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Paddy McGuinness announces first stand-up comedy tour in eight years

He’s coming to Greater Manchester in his first tour since 2016!

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Paddy McGuinness has announced his first stand-up comedy tour in eight years and he’s coming to Greater Manchester.

The Bolton-born comedian, best known for his roles in Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy, and  The Keith and Paddy Picture Show, will perform his Nearly There tour on 40 dates at selected venues around the UK in 2024 and 2025.

McGuinness is a much-loved presence on British TV, presenting primetime shows such as Take Me Out and BBC’s Top Gear, as well as having previously sold out hundreds of venues across the country on his stand-up tours. 

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In 2021 he released his acclaimed autobiography My Lifey, and is now raring and ready to get back to where he belongs – on stage, making people laugh, with his hotly anticipated show.

Paddy said: “It’s been eight years since my last tour and there’s lots of things to laugh about!

“I’m looking forward to getting back in front of a live audience, along with running the gauntlet of cancel culture, click bait and fake news!”

Tickets go on sale Friday December 8th at 10am, book yours by clicking HERE.

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Paddy McGuinness will perform his Nearly There tour to venues around the UK next year on the following dates:

Thursday October 24th 2024     Blackburn King Georges              

Friday October 25th 2024          Sunderland Empire        

Saturday October 26th 2024      Hull Connexin Live         

Thursday Oct 31st 2024             Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre            

Friday November 1st 2024         Leicester De Montfort Hall         

Sunday November 3rd 2024       Milton Keynes Theatre 

Thursday November 27th 2024  Middlesbrough Town Hall          

Friday November 8th 2024         Dunfermline Alhambra

Saturday November 9th 2024     Dundee Caird Hall          

Sunday November 10th 2024      Aberdeen Music Hall    

Thursday November 14th 2024   Leeds Grand Theatre     

Friday November 15th 2024        Leeds Grand Theatre     

Saturday November 16th 2024    Glasgow SEC Armadillo

Sunday November 17th 2024       Edinburgh Usher Hall    

Friday November 22nd 2024        Bradford St Georges Hall            

Saturday November 13rd 2024     Stoke-On-Trent Regent Theatre

Sunday November 25th 2024        Oxford New Theatre     

Thursday November 28th 2024     Halifax Victoria Theatre

Friday November 29th 2024          Sheffield City Hall

Saturday November 30th 2024      Newcastle O2 City Hall 

Sunday December 1st 2024           Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

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The tour will continue on the following dates in 2025:

Thursday February 13th 2025        Truro Hall for Cornwall

Friday February 14th 2025             Swansea Arena

Saturday February 15th 2025         Cardiff New Theatre      

Thursday February 20th 2025        Ipswich Regent

Friday February 21st 2025             Southend Cliffs Pavilion              

Sunday February 23rd 2025          Dartford Orchard Theatre

Friday February 28th 2025            Birmingham Alexandra Theatre

Saturday March 1st 2025            Wolverhampton The Civic at The Halls

Sunday March 2nd 2025          Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thursday March 6th 2025          Eastbourne Congress Theatre   

Saturday March 8th 2025            Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Sunday March 9th 2025          Torquay Princess Theatre           

Thursday March 13th 2025          Bath Forum       

Friday March 14th 2025             London Palladium          

Thursday March 20th 2025          York Barbican   

Friday March 21st 2025             Scunthorpe Baths Hall

Sunday March 23rd 2025          Stockton Globe

Friday March 28th 2025             Salford Lowry Lyric Theatre

Saturday March 29th 2025            Blackpool Opera House

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LS Lowry’s Sunday Afternoon painting to go on public display for first time in 57 years

It will go on display for the first time in 57 years before it goes to auction

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LS Lowry’s painting Sunday Afternoon is to go on public display for the first time in 57 years.

The painting, worth more than £4 million will go on display in Christie’s London on March 13th before it goes to auction on March 20th.

Lowry, who was born in Stretford in 1887, painted industrial districts in Greater Manchester and around the North West. He mainly depicted Salford in his works.

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Laurence Stephen Lowry’s Sunday Afternoon illustrates a densely populated industrial landscape, which shows what Lowry described as the ‘battle of life’. 

Before his death in 1976 at the age of 88, Lowry produced more than 1,000 artworks.

Auctioneers expect the painting to go for between £4 million and £6 million at the Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale on March 20th.

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The artwork was previously sold at the Christies in 1967 for a ‘record price’ and was obtained from the collection of Keith Showering, who was a former chief executive of Europe’s biggest drinks business Allied Breweries.

Phillip Harley, senior director at Christie’s, said: “Sunday Afternoon by LS Lowry will return to the public eye at Christie’s for the first time since it was last seen here 57 years ago.

“This important painting has remained in the collection of Sir Keith and Lady Showering since 1967, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acquire a work of this magnitude and scale.

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“The composition represents the wonder the artist felt as he recorded his many observations of the evolving society around him.

“We are thrilled to bring Sunday Afternoon back to auction in the Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale. We look forward to welcoming our clients and visitors alike to view the painting when it goes on free display in London on 13 March.”

LS Lowry’s Sunday Afternoon will go on public display at the Christie’s London from March 13th to 20th.

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Justin Timberlake announces Manchester show as part of huge world tour

Timberlake will bring his tour to Manchester’s huge new music arena in August 2024

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Justin Timberlake has announced the much anticipated European and UK leg of his momentous The Forget Tomorrow World Tour – and he’s coming to Manchester.

The ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘SexyBack’ and ‘Rock Your Body’ hitmaker will perform live on stage at the huge brand new indoor music arena Co-op Live this summer.

Timberlake will tour at three UK arenas including Utilita Arena, Birmingham on August 7th, Co-op Live, Manchester on August 8th and The O2, London on August 11th 2024.

