Flashback Festival 2023: full line-up and how to get tickets for retro event in Platt Fields, Manchester

Former ravers, it’s time to come out of retirement and relive the glory days of nineties and noughties dance music.

Step back in time to the golden era of UK garage, trance, house and clubland anthems with the return of Flashback Festival to Platt Fields this May. On Saturday 20 May, some of the most popular dance music acts of the nineties and noughties will be performing across five stages. This is the second Flashback Festival after a successful debut in Manchester last year.

The first phase of acts has already been announced with New York rapper Fatman Scoop headlining the main stage, alongside two legendary UK garage acts Artful Dodger and Sweet Female Attitude, joined by D:Ream, known for their 1993 hit “Things can only get better.”

Elsewhere, DJ Sammy and Ultrabeat, who topped the charts in the early noughties with their Eurodance anthems “Heaven” and “Pretty Green Eyes” respectively, will be playing the Clubland Big Top Stage, while Dave Pearce and Lange play the Golden Arena stage, spotlighting some of the most well known trance acts of the era.

Flashback Festival 2022. Credit: Ash Youd

Hed Kandi founder Mark Doyle will be headlining the VIP stage, supported by Hatty Loverhearts, David Dunne and Soraya. This stage is only accessible VIP ticket holders. Finally, Livin’ Joy and N-trance are top of the bill on the Back By Dope Demand stage. There will also be fairground rides, an official after party and a whole festival village to explore.

All tickets can be purchased via the Flashback Festival website.

Flashback Festival 2023 line-up.

Standard tickets are £44.50 and VIP tickets are £61.50, which gets you access to the VIP lounge, private bar, VIP headline DJs, a chill out area, queue jumping and posh toilets. The after party tickets are an additional £10. There are also payment plan options, which allows you to spread the cost over three separate payments.