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VAN GOGH ALIVE: The world’s most visited immersive exhibition has extended its stay in MediaCity

Van Gogh Alive is here to stay!



Van Gogh Alive

Van Gogh Alive, the world-famous immersive exhibition dedicated to the work of Vincent Van Gogh, will be staying put in Media City for an extra month.

After welcoming a staggering 120,000 visitors since its arrival in Salford back in October 2021, the art exhibition has announced a last minute extension of one month, meaning it will stay put until until February 27th instead of its original departure date of January 23rd.

The exhibition has been visited by a number of famous faces during it’s stay at Media City, including the likes of Gary Neville, actresses Jorgie Porter and Dame Maureen Lipman, who
said: “No wonder the world has gone mad for this exhibition – it made my heart sing and feet

Van Gogh Alive

Van Gogh Alive

It is currently the world’s most visited immersive art exhibition, having mesmerised a global audience of over 8 million across seventy cities. 

Throughout the last few months, Mancunians have been able to immerse themselves among 3,000 images from Gogh’s vast catalogue of work – including iconic works like Starry Night, Sunflowers and lesser-known paintings that were inspired by his love of Japanese wood prints.

The exhibition also offers immersive experiences for art fans to get stuck into – the life-sized recreation of one of his most famous pieces, ‘Van Gogh’s Bedroom’ brings the painting to life while allowing visitors to sit on Van Gogh’s bed, his chair, use his mirror, and pose for a photo.

Budding artists can also try their hands at using Gogh’s techniques and learning his craft to create their very own masterpiece in the Art Activity Area.

Van Gogh Alive

Van Gogh Alive

Sounds a bit better than your old school trips to a dusty art gallery, doesn’t it?

The exhibition also supports The Christie charity by using the experience as a platform to help raise funds to continue its work in cancer care, research, and education.

Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to make a donation to the charity when either purchasing tickets or while at the exhibition.

Van Gogh Alive can be found at Salford’s Media City until February 27th 2022. For more information and to book your own tickets, visit the Van Gogh Alive website.

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ShinDigger & Adelphi Lad’s Club are throwing a FREE month-long festival to celebrate reopening

The ultimate welcome back for the Adelphi Lads Club!



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The newly-renovated Adelphi Lads Club and ShinDigger has unveiled its August schedule with a series of FREE beer parties across the month.

The historic venue, located on Cannon Street in Salford, reopened back in June after standing derelict and neglected for over a decade.

So to mark its first summer back appropriately, Adelphi Lads Club has teamed up with local brewery ShinDigger to host the epic Shingri-La Festival.

The festival will see the venue be transformed into a free beer party every weekend in August, where it will play home to a range of local food vendors and DJs.

Adelphi Lads Club

The residency kicks off this weekend on Saturday August 6th with an event curated by Salford DJ Jenna G. Throughout the day, local artists including Aletha, Lena C, and Mystique will take to the stage for a day-long party in the venue’s newly renovated terrace.

The following week on Saturday August 13th, Steam Radio will take to the decks alongside Nabihah Iqbal and Salary Boy.

The line-up continues the week after on Saturday August 20th with iconic performers such as Mafalda, Alexander Nut and Leon Riley, with even more names set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Dr. Banana will then host a legendary set to conclude the festival on Sunday August 28th.

And on the drinks front, ShinDigger will be on hand with a wide selection of its IPAs and lagers, as well as its beloved summer range.

Adelphi Lads Club

ShinDigger was founded in 2013 by students Paul and George, who started selling their home-brew at house parties.

The business, launched with a small £10k government grant for young entrepreneurs, has gone from strength to strength throughout the last nine years, and has released over forty different beers, all of which have proven to be a huge hit among Mancunians.

And to soak up the booze will be a selection of freshly baked pizzas from local pizzeria Talk to Me Pizza. Wing Tings will also be serving up their signature style chicken wings and chicken tender sandwiches, the perfect pairing with ShinDigger’s IPA.

