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NEW OPENING: An Ibiza-style bar and restaurant from the creators of Ramona is coming to Ancoats

The brains behind Ramona are bringing the vibes of Ibiza and California to Ancoats

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We’re all aware that throughout the last few months, Ancoats’ resident Detroit-style pizzeria and margarita bar, Ramona, has boomed in popularity – so we can expect some seriously good stuff from their next venture.

The latest offering from the team is ‘The Firehouse’, which will take residency directly next door to Ramona in a renovated former warehouse.

Expected to boast a 250 person capacity, The Firehouse will take inspiration from the teams’ travels to Ibiza and California; epic yet intimate places they didn’t want to leave.

The Firehouse

While its sister venue has become famous for dishing up slabs of pizza and marvellously salty margs, The Firehouse will be taking on a somewhat different vibe with the help of its ‘Slow Fires Open Kitchen’, which will take on cooking techniques used by Chef and Owner Daniel Mullen.

Diners can expect small rustic plates coal-roasted and blistered over an open flame, alongside incredible baked goods and a weekend brunch menu. Diners will also be able to eat next to the woodfire kitchen chefs in the exclusive Open Table, where they can get the full Slow Fires experience.

And as for the tipples?

The Firehouse

Well, The Firehouse’s bar will be specialising in the wild spirits of Latin America – we’re talking tequila, mezcal, pisco, rum and cachaça. Agavé, the primary ingredient in all of these spirits, is the inspiration behind the bar’s selection – to this very day, the plant is still cooked in fire pits and slow fires from three to thirty days.

It’s these slow, real processes that inspire the Firehouse bar team and define the offering overall.

Wild spirits provide the base for the fresh fruit cocktail menu, where bar duo Jonny Brown and Mike Cartledge will be shaking up fresh infusions, syrups and shrubs to compliment the cocktails.

Everything, from the toasted coconut flake infused pisco, the jalapeno shrub, and the charred pineapple agave, takes time and everything is made by hand.

The Firehouse

The venue’s co-owner, Adelaide Winters, said on the new venture: “The Firehouse has been an idea of ours for a long time, inspired after spending summers in California and Ibiza. The sort of places that we just never wanted to leave.

“Intimate, yet epic and all lovingly made. Where everything is enticing, the welcome, the food, the music, the drinks. All the best it can be. For everyone. We just wanted to open somewhere that gives the sort of experience we’re after when we go out.”

The Firehouse will be an all day venue open Thursday – Friday from 12pm-12am, and at the weekend from 10am til late – it’s set to kick off this weekend with a soft launch from Friday to Sunday.

Make sure to follow The Firehouse’s official Instagram account for updates and official opening dates.

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N-Dubz are reuniting with new music and a huge Manchester gig

Nearly a decade on, N-Dubz are back…

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N-Dubz are making a much-awaited comeback ten years after their split with a new single and nationwide arena tour.

The trio rose to fame in 2007 with hits like ‘I Need You’, ‘Ouch’ and ‘Playing With Fire’, but announced their split just a few years later in 2011, with singer Tulisa Contostavlos blaming bandmate Dappy for being the reason of the break up.

But now, over a decade on, it has been announced that the band are making their comeback with their new single ‘Charmer’, set to be premiered on BBC 1 Xtra on Thursday evening.

A spokesperson for the band said: “‘Charmer’ is instantly recognisable as an N-Dubz song, featuring their trademark storytelling via the slick raps of Dappy and Fazer, alongside the sassy vocals of Tulisa.”

And along with the news of their new single, it has also been announced that N-Dubz will be embarking upon a nationwide arena tour, with them scheduled to play ten shows across the UK, including at Manchester’s AO Arena.

Speaking of the tour, a source close to the band told The Sun: “It’s going to be massive. They have seen all the success other groups have enjoyed coming back and want a piece of the action.

“They have been trying things out in the studio for ages but finally things have fallen into place.”

The Back To The Future tour will begin on November 7th in Newcastle, and finish in Manchester on Saturday November 19th. 

Other locations during the tour include Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Friday May 20th. Get yours here.

N-Dubz consists of rappers Dappy, real name Costadinos Contostavlos, his cousin Tulisa Contostavlos and Fazer, real name Richard Rawson.

The band have won four Mobo awards, including best newcomer in 2007, Best Album and Best Act in 2009 and Best Song in 2010 and were nominated for the Brit award for Best British Single in 2010.

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The Manchester Day Parade is BACK for the first time in two years

The council are on the look out for a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help with the festivites

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Thousands of people will take to the streets next month as part of the iconic Manchester Day, a huge celebration of the city, its people and its culture.

After a two year hiatus thanks to the Covid pandemic, Manchester Day is set to make its grand return on Sunday June 19th, along with the legendary Manchester Day Parade, which will weave its way through the city throughout the day.

And in preparation for the big day, the council are now looking for ‘dedicated and enthusiastic’ volunteers to help bring the streets to life during the celebrations.

According to the council, volunteers will be right in the heart of the action, and will have behind-the-scenes access and a vital role in pulling off the Manchester Day celebrations.

Mark Waugh / Manchester City Council

Their responsibilities will include setting up the parade, helping visitors find their way across the event and assisting the creatives involved.

Volunteers will be positioned at various spots across the city, and will be assisted by a Team Leader who’ll be available to help them throughout the day.

Roles available include Wayfinding Volunteers, Participant Support Volunteers and Creative Volunteers to help ensure the parade runs smoothly.

The Chair of Manchester Day Councillor Pat Karney said on the return of the event: “It’s great that Manchester Day is returning to the city.

“Manchester Day’s success relies on the passion of our thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time each year. The day would not be the same without the enthusiasm of our army of volunteers. 

Mark Waugh / Manchester City Council

“I can’t wait to see people get involved in the parade – if this is your first Manchester Day, I can guarantee you’re going to love it!”

Manchester Day was created in 2010 with the aim to celebrate the city’s creativity and diversity, and has since become one of the North West’s flagship events of the summer.

Each year, the celebration welcomes 1,500 performers and artists from local communities and an audience of more than 60,000.

Manchester Day will take place on Sunday 19th June 2022. Applications to volunteer are open until 31st May. For more information on how to get involved, click here.

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The Lion King musical is finally coming back to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this year

After a postponed tour, The Lion King is finally coming back to Manchester…

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Disney’s multi award-winning musical The Lion King will be making its highly-anticipated return to Manchester this year.

The show was supposed to embark upon its UK tour last year but, thanks to various Covid restrictions still in force, it had no choice but to postpone.

But now, after a couple of date changes, it has been confirmed that The Lion King will enjoy a three-month residency at Manchester’s Palace Theatre this Autumn.

The Lion King

The production is made up of over fifty actors, singers and dancers, and uses over 200 life-size puppets to tell the iconic tale of Simba’s journey as he enters adulthood and reclaims his title as King.

The Lion King’s stage adaptation was initially brought to life by Julie Taymor in 1997 and has since gone on to become one of the most successful Broadway performances of all time, with it having twenty-five global productions performed in nine different languages.

The show has been watched by a global audience of over 100 million in over 100 cities in twenty countries – sixteen million here in the UK alone.

The Lion King

As a part of its UK & Ireland 2022 tour, The Lion King will be taking over Manchester’s Palace Theatre, located down Oxford Street, from October 27th, 2022 – December 24th, 2022.

The tickets for the show, which runs for two hours and thirty minutes, are priced from £20, and are on sale now.

Get your tickets here.

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