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Manchester institution Joshua Brooks is reopening this month after huge £200K revamp

Joshua Brooks is making the mother of all comebacks later this month

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One of the city’s most iconic nightclub venues, Joshua Brooks is set to reopen following a massive £200K refurbishment.

Joshua Brooks first landed on the Manchester nightlife scene in 1993 when it played host to the Chemical Brothers’ first ever residency in the rainy city.

Over the years, the venue has welcomed a whole host of house and techno giants to its brick basement, ultimately earning itself the title as one of the most iconic nightclubs in not only Manchester, but the whole country.

Amid the Covid-19 lockdown, however, the venue was forced to close its doors and was eventually bought out by new owners, Jorge Meehan and Brian Murphy, an entrepreneurial pair renowned in the industry for owning and operating venues such as Wile Out Festival, Southern Sunset Festival, Social Avenue, and Acropolis.

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With over twenty years of combined experience, Meehan and Murphy have been throwing their expert attention into breathing new life into Joshua Brooks, bringing the historic venue back to its former glory with an extensive ‘back to brick’ refit.

So, what’s the vision for the ‘new’ Joshua Brooks?

Well, the new-look venue will be a one-stop-party shop for musically minded Mancunians, say the owners, combining drinking, dining and dancing from dusk until dawn. By day, the revamped bar will be a home-from-home for the city’s workers, featuring comfortable seating, exposed brickwork and all of the nostalgic charm for which the venue was known.

It will also be gaining a brand new outdoor terrace, where guests can enjoy ‘al fresco’ drinks as they watch the world go by. For those wanting a taste of the classic Joshua Brooks, however, their brick basement will also be returning, and will continue to host the best house, techno and funk DJs Manchester has to offer.

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There is also the addition of an on-site food kitchen courtesy of Cubanitos. Well known at festivals across the country, this camper van-food kitchen hybrid will be permanently parked up in Joshua Brooks, offering tantalising Cuban street food from 12 pm-11 pm every day.

Speaking about the exciting reopening, new co-owner Jorge Meehan said: “We are so excited to reopen the doors to Joshua Brooks.

“When we found out it was no longer returning as a club, we felt compelled to take the project on so Manchester did not lose yet another clubbing institution. We have so much love for the space after running events there for over seven years, and we are so proud to be able to open up once again with the new additions of the kitchen, the terrace and, of course, some of the world’s finest DJs.”

The revamped venue will be reopening to the public on Friday July 23rd, playing host to Darius Syrossian – House DJ Mark Knight will follow on Saturday July 24th.

Tickets are priced from £8 – get yours here.

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The magical Harry Potter Forbidden Forest experience is now open and it looks incredible

A truly spell-binding experience (pun fully intended)

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Calling all Harry Potter fans: An enchanting forest trail inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter has officially open in Cheshire.

Warner Brothers Themed Entertainment has teamed up with Thinkwell to bring the Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience to the UK, with it usually taking place in the United States.

And luckily for us here in the North West, the immersive attraction is located in the beautiful woodlands at Arley Hall & Gardens – just a thirty minute drive from Manchester – and has been giving fans of the magical franchise the unique chance to experience the world of Harry Potter for themselves. 

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Visitors have been making their way through the magical woodland via an illuminated path on which they will discover not only a whole array of surprises, but some of their favourite moments from the books and the films such as Mr. Weasley’s temperamental flying car and Hagrid’s pet Hippogriff, Buckbeak. 

After watching the beautiful forest come to life, visitors can then go on to enjoy a wide range of food and drinks at the nearby village – as well as a pint of Butterbeer, of course – before browsing in the on-site shop for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise to take home.

Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros Themed Entertainment, said: “The Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience offers fans a new way to enjoy some of the most iconic and magical wizarding world moments.

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“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Thinkwell to bring this incredible light trail to life at Arley Hall & Gardens, a perfect location where the natural beauty of the forest trail and illuminated sets filled with familiar creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, will make for a magical experience for fans of all ages.”

The trail follows a one-way route through the gardens, and is also fully accessible to all. It is also Covid secure in adherence with the latest Government safety guidelines.

