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Brian Blessed to host an exclusive Q&A event for one-night only here in Manchester

The celebrated actor will be hosting the event at Altrincham’s Bowden Rooms later this year

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Brian Blessed will be hosting an intimate black-tie event at The Bowdon Rooms later this year.

The larger than life actor, writer and presenter is known best for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. 

A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and operatic voice, he is also an avid explorer and climber, and ‘An Evening with Brian Blessed’ will combine anecdotes from his illustrious acting career with tales of his adventuring. 

And, with his career spanning more than fifty years, there will be no shortage of material.

On screen, he has appeared in everything from Doctor Who to Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare films. On stage, his credits range from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

His trademark booming voice has also featured on everything from Peppa Pig character Grampy Rabbit to a voice download on TomTom’s sat nav system – he’s quite literally done everything.

Blessed is also an avid climber and, throughout the evening, will also be talking about his Everest climb without oxygen; his expedition to the jungles of Venezuela during which he survived a plane crash; his trek to the North Pole and his many hours of space training in Russia.

The evening will include a 3-course dinner, live entertainment, a memorabilia auction and a chance to ask your own questions in an audience Q & A. 

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Guests will also receive their own photograph with Brian Blessed to remember the evening.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 4th, at The Bowdon Rooms, with a black tie dress code.

Tickets are limited for this exclusive one-off event, so make sure you get yours here.

Located in Bowdon, Altrincham, The Bowdon Rooms is an example of stunning Edwardian architecture with Art Deco influences in the immaculate interior. 

Dating back to 1903, the award-winning venue is a great choice for exclusive events with its abundance of old style charm and grandeur, authentic character and beautiful features.

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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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