A leading European sneaker event is heading back to Manchester this March, with a dramatically increased capacity.

Last year's Crepe City event, which took place at Brickworks beneath Barton Arcade, was so popular some ticket-holders faced three hour queues to get in.

To meet overwhelming demand, the footwear festival will this year move to Bowlers Exhibition Centre, which has more than three times the capacity.

More than 150 traders are expected to showcase rare and in-demand pairs of trainers, as well as clothing and other accessories, to around 2000 attendees.

There'll also be live performances and DJ sets throughout the day, street food traders, a bar, a sneaker cleaning service, competitions and panel discussions.

The event was first founded in 2009 by Ronal Raichura and took place in a basement in Notting Hill. Only 100 people attended.

In the decade since, it's become one of Europe's largest sneaker events - leading to lengthy queues in the city centre last year.

Ticket-holders faced waits of up to three hours to get into the popular event, with the intimate underground venue described as 'absolutely rammed' by event-goers.

A spokesperson for Crepe City has described how they were 'overwhelmed' by the response last year, and have secured a venue with increased capacity to minimise the wait time for ticket-holders.

Those who purchased tickets last year have been offered a reduced early bird ticket price for 2020's event.

Announcing this year's event, organisers said: "Manchester is a natural fit for the Crepe City festival with its dedication to footwear, from the terraces to the streets that stretches back from decades gone by, and will forever live in the city that makes its own rules on a broad spectrum of local culture.

"A culmination of dedicated collectors and first-timers are expected in the city that brings its own twist to a community that thrives on deep discussion and education in the footwear scene."

Crepe City will take place at Bowlers Exhibition Centre on Sunday March 29, with free parking on site.

Tickets are priced between £11.37 and £22.15, including booking fee, and are on sale now here.

The more expensive VIP tickets include queue jump, a drinks token, a goodie back and free admission to an after-party.