The 24-hour event is taking place this weekend

Cult novelist Irvine Welsh, The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, and legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke have all been confirmed in the final line-up for this weekend’s (June 21/22) ‘Reification’ the Tony Wilson Experience’ event in Manchester.

The 24 hour non-stop talking marathon is being held in memory of the broadcaster, journalist and Factory Records supreme, who died last year aged 57.

Other names taking part include actor and comedian Steve Coogan, who played Wilson in the 2002 movie ’24 Hour Party People’, Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, DJ Mark Radcliffe, writer Paul Morley and New Order‘s Peter Hook.

Funded by Manchester City Council, the event takes place at Cathedral Gardens and Urbis in Manchester city centre from 12 noon Saturday to 12 noon Sunday.