We are eagerly preparing for the eighth edition of Góbéfest which is set to take place in Cathedral Gardens on the 21-23rd June. Check out the line-up and what is happening here: http://www.gobefest.com

Since September 2024 Beat Bazaar has been delivering the The GoBe Leaders Programme at Sharon Youth Centre, taking place event Saturday afternoon. The intergenerational training programme entails weekly creative workshops for young people including music tuition in the Zither instrument and Hungarian folk dancing, covering different style of folk dance from all around the Carpathian basin. Following the music and the dancing, participants also engage in scouting , group building, youth work activities on a weekly basis. Participants have also embarked on an Arts Award Bronze accreditation.

Whilst the young people are busy in the workshops the project has also involved their parents in various activities and training sessions. There has been workshops for adults in freelancing and self employment including budgeting and money management, safeguarding, running a food stall. Scout leaders and volunteers have also received additional training in facilitation and youth work best practice. Parents have also been able to get involved in adult folk dance workshops.

As a result of the Gobe Leaders programme, we have established the UK’s one and only Zither Ensemble, which has been given the name : Tulip Zither band and Folk Arts. Thanks to the ongoing instrument tuition sessions, young people have been able to become part of a band and they have also been invited to perform at various events. Currently there are 34 participants in the project.

During Spring the participants and their parents are busy preparing for our annual festival Góbéfest, set to take place in June. Volunteer Steward training is in the pipeline. Some parents will be running their own stalls and activities or working as freelancers at the festival.

Overall the project has helped to build a strong, intergenerational team and community. Both young people and their parents have gained new transferrable skills as well as leadership skills, which will support their employability and future prospects. The project has resulted in a real impact on the participants and the community, and it was made possible by the Community Fund.

Check out some of the photos from the project.

Beat Bazaar is excited to bring you a family rave like no other.  Join us for a delightful experience as you and your little ravers immerse yourselves in your favourite jungle, hip hop & rave anthems.  Highly skilled DJs Veba, Outlander, Helen K, will be spinning top notch tracks and we will offer an array of interactive and creative activities for children,  from DJing to music production,  folk dancing to Hip Hop yoga, we have it all covered.  Our music workshops provide hands on music making experiences that foster a love of music from an early age.  

1pm-3pm Music Workshops & Creative Activities 

3pm-4pm  Yoga, Dance, Arts & Crafts 

4pm-7pm  Family Rave - Quality DJs & Top Notch Tunes


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On the 23rd -26th June, we organised the 7th edition of Góbéfest, our annual festival of music, dance and culture from the Carpathian Basin, Eastern & Central Europe. Once again over 15000 people came along to enjoy the vibrant stage programme and unique creative activities for the whole family.

This year we welcomed our biggest band to date, the Children's Philharmonia from Szentegyháza in Transylvania, a 140 piece children's choir and orchestra. The Manchester Youth String Orchestra and Kalinka Balalaika orchestra also performed from One education| Manchester Music Hubs. Our very own Manchester Zither Orchestra performed at Góbéfest for the first time and were featured on BBC Radio News, for being the one and only Zither Orchestra in the UK.

Góbéfest 2023 also showcased 7 dance groups from all around the United Kingdom. The live music offering was oustanding, showcasing award winning acts such as Koszika alongside Yek Duy and more. Check out the photos taken by Donald Judge.

24.6.23 Gobefest Saturday Afternoon

We are delighted to have received funding from the Community Fund to deliver a new project. The GoBe Leaders Community Leadership Project will be a hands on intergenerational training
and creative workshop programme for a group of young people and their parents/ guardians from
around Greater Manchester; who have been attending Sharon Youth centre in Old Trafford every Saturday. The project will provide structured creative workshops for young people. Participants will work towards an Arts Award Bronze. Parents and guardians will be invited to get involved in training opportunities and workshops to improve their employability and wellbeing.

Would you like to become a board member and get involved with Greater Manchester’s music industry?

If so then there is an opportunity for you to help steer and shape Greater Manchester’s' world famous music industry by becoming a Music Business Trustee.

The Greater Manchester Music Commission is determined to improve the diversity of the sector and has teamed up with Beat Bazaar to get as many new voices as possible on the boards of Manchester's music businesses.

On Monday 6th of March, from 6pm at Gorse Hill Studios, we are holding a panel discussion focusing on Youth Governance, followed by a music business networking session .

You can register on this link: Become a Trustee

Who is on the panel?

OWEN SMITH | Gorse Hill Studios

Born and raised in various towns around the north of the UK, Owen Smith has used music as a medium to talk about his experiences growing up and overcoming many barriers to pave a way for a greater life. He’s been operating in the music industry in Manchester and beyond since 2016, as an artist and events promoter, and has found his way into the youth work sector, working in creative engagement at Gorse Hill Studios. He’s a member of the youth board at Factory International and is a big advocate for youth representation and access.


