As July 19th looms, Manchester’s long-suffering nightclubs are preparing to finally reopen their doors after a full year of no custom.
It’s been an undeniably difficult year for our hospitality industry – bars, restaurants, music venues and nightclubs have been among the worst-hit throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with an estimated 10,000 UK businesses closing for good as a result of continuous lockdowns and social distancing measures.
It has never been so important to show our venues a little bit of love and, of course, some much-needed revenue, so it’s hardly surprising to hear that a number of nightclubs across Manchester are going to be wasting no time at all in opening their doors next week – well, maybe just one minute wasted.
Yep, there are going to be nightclubs opening at 00:01am in the early hours of Monday July 19th, when it will be perfectly legal to welcome customers back onto their dance floors.
Here’s who’s getting involved:
The Deansgate nightclub will indeed be welcoming in guests from one minute past midnight on July 19th with an epic Sunday Club do – they only accept bookings though, so fire them a message via Instagram to get yourself a spot.
Milton Hall, 244 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4BQ
020 7291 1480
Of course Factory are getting in on the action. The staple student haunt will be opening as soon as legally possible at 00:01am on the 19th with its ticketed ‘One Minute Past Midnight Party’ event.
Early bird tickets are fully sold out, but you can still get your hands on standard release and final release, which are priced from just £5, here.
118 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 7EN
0161 637 2570
Cruz 101 will be brought back to life on July 19th, and no moment later! The famed nightclub will be throwing its very own ‘Freedom Day’ event as the clock strikes midnight, where there will be full decor, vibrant performances and the Cruz 101 Drag Queens you all know and love (and have missed).
Visit their official Facebook event for more details.
101 Princess St, The, Manchester M1 6DD
0161 950 0101
The glitzy and elaborate nightclub Cirque will be reopening its doors as the clock strikes midnight on the 19th with their epic ‘Big Bash’ event.
They’re taking bookings via DM only, so make sure you drop them a line on their Facebook page.
St. Johns House, 2-10 Queen St, Manchester, M2 5JB
0161 660 3141
HIDDEN: THE REOPENING is set to be a big one – the basement nightclub will be back for the first time since last year with their epic reopening bash. The event will be the first chance for guests to check out the improvements made during lockdown, and will also act as a warm up event for the day and night parties that will take place every day of the re-opening week.
Get your tickets here.
16-18 Mary St, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M3 1NH
Though Impossible has been operating as a bar for the last few months, they will be fully reopening their indoor venue at 00:01am on July 19th for guests to celebrate and dance the night away.
For more information and bookings, visit their website.
36 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR
There’s a huge Courteeners themed party coming to Manchester
Love a bit of Courteeners? Well, a Northern Quarter boozer has you covered.
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.
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.
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.
Ed Sheeran is coming to Manchester as part of massive UK tour next year
The ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour’ will be kicking off next year
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.
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
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.
A RuPaul’s Drag Race UK premiere party with bottomless fizz is coming to Manchester next week
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.
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.
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.
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.