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There’s an Oasis-themed bar in Greater Manchester and it looks mint

Bring It On Down to the Definitely Maybe bar

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There’s an Oasis-themed bar run by Bolton’s very own Gallagher brothers.

Mark and Paul Gallagher, 36 and 40, from Breightmet, are both lifelong Oasis fans so, last year, they decided to pay homage to their fellow Gallaghers by combining their love for the band and their specific skill sets – running pubs.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News shortly before the bar’s opening last year, Mark said: “We argued over the name for a few weeks but I had a bar in Portugal called Definitely Maybe and we always toyed with the idea of opening one over here called that.

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“There were plenty of other names but that’s the one that felt right.”

The Definitely Maybe Bar replaced an Indian restaurant in an underground space in Bolton’s St. Andrew’s Court in February 2020.

Mark believes that the location, down a flight of stairs and away from the hustle and bustle of Bradshawgate, can be a positive thing.

He explained: “We want people to be able to relax here, pop in and end up staying six hours because you’re so comfortable.

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“The beauty of us being an underground bar is you don’t know what’s going on outside so you can just stay here as long as you like, without sleeping here!”

Yet while the bar is inspired by the rock band, there are only subtle nods to them throughout the décor, with the owners going for a more modern feel to the place for everyone to enjoy regardless of their taste in music. 

And the menu doesn’t just consist of cigarettes and alcohol (sorry not sorry) – guests can choose from an array of cocktails, such as espresso martinis, pornstar martinis and mojitos to sip either inside or outside in their outdoor space.

There’s also a selection of beers, as well as coffee and cakes for those wanting to visit during the day.

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But staying true to their Oasis roots, there are also open-mic nights, live music and football on the big screen – because it wouldn’t be a real Oasis bar without music and football, would it?

Mark explained: “We will be having live music and live acts that will tie in with the indie vibe without shoving it down people’s throats.

“We will be showing football as well because that’s the two things that Oasis and Manchester really stand for – football and great music, with some good cocktails thrown in for good measure.”

The bar has experienced huge success since reopening after the pandemic, so bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. 

Definitely Maybe can be found at 18 St. Andrews Court, Bolton, BL1 1LD.

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Manchester is getting a new street food night market this summer

A whole host of Manchester’s best traders will be selling their goods late into the night

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Manchester is set to welcome a whole host of independent food and drink traders with the launch of a new street food night market this summer.

The unique night market, courtesy of the popular Ancoats Pop-up, will see much-loved artisan brands pack out Manchester’s neighbourhood garden Kampus and the adjoining Little David Street on various dates across the summer.

Visitors can expect delicious food from Just Natas, curators of the traditional Portuguese tarts, Osaka Local, who will be dishing up authentic Japanese street food, and Bon St Local, who will be serving their Afro Brit hot eats.

Nells will also be on hand for the pizza lovers from their permanent home at Kampus.

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Visitors to the night market will then able to sample tipples from Cloudwater and Levanter, part way through their residency at the Bungalow and garden.

The new market comes after the hugely successful collaboration between Kampus and Ancoats Pop-Up, which hosted a number of markets since February this year.

Alice Longson from Ancoats Pop-Up said of the new night market: “This is our first ever night market and we’re chuffed to be bringing something new to Manchester’s thriving independent scene.

“The Kampus garden is a hidden oasis, it’ll be the perfect place to spend a really chilled evening sampling some of the city’s best street food indies and supporting artisan makers.

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“Our monthly weekend markets have proved a hit at Kampus and this is a lovely, limited run for the summer to showcase our city’s best creatives on the, hopefully warm, summer nights.”

The Night Market at Kampus will be making its debut on Thursday June 9th, and will be open on various dates through until the end of summer on Thursday September 15th, and will be completely FREE to attend.

For more information and to stay up to date with news and announcements, follow Kampus and Ancoats Pop-up on Instagram.

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Aitch releases new tour dates with huge Manchester homecoming gig

Aitch’s debut album is set for release this summer

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Aitch has unveiled his upcoming ‘Close to Home’ UK and Europe tour, and there is a massive Manchester gig in the pipeline.

The New Moston-born rapper shared the details of his tour across social media this afternoon, where he announced fourteen dates across the UK and even more further afield.

The tour will kick off in Dublin on October 3rd, before visiting other locations including Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol and London.

The tour will then conclude in Manchester on October 24th with a show-stopping concert at the O2 Victoria Warehouse. 

While tickets aren’t on sale yet, anyone who pre-orders Aitch’s debut album ‘Close to Home’ – set for release on August 19th – by this Friday, May 27th will get exclusive access to early bird tickets. 

Aitch – real name Harrison Armstrong – recently released the single ‘1989’, which samples The Stone Roses’ hit track ‘Fools Gold’ and brief vocals from Happy Mondays’ very own Shaun Ryder. 

Read More: Aitch says men are ‘hiding’ from liking plus-size women following music video backlash

In an interview with The Face, Aitch said Ryder took very little persuading to feature on the track, unlike Liam Gallagher, who ignored his recent offering of £7m for a collaboration

The Happy Mondays frontman croaks for the intro of the song: “I’ve [had] loads of nights out involving drugs, sex, f***ing – you name it.

“But the great thing is I can never remember it.”

The rapper recalled: “[Ryder] said, ​‘I’ll come to the studio if you bring me four cans of Guinness'”.

On the new track, he added: “There’s not really been a representation of Manchester on a worldwide scale since Oasis and The Stone Roses, so it’d just be good to carry that on.”

To get priority access to the ‘Close to Home’ tour, click here.

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Manchester City announce open-top bus parade today to celebrate Premier League title

The Blues secured the Premier League title after beating Aston Villa 3-2 last night

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Manchester City will be parading through Manchester this evening to celebrate their Premier League title victory.

In yesterday’s dramatic match against Aston Villa, Man City overcame a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 in the last twenty minutes, securing their fourth title as Premier League champions in five years.

In the aftermath of their win, the Blues confirmed that they would be parading through Manchester in a traditional open-top bus parade today, Monday May 23rd, at 6pm.

Man City said in a statement: “Manchester City will celebrate retaining the Premier League title with an open-top bus parade through Manchester city centre on Monday 23rd May.”

Detailing the parade’s itinerary, the statement continued: “Pep Guardiola and the squad will depart from Exchange Square at approximately 6pm, travel onto St Mary’s Gate and then south on Deansgate, before finishing at the Beetham Tower where a live stage show will take place with the Champions.

“Onstage entertainment will start at 4:30pm with the players expected to arrive at approximately 7pm.

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“The parade will be hosted by Manchester City’s City Square presenters Danny Jackson and Natalie Pike, who will be joined by former players and special guests.

“There will also be live music from bands and DJs.”

Commenting on the parade, Councillor Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Winning back-to-back titles is a fantastic achievement which I’m sure City fans will be eager to celebrate, especially as the pandemic denied them the chance to do so last season.

“The Council are happy to support the parade and expect a memorable occasion as tens of thousands of fans gather in the city centre to share the moment.”

Ahead of lifting the trophy for the last time, Club skipper Fernandinho said: “To finish my nine years at City by winning my fifth Premier League title is a dream come true.

“This squad is genuinely special. The togetherness of the players is like nothing I have experienced before. These guys are my brothers, which makes winning the title even more special.”

Visit the Manchester City website for more information on tonight’s parade. 

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