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Jason Manford to play intimate one-off gig at Oast House to raise money for Cancer Research UK

The gig will be raising money for Cancer Research UK

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Comedian Jason Manford is set to headline a charity event at The Oast House next year.

‘Howl for the Bowel’ will be in memory of Manford’s long-time friend Michelle Mullane – a former XFM and Key 103 radio presenter who passed away on Christmas Eve 2020 from bowel cancer at the age of fifty.

Salford-born Manford first met the radio host over a decade ago when she invited him onto her show, Michelle Around Midnight to chat about his up-and-coming comedy career.

To this day, the comedian still credits Michelle with giving him his first big break on the airwaves and helping him to carve out a successful career in comedy.

He said: “Michelle was such a dear friend and helped me before I was anyone.

“She gave a lot of comedians their first chance of being on the radio and all my times I spent with her I only remember laughter. So it feels fitting to help put this show together in her honour.”

The show will take the format of a festival-style event, with an exciting line-up in store which will include resident DJs, musicians and a number of special guests. 

The event – which was originally scheduled for 2020 – was actually Michelle’s idea, however, it was forced to be rescheduled at the hands of the pandemic. 

Michelle’s daughter, Liv Winter said: “I am thrilled to be able to announce my mum’s pride and joy – Howl for the Bowel. She worked extremely hard on this event despite being so poorly and I am honoured to continue her legacy. The fact it’s happening on her birthday makes it even more poignant.

“My mum made me promise the event would go ahead no matter what, so this big announcement is for her. Everyone involved in this project wants to make my mum proud, so we can’t wait to reveal the rest of the line-up over the coming year.”

The event is penciled in for April 18th, 2022 and tickets are now on sale, with prices starting at £35pp. All profits made from ticket sales and fundraising will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

You can buy your own tickets here.

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There’s a huge free beer festival happening in Manchester this weekend

There will be 42 beers from 14 of Manchester’s finest breweries on offer across the weekend

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Love a good pint? 

Whether you’re partial to a sour beer, if IPA is your go-to tipple or you prefer to keep it simple with a nice cold pint of lager, The Big Pour MCR is here to celebrate beer in all of its glory with the help of Manchester’s best breweries.

Coming to Ancoats’ The Crown & Kettle this weekend for four days, the festival is completely free to attend and will be hosting some fourteen of the finest breweries our city has to offer. 

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Familiar favourites such as Seven Brothers, the Alphabet Brewing Company, Manchester Union Brewery, and ShinDigger will all be making an appearance across the long weekend, as will other local gems such as Squawk Brewing Company, Track Brewery and Wander Beyond Brewing.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – some seriously decent scran will be needed to soak up all of this beer, won’t it? 

Well, Mira will be in attendance throughout the four-day long event and will be dishing up classic Napoli inspired dishes such as cuzzetiello sandwiches, pizza bites and fries – the perfect food to be washed down with a cold pint. 

There will also be a good old fashioned game of bingo (beer themed, of course) courtesy of the Instagram sensation, Pints of Manchester

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Fancy it?

The Big Pour Mcr will be taking place at The Crown & Kettle from Thursday September 30th to Sunday October 3rd and is completely FREE to attend. So just turn up and have a lovely time, alright?

For more information, visit the official Big Pour Mcr Instagram account here.

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The Manchester Art Fair is back and you can get FREE tickets today

Pieces from world renown artists like Banksy will be up for grabs across the weekend

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Manchester Art Fair

One of the UK’s most ambitious art fairs is coming back to Manchester this year and you can get your hands on free tickets for the exclusive event TODAY.

After a brief hiatus last year, the White Circle Manchester Art Fair is back with a bang and it is boasting a fantastic line up of both modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, photography and limited edition prints from a selection of some of the worlds most acclaimed galleries and artists.

Art work by world-renown artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and Banksy will be available to purchase at the weekend-long event, as it will from some of the UK’s finest like Saul Hay, Laura Jordan and Ian Rayer-Smith… So start getting your pennies saved up.

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Plenty of Manchester’s favourite artists will also be in attendance throughout the weekend, including Saul Hay Gallery (Castle Street), Contemporary Six (Princess Street), Hot Bed Press (Cow Lane), Simone Ridyard with her urban sketches and the wonderfully raw expressive paintings of Ian Rayer Smith.

But perhaps the most talked about aspect of this year’s fair is the booming market of the ever-so mysterious NFTs – Non-Fungible Tokens. White Circle Manchester Art Fair will demystify the world of NFTs, with advice on purchasing, the link to cryptocurrency, and a selection
of exhibitors in the fair selling exclusive NFTs.

Fair Director Sophie Helm said, “We are really excited to part of bringing live art events back to the city with White Circle Manchester Art Fair in November supporting the city’s cultural recovery. Our audience of art lovers will be able to buy art from over 130 galleries and artists who will be exhibiting at the fair over the weekend, as well as well learning more about NFTs.”

Manchester Art Fair

Sarah Maskell, Founder of White Circle, added: “The opportunity to support Manchester Art Fair has been the most amazing collaboration. As we open up offices and public spaces to celebrate the role culture plays in our environment, this event is an integral part of that journey.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to help continue the support the show gives artists in reaching people, sharing their talents and the joy art brings to our community.”

The fair opens with a launch night at Manchester Central on Friday November 19th
from 5-9pm, followed by public admission the following days on Saturday November 20th, 10am-6pm and Sunday November 21st, 10am –5pm.

And guess what? For today only, you lovely Proper Manchester readers can get tickets for the event for FREE. Click here to get yours.

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The UK’s largest indoor Christmas theme park is coming back to Manchester after four years

Christmas 2021 is going to be a good one…

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Winter Wonderland

After a four year hiatus, the UK’s largest indoor Christmas theme park is making its grand return to Manchester. 

The iconic Winter Wonderland will be coming home to Trafford’s indoor venue EventCity to celebrate the 2021 festivities with magical Christmas experiences such as reindeer, elves, fairies and even Father Christmas and his famous grotto.

There will also be a number of child-friendly theatrical performances taking place on the main stage with daily performances ideal for the whole family, including shows like the Ice Princess Show, Christmas Meltdown and the return of Winter Wonderland’s spectacular Christmas Circus.

Winter Wonderland

And it wouldn’t be a Christmas bonanza without an abundance of festive food, would it? From German bratwursts to waffles and crepes, plus lots of Christmassy games stalls to keep the kids happily entertained, there’ll be something for everyone to feast upon.

Elsewhere, a German bar will also serving up fresh Bavarian beers and other festive drinks and adult refreshments.

Speaking on the grand return, Winter Wonderland’s organisers Tammy and Billy Silcock of Kingpin Events said: “We are absolutely delighted to be returning to Manchester this Christmas after a four-year gap, after the last eighteen months we all need to create magical memories with our families, and we hope the return of the event will spread joy across the region.

“And, as a special thank you for the hard work of our NHS and Armed Forces, we are introducing reduced ticket prices on specific days throughout the run.”

Winter Wonderland

Tickets for the event are now on sale now and are priced at £29.50 for adults and children off-peak, and £35 at peak times. OAPs are priced at £20 and £27.50 while those under the age of three can visit for free at any time. 

Located at Event City next door to the Intu Trafford Centre, Winter Wonderland will be running from Saturday December 4th 2021 to Sunday January 2nd 2022.

To book your own tickets and for more information about the event, click here.

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