The Back to the Future Musical, Tracy Beaker DJing & How To Drink Better Lager…

... the Best Things to Do in Manchester this Week.

Global Source Kitchen presents: The Tacover
Saturday 15th February
By the time you read this I’ll already have eaten about 3lb worth of Mexican food, all wrapped up in a burrito from Pancho’s in the Arndale Market. A certifiable Friday lunch treat – nothing beats a bit of Tex-mex and I must admit, the Taco is right up there. This event at The Ziggy Sixx Social Club (formerly The Ram & Shackle) therefore looks to celebrate it, alongside some top tunes. The Tacover will feature vegan tacos all night from the newly refurbished outdoor kitchen, alongside selectors from Off Beat, Heliocentric, Bombard Groove, Roots Revival Radio, Shapes Rave and GROUNDWORK.

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Australian Bushfire Fundraiser @ Stage & Radio
Sunday 16th February
By the time you read this hundreds of species of animal in Australia will have been displaced, killed and put on the brink of extinction by the bushfires that have raged through the outback for months now. Looking to help out (even a little bit), a gang of bloody good people have got together to host a Bushfire fundraiser this Sunday at Stage & Radio. There’ll be a selection of some of Manchester’s best DJs, as well as a raffle where you can win a whole host of prizes – including a shit load of beers. It starts at 3pm.

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How to drink… better lager
Monday 17th February
By the time you read this I will have drunk approximately 17 pints of lager this week alone. Well, maybe not – it’ll be more like 15, or perhaps a bit more. I don’t really know to be honest. It’s been a lot though. Anyway, most people’s perception of lager is that it’s a fizzy, tasteless glass of rubbish – but if you know what to look for – it can be SO much more. Hosted by Manchester Union Lager’s Will Evans, he’ll look at what makes lagers taste differently, and how to spot (and enjoy) the very best ones. Lovers of Carling need not apply.

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Ghost Stories @ The Lowry
From Tuesday 18th February
By the time you read this billions of people, since the dawn of time, will have died. So, what happened to them? Did they ascend to a heaven where they wear white, piss about on clouds and sell Philadelphia to the masses? Or is there just a serene nothingness of blank oblivion? Or, do ghosts actually exist and people wander the Earth, knocking over bookshelves and squirting ectoplasm all over the place? Nobody knows. But the last one is the inspiration for this; Ghost Stories at The Lowry – a collection of frightening tales that will probably leave you quivering in your seat in fear.

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PopCultures: Kate Bush
Tuesday 18th February
By the time you read this I’ll be presenting a particularly lovely lady with the news that this event is happening at Cultureplex this week. As a huge fan of Kate Bush, she will most likely scream in my face and then demand to go. And go she shall. But what is it? Well, it’s an evening of collaborative discussion with Dr Kirsty Fairclough (University of Salford), looking to examine why celebrity has so much to tell us about the wider values of the society in which we live. A series of events this next one focuses on Ms Bush herself.

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Back to the Future the Musical
From Thursday 20th February
By the time this new musical hits the Opera House, I’ll be swanning around New York on my holidays. That, of course, means that I’ll be missing out on what has been billed as one of the biggest musical events of the last 35 years – an adaptation of the 1985 classic film into an all-singing, all-dancing stage version. Most likely featuring many of the songs from the film, such as ‘The Power of Love’, ‘Earth Angel’ and ‘I’ve just got off with my own mother’ – it promises to be a musical experience like no other. Expect to see a review sometime this week too.

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Tracy Beaker MC Set @ The Deaf Institute
Friday 21st February
By the time you read this the tickets for it may very well be sold out. It’s one of the biggest events in the city’s calendar and so if you click the link below and are lucky enough to get a ticket – make sure you are grateful. The legend that is Tracy Beaker (aka Dani Harper) will be hitting the decks at the Deaf Institute. That’s all you need to know.

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