairburn to The Hatworks.
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encouraging when I said I’d love to do something similar in Stockport, offering not only advice but support in putting the whole event together” said Paul.
Mark Radcliffe’s Une
The name references Stockport’s hatting history while also suggesting the event will be raising the temperature. Once it was decided and the dates chosen, it didn’t take long to find the name. “People ask us where the name comes from quite a lot. We wanted a connection to Stockport and it’s history, which is where mercury Print & Record Fair came in. Mercury Climbing with Tim Burgess’ vinyl refers to something getting adventures & DJ set hotter, so it seemed a perfect fit to me.” Sunday, September 29th 10 AM – 4:30 PM “We’ve had a lot of people ask us why we’re doing this Stockport Market Hall in Stockport, or tell us that it would be better in Manchester as there are more venues. We’re using venues such as St Marys Church - an iconic building and a great place for live music, that people might not initially consider. When we’re finished we want to make sure the only question people are asking is ‘When is the next one?’.” Mercury Climbing will also be raising money for The Wellspring, a charity that helps the homeless in Stockport. As well as donating money from each gig, there will be a charity music quiz that will see exclusive signed prizes donated by the acts playing. Tickets can be purchased from Dice.fm Acts and events are being added all the time so keep an eye on Mercury Climbing’s Facebook and Twitter accounts @mercuryclimbing
Fri 27th September The Lathums & The Panamas Stockport Hat Works
Thu 3rd October Dirty Laces & Kashmere Stockport Hat Works
Sat 28th September Fuzzy Sun & Average Sex St Mary’s Church
Fri 4th October Aargh Kid venue TBC
Sun 29th September Mark Radcliffe’s Une Stockport Hat Works
Fri 4th October Comedy Night Stockport Hat Works
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