Property giant’s Homeground to support rich vein of regional culture

Manchester-based property group Bruntwood has joined forces with HOME to support its new outdoor venue, Homeground.

Homeground will be located on an 80,000 sq ft future development site on First Street, just next to HOME on Tony Wilson Place, and will feature a 400-seat purpose-built and COVID-safe outdoor theatre, with a supporting space for free music and entertainment – The Bruntwood Stage.

A sister pop-up stage will also provide free entertainment to visitors in the city centre.

The Bruntwood Stage is set in the outdoor venue’s food and beverage area, where visitors can enjoy dishes and drinks including cocktails from Wolf at the Door and noodles by Tampopo, as well as HOME’s own signature pizzas.

Locations for The Bruntwood Stage at the city centre sister location will be announced via HOME’s social media channels.

Throughout the summer, the free-to-all Bruntwood and Bruntwood: City Centre Stages will also feature takeovers by arts and culture venues from across the city, including Manchester Camerata, RNCM, Z Arts, Brighter Sounds, Untold Orchestra, Creatures of Catharsis, Contact, Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester Folk Festival and Big People Music.

Nicola McGee, group brand and marketing director at Bruntwood, said: “As a partner of HOME since 2015, Bruntwood is thrilled to be involved with Homeground and support the celebration of live arts, theatre and music returning to our city once again.

“Set to showcase the best of what Manchester’s arts and culture scene has to offer, the programme of events is exciting, diverse and really accessible.

“At Bruntwood we are incredibly passionate about supporting creative projects that encourage participation and uphold the cultural vitality of our city and Homeground epitomises just that. All set in a safe, purpose-built outdoor venue, it is the perfect antidote to the year gone by.”

Over the opening weekend, from Friday, May 28, to Monday, May 31, the two Bruntwood Stages will feature appearances from DJ Paulette, Lonelady, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, Clint Boon and New Order’s Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris.

Additional sets over the Bank Holiday weekend include Tole, ey5z, Berry Blacc, Jaydev Mistry, The Beat Chics, Young Identity, Steve Varden and DJ Khanfu.

The opening weekend of events marks the start of a summer highlight, DJ Paulette’s Together, which features 50 of Manchester’s best DJs playing family-friendly weekday teatime sets across an eclectic mix of club, alternative, pop, R’n’B, soul and electronic music.

In the first couple of weeks visitors will be able to enjoy sets from Mark Hogg, Danielle Moore, Werkha, Janie Groovement, Gareth Brooks, Kat Brownsugar and Danny Ward AKA Moodymanc.