Things to do in Manchester this week: 10th – 16th March 2017

It’s slap bang in the middle of March now, the year is whizzing by at a frightening speed, so if you don’t stop to have a look around and do something different once in a while, it’s going to be 2018 before you know it and you’re going to be more haggard than you already are. Check these out for something to do this week.


#MozArmy Takeover
Friday 10th & Saturday 11th March @ 7.30pm

About 5 years ago, some woman who really, really likes Morrissey decided to create a rowdy gang of likeminded Moz Heads and created the MozArmy. Since then the MozArmy has descended on Manchester once a year and absolutely destroyed it – almost as bad as that bunch of Rangers fans did a few years ago. They also set up a top night in the Star & Garter, and this year looks like the best ever. On both Friday and Saturday (Saturday is sold out), there will be a huge Morrissey and Smiths party featuring LA-based Smiths tribute act Sweet & Tender Hooligans. There’s also a range of Morrissey related events going on in the city, including music tours so the best thing to do is get Twitter up on your phone, bash in the #MozArmy hashtag and get involved!

Tickets for Friday are £11

Star & Garter, Fairfield Street, M1 2QF


Lonely Island All Dayer
Sunday 12th March, 2pm – 8pm

I don’t know how popular the Lonely Island boys are over here in Blighty but I do know that their film ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’  was only in the pictures for about 3 days and only 6 people watched it. Well you can get another chance to catch this proper funny film, plus more during Gorilla’s Lonely Island All Dayer this coming Sunday. First they will be showing Hot Rod, their first movie, then there will be a dedicated slot featuring some of The Lonely Island’s best internet videos, SNL sketches and other clips, finally finishing with ‘Popstar’. It starts at 2pm and finishes at 8pm – what else are you going to do on a Sunday? Watching a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon? Doubt it.

Tickets are £10 advance (15yrs +)

Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth St W, M1 5WW


FutureShock Wrestling
Sunday 12th March, 18:00 – 20:00

I was a massive fan of WWF when I was growing up, not only was I obsessed with watching the Ultimate Warrior kick ten shades of shit out of Hulk Hogan, but I’d try and take every opportunity to get a Sharp Shooter on one of my mates whenever they fell over playing football. I know nothing about the children of today (except they annoy me) but I doubt that much has changed. Head on down to the Stockport Guild Hall on Sunday for FutureShock Wresting Uproar! It promises to be “Hard Hitting and Heart Stopping” and alliteration aside – should be a right laugh.

Tickets start at £8

Stockport Guildhall, 169-171 Wellington Rd S, Stockport SK1 3UA


Free Tacos @ Revolution de Cuba
Tuesday 14th March from 12pm

Do you like free stuff? Of course you bloody do. You can get your mitts on 2 free tacos at Revolution de Cuba on Tuesday. Just pop into the bar from 12pm and you can pick them up. They’ve got 1000 to give away so make sure you’re within the first 500.

Revolution de Cuba, 11 Peter St, M2 5QR


Sound and Music Late
Wednesday 15th March, 7pm – 10pm

The people over at the Museum of Science and Industry, who refuse to give me a job interview, are keen to stress that you should definitely book yourself in to this event and not just turn up unannounced like an uncle who’s just been divorced. Doors open from 7pm and you will be treated to an evening of Factory and Madchester heaven, featuring legend Peter Saville talking about his work and its impact on pop culture. There’s also a cracking Factory Records display to have a look at, a silent disco, screen printing and loads more. It’s free too – so get yourself signed up quick!


MOSI, Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP


Connected – Design Exhibition from Staffordshire University
Thursday 16th March @ 5pm

It’s a tough gig being a student at university nowadays. Not only do you end up with a debt of about 27 grand hanging over you when you finish, but you’ll also probably have to get a job in PoundLand to pay it off. So in order to help them out a little, as well as perhaps get your hands on some sweet art, Kosmonaut have created ‘Connected’ – a collection of work created by enthusiastic and creative third year Graphics and Illustration students from Staffordshire University. Going to University in Stoke must be as close to hell as anyone can image so head on down on Thursday to make them feel better. There’s also free Gin courtesy of Three Rivers Manchester Gin. Brilliant.

Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF


Grease @ The Palace Theatre
If you like singing, dancing, some casual sexism, nerd-bullying, smoking, tight trousers, badly fitting leather jackets, old cars, late periods and intrinsically changing your entire personality so that a boy will fancy you then head on down to Grease at the Palace Theatre this week. There’s still plenty of tickets left for the Mid-Week showings, and it will be gone on 25th so don’t miss it!

Tickets start at £17.50

Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford St, M1 6FT





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