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What’s on in Manchester: February 2013

What’s on in Manchester: February 2013

By Matt Davies & Kim Richards

Your definitive guide to what’s on in and around Manchester this February.

February 1-16

Of Mice and Men, Octagon Theatre, £9.50 - £23.50

This performance tells the tale of a pair of friends bitter struggle in search of the American Dream based on the book by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.

It covers the story of farm hand George and his companion Lennie as they hunt for their dreams in 1930’s America.

However, cruelty and injustice threaten their dreams, leading to a story about friendship and loyalty of epic proportions.

Performance times vary and anyone wishing to watch the show can find out more here: http://www.octagonbolton.co.uk/page/145/Of-Mice-and-Men/448

February 2

Plan B, Manchester Arena, £27.50

Plan B will perform at the Manchester Arena as part of a new UK tour

Plan B, real name Ben Drew has released Ill Manors, his latest album and also a film which he directed, as well as featuring with Ray Winstone in the remake of the Sweeney.

The movie directorial debut project Ill Manors was nominated for best film at the upcoming NME awards.

He also headlined at the iTunes Festival in 2012 and appeared at a number of festivals last year including the BBC’S Hackney One Big Weekend.

Labrinth and Rudimental will be the support Plan B at the Arena and more information can be found here: http://ticketsuk.at/magneticnorth?CTY=37&DURL=http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F00492A96EB195E?artistid=854868&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60

February 10, 13, 14

Annie Hall, Cornerhouse, £7.50

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, those stuck for ideas can see the romantic tale of Woody Allen’s matinee classic Annie Hall.

Described as a ‘heartbreakingly honest, bear-all depiction of romance and a beautiful ode to New York’ it is the perfect remedy for those couples without a plan on Valentines Day.

Winner of  four Oscars at the 1978 awards, including best actress and best director, with Allen appearing in arguably one of his finest moments on screen.

February 10

Chinese New Year, Chinatown and Albert Square, Free

The welcoming of the Year of the Snake will bring plenty of performances the city, including dancing and culminating in a massive firework display.

Dragon and Lion dancing by Master Chu will entertain crowds as they proceed from Manchester Town Hall to Chinatown with the parade starting at 12.30pm.

Performers will be at both locations alongside street market stalls, art and craft workshops and food stalls, open from 11pm.

Traditional Chinese arts will be on display, with people of all ages able to learn skills such as calligraphy, origami and tangrams – a popular puzzle.

In 2012, 65,000 people celebrated in Manchester and the lion dance performance of 2013 is set to ignite the sparkle of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

A 12 minute firework display will end the celebrations at 6pm.

February 11 – 23

Hairspray, The Lowry, £29 - £46

The West End's musical comedy, Hairspray, visits Manchester for a fortnight of shows, bringing the feel-good vibe to the Lowry.

Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair who wants to follow her extraordinary dreams and love of dance.

She sets out to inspire her mum and win the boy she loves in a performance inspired upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters.

Set in 1962, with the 50’s firmly behind them Tracy wins a spot on the local TV dance programme and is instantly transformed into a teen celebrity.

What follows is her mission to get what she wants.

Performance times will vary and more information on the musical can be found here: http://www.thelowry.com/event/hairspray

February 15

Kaiser Chiefs, O2 Apollo, £25

Alternative-rock five-piece the Kaiser Chiefs come to Manchester, a decade after breaking on to the scene in 2003.

The quintet has already a number of high-profile singles, including ‘Oh My God’ and ‘I Predict a Riot’ and has also headlined shows with rock-giants Kasabian.

The band’s most recent release is ‘Souvenir’: The Singles 2004-2012 and they played a major part in the London Olympics 2012 closing ceremony, performing their version of The Who’s ‘Pinball Wizard’.

Vocalist Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick Baines and drummer Nick Hodgson comprise the five-piece.