Harry Potter: A Forbiden Forest Experience will be at Arley Hall & Gardens until November 22nd – grab tickets here.

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The legendary Haçienda Classical night is returning to Warehouse Project next month

Proper Manchester readers can get an exclusive price on tickets too…

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For the first time in two years, the iconic orchestral club night Haçienda Classical is returning to The Warehouse Project. 

The famed Depot Mayfield club night will be hosting the critically acclaimed music series, which sees an experimental orchestra reinterpret seminal dance classics alongside DJ Graeme Park, Manchester Camerata and a number of other special musical guests such as the AMC Choir, who will perfectly blend both House and Gospel. 

Hacienda Classical’s last residency at Depot Mayfield in 2019 was widely regarded as one of the best nights of the year among the city’s clubbers so the demand for this year’s show, which is scheduled for Saturday November 13th, has been rife. 

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Haçienda Classical will again include orchestral renditions of much loved classic club records from The Haçienda’s heritage, while also bringing new additions and arrangements of seminal tracks to the set.

The Warehouse Project show comes as part of Haçienda Classical’s nation-wide tour, which has included sell-out shows at Manchester’s iconic gig location Castlefield Bowl and the Printworks in London.

DJ Graeme Park said on the return of the iconic club night: “After a year of frustration, I’m excited that Haçienda Classical is back to thrill the nation with positivity and love.

“I’ve never been more ready to return to the stage with the whole crew to share the joy with some big new songs as well as some massive favourites too. I’m pretty sure the country is ready to share the love too.”

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Musical director Tim Crooks added: “I’ve spent the past year thinking how incredible the post-lockdown gigs will feel, and the long wait is finally over. I can’t wait to feel the noise and see that pent-up energy explode. It’s going to be something very, very special.”

And, as an exclusive treat, all you lovely Proper Manchester readers will be able to get your hands on tickets at a special price of £25pp. Don’t say we don’t treat you. 

The show will take place on Saturday November 13th and tickets are on sale NOW – get yours with the special price offer here

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NEW OPENING: A huge hotel with free cocktails and pet-friendly bedrooms is coming to Manchester

Moxy Hotels will be bringing its ‘play and stay’ concept to Manchester

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A massive new hotel coming to Spinningfields next month promises to provide ‘affordable fun’ accommodation in the elusive neighbourhood. 

The Moxy Manchester City Hotel, a Marriott concept from KE Hotels, which has hotels located in North America, Asia and Europe, will be transforming Invicta House into a luxury new accommodation complex, complete with 146 bedrooms and a cocktail bar, all while preserving the building’s eighteenth century charm.

Moxy Hotels stray from the typical routine adopted by most hotels; rather than arriving at a traditional check-in desk guests will instead be sent straight to the bar, where they will receive their room key alongside a complimentary cocktail on the house.

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Their Manchester venture will stand at nine storeys tall, with the rooms including state-of-the-art features such as walk-in showers, TVs with Netflix, motion-activated LED lights, plush platform beds, workspaces and lounge chairs.

Each room will also be pet friendly, in case you needed any more convincing.

Over on the food and drink front, Bar Moxy will be dishing up a mix of cocktails, beers and wines alongside a selection of tasty small plates. There will also be a barista counter serving snacks and drinks twenty-four hours a day.

Director at KE Hotels Anil Khanna said on the new Manchester venture: “Moxy Manchester City will be a new playground for the neighbourhood and city.

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“Our play and stay concept is a new way of travelling, designed to give guests everything they want at an affordable price.

“Located in the city’s vibrant Spinningfields district, Moxy Manchester City won’t take itself too seriously, but it is serious about showing guests a good time. We have smartly spaced rooms, stylish communal areas that are ideal for work and meetings, and a new cool bar for the city.

“We wanted the design of the building to fuse together traditional and contemporary – the exterior is stunning and something very unique, whilst the hotel’s interior will feature nods towards the building’s industrial past.”

Moxy Manchester City will open on Atkinson Street in Spinningfields in November. Visit the Moxy Hotels website for more information.

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