As the Summer sun fades and the long shadows of summer lovin’, days in Whitworth Park and NQ beer gardens fade into a distant memory – all may not be lost. No, you shouldn’t have complained about the heat when it was there and yes, you may not see the sun (or sky) again until next year; but maybe there is something on this list to perk your spirits this Autumn or events going on in Manchester.
The British Sound Project Victoria Warehouse (22/09/18)
Manchester’s biggest indoor festival returns to Victoria Warehouse for a day of indie classic’s from headliners Franz Ferdinand and The Cribs through to Manny local’s ‘Larkins’. At just £30 a ticket you get to see a lot of music – albeit with a tightly tailored line-up.
Rock of Ages Manchester Opera House (25/09/18 – 29/09/18)
This arena-rock love story will have you jamming on your air guitar all the way back to your single-bed apartment. This musical is mostly the Guitar Hero soundtrack so expect ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, ‘We Built This City’ and the sense you should actually learn an instrument.
Manchester Food and Drink Festival Various Locations (27/09/18 – 08/10/18)
The 21st instalment of the critically acclaimed grub and booze festival see’s culinary events across the city, with a booming post-work/weekend hangout in it’s Albert Square hub. With a new site design this year, including the Dining Dome – ‘a great big spherical foodie palace’, be sure to grab yourself a drink and have a mooch round the food stalls…at least once!
Rail Ail Trial (All the time)
The Transpennine Real Ale Trail is available all year round. It simply involves a return ticket to Huddersfield, a few mates and a generous thirst for Yorkshiire and Lancashires best real ale pubs. Stopping off at quaint local pubs at the turn of the season is well worth a trip and with CHEAP pints, plan your trip now.
Jeff Lyne’s ELO Manchester Arena (06/10/18)
Following on from their sold-out Wembley show in 2017, the legendary Jeff Lynne’s ELO puts on two nights in the Manchester Arena. ELO have much more to offer than the timeless ‘Mr Blue Sky’ with over 50 million record sales worldwide and a string of galactic hits between 1972 and 1986. Tickets for this won’t come cheap but all legends come at a price.
Jorja Smith Albert Hall (11/10/18 -12/10/18)
After the release of her celebrated sophomore album ‘Lost & Found’, Jorja graces the Albert Hall with her contemporary blend of trip-hop, soul and R&B. Check out her NPR Tiny Desk concert to get a stripped-back flavor of this rising UK star.
Manchester Folk Festival Various Locations (18/10/18 – 21/10/18)
The Manchester Folk Festival aims to ‘…create the spirit of a festival in a field minus the chemical toilets. And the mud.’ The festival features sit-down concerts, film, artist’s conversation panels, craft workshops and much more – so why not try something new this Autumn? Check this out for events going on in Manchester.
Manchester Whiskey Festival 2018 Manchester Cathedral (26/10/18 – 27/10/18)
Bringing in some of the finest distillers from as far as Taiwan, India, Japan, the US and many more to a whiskey exhibition in Manchester Cathedral – this festival has the feel of a boozy internatonal conference. Approach any exhibitor stand, learn about their unique distillery process and have a sample (ask for a dram)! Check this out for events going on in Manchester.
Bullish HOME (29/10/18 – 31/10/18)
If you’ve never been to a theatrical production in Manchester’s glorious HOME media complex, here is your chance. Described as ‘…a new mythical play with songs, negotiating ancient and new territories in transmasculine gender and identity’, this cabaret odyssey seems like an open call-to-action on negative gender stereotypes and the journey of self-discovery.
Tom Misch 02 Apollo (14/11/18)
Student favorite and multi-instrumentalist Misch brings his accessible jazz, soul and hip-hop grooves to the 02 Apollo. Flexing soulful licks underpinned with hip-hop beats – Misch will bring some heat to this inevitably nippy November evening.