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Presented by Contact and SICK! Festival

From the grand auditorium to hidden studio spaces, TAKEOVER PARTY will present a vibrant and packed evening of performances, spoken word, music, provocations, digital exhibitions, artistic interventions and immersive experiences, by, for and about young people.

Featuring some of Manchester’s most exciting young artists, musicians and performers and others from across the UK, TAKEOVER PARTY confronts the recent YouGov statistic that 18% of young people in the UK believe ‘life is not really worth living’ and asks what does make life worth living for young people today.


Creative projects developed by Peshkar, Young Rapar and Reform Radio will be featured in the programme.

Chunky: A proud Mancunian with roots in Zimbabwe (having relocated as a child), Chunky possesses a rare ability to work any crowd into a frenzy, whilst handling everything from the latest, bass-heavy cuts to live jazz with consummate ease.

Young Identity and Urban Woorden: Young Identity, Manchester’s finest young spoken word performers go head-to-head with Urban Woorden from Belgium who create a space where young people can empower themselves through poetry, slam and rap, through creation and performance.

Amy Vreeke: Also premiering her new show The Year My Vagina Tried To Kill Me in this year’s SICK! Festival, stand-up comedian and theatre maker Amy Vreeke creates multi-genre, autobiographical work that explores social taboos with candour and comedy.

Bernadette Russell & Rob Kennedy: Writers, artists, performers and activists Bernadette Russell & Rob Kennedy explore the boundaries between the personal and the political, art and protest. Join them to make your mark!

PLUS loads more artists and performers throughout the night. Find the full line up here.

Some performances throughout the evening include partial nudity, strong language, discussion of mental health and references to suicide. Find more details here.

This event takes place at Niamos Centre

Niamos Centre, Chichester Street, Hulme, M15 3E


Developed and presented in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University as part of the Greater Manchester Living Youth Charter of Rights.

  • Price
    Pay between £5 - £15
  • Venue

    Niamos Centre, Chichester Street, Hulme, M15 3E

  • Ages
  • Booking info

    Book in advance and pay between £5 – £15. Choosing a £15 ticket will support cheaper tickets for other audience members.


    If you or anyone in your party have any specific access requirements please contact the festival directly on or 0161 696 6410.

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Date Time
Niamos Centre
7pm Sold out