Volunteer call-out!

Hello, you! What’s up? I need to recruit some volunteers to help run things at A Carefully Planned Farewell in a couple of weeks. Help required will mostly involve monitoring the flow of people into and out of the venues. Shift lengths will depend on how many people I find. You will get a ticket to the festival for being awesome and you’ll feel good about yourself for being so generous with your time. Also, people will think you’re cool. What do you think? Can you do it? Hit me up (on here or our Facebook)!

Matthew x

‘A Carefully Planned Farewell’ – Line up and tickets!


Here’s the line-up for our ‘Carefully Planned Farewell’ party. Very exciting, right?!

It’s happening on 21st October, over three venues, with 35 acts. You can buy tickets online here (for £10 or £13 if you are feeling generous – but no pressure).

Gullivers NQ Upstairs
Screen Wives
Human Leather
Kiran Leonard
Hazel Iris
Bearfoot Beware
The Jungfraus
South Island Son
Famous Hell
mi mye
USA Nails

Gullivers NQ Downstairs
Caitlin Gilligan
Captives On The Carousel
Piles Of Clothes
Chrissy Barnacle
The Last Dinosaur

The Castle Hotel
Winter Sports
King Hannah
Hora Douse
Hot Shorts
Paloma Café
Ten Sticks
Living Body

Mayshe Mayshe
Cynthia’s Periscope
Hunzu Moonshine

Thanks for all the good times…


It’s been a while. We hope you’re all well. I’m afraid we have some bad news. A Carefully Planned Festival is not going ahead this year. We’re sorry about that. You can read more about the reasons why here.

Thank you to everyone who’s been a part of and who has supported the festival over the years; we’re proud of what we’ve achieved and couldn’t have done it without the help of many, many wonderful, wonderful people.

But in better, more exciting news: we’re marking the end with an event at Gullivers NQ, Aatma and The Castle Hotel which will happen throughout the afternoon and evening of the 21st of October, with an after-party at Aatma. Check out the Facebook event here.

We’ll be announcing the line-up, venue splits and set times on Monday 2nd October, and tickets will go on sale at a tenner each. We’d appreciate any help in spreading the word.


Thank you.


What a weekend! Our immeasurable thanks to all who performed, volunteered, attended, spread the word, DJ’d, danced, served drinks, sound engineered, & just generally cared: ACPF wouldn’t exist without you.

Here’s a cheesy photo of the organising team (sorry). We’ll let you know if/when we are back in 2017.

ACPF#6 after-parties!

This year we’ll be partying ’til the early hours at Aatma on the Saturday and Soup Kitchen on the Sunday. Join us; it’s free with your wristband, and we have some of the best DIY DJs in Manchester on board playing your fave alt hits and party tunes.


Saturday – 12.30am til 4am (Aatma)
Underacheivers Please Try Harder
Dots & Loops
Super Smash Hit Records

Sunday – 12.30am til 3am (Soup Kitchen)
Family Tree
Thirsty Girls
Carefully Planned


A few line-up changes…

Unfortunately we’ve lost Foxtales, Crows-An-Wra, and All The Best Tapes from the line-up for various reasons. Sorry to anyone who’s disappointed by this 😦 We’ve moved a few things around, and added the wonderful Natalie Evans to the bill too.

Our clashfinder is updated for these changes.

ACPF#6 – this weekend!

Our sixth edition of ACPF is finally happening this weekend; how exciting! With just a few days to go, we recommend you:

See you there pals!


The ACPF#6 team having a laugh. 


‘A Carefully Planned Pale Ale!’

We’re thrilled to announce our first official festival beer – A Carefully Planned Pale Ale! Matthew and Tilly had a great time getting involved with the beer-making process – it was made with love at the fantastic Marble Brewery with the support of the lovely people at 57 Thomas Street.

“This rye pale ale is the official beer of the weekend. We’ve packed the brew full with Australian Galaxy hops to achieve citrus-laden passion fruit top notes while allowing rye malt to add a subtle spiciness to the finish.”

We highly recommend grabbing a pint or two at some point.

Changes to schedule and venues…

We’ve had a few late changes to the line-up and venues…

Unfortunately, Mary Fields are no longer able to make it over to the UK and so won’t be able to play their set at Aatma on Saturday night. As such,ITHACA UK, who were due to be touring with Mary Fields, have moved into their later slot, and Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam will be playing the 8pm slot.

Also, Crows An Wra have now switched to the Sunday, and Real Terms have taken their Saturday afternoon slot. Both will be performing at 2.30pm.

Unfortunately, we are no longer going to be able to host acts at Idle Hands as it isn’t going to be ready in time. Although it’s a shame, we’ll now be hosting the majority of acts who were due to perform there, at Gullivers NQ, where there will be two stages. One upstairs in the main room, and one downstairs.

We’re also no longer able to host bands at Texture MCR on the Saturday of the event. The majority of the acts who were due to perform there on Saturday will now perform at the wonderful Crown and Kettle pub on the end of Oldham Street. PA and engineer will be provided by the usual crew and the pub will be closed to the general public from when we kick-off. A few acts have been moved elsewhere so please check the clashfinder if you think any acts you will want to see might have been affected.