Is it starting to feel like Summer for anyone else? With this random mid-Winter heatwave? Thankfully, we have left Winter behind and Spring has sprung and it's time to make the most of this lovely weather before climate change kicks in and makes it snow in June. So, we have to put together some of the best events in Manchester happening in the next three months to get out of the Winter slog and enjoy ourselves!
Coming up in April, Detroit techno legends Octave One and Jon Dasilva are heading to Manchester for an intimate extended live set. The venue, Joshua Brooks have won the MEN's 'Best Small Venue' two times over and been nominated for 'Best Small Club' three times by DJ Mag, so you are sure to have a great time there! In fact, there's a lot you might not know about JB. So much so that we put together a list of incredible facts about the venue that you probably didn't know...
Forget sports for a sec, ice hockey is where the real action happens. You can see more blood drawn in an ice hockey game than during any pub fight or even martial art. This March, Manchester Storm are playing several games across each weekend against the Dundee Stars, MK Lightning, Belfast Giants.
One of the most celebrated and impressive musicals in history is coming to Manchester this Spring! Les Mis has already arrived at the Palace Theatre and will be delighting audiences with the tale of Jean Valjean until March 30th. If you want to keep that refined vibe going, why not grab some food at a lovely restaurant in the centre of down, or take in a nice museum during the day?
Mark Farina will be landing in Manchester on April 18th for the first edition of Lost in Music this 2019! He'll be taking us through a three-hour Mushroom Jazz , making it not only his first Manchester show since 2005, but his first UK show since 2016.
It'll be an unforgettable night from the trailblazing DJ - an early House music pioneer from the late 80's - with his own signature blend of genres that makes for an absolutely sublime experience at an even more sublime venue.
For nearly whole week this April, legendary boy band Take That will be taking over Manchester Arena with a show every night. It's coming as part of their Greatest Hits tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Harold Donald will be arrive on April 22nd, playing some of their biggest numbers from Back For Good, Never Forget, and You.
The wisecracking comedian Bill Bailey will be swinging by Manchester this Spring with his Larks in Transit tour. The show is a "compendium of travellers' tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian", filled with politics, philosophy, death metal, ring tones... oh and Paul McCartney.
In May, the Taekwondo World Championships will descend on the Arena for some incredibly skilled arm-to-arm combat. Matches will take place across seven taekwondo octagons throughout the five days, each day having semi-final and final matches. You'll even get to see GB Olympic medallists Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden and Lutalo Muhammad there, working hard on securing more medals ahead of Tokyo 2020.
From Korean sport to Korean music, this May we'll also be visited by the iconic rising pop sensations BLACKPINK. This girl group have risen above and beyond expectations, following in the footsteps of the labelmates 2NE1 to become the most successful girl group in Kpop right now.
If the energy of sports competitions and fast-paced kpop concerts isn't quite your cup of tea, IndieFlicks put on a relaxed monthly film night at YES on the first Monday of every month. Each night will feature a different film as voted by the guests, with a stocked bar and pizza available to everyone. Some nights will even feature visiting filmmakers and special guests for Q&A panels, so you can get those burning behind-the-scenes questions answer.
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