Calling All Students! Hatch Announces Program of Freshers Week Fun

Oxford Roads pop-up Hatch is smack bang in the middle of studentsville- teetering between Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan and RNCM.

By Steven Pankhurst | Last updated 3 December 2018

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So when it comes to Freshers week, they are right in the middle of all the fun. In honour of this, Hatch has put together a full week programme of activities to introduce, or reintroduce, students to Manchester in the best way they know how.

There’s going to be food, there’s going to be drinking, and there’s going to be music and even a little dancing. Here is what’s going on at Hatch this Fresher’s week…

Fuzzy Freshers Fest Free Party
Monday 17th September

Leeds longest running indie/alternative club night Fuzzy Logic have come across the Pennines to provide you your favourite new club night to the prestigious The Deaf Institute. To celebrate, Hatch is welcoming all you students in open arms an all-day FREE party starting from 11 am until 4 pm. Expect tunes from the residents and even some FREE BEERS from Old Blue Last. Sign us up.


Lean and Bop Pre-Party
Tuesday 18th September

Come join The Deaf Institute as they present a night of the freshest RnB and the smoothest Hip Hop in town. Hatch is running a pre-party before this night from 11 am – 4 pm with the Lean and Bop residents who will be twerkin’ & boppin’ to some of the freshest tracks from your favourite artists. As always, there will be food, drink and even a few giveaways. Get involed!


Bombard Groove x Ad Hoc Records O’Flynn Pre Part
Wednesday 19th September

The Bombard Groove residents team up with Ad Hoc Records‘ Two Tail to kick things off at Hatch for a daytime warm up before a big night at The Deaf Institute with O’Flynn. They’ll be playing plenty of Funk, Soul, Disco, House and World Music to get your Wednesday started right. There’ll be delicious food and beer to accompany the tasty tunes, naturally.


Reform Radio Takeover
Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd September

From Thursday- Sunday, Reform Radio will be taking over Hatch. Over the three days they’ll be showcasing just a small proportion of their award-winning schedule in the intimate surroundings of Hatch. So come join them for a drink, some of the finest street food in town and explore the ways in which you can join and get involved in the station.

Thursday will see the Reform residents play from midday – 11 pm. Friday will see an all-female DJ workshop 12pm-2pm supported by The Arts Council England and hosted by Reform residents BLOOM. The event is free but you must book a place. Please contact Tikira at to ensure your place.

Also taking place on Friday will be Rhythm Lab Live, an opportunity to watch two sets of artists, who have never met before, spend four hours composing an original piece of music (Rhythm Lab Records). The artists will be set the additional challenge of using the noises and environment around them to construct the piece. The whole process will be live streamed and filmed and is open for the public to watch.


Double Deer X Sprechen Takeover
Saturday 22nd September

On the Saturday Reform Radio presents the Double Deer X Sprechen Takeover, with artists from the Indonesian and Manchester-based labels playing exclusively all day long. The day will also be a special live performance from the Jakarta based band KimoKal . This is the official warm-up for the Lost in Music 1st Birthday with Lindstrom at Joshua Brooks that evening.


Relax Time
Sunday 23rd September

There is nothing planned for Sunday in terms of parties, so It would make the perfect excuse to pop back down to Hatch and enjoy a serious chill. You can get some beers from OL Micro Brewery, a cup of coffee from Takk, and some grub from one of the fabulous street-food traders. Point is, Hatch is a great place to party, but it is also a place where you can relax and recover from a week of dancing your socks off.

Hatch, Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED