I must say that I'm back on form this week; with an absolute shed load of things to do in the city over the next 7 days. Previous weeks have been a bit rubbish I must admit, but there is enough going on here that I personally guarantee you'll never be bored! Enjoy...
The Gin Society Festival at Saddleworth
Friday 2nd June - Saturday 3rd June
As Summer approaches it seems everyone just goes Gin crazy. It's everywhere at the moment and the situation isn't getting any better when you have people like Manchester Gin shovelling their divine sauce down everyone's necks. Also getting involved are the lovely people at The Gin Society who will be setting up camp in Saddleworth from Friday offering over 80 different gins, live entertainment and probably plenty of headaches come Saturday morning. There's 3 sessions over the two days and tickets cost £8.55. Uppermill is really, really nice too; with plenty of top boozers and a brilliant tapas place, so if you've never been - you should.
Lee Street, Uppermill, OL3 6AE Saddleworth, Tameside, United Kingdom
Friday 2nd June 2017: 6pm - 10.30pm
Saturday 3rd June 2017: Afternoon Session 12.30pm - 5pm
Saturday 3rd June 2017: Evening Session 6pm - 10.30pm
Remake Remodel Beatles Night
Saturday 3rd June 2017
The Beatles are really overrated. I don't think they are any good and I will stick by this view until my final breath on Earth. I totally understand that a lot of people bloody love them though, and so have included the Remake Remodel Beatles night held at Ruby Lounge on this very list. They'll be celebrating the 'Fab Four' with a load of their tunes, as well as Beatles art installations, a Beatles fancy dress competition (where you can win Beatles prizes) as well as free face painting and Beatles inspired cocktails. Sounds like personally I would hate it, but most other people would love it. Tickets are only £4.50 and can be bought here.
Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High St, Manchester M4 1QB
0161 834 1392
Manchester Rum Festival
Saturday 3rd June
If you're a pirate, or just someone who enjoys rum, this Saturday sees the Manchester's first Rum Festival at Revolucion de Cuba with over 40 types of rum including top names like Bacardi, Chairman’s Reserve, Diplomático, Sailor Jerry and Mezan. The tickets are £15 and with that you'll get access, some free drinks and tasters and probably live entertainment, food and loads more. Sounds like a laugh - cruise on down from 12pm.
Revolucion de Cuba, 11 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
0161 826 8266
Manchester’s King Street Festival
Saturday 3rd June - Sunday 4th June
King Street has had a bit of a bad time of it over the past few years, with more ‘For Sale’ signs popping up than there were on Brookside Close when Jimmy Corkhill got back on the smack. Recently however, there have been a spate of quality openings and the area will hopefully be back on its feet and busy again in no time. Helping this along is the King Street Festival held on Saturday and Sunday and featuring all the shops, bars and restaurants in the area all clubbing together and putting on a party. There's a full list of things going on right here.
The Tatton Park Classic Car Spectacular
Saturday 3rd June - Sunday 4th June
If I was to ever own a car I would definitely try and buy a classic car. I'm a big fan. New cars nowadays just don't have any character, and unless you're an avid reader of Top Gear magazine - they just aren’t as exciting. This weekend sees the return of more than 2000 classic cars to Tatton Park as part of their 'spectacular' - where you can have a gawp and kick the tires of some of the most famous cars to ever exist. There should definitely be a DeLorean, and a Model T Ford, and maybe a Hitler Beetle - but there will almost certainly be entertainment, children's rides, refreshments and most importantly - a bar.
Tatton Park Gardens, Mereheath Dr, Knutsford WA16 6QN
One Love Manchester
Sunday 4th June
After the horrific events at the Manchester Arena the other week, Ariana Grande has enlisted a big list of her showbiz mates to give a massive boost to everyone who was at the concert and the city itself by singing their hits on stage in front of 50,000 people. The tickets went on sale this morning and sold out pretty much instantly, so if you were not lucky enough to get some then you can watch it on the BBC. If you're old, or blind, it's also on BBC radio. You can expect Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, one of them off One Direction and potentially a return of Oasis if the rumours are to be believed.
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Rd, Stretford, Old Trafford M16 0PX
Disco Brunch with El Diablo's Social Club
Sunday 4th June, 11am 'til late
Brunch, brunch, brunch. It seems the only meal people eat anymore is brunch. Avocado sales are going through the roof. Sourdough bread is flying off the shelves and everybody is trying their hardest to ensure that their poached egg has a runny yolk. Gorilla are doing something a little differently this Sunday though - they've teamed up with El Diablo Social Club to bring a mental Disco Brunch to the city, where you can drink some bottomless booze and eat away while listening to some corking disco tunes. There's two packages available - one is £30 and includes Bottomless Prosecco, a Bloody Mary and food, while the other is £40 and includes a Build Your Own Bloody Mary kit. Perfect if you have a hangover from Saturday, or more likely, not been to sleep yet.
Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW
0161 826 2998
Vintage Home Show
Sunday 4th June, 11am
If like me, you want your home to look like a scene from Cash in the Attic then your luck is in this weekend when the Vintage Home Show rolls into town. Held at the stunning Victoria Baths, the event will be packed full of over 60 exhibitors selling vintage furniture, lighting and artwork from the 50's right up to the 70's. Reading that I'm a bit annoyed that there isn't anything from the 80's going to be there - that's where all the best stuff comes from! Oh, and make sure you don't accidentally mistake some of the period fixtures and fittings at Victoria Baths with one of the stalls and try buying a changing room sign off a security guard. That would be silly.
Victoria Baths, 32 Hathersage Rd, Manchester M13 0FE
0161 224 2020
Starts Tuesday 6th June
Fresh from the sequel at the cinemas, and the fact that the original film is still as fresh and exciting as it was 25 years ago, Trainspotting Live comes to the Lowry this week and it's set to be a bloody top show. Penned as an 'immersive theatre production' I'm going to ignorantly assume that the audience gets involved in many of the iconic scenes of the film, as you follow Renton and his attempts to get off the skank and actually start caring about things again. It looks brilliant and has won loads of critical acclaim so grab yourself a ticket as soon as you can. Tickets here!
The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
0843 208 6000
The Office Quiz
Tuesday 6th June, drinks at 6, quiz at 7
Before you get excited, this quiz is now sold out. Sorry about that. Hosted by Big Keith it looks to be the perfect chance for people to show off their level of knowledge of The Office, and probably endlessly quote it all night as I'm positive a certain ginger lad is sure to do. The reason it's in here is because the Finest lads have a team and I wanted to say to everyone else who is going - you're going to lose. We all read a book a week, everything on the Trivia board, so you're buggered. Your university education won't help you here. Let it be a lesson to you. Respect your elders and do not fuck with the big boys.
Band on the Wall, 25 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ
0161 834 1786
Motherfunkers End of Exams Escapade
Thursday 8th June
This week is the last week before students head off back home and pretty much every exam will be finished by now too. So that means a week of unadulterated drinking, dancing and getting off with each other before you have to go back home to Chichester and work in the local Tesco. There's loads of nights and events on including the Motherfunkers and their End of Exams Escapade at Antwerp Mansion. I've included this one because it seems like the only one where I would actually know the music - it'll be all soul and funk and Motown, coupled with some belting disco beats. There also promises to be live music in the form of live sax performances by Carl Magnus Thomas as well as performers, disco balls, free toffees, confetti cannons and loads more stuff to get caught in your hair. There's still tickets left but they'll probably go pretty fast so get a move on.
Tickets are £13.45 and can be bought here.
Rusholme Grove, Manchester M14 5AG