From Tuesday 18th May
The Lowry has re-opened this week and the celebrate this fact they've erm, gone outside. C-O-N-T-A-C-T is a critically acclaimed street performance that has taken Paris and London by storm and is now set to get on the streets of Salford and Manchester. Over 50 minutes you'll be treated to a "joyous, poetic and liberating experience" and with the help of an accompanying app - the production pushes the boundaries of what live theatre can achieve.
Grayson’s Art Club
From Wednesday 19th May
Manchester Art Gallery is back open once again, which means that you've got a great opportunity to visit the excellent Grayson's Art Club - an exhibition of works selected by artist Grayson Perry during the popular Channel 4 series that aired on the telly last year. All the works on display are very personal visual representations of lockdown, made by the public, well-known artists and celebrities for Grayson’s Art Club. You'll have to book a slot to visit - but it's FREE.
Top Secret @ Science & Industry Museum
From Wednesday 19th May
This week sees the Science & Industry Museum open up once again, with a brand-new exhibition space and a new exhibition - Top Secret! This family-focused exhibition explores communications intelligence and cyber security over the last 100 years, looking at codebreaking, ciphers ans secret communications through objects, puzzles and first-person interviews. Again, it's FREE but you'll need to book yourself a slot because of COVID restrictions.
Purple Rain Cabaret @ Albert Hall
Thursday 20th May
Celebrate the life and works of the Purple One as Classic Album Cabaret take one of the most iconic albums of all time - Purple Rain - and give it the full cabaret treatment. So you'll see each track performed in full as a cabaret show, featuring a host of Manchester's best "dirty minds, nasty girls and beautiful ones." Expect lots of screaming, loads of glitter, legs akimbo and some seriously good tunes.
Brazilian Bottomless Brunch @ KBOM
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd May
Now that we can enjoy eating and drinking indoors again the city's establishments have begun some truly exceptional bottomless offerings on the weekend, and one of the best can be found in a tiny shipping container underneath the Mancunian Way. KBOM Bar + Kitchen are bringing their bottomless deal back, where for £26.95 you can order a main dish, a side and then enjoy 90 minutes of free-flowing beers, sangria and one of the best cocktails of all time - Brazil's Caipirinha. Book below...
Mr Scruff @ Escape to Freight Island
Saturday 22nd May
Fantastic news; the Ticket Hall is OPEN! Yayyy! After only being able to open for a few days back in December last year, Freight Island's impressive indoor space is back again - with a truly wonderful food and drink offering and some pretty banging events. First up this Saturday is an all-dayer kicking off with Katbrownsugar at 12pm, followed by Dom (Blood & Fire) at 2pm and finishing with Mr Scruff & Mikey D.O.N. until 12pm. Mega.
Spice Girls VIVA 4EVER
Monday 24th May
No, this isn't some huge scoop that sees the actual Spice Girls re-unite for a gig at The Trafford Centre. Sorry. What it is though is a rather unique drive-in event, one which will see one of the world's best Spice Girl tributes performing all of the hit songs from the 90s. Rather fitting with real-life, it doesn't look like they've got a Posh Spice in the roster - perhaps she's too busy with a David Beckham look-a-like to bother?