Updated: Sunday, 2nd August 2020 @ 6:21pm

The L word is off limits: MM's top five... anti-Valentine's Day things to do in Manchester

The L word is off limits: MM's top five... anti-Valentine's Day things to do in Manchester

| By Sam Johnson

Valentine’s Day – a day for lovers or a day organised for the sole purpose of making lonely people feel depressed.

This world-encompassing event is often thought of as a Hallmark invention to cash in on the insecure. Are you sick of the whole idea of Valentine’s Day?

The it’s time to reinvent Valentine’s and take back February 14 for yourself by doing something beyond the norm.  

With the L-word strictly off limits, here are our top five tips for an alternative, anti-Valentine’s Day you won’t forget:

5. Manchester Murder Mysteries Presents: ‘My Bloody Valentine’, A Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery @ Odder Bar, Manchester

A specially written murder mystery event for ‘those who are tired of the traditional Valentine’s celebrations and are looking for something that steps away from the norm’.

Located in the upstairs of bar Odder on Oxford Road, guests are to expect ‘flamboyant characters, mystery and intrigue, and a good dose of humour’.

Tickets for the event cost approximately £25. Visit the official Manchester Murder Mysteries website for more information: manchestermurdermysteries.co.uk

4. Lauren Aquilina @ Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Eighteen-year-old singer-songwriter Lauren Aquilina is kicking off her third UK tour at the Ruby Lounge.

It’s all in support of the upcoming release of her EP Liars. Influenced from the likes of Ellie Goulding and Bon Iver, her piano-led music is strikingly beautiful yet gentle – she really is one to watch.

Her show is currently sold-out, so you’re going to have to beg, borrow or steal yourself a ticket. Make her your date this Valentine’s.

Visit Lauren Aquilina’s official website for more information: laurenaquilina.co.uk

3. Meat Free Valentine’s @ Joshua Brooks, Manchester

This event is for the proper anti-Valentine’s Day lot amongst you. Taking place at the Joshua Brooks nightclub, Meat Free Valentine’s is a house and techno party like no other.

“Be ready to dance yourself silly in the depths of Joshua Brooks' basement with us; it's the way Saint Valentine would've wanted it.”

It’s a pay-what-you-like event and you can find out more information and reserve a ticket on Skiddle: skiddle.com/Meat-Free-presents-Valentines-Day

2. Mikill Pane @ Manchester Academy 2, Manchester

Having collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and Rizzle Kicks under his belt, London rapper Mikill Pane is another great gig to catch on V-Day.

He released his debut album Blame Miss Barclay in late 2013 to some brilliant reviews. It will surely be a night packed with the best in fresh British hip-hop.

Forget the candle-lit dinner for two and get yourself down to Manchester’s Academy 2.

Visit Mikill Pane’s official website for more information: mikillpane.seetickets.com

1. Chris Ramsey @ The Lowry, Salford Quays

Make the big day for lovers a day instead for big laughs.

Chris Ramsey brings his all-conquering The Most Dangerous Man On Saturday Morning TV show to Salford Quays.

The title of his show comes from his incident of being sent off the Soccer AM sofa last year for misbehaving, so you just know this funny man will push the limits. Sack off the chocolates and roses and pull up a seat for one of the best comedy gigs you’ll see this year.

Visit the official website of The Lowry for more information: thelowry.com