7 Oct


Kerry Howarth, tree-warmer and earth child.

17 Sep

We’d just like to alert you to the fantastic talents of KERRY HOWARTH, the master-mind behind what you’ll see outside our festival venues. She spends her time binding tree trunks in thin strips of fabric… and we LOVE IT! We’ve also never seen anything like it. Here’s an example:


Bad Shoes. Bringing together the weird, the talented, and the incredible.

The Literature Line Up

16 Sep

The literature stage will be hosted by Bad Language in Electrik, Chorlton.


1:00 – 1:30 – Stirred Poetry

2:00 – 2:30  – Flashtag Mcr

3:00 – 3:30 – TBC

4:00 – 4:30 – Nija Dalal, Sian Cummins, Emily Morris

5:00 – 5:30 – Rod Tame, Dave Viney, Kieron King

5.40 – 6.00 – Gerry Potter, Akiel Chinelo

6:20 – 6:50 – Jim Sheard, Socrates Adams, Chris Killen

7:00 – 7:30 – Nicholas Royle
There will be writing competitions running throughout the day to be announced on the day!

Music and visual artists line-up!

10 Sep

We can now announce the line-up and running times of our music stage.

5:00-5:20 – Sausage Fingers Double-Bass Quartet

5:30-5:50 – Matthew Whitaker

6:00-6:20 – Jake Cordingley

6:30-6:50 – Deaf Sirens


7:20-7:50 – Rik Warren

8:00-8:20 – Amida

8:30-9:15 – Palmstruck

9:30-10:30 – Lost Rites


The visual artists who are exhibiting at the festival are as follows. Click on the links to their work to see more.





















Hello world!

30 Jul

We are BAD SHOES FESTIVAL, which means we all wear Crocs, add crumbs to our keyboards, and write with our tongues lolling out. (Well, some of us.)

We are are here to promote new and emerging artists. Our interactive arts festival will be held on the 25TH SEPTEMBER, at Dulcimer and Electrik in Manchester. Full program details will be up soon, but here’s a few of the bare bones details:


ELECTRIK will boast the best in spoken word and crafts, with exhibitions and great beer running throughout the venue.

DULCIMER will be steaming with live music, zine and record fairs, and a live graffitti wall. The first sixty people will get a goodie pack (they’ll all be different, and some will have things that you can eat), and there will be competitions with lovely prizes going on to get you involved. It will all be filmed, and there will be amazing art to see.

If you would like to contribute, let us know. We are looking for four craft stall holders, 14 artists to exhibit, and musicians to get the stage hot. Graffitti artists, we want you too!

Contact us here:


Big love,


The BAD SHOES team