Best Things to do in Manchester this week: 19th - 25th October 2019

Including Avenue Q, a Kiss 102 reunion, Cher and a Vintage Home Show...

By Ben Brown | October 18th '19

Kiss 102 25th Anniversary Reunion @ The Pen & Pencil
Saturday 19th October
It was called “Manchester’s essential rhythm’ and for 3 years Kiss 102 ruled Manchester’s airwaves with a mix of innovative programming, exciting DJs and of course – the best music imaginable. It helped launch the careers of many of Manchester’s biggest names before being sold off and becoming Galaxy 102 in 1997. This Saturday sees most of the original crew get back together for a massive knees up over at The Pen & Pencil in the NQ – and it’s all for charity too. Head on down from 7pm to get involved.

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Free From Festival @ Fairfield Social Club
Saturday 19th October
As GRUB celebrate their 5th birthday down at the Great Northern, Fairfield Social Club is set to be taken over by the UK’s first food festival that focuses on people that are living their life ‘free from’ gluten, dairy or refined sugar. The Free From Festival will bring together a whole host of sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free suppliers and producers, all showing off what they can do and how they do it. It’ll also be a great opportunity to stock up on foods and snacks that you might not be able to find in supermarkets.

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HIT & RUN presents 1985 Music
Saturday 19th October
The seemingly hardest working people in clubland – Hit & Run have another banger of a night on the way this week as they bring 1985 Music to Hidden. No, that doesn’t mean that Duran Duran and A-Ha are turning up with oversized suits on and too much eyeliner, instead you should expect an extended set from Alix Perez, Fracture, Biome and loads more. Tickets are selling out fast so be quick.

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For the Love of Horror
Saturday 19th October
As I’m sure you’re well aware, it’s Halloween very soon. This means that 1. You can get some ‘spooky’ cakes from Greggs and 2. The cast of The Lost Boys are coming to Manchester! That’s right – all of your favourite non-dead and non-crazy cast members will be heading down to ‘For the Love of Horror’ a full-on horror convention down at Bowlers near the Trafford Centre. Kiefer Sutherland will be there. Jason Patric will be there and Alex Winters will be there. Ask Kiefer for a tenner, ask Patric why he did Speed 2 and ask Alex Winters when Bill & Ted 3 is coming out.

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GRUB’s 5th Birthday @ Great Northern Warehouse
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October
Officially kicking off on Friday 18th, I forgot to put this lot in last week’s Things To Do so they’re here now for you. I’m pretty sure most of you know who GRUB are and what they do but for any late comers they’ve been running a series of very successful street food events over ay Mayfield for 5 long years now. In that time, they’ll have seen many vendors come and go and this weekend long party at the Great Northern Warehouse will feature some of GRUB’s most favourite street food people of all time. There’ll also be loads more going on – which I can’t really be bothered reeling off here. Just click the button below for all the info…

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Vintage Home Show Manchester
Sunday 20th October
Head on down to Victoria Baths this Sunday and not only will there be a load of old stuff adorning the walls but you’ll also be able to buy some now as the Vintage Home Show comes to town. They’re promising loads of lovely house items from the 30’s – 70’s all at prices that won’t make you go “HOW MUCH?!” really loudly. I’m a little concerned that they won’t have anything from the 80’s though – I’ve always wanted a Betamax Player for my front room. eBay it is then.

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Avenue Q @ Palace Theatre
From Monday 21st October
Looking at the posters or the images for Avenue Q you’d expect it to be a child-friendly romp that’s similar to things like Sesame Street. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong I’m afraid. This musical is certainly not child friendly as the puppets talk about homophobia, internet porn, racism and loads more – as well as get naked and even do some puppet banging. They swear all the time too. So, leave your horrible little gargoyle at home with the babysitter, down half a bottle of Buckfast and have a top time down at the Palace.

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The Exorcist @ Opera House
From Tuesday 22nd October
There was a period of my life, 20 years long, where I was too frightened to watch The Exorcist. I watched it for the first and only time when I was 14 and it was fucking horrible. I never, ever wanted to watch it again and even when I saw clips of it or heard a bit of Tubular Bells, I’d shit myself. It wasn’t until I put it on a few months back, half cut and trying to impress a lovely lady, that I managed to watch it. This theatre show might be a whole different kettle of fish though. I’ve heard it’s terrifying. Maybe I’ll just stick to puppet sex on Avenue Q.

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OverDrawn x Stretford FoodHall
Wednesday 23rd October
The always impressive OverDrawn are heading out to the suburbs this week as they take over the new FoodHall down at Stretford Mall. You should expect more of the same as you are encouraged to doodle on the tables, watch some live art by local artists, and get involved in their always exciting illustration showdowns. You can also buy some art, as well as probably get your portrait done by someone which would make the perfect birthday present for a proud mother.

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Cher: Here We Go Again @ Manchester Arena
Thursday 24th October
Here we go again indeed Cher. I’m unsure as to exactly how old Cher is but she must have drunk the blood of a vampire a few years ago because she doesn’t seem to have aged a day in around 25 years. Whatever her secret is she’s still got a belting voice, and millions of fans all around the world so she’s probably going to make enough till from this show to survive another 100 years out in the open. I think you should expect a few ABBA numbers too – she’s been milking the Mamma Mia train for a few years now as well.

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Halloween Foodie Friday @ Stockport Market
Friday 25th October
The always impressive Foodie Friday over in Stockport will be having a ‘spooky’ Halloween makeover this Friday – which probably means that there’ll be a few plastic spiders stapled to walls and those fake cobwebs knocking about. As well as a ton of great street food vendors there’ll also be fancy dress competitions, live music from NK Theatre Arts, Elephant and the Rider and headliners Dr. Uke. It’ll be great I promise.

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