Victoria Wood heads international festival line-up

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She will joins Icelandic singer Bjork, hip hop star Snoop Dogg, Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Sinead O’Connor and Johnny Vegas on a star-spangled bill.

Victoria said: “Everything that will be shown during the festival sounds so utterly amazing. It’s really bold and people will get a buzz out of it all.”

Victoria’s contribution to the festival is her new play, ‘That Day We Sang’, to be staged at the Palace Theatre from July 6-17.

The play looks back to how a choir made up of poor children from Manchester came to work with the Halle Orchestra in 1929 at the Free Trade Hall and record an album.

Johnny Vegas – who enjoyed huge success with his show, Interiors, at the last Manchester International Festival – also makes a return. The stand-up comic, from St Helens, has written a new theatre piece, which will be performed at the festival’s Pavilion Theatre from July 11-17.

Vegas said further details would be revealed in coming weeks

This will be the third Manchester International Festival, an 18-day showcase of premieres and exciting new arts, musical and theatrical work from around the world.

A third of the events will be free of charge.