The Shingri-La Festival events are completely free to attend, though bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Book here.

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A covered football fan park for the 2022 World Cup is coming to Manchester

A number of footballing legends will be providing live commentary throughout the games




Manchester is set to embrace the unusually chilly World Cup with the arrival of an immersive covered football fan park.

The highly-anticipated football tournament is set to look slightly different this year, with it being hosted in the middle of winter over in Qatar from November 21st to December 18th. 

This means instead of soaking up the summer sun with jugs of beer, football fans will this year be forced to don scarves and hats, all while retreating to the warmth of pubs and any establishment with decent central heating.

But luckily for Mancunian fans, a covered football fan park will be arriving at Soccer 6’s in Trafford Park to host the ultimate viewing experience.


4TheFans is bringing back the big game atmosphere and immersive fan experience following a hugely successful summer last year, where it housed 25,000 fans for the Euros tournament.

Trafford Park will be transformed into the ultimate football venue, with huge anti-glare screens, world-class sound systems, an exclusive bar, local food traders, DJs, and competitions with huge prizes to be won.

And as per 4TheFans tradition, each match screening will welcome a footballing legend, with favourites last year including Paul Merson, Tony Cottee, Trevor Sinclair, Wes Brown and Stuart Downing.

These football icons will provide exclusive match analysis throughout the games, alongside ‘bags of banter’ as they engage with fans. 


The football legends confirmed for Manchester are:

  • Monday November 21st: Wes Brown for England v Iran. Doors open at 10am for 1pm kick off.
  • Friday November 25th: Joleon Lescott for England v USA. Doors open at 5pm for 7pm kick off. 
  • Tuesday November 29th: Wes Brown for England v Wales/Scotland/Ukraine. Doors open 5pm for  7pm kick off.

4TheFans will be taking over Trafford Park for the full duration of the tournament from November 21st to December 18th. The line up of local food vendors will be confirmed at the end of August.

General admission starts from £12pp, while VIP tickets start from £30. Season tickets are available for all three games in England’s group and the final, with prices starting from £40. Groups of six can also get 30% off their tickets.

Buy your tickets here.

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The world’s biggest Banksy exhibition is reportedly coming to Manchester

A selection of the artists’ most famous works will be on display right here in Manchester



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Manchester is set to host the world’s biggest Banksy exhibition as part of its critically-acclaimed world tour, according to reports.

The Art of Banksy has already graced a number of major global cities on its tour, including Toronto, Tel Aviv, Miami, Melbourne, Sydney, and Gothenburg.

And next year, it is set to arrive in Manchester, where it will showcase some of the street artists’ best work and lesser known gems in a purpose-built gallery within the First Street development on River Street.

The plot has previously been used to host major events such as Pride and Homeground.

Manchester City Council and HOME are reportedly involved in the build of the new space, which will happen between Monday September 5th and Thursday September 22nd 2022.

There, a selection of prints, canvasses, screen prints, and limited-edition pieces dated between the years 1997 to 2008 will be displayed for visitors to see up close. 

The exhibit will also feature the artists’ more recognisable pieces, such as ‘Girl and Balloon’, ‘Flower Thrower’ and ‘Rude Copper’, as well as some of Banksy’s lesser-known masterpieces.

Once open, visitors will reportedly be able to access the gallery from 10am – 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am – 7pm Sunday to Thursday. 

Exact opening dates are yet to be confirmed, although it’s rumoured that it will be open to the public from late September until January 2023.

To find out more about The Art of Banksy exhibition ahead of its arrival in Manchester, you can sign up for the newsletter via its website here.

Banksy, whose identity has never been revealed, is one of world’s most infamous artists, renown for his politically-motivated street art and explosive ‘pranks’.

Back in 2018, he organised for his ‘Girl with a Balloon’ piece to be put through a shredder just moments after it had been sold at auction for £1.4m. Funnily enough, the shredded-version of piece shot up in value, making it more valuable than ever before.


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