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LoneLady at Homeground, Manchester

If you haven’t visited Homeground yet, it is HOME’s home away from home –– a socially-distanced event, food and drink space on First Street, just metres away from the city’s favourite theatre and arts venue. The pop-up venue, which opened in May, offers an outdoor and distanced space for the culture-heads of Manchester to see theatre, comedy, poetry and live music without venturing inside a box office or theatre. 

Designed with the look of a scrapyard-turned-festival, Homeground has given life to a patch of disused land just opposite the arts centre, and boasts a packed programme of theatre, comedy clubs and music – as well as a month-long residency from Manchester’s own LoneLady throughout July.

Inspired by British post-punk, Julie Campbell – A.K.A. LoneLady – produces and records each component of her layered, moody soundscapes herself, and started recording music on a cassette recorder during university. Her July residency on The Bruntwood Stage at Homeground came just a few days after the release of her third album, ‘Former Things’ – a punchy “electro-scape” recorded, for the first time, in a professional studio space during the artist’s residency at Somerset House. Up until this album, LoneLady had recorded her previous two albums from her home studio and even an abandoned factory, but this opportunity to produce music in a new environment signals much more to come from the solitary musician and songwriter.

And for one more week, visitors to Homeground can catch LoneLady’s Thursday and Friday DJ sets, with Thursday featuring toned-down post-punk with atmospheric additions from Manchester’s own, like The Durutti Column, while Friday visitors can expect up-tempo dance, electro, funk and techno to bring in the weekend.

Homeground’s programme continues into August, with Manchester Jazz Festival taking over the Bruntwood Stage 31st July – 1st August, and Manchester Folk Festival the weekend after. Don’t miss A Celebration of Musical Theatre by Hope Mill Theatre (10th August), or Look At Me Don’t Look At Me from radical performers and makers RashDash (13th August).


Homeground is located on First Street, near HOME on Tony Wilson Place.