Victoria Robinson was appointed as the first female Chief Executive of The Met in December 2014 and led the £4.6million capital project and transformation of the organisation in 2016. Now a female led organisation, The Met exists to inspire excellence in music and creativity, enhance the quality of living and working in Bury and Greater Manchester by engaging communities with brilliant live experiences.

Regionally, Victoria is a member of the Greater Manchester Music Commission, actively involved in the diversity group and a member of the GM Night Time Economy Group. She is actively involved in placemaking as the Chair and a Director of the Bury Business Improvement District and a member of the Town Centre Advisory Panel overseeing the regeneration of the town.

Victoria has worked in music and the arts for over 25 years, and been passionate about live music for even longer. She started out writing about her native North East live music scene, before leading on gig and club promotions at the legendary Leadmill in Sheffield. After completing an MA in Public Relations at Manchester Metropolitan University, Victoria worked in commercial PR before returning to music in 2004

ALI WILSON | Contact

Ali Wilson is a producer, artist and comedian based in Manchester. She is currently Vice Chair of the Board at Contact where the Board is made up with 50% young Trustees. She is also a former member of MIF's Young People's Forum, and led neurodiversity awareness project Every Brain as Director from 2020 - 2022. 


Josh Wilkinson is a Manchester based performer, presenter and filmmaker. He creates community focused theatre and digital pieces with his theatre company, Malandra Jacks, and regularly facilitates creative arts workshops across the UK. Josh is also a board member at Contact Theatre, Manchester and a recent member of MIF’s youth forum.

What is a Trustee?

Being a Music Business Trustee would mean you would sit on the board of a music company in Manchester and meet quarterly to help plan, support and develop Greater Manchester’s music industry across events, gigs, festivals and other activities as well as providing an essential young voice amongst the other board members.

It would give you a chance to meet and network with professionals from across the music industry and find out more about the different job roles, opportunities and exciting artists that are performing and recording in the regions many studios and venues.

Being a board member is also a great way of developing your skills, experience and a great addition to any CV.

You can register on this link: Become a Trustee

We are super excited to begin the second part of the Spark Project. Packed with exciting panel discussions, opportunities, workshops and masterclasses, the project is due to start on Monday 30th of January at Gorse Hill Studios between 6pm-8pm. To get involved you can register here: and fill out an application form. The project is also offering free studio time and a performance opportunity, so don't miss out, get involved.

Would you like to become a board member and get involved with Greater Manchester’s Music industry?

If so then there is an opportunity for you to help steer and shape Greater Manchester’s' world famous music industry by becoming a Music Business Trustee.

Being a Music Business Trustee would mean you would sit on the board of a music company in Manchester and meet quarterly to help plan, support and develop Greater Manchester’s music industry across events, gigs, festivals and other activities as well as providing an essential young voice amongst the other board members.

It would give you a chance to meet and network with professionals from across the music industry and find out more about the different job roles, opportunities and exciting artists that are performing and recording in the regions many studios and venues.

Being a board member is also a great way of developing your skills, experience and a great addition to any CV!

This opportunity is provided by the Greater Manchester Music Commission. The role of the Greater Manchester Music Commission is to support and promote music in Greater Manchester.  You can find out more about it here:

We aim to diversify the governance of local music businesses and get more young people involved in the boardrooms of Manchester’s music organisations.  We’re especially interested in hearing from people under 30, to help provide direction, challenge and support the leadership of Greater Manchester’s Music Businesses.  

The future of the industry is in your hands so get your voice heard,  make a difference and make a change!

You can register on this link: Become a Trustee

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable night as we rekindle the magic of Squiggle Dee Mash. Launched in 1998, 24 year ago, our magical club night created special moments for countless Squiggledee ravers. Now we return once again to tantalise your senses with a mind blowing line up featuring all the original resident DJs alongside very special guests. 

Expect 2 Rooms of Jungle | D&B | Hardcore| Hip Hop | House | Drummers | Dancers | SquiggleDee Ravers 

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Charissa Saverio, a.k.a. DJ RAP, has been the undisputed queen of the turntables and voted the number one female DJ in the world for the last 10 years! DJ Rap has infiltrated the music industry with her arsenal of talent. She has established herself as the CEO of her labels: Propa and Impropa Talent, developed her creative direction as a full-fledged producer, and remains to be the recording artist and DJ that everyone has come to love and love dance to!

She is also a classically trained pianist and song writer, amongst many other talents! Rap has dominated such genres as house and drum & bass. However, her love for music has taken her through many reflections of genres and musical experiences. Ultimately, millions in a global capacity have embraced her and her music.

