Preview: Hale Barns Carnival – The Mancunion


While last year the Hale Barns Carnival had to be reduced to a “mini” event, a full-scale carnival is taking place this year – albeit with 50% capacity and Covid security measures so that guests can safely enjoy the event.

Don’t worry, though, as organizers promise 2021 will be the best event yet!

The annual carnival raises tens of thousands of pounds for charity each year, making its return after last year’s cancellation even more special.

There was a huge demand for tickets. This allowed the carnival to span three nights, for the first time in the history of the event, with an incredible line-ip of headlines.

Covid cancellations

The original lineup was to feature Motown icons Martha and the Vandellas, whose hits include Dancing in the street and Heat wave. Sadly, travel restrictions, resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, have kept the iconic group from flying to the UK.

It wasn’t just the Hale Barns Carnival that lost a leading number, however. She is one of the many victims of musical events – the Manchester International Festival, which also takes place this month, sadly lost Patti Smith, the most famous “punk rock winner” to Because at night (the Cascada version is a blanket, dear millennials!).

I made it my mission to see as many female music legends as possible. I saw (and reviewed) Cher in 2019 and have Blondie (directed by Debbie Harry) later this year and Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight next June. So I was disappointed with these cancellations, but Hale Barns Carnival has already announced Reeves as the headliner for 2021 – and MIF is hoping to have Smith on a special gig in the near future!

The line-up

All is not lost for 2021, however – Hale Barns Carnival has worked swiftly and tirelessly to bring us an equally majestic and nostalgic lineup.

The carnival opens on Friday July 16 with a very special Proms with Russell Watson. This concert raises funds for the Seashell Trust, a Cheshire charity that helps young people with complex needs and communication challenges.

Saturday 17th will be hosted by 70s disco legends Boney M with Maizie Williams. Williams is the original – not only a But the, as she joined the band before the others and oversaw the new additions – member of Boney M. She will be joined by a trio of fantastic singers who will take you on a nostalgic journey into the past.

Expect to hear most of their hits – maybe all of them, but Mary’s boy, because that would be bad luck, and we’ve had enough of this for the past 16 months!

Their hit songs (excluding Christmas) include Brunette girl in the ring, cool daddy, Hooray! Hooray! It’s a national holiday, Mum baker, Sunny, Rivers of Babylon – and of course, Rasputin, of which they will sing their sensational, chart-topping 2021 TikTok version.

I will go to the carnival tonight. I’ll take my mom – who was actually alive in the 70s and old enough to remember Boney M.

All kidding aside, I’m a huge Boney M fan – and a lover of 70s disco music in general, otherwise why would I have to pay an insane amount to see Diana Ross? – so I can’t wait to see Maizie take the stage.

Speaking of ticket prices: Hale Barns Carnival tickets are very affordable – and better yet, the proceeds go to charity – but we’ll get to that later.

The last night of Carnival, Sunday the 18th, is an ’80s extravaganza, starring Katrina and the Waves and Five Star with Denise Pearson. Pearson, the incredible frontman of the group, is usually joined by four singers who will help transport you back to the good old days (well, musically, maybe not politically).

Support for “80s Sunday” comes from Doctor and the Medics, while Brother Beyond with Nathan Moore will also be performing.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for live concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with music starting at 6 p.m.

Now back to ticket prices: 100% of the ticket proceeds from the evening concerts will be donated to community projects and charities. An ongoing project supported by the event is helping fund the construction of a new community hall in Hale Barns, which will provide a platform to showcase local talent and execute adult learning projects and For the young.

So for just £ 28 you can spend a magical and nostalgic night at Chesh-ah (dahling) – and help fund the construction of a new community hall.

The day program

The live concerts are once again complemented by a free two-day family event on Saturday and Sunday (July 17-18).

The daytime program will include attractions including local shows and live music, a craft activity tent, traditional rides, a makers’ market, a food village and bars.

This year, the popular Supercar paddock features vehicles from the big and small screen, including cars that played a starring role in James bond, The Saint and Only fools and horses.

Daytime entry is free from noon to 4:45 p.m. The last entry is at 4 p.m.

Carnival at the time of Covid

As Covid cases are on the rise, don’t worry: Carnival weekend will be staged with security measures in place, including more space and hand sanitizing stations, to ensure a relaxed event and safe for the whole family.

You are all ready for a hot vax summer? I’m “vaxxed” so hopefully it’s hot – but Maizie, Katrina and Denise are sure to set the scene on fire, so it probably won’t even matter if it rains!

Hale Barns Events organizer Max Eden said: “So many events have been impacted by the pandemic and the ongoing restrictions, so I’m really proud that we were able to not only host the Hale Barns Carnival this year, but also put together our best programming.

“We have worked very hard to ensure that everyone can enjoy both the evening concerts and the daytime carnival knowing that Covid security measures are in place.

“The demand for tickets has been brilliant and shows that there is a real appetite for a return to live events and entertainment. I can promise anyone attending this year’s Hale Barns Carnival that you will have a fantastic time.

Tickets for all concerts are on sale now!

There are also special VIP pods for up to 10 people available for hire, providing access to a premium bar, full waitress-to-table service and VIP restrooms.

Registration information

Friday July 16 – Balls with Russell Watson

Saturday July 17th – Boney M with Maizie Williams

Sunday July 18 – Katrina and the Waves and 5 Star, with support from Doctor and the Medics and a performance by Brother Beyond with Nathan Moore

Location: St Ambrose Fields, Hale Road, Hale Barns, WA15 0HE

Free daytime entertainment on Saturday and Sunday (July 17 and July 18) from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Evening concerts (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) – doors open at 5 p.m. / start of the show at 6 p.m.

Weekend pass to cover the three concerts: £ 75 for adults / £ 35 for children under 16. Children under 4 free

Solo concert tickets: £ 28 for adults / £ 15 for children under 16. Children under 4 free

VIP pods up to 10 people: £ 200 per concert

* The price includes a premium bar, full table waitress service and VIP toilets.

The Hale Barns Carnival runs from Friday July 16 to Sunday July 18. Tickets are on sale now.


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