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Escape to Freight Island is doubling in size with new food traders, bars and much more

Freight Island just got even better!

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Escape to Freight Island has confirmed the next stage of its development over at Depot Mayfield, and it sounds like it’s going to get even more exciting.

Following a hugely successful launch and summer, Escape to Freight Island has announced the next stage of the unique destination’s evolution: The Ticket Hall.

This next chapter at Platform 15 will see a whole host of new food vendors arrive at the venue, taking over the industrial indoor area, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy top scran from some of your favourite local eateries down at Freight Island.

Taking over the original structure within Depot Mayfield, there will be a fully heated area with table seating, a wine shop, bars, a bike cloakroom, as well as a new stage and top entertainment lineup.

Joining the amazing Baratxuri, Voodoo Rays, Patty Queen and Madre, there will be some of Manchester’s favourite food and drink vendors, including:

  • Sugo Pasta Kitchen – The famous pasta restaurant based in Ancoats bringing stunning Italian food will be setting up shop.
  • Mi & Pho – An award-winning family-run restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese dishes.
  • Plant Grill – From Dan Hope of Fire Bird Hope and Krum fame, Plant Grill will be a vegan offering of modern cuisine.
  • El Boleto – A San Sebastian-style Deli serving up delicious small plates and freshest
    produce to enjoy at home or on-site.
  • The Jane Eyre – Classic drinks with a twist.

There will also be two taprooms in The Ticket Hall from Camden Town and Pomona, alongside Forever Changes – an independent wine shop.

Co-creator Luke Cowdrey said: “When we launched Platform 15 at Escape to Freight Island this summer, we created one of the most forward-thinking venues of its time, in this country.

“It’s a place of positivity; somewhere that people can safely meet with their family and friends and experience some of the most beautifully crafted food and drink with world-class entertainment.

“The Ticket Hall is the next phase in our long and interesting journey developing Escape to Freight Island.”

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James Heather, the Development Director at U+I for the Mayfield Partnership, added: “The extraordinary success of Escape to Freight Island this summer has underlined Mayfield’s role as an outstanding location for culture and entertainment.

“With Freight Island expanding further into Depot Mayfield, we’re excited to welcome yet more visitors to enjoy this distinctive space and contribute to the soulful regeneration of Mayfield.”

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The site will continue to operate under the world leading ‘Safe + Social Manifesto’, meaning Escape to Freight Island is committed to maintaining a safe environment for everyone.

This means it’s: “A space where you are able to socialise safely with your party, maintaining social distance from others and remaining alert to the risks of coronavirus, while being part of the overall urban festival atmosphere of Freight Island”.

Platform 15 is set to change even further, and more information regarding this will be announced soon.

In the meantime, you can get booked in here.

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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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Spice Girls are ‘hoping to do another tour’ in 2023 according to Mel B

Good news for Spice Girls fans

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There’s good news for Spice Girls fans as the group are looking to do another tour in a couple of years time, according to Mel B.

The singer said she plans to ‘make sure’ that the tour happens, with 2023 looking like the potential date for it.

The iconic ‘90s girl group reunited back in 2019 for a huge tour of the UK and Ireland – including several sold-out gigs here in Manchester – although they were without former bandmate Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham.

Mel B revealed the good news as she hosted Steph’s Packed Lunch last week, adding that the Spice Girls were in talks to do another tour last year before the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to it.

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According to Mel B: “We did our last tour and Victoria respectfully ducked out, and you have to respect when someone doesn’t want to go on tour.”

The singer added: “I’m always pushing to have a Spice Girls reunion and we were in talks last year but then Covid hit so it pushed everyone’s plans.

“I think we’re hopefully on the same page together.

“They’re going to kill me for saying this. We’re hoping, especially me – if it has anything to do with me, which it will have because I’m the driving force and will make sure it happens – to tour in 2023.”

The previous tour back in 2019 went down a storm with fans, with three dates at Man City’s Etihad Stadium selling out.

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A huge spooky ice rink with ‘ghoulish skating monsters’ is coming to Manchester for Halloween

Skate Manchester is back!

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As the city’s Halloween preparations get underway, Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens is getting ready to host a massive ice skating rink with a spooky twist.

The rink, which is a regular fixture here in Manchester in the months running up to Christmas, will be hosting a special Halloween event, Scare Skate, which will see families and friends take to the ice in true Halloween style.

Scare Skate will feature Halloween-themed music and lighting, along with a band of ghoulish skating monsters who will join skaters on the ice every hour. 

The event is perfect for those wanting to retire their fancy dress costumes for the year, with the official description reading: “Not hunting monsters and would rather leave the fancy dress to others? No problem! As you glide along our spectacular covered ice rink, you will be sheltered from the elements whilst soaking in the spooky atmosphere.”

And, even more excitingly, this year’s venue will be nearly double the size of previous years, meaning more room for skating, fun, and memory-making.

Rob Derry, ice director at Arena, which coordinates the event, said on the plans: “There’s a real buzz around Halloween in Manchester. The city is a major destination for anyone looking to get into the spooky spirit thanks to Monsters in the City, an amazing spectacle that brings larger than life fun and fear.

“Scare Skate offers something brand new: an exciting, active, and creative activity, in a breath-taking setting, that brings chills and thrills for families, friends and colleagues looking to celebrate the season. We’re hoping to see as many people in fancy dress as possible.”

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He added: “We’ve pulled out all the stops to provide a bigger rink for our customers so they can enjoy more room to skate. The ice rink will be nearly double the size of previous years so there will also be more room to pull off showstopping moves … Or stumble towards a barrier for balance! We think this will be our best year yet.”

Scare Skate will be taking place from October 22nd-31st, where it will then be transformed into its original form Skate Manchester from November 1st – January 3rd. It will be open daily, excluding Christmas Day.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.skatemanchester.com

 

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