The immersive prison-cocktail hybrid event you never knew you needed is coming to Manchester next month.
Alcotraz is the notorious ‘bar behind bars’ where guests – or more appropriately ‘inmates’ – are tasked with smuggling booze past the Warden and getting it into the hands of some of Alcotraz’s longest-serving inmates, who then transform their ‘contraband’ alcohol into delicious cocktails.
Combining world-class cocktails with theatrical and authentic story lines, Alcotraz is perhaps one of the most unique drinking experiences out there.
This is probably one of the better ways to wind up in cells during a night out, isn’t it?
The cocktail experience, created by Inventive Productions, first opened in London in 2017 where it was quick to spark global headlines, create controversy and, most importantly, thrill its guests on the hunt for a unique and memorable night out.
It’s latest venue will be located in the heart of Manchester’s elusive Spinningfields – not the most predictable spot for a jail cell, I know – and will hold ten individual cells, accommodating for fifty inmates for public experiences and up to 100 for private venue hires.
There will also be a Prison Commissary area for lower priced seats – here, inmates will have their own dedicated mixologist at their own bar.
After the main experience, inmates can spend additional time within the theatrical prison world of Alcotraz by purchasing a seat within this Prison Canteen area, to enjoy an inclusive cocktail and prison ration.
Sam Shearman, the brains behind Alcotraz and founder of Inventive Productions said on the Manchester venue: “The experience has been so popular within London that within a very short period of time we were able to grow the Alcotraz brand to have multiple sites, including one in Brighton.
“We are now absolutely thrilled to bring this unique concept to Manchester and launch our biggest and most ambitious Alcotraz to date.”
Alcotraz Manchester will be opening it’s doors on July 16th – and bookings are now open! Tickets are priced at £29.99 for seats within the Prison Commissary Area, and £35.99 for seats within a Prison Cell.
For bookings and more information, visit their website here.
N-Dubz are reuniting with new music and a huge Manchester gig
Nearly a decade on, N-Dubz are back…
N-Dubz are making a much-awaited comeback ten years after their split with a new single and nationwide arena tour.
The trio rose to fame in 2007 with hits like ‘I Need You’, ‘Ouch’ and ‘Playing With Fire’, but announced their split just a few years later in 2011, with singer Tulisa Contostavlos blaming bandmate Dappy for being the reason of the break up.
But now, over a decade on, it has been announced that the band are making their comeback with their new single ‘Charmer’, set to be premiered on BBC 1 Xtra on Thursday evening.
A spokesperson for the band said: “‘Charmer’ is instantly recognisable as an N-Dubz song, featuring their trademark storytelling via the slick raps of Dappy and Fazer, alongside the sassy vocals of Tulisa.”
And along with the news of their new single, it has also been announced that N-Dubz will be embarking upon a nationwide arena tour, with them scheduled to play ten shows across the UK, including at Manchester’s AO Arena.
Speaking of the tour, a source close to the band told The Sun: “It’s going to be massive. They have seen all the success other groups have enjoyed coming back and want a piece of the action.
“They have been trying things out in the studio for ages but finally things have fallen into place.”
The Back To The Future tour will begin on November 7th in Newcastle, and finish in Manchester on Saturday November 19th.
Other locations during the tour include Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and Glasgow.
Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Friday May 20th. Get yours here.
N-Dubz consists of rappers Dappy, real name Costadinos Contostavlos, his cousin Tulisa Contostavlos and Fazer, real name Richard Rawson.
The band have won four Mobo awards, including best newcomer in 2007, Best Album and Best Act in 2009 and Best Song in 2010 and were nominated for the Brit award for Best British Single in 2010.
The Manchester Day Parade is BACK for the first time in two years
The council are on the look out for a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help with the festivites
Thousands of people will take to the streets next month as part of the iconic Manchester Day, a huge celebration of the city, its people and its culture.
After a two year hiatus thanks to the Covid pandemic, Manchester Day is set to make its grand return on Sunday June 19th, along with the legendary Manchester Day Parade, which will weave its way through the city throughout the day.
And in preparation for the big day, the council are now looking for ‘dedicated and enthusiastic’ volunteers to help bring the streets to life during the celebrations.
According to the council, volunteers will be right in the heart of the action, and will have behind-the-scenes access and a vital role in pulling off the Manchester Day celebrations.
Their responsibilities will include setting up the parade, helping visitors find their way across the event and assisting the creatives involved.
Volunteers will be positioned at various spots across the city, and will be assisted by a Team Leader who’ll be available to help them throughout the day.
Roles available include Wayfinding Volunteers, Participant Support Volunteers and Creative Volunteers to help ensure the parade runs smoothly.
The Chair of Manchester Day Councillor Pat Karney said on the return of the event: “It’s great that Manchester Day is returning to the city.
“Manchester Day’s success relies on the passion of our thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time each year. The day would not be the same without the enthusiasm of our army of volunteers.
“I can’t wait to see people get involved in the parade – if this is your first Manchester Day, I can guarantee you’re going to love it!”
Manchester Day was created in 2010 with the aim to celebrate the city’s creativity and diversity, and has since become one of the North West’s flagship events of the summer.
Each year, the celebration welcomes 1,500 performers and artists from local communities and an audience of more than 60,000.
Manchester Day will take place on Sunday 19th June 2022. Applications to volunteer are open until 31st May. For more information on how to get involved, click here.
The Lion King musical is finally coming back to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this year
After a postponed tour, The Lion King is finally coming back to Manchester…
Disney’s multi award-winning musical The Lion King will be making its highly-anticipated return to Manchester this year.
The show was supposed to embark upon its UK tour last year but, thanks to various Covid restrictions still in force, it had no choice but to postpone.
But now, after a couple of date changes, it has been confirmed that The Lion King will enjoy a three-month residency at Manchester’s Palace Theatre this Autumn.
The production is made up of over fifty actors, singers and dancers, and uses over 200 life-size puppets to tell the iconic tale of Simba’s journey as he enters adulthood and reclaims his title as King.
The Lion King’s stage adaptation was initially brought to life by Julie Taymor in 1997 and has since gone on to become one of the most successful Broadway performances of all time, with it having twenty-five global productions performed in nine different languages.
The show has been watched by a global audience of over 100 million in over 100 cities in twenty countries – sixteen million here in the UK alone.
As a part of its UK & Ireland 2022 tour, The Lion King will be taking over Manchester’s Palace Theatre, located down Oxford Street, from October 27th, 2022 – December 24th, 2022.
The tickets for the show, which runs for two hours and thirty minutes, are priced from £20, and are on sale now.