Wilmslow Express - - CITY LIFE LOCAL -

HE full line-up for an­nual meat and mu­sic fes­ti­val Grill­stock Manch­ester has been re­vealed. Leg­endary hip-hop DJ Grand­mas­ter Flash will head­line the first night of its Manch­ester week­ender next month.

He’ll be joined on the bill by The Heavy, Levi Roots and Cuban Bros at the event, which takes over Al­bert Square, in the city cen­tre, from May 30-31.

Sounds of the Deep South will be on the menu as Beat­box Blues band Hey Moon­shaker, retro-mod­ern sib­lings Kitty Daisy and Lewis, coun­try blues in­spired Rev Pey­ton’s Big Damn Band and The Hosts have all been added to the bill.

Garage Punk sen­sa­tions The Com­put­ers com­plete the main stage line up on Satur­day while the bar stage will come alive with a riot of bands through­out the week­end in­clud­ing Leopald and his Fic­tion, Grill­stock favourites Big Joe Bone, Hyena, John Fairhurst, Joe McA­dams and break­through Southamp­ton band Dolomite Mi­nor.

Fes­ti­val co-founder Ben Mer­ring­ton said: “The line-up for Grill­stock Manch­ester will set the scene for a week­end of cooking over Smokey coals. We’ve got some great tal­ent from all over the coun­try and it’s the big­gest mu­si­cal line-up we’ve ever had in Al­bert Square. The Fri­day night pit party will also be storm­ing, with our pit crew ticket hold­ers in­vited to open the fes­ti­val in style, while the BBQ teams get to work over smoky coals.”

Manch­ester’s BBQ fans can in­dulge, in a feast feast put on by spe­cial­ist chefs cooking up food in the dis­tinc­tive ‘low and slow’ and pit-smoked bar­be­cue styles.

This year’s Grill­stock, which is spon­sored by BrewDog, will in­clude cooking con­tests, chilli-pep­per and hot-dog eat­ing com­pe­ti­tions, a New York-style craft beer bar, bour­bon dens and its own pale ale cre­ated to go with bar­be­cue.

James Watt, Brewdog Co-founder said: “BrewDog and BBQ. Some things are just nat­u­ral part­ners in crime. We’re ex­cited to con­tinue our great re­la­tion­ship with Grill­stock at this year’s fes­ti­vals.

“We’ll be rocking some de­li­cious, hoppy brews that will per­fectly com­ple­ment all the fin­ger-lick­ing food avail­able at the fes­ti­val. For those not familiar with our beer, we hope this fes­ti­val will be their craft beer bap­tism. Noth­ing will be the same again. Hops, Meat, Tunes..what more could you ask for?”

Tick­ets are on sale now at grill­stock.co.uk. Fol­low face­book.com/ grill­stock­BBQ or @ grill­stock on Twit­ter for up­dates.

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