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Fans can expect to dance along to their all-time favourite Timberlake hits along with songs from his forthcoming new album Everything I Thought It Was such as ‘Selfish’ and his latest single ‘Drown’ out now. 

His sixth studio album Everything I Thought It Was will be out on March 15th.

Last month, Timberlake dropped his single and music video ‘Selfish’, which garnered over 57 million worldwide streams and over 14 million views on YouTube. 

The former Disney and NSYNC star also made a special musical guest performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, where he performed his single ‘Selfish’ and ‘Sanctified’, featuring Tobe Nwigwe.

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Throughout his career, Justin Timberlake has sold over 54 million albums and 63 million singles globally, and a further 70 million records as the lead vocalist of NSYNC.

He’s won ten GRAMMY Awards across the pop, dance and R&B genres, including his successful solo albums Man of the Woods, The 20/20 Experience, FutureSex/LoveSounds, and his debut solo album, Justified – as well as his collaborations with Jay-Z.

Co-op Live – Europe’s most sustainable music-first arena – is edging closer to its official opening in April this year, when a diverse range of global superstars will head to Manchester.

Expected to be the busiest UK arena opening season ever, Co-op Live will host 25 shows within its first month of opening. 

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A joint venture between Oak View Group and City Football Group and backed by pop-singer Harry Styles, Co-op Live has been designed to transform the live music experience for both artists and fans and is set to host some of the biggest acts from around the globe.

Co-op Members will be first in-line with exclusive access to presale tickets along with other exclusive benefits. 

Presale tickets to see Justin Timberlake perform at Co-op Live in Manchester this August will be available at 10am on February 28th, 2024. You can get presale tickets by signing up to be a Co-op Member HERE.

General onsale tickets go live at 10am on March 1st.

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Europe’s biggest Irish Festival returns to Manchester with live music and epic parade

Come along for the craic!

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The Manchester Irish Festival celebrating the culture and heritage of the Emerald Isle is set to descend on the city again next month.

Ten days of Irish revelry will take over the city from March 8th-17th, shining a light on its vibrant community and flooding the city with live music and dancing, including the ‘best St Patrick’s Day celebrations outside of Ireland’. 

Manchester’s Irish Festival is Europe’s biggest Irish festival, hosting 200 events across the city including a lively pop-up festival village, a legendary parade with more than 30 colourful and impressive floats featuring dancers and bands, through to a 12-hour St Patrick’s Day party. 

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With so many activities and events available, here are the top 10 you won’t want to miss: 

  • The Irish Parade

The Irish World Heritage Centre will once again provide the starting point for this year’s Irish Parade, happening on March 10th from 12pm. 

The parade will return to its full glory, with incredible floats featuring hundreds of people showcasing the culture, heritage, sounds and joy of the Manchester Irish community. 

Local organisations and communities will be flying their county flags and Manchester’s vast array of Irish dance teams will dazzle spectators with glittering costumes, as marching bands bring the sounds of the Emerald Isle to the streets of Manchester.

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The route will see the parade – sponsored by local Irish construction group Blue Central – travel along Cheetham Hill Road, to the AO Arena, passing Manchester Fort, before turning around, and heading back to the Irish World Heritage Centre – lasting approximately two hours. 

  • Irish Festival Village

All roads lead to the Irish Festival Village – filled with vibrant pop-up venues on St Ann’s Square, all taking place under a huge tent.

Visitors can expect the best of live Irish music, a huge screen showing Ireland’s Six Nations games, Manchester’s creamiest pint of Guinness and mouth watering Irish-themed food. The Irish Festival Village launches on the 8th March and will run right up to St Patrick’s Day, on March 17th.

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  • Ceili-Cise

This Ceili-Cise dancing class for adults promises a fun and friendly atmosphere for beginners. Based in Levenshulme’s Klondyke, anyone can join this event which will take place from 5:30pm on March 11th. 

  • St Patrick’s Day at O’Sheas

Manchester’s iconic Irish bar is back with a huge day of shenanigans for St Patrick’s Day. Entry during the day is free with their famous Irish Breakfast served from 10am and the very best of live music throughout the day from Lochin, Joe Keegan and Green Hot Clover. 

  • Damien Dempsey

After a triumphant run of sold out Summer dates across Ireland last year, Irish sensation, Damien Dempsey has announced a tour for March 2024 with dates in England and Scotland including performing at the Manchester Club Academy on Saturday, March 9th. 

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  • John McSherry Trio performance

Hailed as a ‘true master’ of music according to Irish Music Magazine, John McSherry will launch ‘Féile’, the live debut album of the John McSherry Trio. Watch them perform on March 17th, at 8pm at Band on the Wall. 

  • Palace Nightclub Reunion Quiz

This event is a reunion for Palace nightclub in Levenshulme that opened in 1989. The Irish Club hosted some of the biggest names in Irish Entertainment, and this quiz night will be hosted in Hennigan’s Sports Bar – just a stone’s throw away from the original nightclub. This will take place from 7pm on March 12th. 

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  • Irish National Studies Conference

Attend talks from social historians and more, providing a space to learn and network. Centred at the Irish World Heritage Centre from 9am, this day exploring identity will be accompanied by Irish music from the McGuire family. 

  • Limerick Competition

A limerick competition is a fun event to get the whole family involved in. On March 13th, the Bowling Green, in Chorlton, will be hosting this competition, so brush up on some Edward Lear and give it a go. 

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  •  St Patricks Day at Rustik West Didsbury

Venture outside of the City Centre to West Didsbury and you’ll come across Rusitk, the only place to be around St Patricks Day if you’re on Burton Road. Two weeks of non stop live music, the Cheltenham festival races, mouth-watering food and creamy pints of Guinness. Events happening from March 12th – 17th.

Sláinte!

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