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Manchester Craft Beer Festival reveals food line-up with new open fire pit BBQs

Quite the way to soak up all that beer…



The Manchester Craft Beer Festival is making its grand return this summer with a whole new dining concept in tow.

The annual festival, which made its debut in Depot Mayfield last year, will be showcasing a whole host of the North West’s best young chef talent as a part of its newly unveiled food line up. 

On hand to soak up the copious amount of beer consumed across the weekend will be a brand new open fire pit feasting concept courtesy of The Fire Pits, which will host a series of guests chefs and live fire specialists across the weekend.

On the Friday, the pits will welcome Tom Bray from Country Fire Kitchen, with Ronnie Aronica from Bench and Sam Grainger from Belzan taking over on the Saturday.

From the Ashes BBQ

From The Ashes BBQ will have their own dedicated fire pit across the full weekend.

Pitmasters From The Ashes BBQ specialise in whole animal butchery, and the ‘holy trinity’ of smoke, fat and flavour on live fire. 

Guests can expect a comforting and delicious menu, varying from low smoked pork shoulder encased in handmade doughnuts to the BBQ classics like meaty beef ribs and crisp beef fat potatoes. 

Also confirmed on the line up for this year’s Manchester Craft Beer Festival is Chorlton’s celebrated Jerk Junction, who will be serving up Jamaican classics such as rice ‘n’ peas, jerk chicken and curry goat, all of which are prepared daily in their on-site jerk house and cooked in a jerk drum.

From the Ashes BBQ

The Northern Quarter’s Chakalaka will also be in attendance across the weekend, serving authentic South African dishes such as Bunnychow – Durban curry inside a hollowed out loaf of bread – Boerewors and Biltong. 

These traders will be joined by a stellar line-up of over thirty world class breweries, both local and global.

Representing Manchester will be local brewing legends Manchester Union, Black Jack Track, Marble, Pomona Island and Beatnikz.

Breweries from further afield will also be in attendance across the weekend, including Scotland’s Moonwake and Vault City, Norfolk’s Duration and East Sussex’s Beak.

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Turning Point, UnBarred, Hackney Brewery, Siren, Double-Barrelled, Dark Star, Full Circle, Mondo, Timothy Taylors, North Brew Co., Brixton, Brew York, Vocation, Pastore, Alpha Delta, The Kernel and Burnt Mill are also confirmed, plus Czech’s celebrated Budvar.

A number of acts have been secured to provide music and entertainment across the weekend too, with headliners including the king of jungle Goldie, one of the finest and most respected DJs in the world Norman Jay MBE and dance and indie legend David Holmes.

Each ticket gives guests entry for a five-hour session on the Friday or Saturday, and includes ALL beer and a special festival beer glass. 

The Manchester Craft Beer Festival is scheduled to take over Depot Mayfield from July 22nd – July 23rd 2022. There will be three sessions across the two days:
Friday – 6pm – 11pm
Saturday – 11:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday – 6pm – 11pm

Tickets are on sale NOW, so get them here.

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A Kate Bush club night is coming to Manchester

The singer was catapulted back to stardom after her song featured in the fourth season of Stranger Things



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Manchester will soon welcome a club night dedicated to Kate Bush following her explosive return to the UK charts.

The singer recently gained a whole new fan base after her 1985 track ‘Running Up That Hill’ featured in the fourth season of Netflix’s smash hit series Stranger Things.

Shortly after the release of the series last month, the song was catapulted to number one in the UK charts, thirty-seven-years after its original release – when it only reached number three. 

Over a month on from the Stranger Things hysteria, Kate Bush continues to dominate the charts, with the likes of Harry Styles, Drake and Lizzo being unable to knock her from the number one spot. 

So to continue the hype appropriately, a club night dedicated to all things Kate Bush will be taking over a venue in Manchester later this year.

The Wuthering Nights club night – named appropriately after the 1978 track – describes itself as a ‘Kate Bush disco’, and hosts events around the country for fans of the singer to come together and experience her music in a whole new way.

