If you have any questions, which aren’t already answered here, please get in touch and ask us directly. We are happy to discuss all aspects of Carefully Planned and would love to hear from you.


You can buy tickets for ‘A Carefully Planned Farewell’ (our all-day, three-venue goodbye party happening on the 21st October) here. You can buy them for a tenner, or £13 if you are feeling generous (we’re using any money made to help pay off outstanding fees from the last few years). We don’t offer tickets for individual venues, or for individual acts’ performances. We want to encourage people to attend the whole event. However, if there’s a specific situation you want us to know about, please feel free to get in touch. We don’t want to exclude anybody and will always try to accommodate any specific requirements when possible.

Wristband exchange

You’ll need to go to the wristband exchange before you’ll be able to enter any of the performances spaces. Your wristband will give you entry to all three venues. Unless the festival ‘sells out’ in advance, you’ll also be able to pay for a wristband on the day. This will be more expensive than buying a ticket in advance. Also, we might have to turn you away if a lot of people have arrived before you.

The wristband exchange will be in the bar of The Peerhat this year (which isn’t a venue itself but is very, very close to the actual venues). It can get quite busy during the afternoon. Make sure you give yourself time to pick your wristband up before heading to see the acts.

Venue information

Your wristband gets you access to three venues, all within 0.1 miles of each other. They are: The Castle, Gullivers, Aatma. You can see the location and more information about the venues here.

We recommend arriving 5-10 minutes early to see any act that you are particularly keen to see. Venues will fill up quickly and the only way to get priority is to be there first. When it’s full, it’s full. If you do go to see a band and can’t get in, go see somebody else instead. There will always be something happening mere minutes walk away.

All venues are 18+ only, and disabled access is available at The Castle. Please get in touch if you need more information about this.


The first act is on at 1pm and the last act finishes by midnight. We’ll be having an after-party at Aatma with DJs and dancing. You can see the full timings on this handy clashfinder.

Getting here

Trains/trams: The nearest train and tram station is Manchester Piccadilly (5 minutes walk from the NQ).

Buses: The nearest bus stop is Manchester Piccadilly Gardens (5-minutes walk from the NQ).

There’s plenty of parking around the ‘site’, and plenty of places to lock up your bicycle. Please keep an eye on your chosen mode of transport if you’re leaving it somewhere.

Being respectful and feeling safe

Please be respectful of your fellow attendees, venue staff, performing artists, our volunteers, and local residents throughout the festival.

It’s important to us that people who attend and participate in Carefully Planned events feel safe and supported, and that our events are free from discrimination, oppression, and harassment. If you are being discriminated against or harassed, or notice that someone else is, please speak to the ACPF team at the relevant venue. Your concerns will be taken seriously and we’ll work to resolve the situation.

Volunteers will be located at the wristband check-points at each venue (ask the venue staff if you are unsure where this is), and they can put you in touch with the team. You can also contact us via social media at any time if you have any issues, or want to give us feedback about your experience.

 Getting involved

ACPF is run entirely by volunteers. Without many wonderful people putting in their time and energy, it literally wouldn’t be possible to present the event that we do. If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch and let us know.