Harry Baker has been announced as the headliner for the next instalment of Manchester’s virtuoso-packed variety show, Pen:Chant.

The mathematician-turned-poet has been touring the world lately, giving him plenty of ideas for new material to air at his first visit to the M postcode in a year. His big break came at the 2012 World Slam, claiming the crown and igniting his career on the stage at events from TED talks to Don’t Flop rap battles.

Also on the bill are Norris and Parker, a comedy sketch act familiar to Edinburgh festival crowds and the North West stage scenes alike. It’s a chance to sneak a preview of their new ‘See You At The Gallows’ set before they take it up to Scotland in August.

Norris and Parker Penchant Manchester BagThing

The musical edge of the July show’s cultural triumvirate is Julie E Gordon, who’s a bright beacon on Gilles Peterson’s radar, shining onstage with Manchester acts from Happy Mondays to Caulbearers.

Julie E Gordon Penchant Manchester BagThing

Created by another slam poet, Ben Mellor, past Pen:Chants have invited the cream of the crop from the North West and beyond, with beatboxer Jason Singh, Don’t Flop rap battling teacher Mark Grist and folk musician Kirsty McGee across its eclectic cast.


The event takes place on Thursday 14 July, 2016, from 7.30pm at Gullivers.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale between Skinted (£5), Undinted (£8) and Minted (£11) from skiddle.com


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