Best Things to do in Manchester This Week: 21st - 27th April 2020

Including a Gay Village marathon, Peaky Blinders, Ghost Stories & Dolly Parton!

By Manchester's Finest | April 21st '20

Virtual Pub Quiz with Fiona Abernathy
Tuesday 21st April
Each week Fi Abernathy heads down to Dive in the Northern Quarter to wrangle a bunch of quiz-crazy goons and manages to create an evening that’s not only informative and highly intellectual – it’s also funny as fuck – with some great rounds and often some pretty extensive audience participation. Well, she’s now hosting a weekly quiz online which you can tune into on Tuesday and get your quiz head on…

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Peaky Blinders Season 5
Wednesday 22nd April
If you’ve yet to see the fifth season of Peaky Blinders, perhaps you missed it when it was on BBC One last year and have yet to login to your iPlayer, or perhaps you don’t have a TV Licence, well this week you’re in luck. The 5th (and newest) season of the show is hitting Netflix – so all you people out there with flat caps and those haircuts – you can go crazy. I’ve not watched it myself – it any good?

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Reform Radio Earth Day 24 Hours with 24 Countries
Wednesday 22nd April
To celebrate Earth Day, a time when everyone is supposed to get together and hold hands and sing songs and be in love, Reform Radio are hosting a HUGE 24-hour marathon of DJs and musicians from 24 different countries. There are people from Australia, Japan, Iran, Russia and pretty much any country you can think of off the top of your head. It kicks off at midnight so set your alarm early.

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Manchester Fashion Revolution Week Forum
Thursday 23rd April
We’re on lockdown and we canne go shopping to get some new clobber so we’ve all taken up sewing and recycling and upcycling and downcycling – the lot. Well, there’s a lot of people who were doing this already before and have been pushing for sustainable fashion for years now – and so this Thursday they’re getting together for a live stream chat with top fashion professionals to talk about it all.

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Goodnight with Dolly
Thursday 23rd April
I’m sure that everyone who knows me knows that I love Dolly Parton. Well, this is the first time in my life that I’m a little bit annoyed that I don’t have kids – as she will be reading a bedtime story to the children of the world this Thursday 23rd April. Maybe I’ll just get in pyjamas, grab a teddy and get under the covers instead?

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Yoga from Meadowside
Friday 24th April
Kate Tittley will be hosting this FREE online Yoga session on Friday so if you feel like getting zen, having a stretch and doing some exercise – this is the place to be. It starts at 8am though so you’re going to have to set your alarm really early, giving you enough time to eat a bacon butty (for energy) and get your LEISURE WEAR on. When you’re doing this, I’ll be tucked up all warm in bed. Eating a bacon butty.

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Flecky’s Fright Night
Friday 24th April
Flecky Bennett is an absolute legend, a cross between that leather-clad bloke out of the Village People and Jack Sparrow, and someone who conducts regular Ghost Walks around the city centre and beyond. Well, during these lockdown times he’s taken to telling weird, scary stories about the city instead – live from his house, or coffin or whatever he sleeps in.

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Manchester Punk Festival Online
Friday 24 April 2020 – Sunday 26 April 2020
Just because we’re all in lockdown doesn’t mean that we can’t get some leather on, dye our hair black and enjoy some punk. I really don’t have a clue about anything ‘punk’ related after around 1976 so I’m completely lost in describing this event to you – apart from the fact that it’ll be a full weekend of punk streaming that would have taken place in real life if it wasn’t for this bastard COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the line-up below…

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Gay Village Isolation NHS Marathon
Saturday 25th April
This Saturday will see this first-ever live streamed ‘marathon’ from the venues, independent acts and community groups from Manchester’s Gay Village – showcasing their diverse community in all its splendour and glory. There’ll be musical numbers, drag acts, baking workshops, DJs, dancing, singing – LOADS going on over the massive 13-hour slot. Tune in below…

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Moovin Festival Live Stream
Saturday 25th April
Set to take place at the end of August, I’m still not sure whether Moovin Festival is set to go ahead – and it may be that they don’t even know at this point either. In the meantime, however they’ll be streaming a 12-hour marathon session of loads of the acts that they’ve had perform at the festival over the years and it’s on this Saturday over on the brilliant United We Stream platform.

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