A Back Yard Spanish Supper Club, Car Booty & The Best THINGS TO DO in Manchester this Week

Also including an Ancoats Pop-Up Market, Russell T Davies and an all-dayer at Freight Island...

Queer Contact 2021: Russell T Davies in Conversation with Nathaniel Hall
Friday 30th April
You probably know Russell T Davies from his rather excellent TV projects over the years, kicking things off with Queer As Folk before moving onto re-booting Doctor Who, and more recently – the frightening Years & Years and of course – It’s A Sin – which hit Channel 4 like a battering ram at the beginning of the year. The devastating tale of a group of friends during the height of the 80s HIV/AIDS epidemic – it’s a must watch if you’ve not bothered to see it. This week, as part of Queer Contact 2021 – Russell will be talking to Nathaniel Hall, discussing depictions of HIV and AIDS on stage and screen, and probably everything else in-between. It’s a virtual event and it’s only a tenner.

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Kong’s Chicken Shop @ CBRB
Friday 30th April – Sunday 2nd May
We managed to get our lovely chops around some truly wonderful fried chicken from Kong’s last week and the great news is that they’ll be BACK at CBRB on Oldham Street again this weekend for even more crispy goodness. The best thing about these chicken sandwiches is the fact that they add in the crispy chicken skin – voted the greatest part of any chicken by everyone for the whole of time. They’ll be available every day this weekend from 12pm – 8pm – get your orders in on their Instagram (below)…

Kong’s Chicken Shop


Rummage in the Range – Car Boot Sale @ The Carlton Club
Saturday 1st May
Yes! This is what we want. This is what we’ve been waiting for. I want a ALBA Walkman from 1992 for 50p please! A collection of random power cables? 25p my man. A version of Twister where half the mat is ripped? Gimme a quid. I bloody love car boot sales and this week there’s going to be one at The Carlton Club in Whalley Range. They’re promising 25 stalls of tat, rubbish, and the occasional hidden gem – plus a DJ on the decks and beers. It starts at 10am but don’t get there too early – I want to bagsie all of the best stuff.

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Tatton Park Dive-In Cinema
Saturday 1st – Monday 3rd May
We’re still officially in a lockdown, and need to stick to social distancing guidelines and all that – even though it hasn’t really felt like that for the last couple of weeks or so. That means that these Drive-In Cinemas are still a thing – and they probably will be for a long time now to be fair. This weekend sees one pop-up down at Tatton Park, playing Grease & Pretty Woman on Saturday, The Greatest Showman on Sunday and The Goonies on Monday. Tickets below people…

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Ancoats Pop-Up Market
Saturday 1st May
If you didn’t already know this, there’s a brilliant market that pops up on the backstreets of Ancoats, and it’s going to be back this Saturday for even more food, gifts and whatnot. Located just outside an old red-brick mill on Radium Street, the pop-up has teamed up with Manchester Urban Diggers to bring a supply of fresh, organic fruit and veg to the table, as well as plenty of stallholders flogging speciality coffee, rum, baked goods, crafts and hot food courtesy of some of the city’s best street food vendors.

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Outdoor Spanish Back Yard Supper Club
Saturday 1st May
The team over at Moregeous Supper Clubs are back this weekend with a Spanish themed supper club – ‘Crispy Balls Spanish Spectacular’ – as usual presented in a back yard in South Manchester. Totally socially distanced and safe, the event will feature a selection of tapas, croquetas and empanadas – all prepared by Spanish chef Antonio Pavez and pasty chef extraordinaire Charlotte Fisher. There’ll also be plenty of Sangria flying around – of course it will!

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From MCR with Love: Jenna G & Werkha and Meat Free at Escape to Freight Island
Sunday 2nd May
It’s a Bank Holiday this weekend, just in case you didn’t know, and so you should expect pretty much every single venue in the city centre to be packed to the rafters – especially if it’s sunny/not raining. One such place will of course be Freight Island, which has been bringing in the numbers since opening on the 12th April – and will be hosting a cracking All Dayer this Sunday with tunes from Jenna G & Werkha and local techno collective – Meat Free.

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