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The Manchester Craft Beer Festival is coming BACK this summer with hundreds of beers on offer

There’ll be live music and pop up food stalls across the weekend

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Manchester Craft Beer Festival

The Manchester Craft Beer Festival will be making its return to DEOPT MAYFIELD this summer following the massive success of its debut even last year.

Whether you’re a lover of sour beers, IPA is your go-to tipple, you keep it simple with lager, or you prefer to take it easy with low ABV beers, the MCBF is here to celebrate beer in all of its glory with the help of over thirty world class breweries.

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.

Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Manchester Craft Beer Festival

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.

And better yet, each ticket includes ALL of your beer, meaning you can try and sample as many tipples as you can muster.

The festival will also play host to the North West’s finest chefs, restaurants and pop ups, and will debut its brand-new fire-pit cooking concept; over the course of the sessions, guest chefs will take over the live fire to serve up their unique take on BBQ food. 

The perfect way to soak up all that beer.

A number of acts have been secured to provide music 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.

Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Co-founder of We Are Beer, Greg Wells said: “After such a warm welcome last year, it was no question whether we’d return to Manchester. The city is home to many incredible breweries so it’s great to be able to bring everyone together to celebrate their contribution to the craft beer community.

“As well as local legends and newcomers, we’re excited to showcase international favourites and breweries from all over the UK.

“There’s really going to be something for everyone – beer lovers and even non-beer lovers, foodies, music heads, for those wanting a learning experience or simply a memorable night out! We’re very excited to be back.”

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 – 11:30 – 4:30pm
Saturday – 6pm – 11pm

Tickets are on sale NOW, so get them here.

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You’ll soon be able to get married at Chester Zoo surrounded by the animals

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If you’ve ever dreamt of getting married while surrounded by animals, then we’ve got some very good news for you this morning.

Chester Zoo is opening a brand new wedding and events venue, and if the images are anything to go off it will be a stunning spot to tie the knot.

The luxury wedding and events venue is set to open next year, and the zoo has released an exclusive set of artist’s impressions to show what it will look like.

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The wedding spot will be called ‘The Square’ and is currently scheduled to open in spring 2023 – while the main event room will have a capacity of 200, the reception and breakout rooms will bring total capacity to 380.

An extension of an existing Grade II-listed stable block that’s been there since 1931, The Square will feature an impressive gated entrance, private courtyard, vaulted rafters, exposed brickwork, and large windows which overlook the zoo’s botanical gardens.

The stable block once housed some of the zoo’s first animals, including lions, bears, and chimpanzees, and Chester Zoo say they plan to retain the ‘rich history and character’ of the building.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

Jamie Christon, CEO at Chester Zoo, said of the launch: “Work is underway to bring to life this incredible building that has stood at the heart of the zoo for more than 91 years.

“The Square will be a special, one-of-a-kind space that preserves the zoo’s rich history and character, while also adding a modern twist to its interior that showcases our plans for a more sustainable future.

“While the zoo has, for some time, offered an intimate wedding and events space at The Oakfield gastropub, which can hold around 50 guests, we’re frequently asked if we can accommodate larger scale events.

“That’s why we’re really excited to begin welcoming guests to this incredible new venue from early next year.”

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

He continued: “But what’s particularly special is that income generated by each and every occasion that takes place at The Square will contribute to our charitable mission and help us to secure a brighter future for wildlife on our planet.

“When The Square opens in spring 2023, there will be nothing else quite like it in the UK.”

The Square is planned to open in spring 2023 – you can find out more 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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