A new open-air nightclub is opening in Manchester for a summer of huge parties

Progress Centre has been curated by the people of Manchester and features an exciting six-month summer programme.

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 22 February 2023

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Manchester’s nightlife is about to get even more exciting with the upcoming launch of the Progress Centre, a new open-air nightclub that has been curated by the people of Manchester. The team behind The Loft, Animal Crossing and Summer of Love Festival have been working hard to create a six-month summer programme featuring local and international artists, which promises to bring a new level of energy to the city.

Lots of Mancunian businesses are involved. Image: Progress Centre

The season will run from April to September, featuring DJs and performers from around the world. The first run of April shows includes Traumer, Randal, Dyed Soundorom b2b Gene on Earth, Sasha, DBridge, Dusky, Fabio, Swoose, Mr. Sosa, Gemma Arnott, Liam Schooling, Liam Palmer, and many more. With such an incredible lineup of artists, it’s clear that the Progress Centre is going to be the place to be this summer.

The Progress Centre is located just behind Piccadilly Train Station. Image: Progress Centre

The club itself is a unique space located just behind Piccadilly Train Station in Ardwick, with an open-air but covered dance floor, Funktion One sound system, and a custom lighting rig inspired by Venice’s magical garden, After Capsule. The venue has been designed with plenty of comfortable seating, so people can dance the day/night away, but are also able to take a break to grab some food and chill.

One of the most exciting things about the Progress Centre is the fact that it has been curated by the people of Manchester. In a social campaign that gathered people’s feedback, the venue asked questions on how they should create an environment that’s tailor-made for the community. “For us to include the voices of the people in the space curation further amplifies that it will be fit for purpose,” the team behind the venue says. “Options are scarce across the city and the UK, so when a new space is introduced, it’s key to ensure you deliver exactly what the people want. It’s the community of dancers you do this for; it’s those who make this all possible; you’re asked if you’d like any dessert at the end of a meal, so why should it be any different when creating a club?”

Progress Centre’s lineup for April 2023. Image: Progress Centre

With an incredible lineup of artists and the local promoters on the roster, a unique and comfortable space, and a focus on the community, it’s clear that this venue will bring something different to the city so we’re looking forward to seeing how this one develops and checking it out this summer.

Tickets are now available, with the first event kicking off on 7 April 2023.