Themed as ‘future funk’ and sporting a cosmic coalition of intergalactic sound sculptors, the second installation of Velvet Badger lands after a successful scouting mission in 2014.

Back then, the festival was born in a barn – a large barn on a campsite just outside Buxton, where energy and frivolity reigned despite, and perhaps because of, its down-scaled, budget vibes.

The intrepid aural adventurers on the bill include Paddy Steer, an 808 State collaborating percussionist with an enviable armoury of electronic devices; Henge, the psychedelians fresh from performing their self-professed cosmic dross at the June edition of Space Cassette; Honeyfeet bluesman Rik Warren; Manchester soulsmiths Caulbearers; lo-fi folky hip hop troubadour Gideon Conn; and plenty more.

The future’s funky; the future’s Velvet. Scroll down for your chance to be there for free.

Velvet Badger Festival 2016


We’ve teamed up with Velvet Badger to offer a pair of weekend festival tickets to a lucky winner. To enter, email your answer to the question below to [email protected] The competition closes at 23.59 on Sunday 3 July and the winner will be notified on Monday 4 July.

Q: What is the name of a badger’s home?


Friday 8 & Saturday 9 July, 2016.

Weekend tickets (inc camping) are available for £35 from

The Bull I’th’ Thorn Inn
Ashbourne Rd
SK17 9QQ

Entrants will be added to our mailing list to receive our weekly email with updates on Manchester’s events you need to know about along with more competitions. If you’d sign up anyway, you can do so via the form in our homepage header.

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