Your guide to what’s on in and around Manchester this week.
Monday May 7
Blues Jam, Matt and Phred’s, 9pm, Free
Beat the Bank Holiday blues with, well, blues! Matt and Phred’s are hosting their ever popular Blues Jam with their resident band set to jam the night away with players of any standard.
Bring your guitars, sticks, vocal chords, whatever and join in the combination of good spirits and good times.
For further information visit their Facebook page here.
Tuesday May 8
Hacienda exhibition, Manchester Photographic, 10am to 6pm
The Manchester Photographic Gallery are hosting a special exhibition to celebrate the legendary Haçienda club’s 30th birthday this month.
Rare historical photographs from Haçienda by Ian Tilton forms part of the exhibition, ‘Haçienda 30 XXX’, along with a model of the Haçienda’s interior, created by local artist Nick Hardy.
There is also a selection of posters and memorabilia from Joy Division bassist Peter Hook’s private collection, including the doors to the club and never previously displayed stained glass windows.
For further information visit the Manchester Photographic website here.
Wednesday May 9
New ale house, BrewDog, Peter Street
Craft beer producers BrewDog have opened their first Manchester bar last Thursday and it’s an exceptionally quirky place to unwind after work with a few beers and good food.
The unique beer-makers insist that going for a pint should be a unique and individual experience, with their bar offering plenty of alternatives to substandard fizzy yellow lager.
For further information you can find our detailed thoughts and interview with staff here.
Thursday May 10
Transformers @ Screenfields, Spinningfields, 8pm, £2 per ticket
Lay on the grass and have a picnic in the city centre or relax on a deck chair in front of one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters – Transformers. At Screenfields you can enjoy fantastic films each week for a less-than-damaging dint on the wallet.
This week’s non-stop science fiction actioner sees Megan Fox and Shia LeBeouf join forces for a spectacular affair of children’s heroes and grown-up’s fun.
For further information visit the Screenfields website here.
Friday May 11
Juicy presents Kanye West special, The Deaf Institue, 10pm, £3 advance
Juicy are celebrating one of the most iconic hip hop acts of a generation, the man they call Yeezy. Whether you love him or hate him, it’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer variety and number of classic records he’s put out over the past 10 years or so.
Deaf will be playing an hour of Kanye’s hits at midnight, along with the usual Juicy heat from the streets.
You can find further information here.
Saturday May 12
I Like Trains, Soup Kitchen, 7.30pm, £8
Soup Kitchen present one of just three UK shows for Leeds' I Like Trains around.
Their third album is a document of their love/hate relationship with a modern world obsessed with technological advances. 'The Shallows' explores relationships with technology.
Support also comes from across the Pennines in the form of the tremendous Heart-Ships.
For further information visit Soup Kitchen Facebook page here.
Sunday May 13
Afternoon Tea, Home Sweet Home, £16.50, Open 9am – 11pm
The recently expanded Northern Quarter haven offers Afternoon Tea like no other. Watch the bohemian area of the city pass you by as you indulge in saintly toasties, quirky cookies and devilish desserts. Scrumptious!
You can find further information by visiting their website here.
The North West’s best bands and singer-songwriters are being brought together for a regular monthly night called ‘Northern Sessions’, hosted at Manchester235’s live entertainment venue in collaboration with MM.
We will exclusively be announcing the line-up here this week but you can get your advanced tickets here before they sell out!