More information and ticket details can be found here: http://www.gigsandtours.com

February 17-18

The Killers, Manchester Arena, £32.50 - £42.50

The Killers return to Manchester for two massive nights at the Manchester Arena.

Gig-goers can expect to hear tracks from their new album Battle Born, alongside their back catalogue that stretches back more than a decade.

Since forming in 2001, Brandon Flowers and his band-mates have released three studio albums and a compilation.

To date they have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, and hits Mr Brightside, Bones, Human and When We Were Young.

Tickets and details can be accessed here: http://ticketsuk.at/magneticnorth?CTY=37&DURL=http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F004925E65CBEC1?artistid=924503&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60

February 18

Manchester Ghost Walk, begins at Manchester Town Hall, £6.66

Embark upon a 90-minute walk through central Manchester’s alleys and passageways beginning at the town hall and ending at Chethams library.

It begins at 7pm and is run by Flecky Bennett Productions and aims to send shivers through even the hardiest of spines.

Tickets to be booked at your own risk and more information can be found here: http://www.manchesterghostwalk.co.uk/

February 20

Drinks Enthusiast’s Born in the USA, 24 Bar and Grill, Princess Street £10

Celebrate the best of what our neighbours across the pond have to offer with spirits that hail from Uncle Sam’s backyard.

Expect Woodford Reserve bourbon and Buffalo Trace for starters, before ending the night with a dash of style in the form of an American cocktail.

 The event takes place from 7.30pm and more information, including details of how to book your place on the tour, can be found here: http://drinksenthusiast.wordpress.com/tastings/

February 21

Citadel & Sleep Tight, Dance House Theatre, £8

Manchester’s home of horror and cult films, Grimm Up North, is showing two suitable gruesome films to whet the appetite of any horror fan.

The Citadel (2012) tells the story of a man, crippled by agoraphobia who discovers that to free his past he must face his demons and enter the abandoned tower block known as the citadel...

Sleep Tight (2011) follows the story of Cesar, a bitter hateful man who believes he was born without the ability to be happy.

As a result he sets out to make life miserable for everyone he meets.

Tickets are available soon, and more information is available here: http://grimmfest.com/grimmupnorth/2013/01/sleep-tight-citadel-21st-feb-dancehouse/

February 22

Justin Bieber, Manchester Arena, £75 - £100

18-year-old pop superstar Justin Bieber returns to Manchester in mid- February, to sing in front of his army of ‘Beliebers’.

The Canadian chart-topper saw his third studio album ‘Believe’ debut at number one in the US chart and recently pipped Lady Gaga to the most Twitter followers, a staggering 33million.

Bieber’s hits include ‘Baby’ and ‘Boyfriend’ and the crooner was named the third most popular celebrity of 2012 in Forbes magazine.

February 26

Manchester Town Hall Walking Tours, £5

One for the history buffs, take a walk through the sites of Manchester soaking up all the architecture that the city has to offer.

There’s no need to book in advance, walkers are meeting outside the Midland Hotel at 11:00, just pack a waterproof and be on your way!

For more information visit:


February 27

Aladdin, the Lowry Theatre £18 - £40

The Birmingham Royal Ballet presents Aladdin at the Lowry, boasting choreography from the same group behind Cinderalla.

Music is provided by Carl Davis, composer of the Company’s Cyrano and well know television tunes including Pride and Prejudice and Cranford.

Performance times vary, for more information visit: http://www.thelowry.com/event/aladdin

February 28

Wigan Food and Drink Festival, Wigan

The food festival returns for 2013 to celebrate the culinary traditions of Lancashire including themed demonstrations from high profile chefs.

Lancashire’s very own Nigel Howarth will be offering tastings, restaurant offers and a talks.

Festival highlights include the Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival, gourmet food and beer matching, Lancashire Hotpots and Mother’s day at Haigh Country Park.

 Contact 01942 828271 for further details or visit www.wlct.org

Picture courtesy of Jake Auzzie, with thanks.

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