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Manchester Evening News
Ellie Kemp

Foals at Sounds of the City, Castlefield Bowl - stage times, support, setlist and how to get there

Brit rockers Foals are a force to be reckoned with. They’ve steadily risen to be one of the nation's most loved contemporary bands, and the Oxford-based quintet don’t show any signs of slowing down.

Early tracks like 'Mathletics', ‘Cassius’ and ‘Hammer’ caught the attention of fans and critics, but it wasn’t until 2013 Holy’s Fire that - nominated for a Mercury Prize - that they really garnered mainstream success. Their next album ‘What Went Down’ won the band their first BRIT award nomination for Best Live Band in 2016.

Then, after a brief hiatus they returned in 2019 with ‘Exits’, and headlined Boardmasters, Y Not Festival, Truck Festival and INmusic Festival. Fast forward to 2022, and the band have not long released their seventh studio album 'Life Is Yours,' preceded by singles 'Wake Me Up' and '2am.'

Who are the support acts?

Support for the show is from Leeds rock band Yard Act. The four-piece, consisting of James Smith, Ryan Needham, Sam Shjipstone and Jay Russell, released their debut album 'The Overload' in January.

The LP climbed to number two on the UK albums chart. Over the weekend, the indie act packed out the William Green tent at Glastonbury festival.

What are the stage times?

As with all events of this scale, timings are always subject to change on the night, so make sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment. These are the approximate times we’ve been given as a guide.

Doors open : 5.30pm

Yard Act: 7.30pm

Foals : 8.45pm

Curfew : 10:30pm


Foals have had a busy first half of the year; they've been storming the festival scene this summer, playing sets to crowds across Europe. Before festival season, the four-piece embarked on a huge UK tour. Here’s their setlist from Glastonbury 2022:

Wake Me Up

Mountain at My Gates

The Runner


My Number

In Degrees


(summer sky)

Spanish Sahara



Black Bull

What Went Down

Two Steps, Twice

Are tickets still available?

Tickets, which are priced at 43.95, are virtually sold out, but for late availability check here .

How to get there

Castlefield Bowl is located on Rice Street in Castlefield, postcode M3 4JR, and is just on the edge of the city centre off Deansgate.

There are two entrances for ticket holders - via Duke Street/Castle Street which is also the disabled access entrance, or via Liverpool Road where you access the site down quite a few steps.

By public transport

It's about a five minute walk from Castlefield Bowl to the main line train station at Deansgate. At present, there hasn’t been any further rail strikes announced that may disrupt services.

Here you can also access the Deansgate-Castlefield tram station where there are trams every 12 minutes connecting to all of the main tram routes in the Greater Manchester area.

By car

If you're driving, a number of NCP’s Great Northern car parks are just a short walk away. There are 1,240 spaces in total and prices start from around £3.95 per hour. Use the postcode M3 4EE if using a sat nav.

The NCP Manchester Central next to Bridgewater Hall car park is also nearby, with 643 spaces. For sat navs the postcode is M15 4PS.

The next nearest NCP is on Spinningfields on Quay Street with 680 spaces, where night parking after 5pm is priced at £8.95. For sat navs the postcode is M3 3BE.

Is there food and drink at Castlefield Bowl?

There are usually a wide variety of street food stalls and beer tents where you can buy hot food and drink around the site including the ‘food village’ at the Canal Street entrance. Last year, street food on site included Grandad’s Sausages; Wrap Up burritos, nachos, halloumi and fries; and Tibetan Kitchen.

There were also two main bars serving alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, plus a gin bar and prosecco bar at the very top end of the site up the steps.

For those unfamiliar with the area, there are also a host of restaurants, bars and pubs along Liverpool Road on the way into Castlefield, as well as the popular bars and restaurants on and around Castle Street in the heart of Castlefield.

Weather forecast

Get your rain mac at the ready - you might just need it. Despite the temperature reaching a decent 18C, heavy rain will dominate the Manchester skies for most of the afternoon.

According to the Met Office, the showers will clear up at around 6pm and conditions will remain dry for the rest of the night.

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