Björk to play first European gig since release of new album at Manchester International Festival

FKA Twigs, Arca, Warehouse Project and Reggie 'Roc' Gray also among attractions at this year's event

Björk is to play her first European gig since the release of new album ‘Vulnicura’ at Manchester International Festival later this year.

The Icelandic singer will play at the Castlefield Arena on June 5 in the most high profile date in the annual festival’s pop and rock programme, announced in full today and including performances by FKA Twigs and Arca among others.

Arca’s performance comes on Hallé St Peter’s on July 4 and sees the producer, who worked alongside Björk on ‘Vunicua’, teaming up with his long-time collaborator, visual artist Jesse Kanda, for their immersive live show.

Meanwhile, FKA Twigs will stage a special series of live performances as she takes up residency at the city’s Old Granada Studios. Over the seven days of the residency she will make seven short films with a team of collaborators. Audiences in small groups will be able to experience the creative process by entering the studio each day to encounter and observe the works being created. The films will then be screened for Festival audiences.

Elsewhere, there will be a celebration of 10 years of Manchester’s Warehouse Project plus Brooklyn-based Flex dance creator Reggie ‘Roc’ Gray and a team of Flex dancers will be in the city for their first European performances.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Blur’s Damon Albarn has written the music for a new musical that will be shown at Manchester’s Palace Theatre in July as part of Manchester International Festival.

The show, titled wonder.land, is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice In Wonderland and is directed by the National Theatre’s incoming Director Rufus Norris. Lyrics to the songs will be provided by Moira Buffini, who has previously worked on Tamara Drewe and Handbagged.

Björk was recently confirmed as one of the headliners for this year’s Wilderness Festival. The singer will additionally perform two shows at New York’s Carnegie Hall and a further four at the City Center venue between March 7 and April 4 this year.