The Manchester soul club have just celebrated their first birthday and to celebrate they will be throwing an epic party with their own resident soul band.

Since opening in the former Quay Street Walkabout site last year, Blue’s Kitchen has been a huge success, largely thanks to its tasty Deep South-inspired menu, extensive cocktail list and ever-growing roster of live music. and entertainment.

Over the past year, 80,000 of Blues Kitchen’s iconic burgers have been demolished and half a million of their Buffalo chicken wings have been devoured, while 250,000 cocktails have been drunk.

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And Blues has the answer to the current cost of living crisis with £5 cocktails on Wednesday nights and a tempting happy hour on Fridays from 5-7pm.

Beneath its restaurant, Blues Kitchen also hosted over 500 live performances in its first year in Manchester, with musicians from over six continents taking to the stage.

But it’s Manchester’s weekly Got Soul events that have proven to be the city’s biggest hit, with various DJs spinning timeless soul, rhythm and blues classics on both floors until the early hours. every Friday.

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Speaking on the inspiration behind opening Blues Kitchen in Manchester, co-founder Liam Hart said The best of Manchester: “We really wanted to be part of the Manchester music scene, so we were over the moon when we came across this incredible venue a few years ago.

“We’ve all been big fans of the city’s musical cultural heritage for years, so it only felt right to open a Blues Kitchen here. I grew up in the 90s listening to Manchester music, so I’ve always had a real love for the city.

So, to celebrate his birthday in style, the concert hall will host world-renowned blues and soul legends next week, starting with a rare performance by the American funk and soul-jazz hero Roy Ayers tonight, May 25.

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Tomorrow, Thursday May 26, Chicago hip-hop brass band Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will bring their incendiary show to Manchester, set to the back of their outstanding new album ‘Bad Boys of Jazz’.

And on tuesday 31 mayNorth Mississippi Hill Country blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, Cedric Burnsidewill perform “I Be Trying”, a thirteen-track album about the challenges, pleasures and beauty of life.

You can check out the full list of events taking place at the Blues Kitchen here.