Full details for the Come As You Are Weekender at The Refuge: August Bank Holiday

We’ve got the full details here for the The Refuge Come As You Are Weekender – a carefully curated gathering of outside street parties, DJ’s, food, drink, music and dancing over 3 days & nights during the August Bank Holiday. One not to be missed…


Public Bar
• 5pm – 8pm: James Holroyd
• 8pm – late: Mr Guy Williams

The Den
• 6pm: Paris is Burning Screening – This Sundance prize –winning documentary is an intimate portrait of 1980s Harlem drag balls: a world of fierce competition, sustenance, and survival.

Waterhouse Way
• 7pm: SHE Choir performance in The Waterhouse Way from 7pm with renditions of Chaka Khan and more. SHE Choir is a network of free, non-auditioned choirs for anyone who identifies as female.

The Refuge Basement
• 10pm: Electric Chair Presents…Derrick Carter (ticketed event)
• Kicking off the first of 3 basement soirees over the Come As You Are Weekender we are pleased to welcome a true legend and friend of the electric chair, Mr Derrick Carter. One of house music finest selectors & producers with support from one of Manchester’s finest and Refuge resident, Paulette.

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Waterhouse Way:
• 12pm – 2pm: Inkfolk
• 2pm – 4pm: Dr Sid (Sidney Simon)
• 4pm – 5.30pm: Don Letts (BBC Radio 6 Music)
• 5.30pm – 7pm: Soul Jazz Soundsystem (Soul Jazz Records)
• 7pm – 8pm: Danielle Moore (Crazy P )
• 8pm – 10pm: Down To The Sea & Back with Balearic Mike & Kelvin Andrews

Pop-up food from Chaat Cart
Performance from House of Decay

Public Bar
• 10pm – 1am: Dicky Trisco

• 10pm – 4am: So Flute End Of Summer Carnival Special (ticketed event)

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Homoelectric presents… Come As You Are Closing Day
For the final leg of the weekender Homoelectric presents alfresco style dancing in the courtyard to cocktails in the public bar before finishing things off with a move and a groove in the Refuge basement.

Waterhouse Way:
• 12pm – 2pm: Kath McDermott
• 2pm – 3pm: Andrea Trout
• 3pm – 4pm: Blasha & Allatt (Meat Free)
• 4pm – 5pm: Will Tramp
• 5pm – 6pm: Jamie Bulll
• 6pm – 7pm: DJ Paulette
• 7pm – 8pm: Dave Kendrick
• 8pm – 9pm: Dicky Trisco
• 9pm – 10pm: Krysko

Pop-up food from Chaat Cart
Performance from House of Decay

Public Bar
• 10pm – 1am: Joy Social

Refuge Basement
Closing Party (free entry, no ticket required although a donation to MCR Pride on the door is suggested).
• 10pm – 12am: Chris Massey Music (Sprechen/ Orchid-AM)
• 12am – 2am: Hifi Sean (Defected Records)
• 2am – 4am: Luke Solomon (Classic Music Company)


The Refuge by Volta, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
0161 233 5151



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