New Food Vendors, Cocktail Bars, Live Entertainment, Comedy & More at Escape To Freight Island's Latest Expansion

There are some big Manchester names heading to the new Ticket Hall expansion...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 20 October 2020

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Escape to Freight Island has confirmed their next stage of development at Depot Mayfield and they’re calling it The Ticket Hall.

Following on from a hugely successful summer and launch, The Ticket Hall will double the size of the venue, as well as add a whole host of new vendors and spaces.

Located underneath the striking roof structure of Depot Mayfield just in time for winter, the site will continue to operate with the world-leading ‘Safe + Social Manifesto’ – meaning the space will be fully socially distanced and seated.


Heading inside the original structure within Depot Mayfield, there will be a fully heated area with table seating, a wine shop, bars, a bike cloakroom and a whole host of new food and drink options to join the current line-up. These include…

Belzan Pasta Kitchen – the critically acclaimed Liverpool-born restaurant serving pasta and classic Italian dishes infused with seasonal British produce.
Mi & Pho – An award-winning family-run restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese dishes.
Plant Grill – From Dan Hope of Fire Bird Hope and Krum fame, Plant Grill will be a vegan offering of modern cuisine.
The Jane Eyre – the neighbourhood bar serving up classic cocktails, interesting wines, local beers and small plates.


The Island’s favourites – Voodoo Ray’sPatty QueenBaratxuriMadre and Krum will also move into The Ticket Hall on Friday 30th October (making room outside for Winter Island which will arrive on the 14th of November!)

Co-creator Luke Cowdrey said: “When we launched Platform 15 at Escape to Freight Island this summer, we created one of the most forward-thinking venues of its time, in this country. It’s a place of positivity; somewhere that people can safely meet with their family and friends and experience some of the most beautifully crafted food and drink with world-class entertainment.

Hot Chip

“The Ticket Hall is the next phase in our long and interesting journey developing Escape to Freight Island.”

There will be two taprooms in The Ticket Hall from Camden Town and Pomona plus independent wine shop, Forever Changes.

The entertainment programme includes headline acts such as Hot Chip, Rhys from The Horrors and Huey Morgan DJ sets.

Huey Morgan

There are festival collaborations from the likes of We Out Here Festival with line-ups that include ALFOS, Dave Haslam and PRB Street Gang.

Amuse Bouche will continue with its Sunday Drag spectacular with special guests Charlotte Church’s Pop Dungeon.

A comedy night called ‘Just the Tonic’ is set to join the line- up, plus local talent takeovers by Reform Radio and The Golden Lion.

The Ticket Hall opens on the 30th of October and booking is essential, get booked in below!


Book The Ticket Hall

Escape to Freight Island, Baring St, Manchester M1 2PZ