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A Big Birthday Bash celebrating all the lost birthdays from lockdown is coming to Manchester

Birthdays don’t get much better than this

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Get your balloons and dancing shoes at the ready: A huge birthday party-themed event is coming to Manchester this summer.

Blowing out the candles on the cake, getting together with your friends and having a proper good party – the pandemic has prevented us from doing all the things we love most when we become another year older.

So to make up for that, the party-deprived people of Manchester each have an invitation to come and celebrate their lost birthdays.

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Whether you missed your birthday celebrations in last year’s lockdown or you simply fancy going all out for the hell of it, the Big Birthday Bash is guaranteed to be an evening to remember (or forget, if you’re that way inclined.)

Hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race star, Davina De Campo and special guest, the Queen of clean Kim Woodburn, the event will see Manchester’s Bowlers Exhibition Centre transform into the ‘biggest birthday party ever’ with banquet tables lined with birthday cake, balloons and confetti.

The Big Birthday Bash will also host a series of adult party games, such as the largest ever game of pass the parcel, where ticket holders will be invited to take part to win spot prizes. 

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As the event continues into the night, DJ sets from radio presenter James Hall and Manchester based Mix-Stress will provide the soundtrack to The Lost Birthday celebrations.

The event is scheduled for Friday July 30th, with proceedings kicking off at 7:30pm until late. Tickets are on sale now through the website along with further details, all of which can be found here.

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There’s a huge Courteeners themed party coming to Manchester

Love a bit of Courteeners? Well, a Northern Quarter boozer has you covered.

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Ahead of the Courteeners’ massive homecoming gig at Old Trafford next weekend, a Northern Quarter boozer is throwing a huge pre-show party to get all you concert-goers warmed up for the festivities.

The Pen & Pencil, located down Hilton Street, is throwing the do for all those who have managed to get their hands on tickets for the shows – and those who sadly haven’t, too.

And even more excitedly, XS Manchester DJ and overall legend Clint Boon will be in attendance, dishing out a load of the Courteeners’ top tunes plus a load of other staple Manc music.

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The party is completely FREE to attend, and will be the perfect spot for getting into that concert mood we’ve all missed for the last year or so. The Pen & Pencil is also located just a short walk from the Piccadilly Metrolink stop, where you can jump on a tram and get to the gig in just ten minutes.

The gig is set to be one of Manchester’s first since the start of the pandemic, which saw all live music grind to a halt.

The Middleton-born rockers will be joined by The Smiths’ Johnny Marr and Stockport band Blossoms, as well as The Big Moon and Zuzu.

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So, do you fancy it?

There’ll be no need to make a booking or reservation, all you’ll need to do is turn up and enjoy the music. The party starts at 4pm and runs through to 7pm.

For more information, follow the Pen & Pencil on Instagram.

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Ed Sheeran is coming to Manchester as part of massive UK tour next year

The ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour’ will be kicking off next year

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Ed Sheeran will be performing two shows in Manchester as a part of his upcoming UK Mathematics Tour. 

The singer will be embarking upon the ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour’ in May next year, where he will perform at six major locations across the country, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium being one of them.

Fans will get to see Ed perform a whole array of tracks from his upcoming album‘=’ live for the first time, as well as experience a new production set-up with Ed’s staging in the round surrounded by the crowd in each stadium.

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The highly anticipated new album ‘=’ will be released next month on October 29th and will feature his new single ‘Shivers’ and ‘Bad Habits’.

Ed will be taking over the Etihad Stadium on Friday June 10th and Saturday June 11th 2022. Here’s the tour schedule in full:

  • Thursday 12th May – Belfast Boucher Road Playing Fields
  • Thursday 26th May – Cardiff Principality Stadium
  • Friday 27th May – Cardiff Principality Stadium
  • Friday 3rd June – Sunderland Stadium of Light
  • Saturday 4th June – Sunderland Stadium of Light
  • Friday 10th June – Manchester Etihad Stadium
  • Saturday 11th June – Manchester Etihad Stadium
  • Thursday 16th June – Hampden Park, Glasgow
  • Friday 17th June – Hampden Park, Glasgow
  • Wednesday 29th June – Wembley Stadium, London
  • Thursday 30th June – Wembley Stadium, London
  • Friday 1st July June – Wembley Stadium, London

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There is no pre-sale for this tour, and tickets go on sale next week on Saturday September 25th at 9am. 

As was the case with his previous tours, Ed and his team have a strict stance against anyone using unofficial secondary ticketing sites in order to try and stop fans being exploited when trying to buy tickets for his shows.

Tickets will be available to buy at www.edsheeran.com

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A RuPaul’s Drag Race UK premiere party with bottomless fizz is coming to Manchester next week

Sashay away…

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Engines at the ready, drag racers; there’s a massive bottomless RuPaul’s Drag Race UK premiere event coming to a cinema here in Manchester.

As fans of the hit drag show will know, the highly anticipated third season of the UK version is landing on BBC iPlayer next week and to celebrate appropriately, GRUB Manchester is throwing the mother of all launch parties.

On Thursday, September 23rd, you and your friends will be able to watch the first episode of the new season alongside an abundance of bottomless bevs and delicious street food.

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Costing £20pp, tickets also include a selection of fun additions to enjoy throughout the evening, including a welcome cocktail, ninety minutes of bottomless fizz, draught beer or wine, and a private table to enjoy with friends, positioned for prime viewing on the night.

Indoor and covered seating in the event of rain (which, let’s face it, is looking very likely this month) is also available, as is a number of independent and local food vendors dishing up tasty food and extra drinks.

Though it is worth noting that this event isn’t an official RuPaul viewing event, it is just a bit of fun for Drag Race fans and their friends.

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Tables can be reserved from 5:30pm onwards, and the bottomless drinks deal begins an hour later at 6:30pm. RuPaul’s Drag Race will be shown at 7pm.

Get your own tickets here.

BBC Three is yet to confirm which famous faces will be appearing on the judging panel. As for the regular judging panel,  Michelle Visage will be back, as will Graham Norton and Alan Carr, alternating each week as they have done for the past two series.

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