What to do with yourself this End of May Bank Holiday 2018

Another Bank Holiday and it looks like the weather is going to be glorious once again. You can either grab some ciders from Aldi and get down the park or head to one (or many) of these. Perhaps you can do both? Whatever you do, be safe and have a good time...

By Ben Brown | 22 May 2018

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Copenhagen Takeover Weekend at Hatch
Hatch welcomes a weekend of Scandi-inspired coffee and beer events straight from Copenhagen for the May Bank Holiday Weekend which will be good news for all those people who enjoy a bit of Danish action both in their homes, on their backs and in their mouths. Some of the best producers of coffee and beer in the world call Copenhagen home and Hatch have decided to embrace it and bring them to Manchester for one weekend only. Therefore, Takk and ÖL at Hatch will be taken over by the likes of Coffee Collective, Mikkeller and Warpigs, alongside some top tunes from the likes of DJ Ben Philips. For more information, check the article below.



Bank Holiday Weekend at The Oast House
You might have noticed a fair whack of scaffolding, drilling, banging and bacon butty eating over the last few months at Oast House in Spinningfields and that’s because the whole place was being done up proper. Now it’s all complete there’s no better time to head on down and check out their new menu, new range of booze and enjoy the sun in their brilliant terrace. It’s always banging and the Bank Holiday will be no exception with the addition of some live music on Sunday with Spinfest 2018, playing some top indie hits to the likely big crowd of people enjoying themselves in the nice weather.

The Oast House, Crown Square, M3 3AY, United Kingdom


GRUB at Mayfield Depot
Okay so this isn’t specific to the Bank Holiday but it’s something for you to do if nothing else takes your fancy. As usual you can expect a day full of music, street food and booze over at Mayfield Depot on the Friday & Saturday, with the Sunday then being taken over by those vegan lot and their brilliant Plant Powered Sundays. Food traders this week include Purely Pizza, Mexican delights from Sabroso Street, The BarnHouse Bistro and some amazing Vietnamese dishes from Mama Chus Kitchen. It’s free to go down too.



Saturday 26th May

Doodle presents Brame & Hamo at The Whiskey Jar
Always ones to put on a top party in their downstairs space, The Whiskey Jar are welcoming Brame & Hamo on Saturday who will be knocking out some top Acid House, Disco and Techno until the early hours of the morning. This is clearly a bit specialist but if you’re into your big, bouncing Berlin techno – this will be the place to be. Get yourself some tickets below – be quick though because they’re selling out fast.

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Homoelectric at Hidden
By now you should know what the vibe is with Homoelectric, and if not then I can’t really be bothered going through it with you. Basically, they’ll be hitting up Hidden on Saturday for a party of epic proportions featuring some of the city’s best DJs including Jonjo Jury, Jamie Bull, Will Tramp and Gina Breeze. So, you will definitely be ensured a night of top Disco, House and Techno until 4am. Tickets are still knocking about and can be bought below:

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Harlem Globetrotters at Manchester Arena
Not only are the Harlem Globetrotters brilliant at playing basketball but they once pissed about with Scooby Doo, appeared on The Simpsons, made a bad mistake by appearing in an Adam Sandler film and even dabbled with magic in their own cartoon – The Super Globetrotters. On top of this they can slam dunk a basketball from about 100m away while juggling eggs, breathing fire and playing the trombone. They’re brilliant and they’ll be at the Arena this Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Sunday 27th May

Bottomless Sushi Sunday at Sakana
Keen on mixing things up a little bit, Sakana are offering a bloody brilliant deal this Bank Holiday Sunday – bottomless selections of Uramaki sushi rolls with unlimited house wine for only £40 per person. Available between 2pm and 8pm, you’ll have two hours in which to fill yourself with their fantastic sushi and wash it all down with some wine. To make a reservation all you need to do is book online and use the quote ‘SUSHISUNDAY’.

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Return to Pikes Ibiza at The Refuge
Here we go – it’s the biggest party of the whole Bank Holiday as Ibiza legends Pikes take over Manchester legend The Refuge for a Weekender that will blow your socks off. There’s a full day and night of top, top DJs banging out the tunes and most of it is FREE. The Public Bar will see the likes of Neil Diablo and DJ Paulette until 1am while the courtyard will host Anabel Fraser, Ruf Dug and the Unabombers throughout the day. Finally, the basement is a ticketed event with Krysko, Nancy Noise and Paul Woodford until 4am. Get some more info right here.

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Manchester Keeps on Dancing Afterparty at Gorilla
As part of the Doc’n Roll MCR event this weekend, Manchester Keeps on Dancing will have its Manchester premier at HOME on Saturday. Unfortunately, the screening has sold out but due to demand – but they’ve added an extra screening during the day, which is very nice of them. Not only this but there’ll also be a massive Afterparty hosted by Gorilla on Sunday evening which is free and will feature the talents of Krysko & Greg Lord, Blasha & Allatt, Strange Riddims, SNO (Banana Hill), Bad Fun DJs and Javi Senz. It’s a charity gig too so all proceeds go to Thirty Pound Gentleman. Come on – get involved.

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Punk in Drublic at Sandinista
Sandinista are doing exactly what you’d expect them to this Bank Holiday and getting absolutely wrecked on a soundtrack of Rock, Indie, Funk and Soul. There’ll be a DJ smashing off the tunes from 10.30pm until late and so you can get yourself down and have a top night. Their booze selection is legendary, with loads of brilliant Spanish beers on tap and some excellent cocktails. Proper no brainer really.

Sandinista, 2 Old Bank St, City Centre, Manchester M2 7PF


Sounds from the Deep South (Up North) at Bunny Jacksons
To celebrate this lovely Bank Holiday, Bunny Jackson’s will be offering their brilliant 10p Wings deal on Sunday from 2pm. That means that you can get yourself 100 wings for a tenner. Maybe not a good idea though – I think you would actually die if you ate 100 chicken wings, either from a bone lodged in your throat or just plain gluttony. In addition to the wings there’ll also be the usual live music all weekend as well as some cracking drinks deals going on. You’ll be able to bag yourself some lovely Sailor Jerry cocktails for only a fiver all day, as well as Lagunitas and Coors on the cheap. Probably the best things to wash all that chicken down with.

Bunny Jacksons, 1 Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester M15 4RA


HIT & RUN: Chimpo b2b Metrodome at Mint Lounge
Fresh from banging out a massive daytime charity party at 256 a few weeks back, Hit & Run are back with Chimpo and Metrodome to give Mint Lounge in the heart of the Northern Quarter a bloody good rogering. These geezers always manage to put on a good party so you should know what to expect and the tunes will be blaring out right up until 4am when you can go for a walk to the Maccies at the top of Oxford Road, pick up 2 Big Macs and a Double Cheeseburger and polish them off in the Uber home.

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Disco Brunch at Gorilla
As if normal Brunch isn’t good enough, add a sprinkling of Bottomless Prosecco and a shit load of Disco and you’ve got a morning to rival any night in the city – with added food! This Disco Brunch will see Funkademia resident David Dunne hit the decks for the day, banging out some cracking tunes to enjoy with your poached eggs and bubbles. If I wasn’t going to a christening on the Sunday then I’d definitely be there getting sozzled.

Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth St, Manchester M1 5WW