Also including FAIR PLAY Festival, Indie Wrestling and Les Miserables at the Lowry.

From Monday March 28 to Sunday April 3

We’ve had a glorious week of sunshine and beer gardens, but it looks like we’ve missed the traditional Manchester weather as the snow and rain are set to return this Wednesday.

However, there are plenty of awesome events happening in the city to keep you entertained, and we’ve outlined some of our absolute favorites below!

Music and clubs

Start things up, the crunch FAIR PLAY Festival will debut at various North Ward locations this weekend. It prides itself on being a fair playing field, equal opportunity for all and a community and collaborative event, with diverse, fair and accessible programming. Some of the acts taking in its stages include; Babii, Global Charming and YAANGmaking it a great event for local music and our beloved NQ!

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Also taking place this weekend, the independent music haven of Salford, The Eagle Inn celebrates its 10th anniversary with a free all-day party! Manchester Local Legends, Sugarstone, Dakota Avenue, The Skive and Tigerside will be playing in the intimate room, alongside DJs and an abundance of amazing beers.

Thursday, join the FM WORLDWIDE team in Manchester as the radio station moves north to broadcast live from the recently reopened venue, tape on the wall from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The afternoon kickoff will be the legendary Mr. Scruffwhich will be closely followed by DJ Paulette, a cover of Band On The Wall and Murmurs.

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Photography by: Matt Eachus

This week, the alchemist The OG Spinningfields destination reopens after a complete refurbishment. From tomorrow, you will be able to discover the brand new destination, which offers futuristic and divine influences from astrology and the cosmosalongside its original interactive drinks.

GRUB East & Southeast Asian Food Expo is back from Friday to Sunday this week too! With Small yellow rice company, Osaka local, Oil dumplings, Korean food club, Amai Desserts and a context bar of Tarsier – it’s free entry and you know you’ll leave with a belly full of superb independent street food.

If you’re up for taking shelter from bad weather at a wine bar this week (let’s face it, who isn’t?!), La Vina organizes a wine tasting on Thursday. You will taste red, white and rosé wines from the most famous Spanish regions and the two most famous Spanish wine regions will compete in order to select a favorite.

Wine tasting in La Viña

The last gastronomic event of this week is a good’un. As Saturday marks the start of Ramadanthe ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community, Zouk announced the return of his One month Ramadan buffet. The buffet will take place every evening from 9 p.m. and people are invited to come and break the fast with their families/friends and enjoy a night of celebration and reflection.

Art & Culture

In the art world this week, Northern Lights – New Light begins to Saul Hay Gallery. The exhibition celebrates the artistic development of New Light’s award-winning artists over the past 10 years and features artists such as Nat Quinn, Josie Jenkins, Mandy Payne, Christopher Cook and 2020 winner Joanna Whittlewith a range of artwork to view and buy.

FLUX will also take place at the Contact Theater this weekend. Production is set up by Manchester Literature Festival Young Producers Collective, bringing together a range of multidisciplinary artists to celebrate and explore storytelling. Taking the words from the page to the stage, FLUX re-engages people with the form, creating a immersive and dynamic space where artist and audience can connect through words.

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Want to have your say in the future of Manchester’s arts and culture scene? Participate in a panel discussion focusing on the role of the private sector in the Mancunian culture revival panel at HOME tomorrow. From Hacienda at HOME, Band on the Wall at Warehouse Project, Lemn Sissay at LS LowryManchester is known worldwide for its rich arts and culture scene.

Slater Heelis is collaborating with HOME to present a panel discussion exploring the detrimental effects of COVID-19 on Manchester’s arts and culture scene, and the ethical and economic imperative for the private sector to step up and support its recovery.


CATCH Pro Wrestlingan independent wrestling company, brings CATCH5: New Art Riot to The bread shack on Sunday. Expect a glimpse into the life of the Northern Wrestling scene, featuring Tidal struggle hoping to defend their title!

Something for the kids, The house with chicken thighs begins to RESIDENCE this week. Based on the best-selling novel by Sophie AndersonMarinka and her quirky home come to life in this brand new production from award-winning theater company Les Enfants Terribles.

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Finally, starting tomorrow at The Lowry, you can catch Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical, ‘WRETCHED’. You can catch the dazzling performance at The Lowry until Saturday, April 23, with sets inspired by paintings by Victor-Hugo, the beautiful score includes the songs; “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More”, “Master Of The House” and many more.



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