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.


We usually sell weekend and day tickets online when we announce the festival each year. We haven’t announced anything for 2017 yet. 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.

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 minute walk from the NQ).

There’s plenty of parking around the festival ‘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.