Over the course of DJ Rap's career she has collaborated and worked with many talented and influential professionals. Such talents consist of BT, Eric Morrillo, Hans Zimmer, Hybid, and DJ Tydi, to name just a few. Rap has produced music for play station, Wii, and 7 major movies. DJ Rap has created music scores, composed music, and makes custom designs of musical pieces to fit the specific needs of any project. Examples of her portfolio are evident in her work for Twix, Mission Impossible (Tom Cruise), Isolation, Run Lola Run, Enough (J-lo), Rogue Trader (Ewan McGregor) and four documentaries.

Multi-talented, accomplished, ambitious, and driven by her passion to create and her love for music, DJ Rap is not a name from music's past, it is the name of music now and an inspiration to music's future.

Ragga Twins

Ragga Twins or "RTC" are a jungle group from Hackney, England, composed of London UNITY sound system veteran MCs Deman Rocker and Flinty Badman (real names David and Trevor Destouche). They are regarded as pioneers of jungle. In 2008, Soul Jazz Records issued a compilation album of their early 1990s recordings (notably their collaborations with production team/label Shut Up and Dance) entitled Ragga Twins Step Out.

DJ Sappo

DJ Sappo is a producer and mastering engineer for over 25 years with thousands of credits including mastering Beatport No.1 LPs, and LP projects for Grammy award winning artists like Miki Howard and hip hop and drum and bass tracks and LP’s (vinyl CD, digital) from the Mouse outfit, , Dope ammo, Technique, totally Dubwise recordings, benny page , ruffneck ting, Chimpo , good2go, including official APPLE dj mixes. As well as working at BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra for 5 years as a dj and presenter.

Mark XTC

Mark XTC started his DJ-ing career at the tender age of 15 playing in places such as Fantazia, Mythology and The legendary Hacienda, wherein the late 80’s he won the North West DMC DJ Championships.

Producing with The Mix Factory, ‘Take Me Away’ was one of the first “rave anthem’s” to hit the UK singles chart and also gained some good success in the American charts.

As well as producing Mark has DJ’ed all over the world playing everything from house to hip hop with splashings of jungle and d&b at British institutions such as Helter Skelter, Dreamscape and The Hacienda to name a few.

DJ Prophecy

DJ Prophecy is one of the members of Manchester's Drum & Bass export known as NORTH BASE. He is also one of the original Squiggle Dee Mash promoters and resident DJs. His collective North Base have been causing serious damage within the dance music circuit for quite some time now. Regularly placed on lineups alongside Chase & Status, Andy C, DJ Hype and more the duo have certainly made a strong impact globally within the scene. Already having played at some of the top music festivals and clubs worldwide including Glastonbury, Amnesia Ibiza, Fabric, Andy C’s XOYO Residency, Warehouse Project Manchester, Creamfields, Ultra Europe, Metropolis, Hideout, Parklife, Snowbombing and more, NORTH BASE continue to tear up each and every club, festival and dance floor with their unique cutting edge DJ skills & productions that have already gained support from the heavy weights of the DnB world such as Pendulum, Sub Focus, Randal, Matrix & Futurebound, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, and others, regularly supporting their tracks.

DJ Outlander

DJ Outlander aka Dezzy P is Buxton's number one DJ. He was also one of the key instigators of Squiggle Dee Mash when it first began back in the nineties. DJ Outlander is an original raver with super sharp DJ skills and a great ability to play quality tunes to make you dance.

Diemond ED

Diemond ED is a veteran DJ, producer, songwriter and vocalist, well known in Manchester. He has been part of the scene for three decades, supporting and nurturing Manchester's Hip Hop community from the early nineties. Diemond ED has also been part of Beat Bazaar from the very beginning, running music workshops, mixing quality tunes and supporting the next generation of artists.


Veba, a one-woman music-machine-wizardbitch, made her name as the voice behind Rae & Christian before paving the rest of the way providing lungs for Yesking, Nightmares on Wax and Groove Armada.

As a DJ, her distinct blend of deep house, disco and house has earned her residencies at some of Manchester's finest clubs. 

Madrush MC

Madrush Mc is one of Manchester’s leading MC’s on the drum and bass scene with his versatile high energy of toasting and hosting style with the ability to hype up and control any crowd no matter how big or small that's why he has proved a true winner with all dj’s, crowds and promoters.

Now with releases already on DnB Allstars, Born On Road, Murky Digital, Eternal Muzic , Passenger Records he has been raising the bar with some of the scenes most talented and respected acts.

One of Bloc2Bloc HQ main artists run by Banner & Doe One Six One, he has even set up his own label Stand Up Speak Out so it looks like Madrush seems to just keep going and going with no sights on stopping yet.

