Best Things to do in Manchester this week: 28th September - 4th October 2019

Including... an orchestral rendition of Abbey Road, a gin festival, a couple of birthdays and more!

By Ben Brown | September 26th '19

50 Years of Abbey Road: An Orchestral Rendition
Saturday 28th September
Head down to the brilliant NIAMOS in Hulme this Saturday and you’ll be rewarded with a full orchestral rendition of many of The Beatles’ most famous tracks – as well as a fair whack of live singing too. The Untold Orchestra will take you on a musical journey through Abbey Road, you know the one where they’re disregarding the Green Cross Code on the cover, which is interestingly the last album the 4 ever recorded together before splitting up and growing beards. There’s not many tickets left so you best be quick!

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Typecasted: An Exhibition at The Pilcrow Pub
Saturday 28th September
Challenging representations of race and gender in the media through provocative photography, the Typecasted project is inspired by showing that black men in Britain (or anywhere for that matter) don’t have to fit the label imposed on them. Black British Men are multi-faceted, are human, and from now on, are getting rid of all limitations. The exhibition features images of strong, creative, male figures who show their power without being portrayed as aggressive; who display integrity without compromising identity.

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Pen and Pencil’s 4th Birthday Party
Saturday 28th September
It’s been a whole 4 years since The Pen & Pencil opened their doors in the NQ and that just makes me feel old. It seems like just yesterday that I was celebrating my 30th birthday – looking young and fresh, virile and with a spring in my step. I had the world in front of me and not a care in the world. Cut to 4 years later though – I’m a haggard shell of a man who also manages to be completely miserable 87% of the time. Luckily for me (and anyone who knows me) though I can cheer myself up at P&P’s 4th Birthday Party this Saturday – Dave Haslam will be there bashing out the tunes all night.

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Wilderness Presents Allah Las (DJ Set)
Saturday 28th September
As part of their ‘Wilderness presents’ format, this weekend sees the NQ bar and kitchen play host to California psych-folk/alt-pop “revivalists” Allah Las – before their sold-out gig over at Gorilla. Before they get up on stage over there, they’ll be gracing Wilderness with a FREE vinyl only DJ set upstairs from 5pm until 7pm. Perfect for super-fans, music-fans and anyone not lucky enough to bag a ticket for the actual gig.

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Manchester Gin Festival @ Manchester Cathedral
Saturday 28th September
Oh look – another Gin Festival! There’s SO many gins knocking about nowadays that it’s almost too easy to put a festival on. Just head on down to your local offy, grab some of the hundreds of gins they’ve most likely got, grab some Ginsters and there you go – a new GIn Festival for the city. This one won’t be like that though – as they’ve got more than 120 gins on offer from all over the world, (plus rum and Prosecco) as well as tasters, mastercalsses and live music. Tickets are only £12.50 too.

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Beatnikz NQ 1st Birthday Beer Launch // Indy Man Beer City
Wednesday 2nd October
Another birthday this week and this time it’s Beatnikz and they’ve brewed their very own 1st Birthday Beer. Obviously they’re going to let you try it this Wednesday from 7pm alongside a nice Meet the Brewer event where you can ask all of those burning hops questions that have been on the tip of your tongue for ages now. The birthday beer is a Black Rye IPA which means that it’ll be dark, strong and unlike anything they’ve done before. Get down and give it a whirl.

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Make A Scene Film Club @ CULTUREPLEX – Mommie Dearest
Friday 4th October
I’ve only ever really had a shallow understanding of what Mommie Dearest is about – gleamed from a series of references that have seeped into my little brain over the last 34 years of my life. With the fantastic news that the brilliant Make-A-Scene Film Club has found a permanent home at the new CULTUREPLEX building on Ducie Street, and that they’ll be showing Mommie Dearest as their first film – I decided to delve deeper into it all. Now a camp-cult classic, the film chronicles the life of movie star Joan Crawford and her abuse of her adopted daughter Christina; with endless slaps, kicks, strangles and a barrage of cleaning and chores – all driven by alcoholism. It doesn’t sound like much fun but it really is actually.

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HIT & RUN presents Critical Sound MCR w/ Enei b2b Kasra + more
Friday 4th October
The gang at Hit & Run continue their impressive assault on the city’s nightlife with another Critical Sounds Sessions featuring some of Manchester’s biggest and best MC’s and DJ’s. The evening will see ENEI back-to-back with an extended set from KASRA, plus HALOGENIX with SPARKZ, POD IMIYA, RICH REASON and more. It’s going to sell out so get a ticket right now please.

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