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.”
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.”
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.
Nicki Minaj to kick off UK and Europe tour at Manchester’s Co-op Live arena
Barbz, Manchester is gonna be Gag City!
American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj is coming to Manchester’s Co-op Live arena as part of a huge world tour to coincide with the release of her latest album.
The music star dropped her fifth studio album on Friday, December 8th – called Pink Friday 2, it’s the sequel to her debut album Pink Friday from 2010.
The album features singles including ‘Super Freaky Girl’ and ‘Ruby Red Da Sleeze’. It also features collaborations with artists including Drake, Billie Eilish, Lil Wayne and J. Cole.
To celebrate the album’s release, Minaj surprised fans as she announced a string of European and UK tour dates, kicking off at Manchester’s huge new Co-op Live arena on May 25th, 2024.
In an email sent to fans who had signed-up to presale tickets, the singer said: “Surprise!!! Europe gets early access to GAG CITY!!”
The rapper will then head to Birmingham and London before going on to Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne and Berlin for more performance dates.
More dates are expected to be released in further announcements.
In another post shared with her followers on Twitter, Minaj wrote: “Gag City comes to Europe.”
Gag City is a reference to an online meme which has gone viral, which has seen Minaj and her fan base use AI to create a world covered in pink, inspired by her aesthetic.
It began as a simple tag by the star but fans have since gone on to cover places like airports, theme parks, Target stores, skyscrapers, KFC and even a Chanel store in a bright and vibrant shade of pink, using the hashtag #GagCity.
Presale tickets go live exclusively for Co-op members on Wednesday, December 13th, at 9am. To become a member and get presale tickets click HERE.
General sale tickets will then go live for everyone on Friday December 15th at 9am.
Co-op members gain access to first in the line presale tickets as well as other fantastic benefits. To find out more click HERE.
The confirmed UK and Europe 2024 tour dates for Nicki Minaj are:
- May 25th, 2024 – Co-op Live, Manchester, UK
- May 26th, 2024 – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, UK
- May 28th, 2024 – O2 Arena, London, UK
- June 1st, 2024 – Accor Arena, Paris, France
- June 2nd, 2024 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- June 5th, 2024 – Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany
- June 7th, 2024 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany
Slipknot announce huge Manchester show as part of 25th anniversary tour
The tour celebrates 25 years since the iconic band first played Europe
Slipknot have announced a massive headline show at Co-op Live in Manchester next year.
American heavy metal band Slipknot have announced their massive European and UK arena tour, Here Comes The Pain, set for next year.
The tour celebrates 25 years since the iconic band, who formed in 1995, first played Europe.
Slipknot will be performing at Co-op Live in Manchester on December 17th, 2024, and will be joined by special guests Bleed From Within for one epic night at Europe’s largest indoor arena.
Slipknot’s thrilling, multi-sensory live shows are known for being legendary so guests can expect the 25-year anniversary shows to be especially explosive and not-to-be missed.
Slipknot rapidly rose to fame following the release of their eponymous debut album in 1999. The 2001 follow-up album, Iowa, although darker in tone, made the band even more popular.
Like a spore out of the Midwest, these musical outliers have captured a Grammy Award alongside 10 nominations, scored 12 Platinum / 41 Gold album certifications around the world, and logged over 8.5 billion global streams and 3.5 billion video views to date – unprecedented for a rock act in this generation or any other.
As well as their Manchester date next December, the metal giants will also perform in Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham and London around the UK, once they’ve toured Europe.
Says Clown of the upcoming shows: “It has been 25 years since we first played on the continent, and we’ve been back ever since.
“The memories I have from all those times are life changing, and we’re ready to make more. I’m so excited to bring our 25th year anniversary tour to Europe and the UK.
“Be prepared for an energy you’ve never experienced before. It’s happening.”
Pre-sale tickets go live at 9am on December 13th. Presale tickets are exclusively for Co-op Live members. To become a member and be first in line for presale tickets, click HERE.
General sale tickets got live at 9am on December 15th.
Co-op Live members enjoy exclusive access to presale tickets as well as other fantastic benefits. To find out more, click HERE.
Fabio and Grooverider are coming to Manchester for a huge night of drum & bass
It will be their first time playing in the city alongside The Outlook Orchestra
Jungle legend Fabio and his longtime right-hand man Grooverider are coming to Manchester for one huge night of drum & bass.
The pair were at the forefront of the drum & bass scene as it exploded and developed their sound and partnership, playing at raves up and down the country, as it evolved into the globally-known genre it has become today.
The godfathers of the drum & bass have reinvented themselves and moved with the scene from where it all began in the acid house era, to their hugely influential London club night Rage at Heaven.
Widely recognised as the pioneers of the music they have been making their mark since 1988 and continue to be beacons in the underground scene.
The legendary duo are set to play at the Manchester Academy on Saturday, January 13th.
Playing alongside The Outlook Orchestra, together they will present a very special score celebrating a history of jungle and drum & bass.
Exploring classic anthems in ways never before experienced – sparking the imagination of generations of music lovers, the show will feature outstanding orchestral renditions of the scene’s most iconic and well-loved tracks.
Since its formation in 2017, The Outlook Orchestra has grown to be a force in its own right, collaborating with champions of sound system culture from across the globe and striving to drive the scene forward in new and exciting ways.
The gig will feature special appearances from Demolition Man, Jenna G, Kele Le Roq, Cleveland Watkiss and MC GQ.
Support on the night will be Manchester duo Northbase.
Guaranteed to be an unforgettable night, this unique musical experience will be a true celebration of the past, present and future of UK rave culture.
Fabio and Grooverider perform at the Manchester Academy, along with The Outlook Orchestra on Saturday January 13th. To book tickets, click HERE.