The club night has confirmed it will be taking over Manchester’s Gorilla in October, as well as another venue in London. 

The organisers say of their upcoming events: “Get ready to exchange the experience with hundreds of Kate Bush fans in the magical surroundings of Gorilla as we romp through Kate’s back catalogue with an overuse of smoke machines, visuals and camp re-enactments of Kate’s expressive dancing.

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“Dressing up in your best Bush get-up is encouraged, slip on your red shoes, stick some ivy in your hair, raid the charity shop for that billowy dress and come and live out your inner Kate fantasy for us.”

Throughout the event, there will be prizes handed out to the best-dressed party-goers, as well as free souvenirs (including a pair of Kate Bush-themed knickers, apparently).

DJs Christopher Dresden Styles (Pop Curious) and Beardre Barlow (Bollox) will also be on duty to play the singer’s best hits across the evening. 

Wuthering Nights: Kate Bush After Dark is coming to Gorilla on Saturday October 8th from 11pm until late. Get tickets here. 


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You can watch Love Island with bottomless pornstar martinis at this Manchester bar

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In case you’ve been living under a rock these last few weeks, Love Island is once again back on our screens.

Love it or hate you can’t avoid it, and if you are one of the people who’s into the ITV2 dating series then we’ve got some very good news for you.

One bar in the city centre has launched a new deal where you can get bottomless booze while you watch Love Island live.

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Shack in the Northern Quarter has decided to start screening the show live alongside bottomless cocktails and fizz every Wednesday evening.

Located on High Street, the bar will be hosting weekly Love Island screenings – and you can order yourself and your pals some food from their selection of massive sharing platters.

These come stuffed with sliders, wraps and fries, and are the perfect way to soak up all that bottomless booze.

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There’s two drinks options for you to choose from:

Bottomless Drinks for £20pp

This options includes Prosecco, Mimosas, Bellinis, Coors, Corona, Red Stripe, Aspall Cider, Shack Fruit Cider.

Bottomless Drinks for £25pp

This one includes all of the above plus: Pornstar Martinis, Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris, House Spirit & Mixer (Gin, Vodka, Spiced & Dark Rum, Excludes Red Bull).

So don’t bother watching Love Island all on your own at home, make a proper event out of it and enjoy it alongside bottomless drinks and some seriously good sharers.

Get yourself booked in here.

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Blue to headline Blackpool Illuminations switch-on concert

The concert comes ahead of the boy band’s major arena tour



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Blue have been announced as the headlining act for the Blackpool Illuminations switch-on concert later this year.

The boy band – made up of members Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webb – will perform at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Friday September 2nd, just days before the release of their new album ‘Heart & Soul’ on September 9th.

The concert comes ahead of a major arena tour, with dates scheduled in December for locations such as Manchester AO Arena, Liverpool M&S Bank Arena and Leeds First Direct Arena.

Singer-songwriter Tom Grennan will be joining the band on the lineup for the switch-on concert, with more talent to be announced in the coming weeks.

The concert will also welcome a 2,000-strong audience, which will be made up of the winners of a free-to-enter ballot.

The ballot will be split equally between Blackpool residents and visitors with a maximum of four tickets per person. The ballot will close this Friday, July 1st. 

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A VisitBlackpool spokesperson said of the concert: “We are thrilled to announce that Blue will be part of this year’s Switch-On concert line-up.

“They are one of the most successful and best-loved bands this country has seen over the past twenty years and we cannot wait to see them perform in the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom.”

The annual Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On event is one of the biggest in Blackpool’s calendar, and was moved indoors during 2020 and 2021 due to Covid restrictions.

However, the indoor event proved to be a huge success, and will be repeated for a third successive year, this time with a full-capacity audience in the ballroom.

Last year’s Switch-On concert saw Shirley Ballas, the head judge of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, pulled the famous switch infront of a global audience of more than 160,000.

You can enter the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-on Concert audience ballot here.

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