MC Chilla

One of the original Squiggle Dee Mash MCs, MC Chilla has unique and powerful style of energy and delivery on the mic. Over the years he has performed at some of the biggest drum & bass events around the North West, appearing alongside North Base and many others.


Kerin formerly known as Che3kz is a female artist, activist and youth mentor from Manchester. Kerin started out in youth clubs Mr M’s SNYC, Gorse Hill Studios, Proctors and Z-arts (formerly Zion Center) where she found a love for the arts and martial arts. Kerin has had a colourful career supporting JLS on a UK arena tour of 20,000 people a night in her former group ‘VIDA’ as well as supporting young people through youth work all over the UK. Kerin has taken part on BBC Radio 1xtra & Unity Radio hosting shows as well as launching her online platform ‘Hood society MCR’ Kerin also has own her business ‘Actively M.A.D’ supporting young people and adults with additional needs & disabilities to access the arts. Kerin has worked with the UK’s top producers and writers as well as being a professional street dance world champion. Kerin has performed alongside Ed Sheeran, Ghettz, Omarian, The Saturdays.

Mandy Wigby is a key figure in the creative music ecology of Manchester and beyond. She is a Manchester based musician, composer/producer and works under the aliases Architects of Rosslyn with Howard Jacobs & The Wig. AoR have worked on many multi-media projects and live cinema performances. As The Wig, she channels her love of dancehall/ DnB/ and primal rituals into her work with artist Kerin AKA Che3kz. They both share a love of hypnotic rhythm and big pulsating bass, lyrically delving into the personal and political, with the dancefloor and women’s voices being at the heart. They also collaborate on music for film & installations with artist Di Mainstone, most recent being Radical Rooms exhibition @The Royal Institute Of British Architects.  On the track ‘My Block’ with Kerin AKA Che3kz, The Wig produces alongside her stepson young producer/Mc Sol Jacobs. 

Percussion Assassin aka Howard Jacobs

Percussion Assassin also known as Howard Jacobs is a multi-instrumental session musician, composer and collaborator. He is a drummer and percussionist with Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners. He also arranges some of the bands tunes

He has played in some of the world’s leading venues and he has performed live with Paddy Steers Homelife, Lotus Pedals, Graham Massey’s ToolshedRSL, Nobodies, 52 Skidoo, The Nightcreatures, Creak, No Good Beatniks and is co-director of Cuban big band, Orquesta Timbala.

Howard has collaborated with Manchester-based composer and producer, Mandy Wigby, as Architects of Rosslyn.

Howard has recently been performing with 808STATE, Architects of Rosslyn and Phil France of The Cinematic Orchestra , whilst also working in the studio with both 808STATE and Beth Gibbons of Portishead

Don't miss his performance at Squiggle Dee Mash, a live collaboration with DJ Sappo.

MC Crystalize

MC Crystalize is a much loved and respected member of the Manchester black music community and he has made his mark on the hip hop and the jungle scene, releasing quality mix tapes and appearing on countless shows over the years. He is a highly talented artist, writer, poet, producer and outstanding DJ. He is also a hugely respected youth and community leader in Manchester, who has supported many young people on their musical journey of self expression.

2 Rooms of Jungle | D&B | Hardcore| Hip Hop | House | Drummers | Dancers | SquiggleDee Ravers 

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Check out some of the flyers and photos from years gone by:

Beat Bazaar is set to launch a brand new music project entitled the Spark Project. Funded by Trafford Housing Trust the project will take place at Gorse Hill Studios. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about various aspects of the music and creative industries, network with industry professionals, collaborate with other artists. The project will also incorporate radio workshops with Unity Radio and recording sessions at recording studios around Trafford. For further info and to apply fill out this application form, www.beatbazaar.org.uk/spark-project

A couple of weeks ago, some of our participants took part in an Erasmus Plus Training Course:  Come Together,  based on stereotypes and discrimination. Ten different countries came together to discuss  different cultures,  various behavioural norms and values that exist in various countries;  young people from refugees backgrounds; 2nd generations migrants and their personal experiences. We all had the privilege of meeting so many interesting people and lmake lovely new friends.  We also came up with brilliant new project ideas.   A big thank you to everyone, and see you all again soon #Cometogether#InnoEdu

The main aim of the TC2 is to invent, share and practice youth work tools and
techniques by youth workers and youth leaders in order to be capable of
encouraging young people to practice e-democracy and youth participation in
decision making online based on the impact of COVID-19.

22-29 July,2022 | Sfantu-Gheorghe | Romania

Learning objectives of the training course:

Further information can be found in the Info Pack:

How to Apply ?

Send the completed Application form to the following email: : boroka@beatbazaar.org.uk .

If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us.

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