MUSIC lovers enjoyed a festival atmosphere as Made in Manchester returned on Saturday.

The event, which featured some of the UK's best tribute bands, attracted more than 1,000 people.

Following the 'fantastic' feedback from those who attended, organiser Robert Brierley is hoping to make the concert an annual event.

He said: " People have been saying they have been crying out for an event like this and from the response I have had I'm looking to make it an annual event.

"The people  have been absolutely fantastic and hopefully have had a really good time. People have wanted to get out after lockdown and have some family time.

"There has been something for everyone of all ages."

And the plan is to grow the "family orientated music event" next year and double the audience.


Made in Manchester 2021

Made in Manchester 2021


The festival was staged in the outdoor area of Bolton Arena.

There were plenty of refreshment stalls on tap, with with beer and gin stalls as well as food, including Bolton's Carr's Pasties as well as a Turkish wrap stall.

Children enjoyed all the fun of the fairground rides.


Made in Manchester 2021

Made in Manchester 2021


Bands which took the stage included The Oasis Experience, The Courtbetweeners, Laid - the UK’s number one James tribute, These Smiths and The BuzzKocks, Ryan Jarvis and Manifesto.

Made in Manchester was first staged in Bolton in 2019, with Covid cancelling last year's event.

It was back this year, hosted by DJ Dave Sweetmore.

The event was supporting Horwich-based charity Lagan's Foundation.