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Factory International bring FREE programme of events for Manchester Pride this weekend

Rainbow flags at the ready for a Bank Holiday weekend celebrating Pride!

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It’s Manchester Pride this weekend and to celebrate, Factory International are bringing a FREE programme of events happening in the city.

Manchester DJ, Producer, Curator and Artist, Mix-Stress, curates the first Factory Pride event at their new home, Aviva Studios where there will be plenty of things to see and do including live art, DJs, events and more. 

Kicking off on August 25th, the weekend will be a celebration of QTIBPOC (Queer Trans Intersex Black People and People of Colour), LGBTQIA+ and female DJs, allies and supporters. 

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It will be a thoroughly packed weekend shining the spotlight on local artists and giving platforms to talent from across Greater Manchester. The weekender is free to attend and everyone is invited to come along and discover the amazing artists on the bill.

There will be talks from the likes of vogue crew House of Blaque, poetry workshops, banner making and a huge amount of live music and DJ sets, kicking off from August 22nd. 

As well as sets from Shimrise, Roisin Walsh, Scapa, Queer Latifah, Veba, Sequinella, Jade Edwards, AJ Leroy, Good Afternoon and, of course, Mix-Stress herself. It’s all FREE to attend, and they’ve even turned the loos into a club.

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It’s all free to attend and everyone is invited to come along and discover the amazing artists on the bill.

The Line-up for Pride weekend is as follows:

Friday August 25th

  • 14:00-16:00: @good.afternoon.manchester takeover w/ @jus__t_____ & @chalkykaty
  • 16:00-19:00: Pride Banner Making Workshop w/ @soleil_dee
  • 19:00-22:30: @good.afternoon.manchester takeover w/ @jus__t_____ & @chalkykaty
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Saturday August 26th

  • 13:00-22:30: @_queerlatifah_ takeover w/ @kim_lana_black & special guest
  • 20:30-22:30: @sequinella_
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Sunday August 27th

  • 13:00-17:00: @ohitslavender @itsnickcharles & @jadelijadelijadeli
  • 17:30-18:15: @aj_leroy
  • 18:45-19:30: @aj_leroy
  • 19:30-22:30: @vebavixen & @djlaurajackson
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Monday August 28th

  • 13:00-16:30: @djduckdown @mix_stress & @jumpdeb
  • 14:30-16:30: Pride Poetry Workshop w/ @ruby_ramelize
  • 16:30-18:00: @dj_blackbetty & guest @micacoca
  • 18:00-19:30: @dj_blackbetty & guest @micacoca
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Mix-Stress says: “I have the pleasure of working with such a melting pot of DJs from across Greater Manchester and wanted to infuse established, new and emerging DJs together to create a week of variety, diversity and inclusion. 

“It’s important to me as a curator that we give a showcase that reflects local representational culture and music, really highlighting what Manchester has to offer from our beloved communities while always remembering the fundamentals of Pride.”

Factory Pride is free to attend. To find out more click HERE.

Aviva Studios, Water St, Manchester M3 4JQ. August 25th – 28th.

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New makers market with everything from dog accessories to house plants and jewellery coming to Manchester

Get this one in your diary!

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A brand new makers market is coming to Manchester this late May Bank Holiday weekend, with something for everyone.

Taking place at New Jackson – a new urban neighbourhood located at the southern gateway to the city – Manchester Made Market will be held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th.

Over the two days you’ll be able to browse a selection of local artisanal traders and small businesses from across the region.

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There’ll be everything, from food produce, homewares, crafts and creations to dog accessories, house plants, jewellery and homemade soap.

Among the traders will be Manchester and Cheshire-based florist and floral artists Dot & Flora, graphic artist Ablott MCR selling music prints, HGT with crochet fashion and homeware designs, and artisan candlemakers Leaves and Prickles.

Elsewhere, there will be essential oils and other treatments from Grounded Wellness, permanent jewellery from Sealed Links, and desserts from Cake With Heart.

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There will be plenty of street food options to keep you topped up while you shop, including The Wild Grill, Food Sorcery, Salvi’s and new favourite Medlock Canteen.


Neighbourhood Brew will be supplying some great drinks as well.

Supported by Renaker, the market is free, but you can upgrade your experience with a limited, free VIP ticket with access to the dedicated bar area.

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Manchester Flower Festival returns with tributes to Sarah Harding and Caroline Aherne

It’s taking place later this month!

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The legendary Manchester Flower Festival is returning to our city later this month, complete with pop-ups, installations and tributes to some local icons.

Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday, the event will be headlined by its ‘Floral Trail’.

This year’s theme is Manchester Icons, with a host of names past and present being honoured in flower form, including the late comedy legend Caroline Aherne, pop star Sarah Harding and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Collaborating with Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow, floral designer Liv Woodward will create a portrait of Caroline Aherne at the Floral Marquee on New Cathedral Street, using sustainably sourced plants and flowers.

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will be remembered in a ‘tribute garden’, sponsored by the AO Arena, with visitors able to donate to the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal by scanning the QR code at the display.

The homage to Pankhurst has been created by female-led Decordia, featuring an ornate wooden Manchester Town Hall-inspired planter with sashes, posters and colourful icons, alongside a wicker figure of the suffragette herself.

This can be found at the corner of Cross Street and King Street, adorned with purple, green and white plants – the colours of the suffragette movement.

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Other local legends will also be honoured with their own installations, including Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta and iconic Manchester brewery Boddingtons .

Fringe events will be taking place too, at locations including Northern Quarter art shop Fred Aldous, The Bridgewater Hall, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.

Selfridges Exchange Square, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala, Franco Manca, Grand Pacific Manchester and Urban Playground will also be taking part, with alfresco dining, festival-related dishes and cocktails.

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Now in its seventh year, the Flower Festival, which is put together by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with live entertainment, workshops, and arts and crafts markets.

It all happens from May 24th to May 27th – head over to the website HERE to find more information.

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Billie Eilish announces FOUR Manchester shows as part of world tour

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Pop star Billie Eilish is coming to Manchester, with four dates confirmed at the new Co-op Live arena.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning pop icon will be playing Manchester’s newest arena on July 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd, 2025.

The dates are part of a full world tour taking place next year, in the wake of Hit Me Hard And Soft, her fourth studio album which is due out on May 17th.

The full UK dates:

  • 7 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 8 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 10 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 11 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 13 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 14 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 16 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 17 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 19 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 20 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 22 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 23 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester


Presale tickets go live tomorrow, Tuesday April 30th, at 12pm and are exclusive for Co-op members only.

To become a Co-op member, click HERE, and enjoy exclusive benefits.

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