Updated: Friday, 5th June 2020 @ 4:07pm

The Printworks celebrate 15 years and 118m visitors with big birthday weekend bash

The Printworks celebrate 15 years and 118m visitors with big birthday weekend bash

| By Ed Higgs

The Printworks turns 15 this weekend, and to celebrate, the entertainment venue is hosting a raucous birthday bash filled with live music.

The old printing house was turned into a £150million multiplex at the turn of the century, and in the subsequent 15 years, has welcomed more than 118million people through its doors.

DJ Seno, Julia Aljaz, and many more local artists will take to the stage to help the venue celebrate on Saturday. 

And Sunday takes on a more relaxed, soulful vibe, as it welcomes back favourites from this summer’s Soul Festival.

Fred Booth, the Centre Director said: “We are holding the big birthday weekend not only to celebrate all that The Printworks has achieved.

“But also to say a huge thank-you to all our team, tenants, and visitors.

“We hope everyone who comes along has a great time. Here’s to the next amazing fifteen years!”

To celebrate a decade and a half at the forefront of Manchester’s entertainment scene, The Printworks has released a list of its top 15 moments.

  • The opening of Hard Rock Cafe Manchester in 2000
  • Will Smith attending the world premiere of Hitch at The Printworks ODEON in 2005
  • Creating a rooftop garden, home to chickens, bees and an allotment full of flowers and vegetables – crops of which are donated to The Booth Centre to provide food for the homeless
  • The rooftop bee hives, launched by Bez from Happy Mondays in 2012, harvesting a record breaking haul of honey in 2015 - with all proceeds from sales going to Forever Manchester and the Booth Centre
  • Releasing a FIFA 2014 World Cup charity single, entitled ‘Our telly is bigger than your telly’, raising funds for Forever Manchester
  • Launching the first ever Manchester Soul Festival on August Bank Holiday 2015 and raising £20,000 for The Christie
  • Winners of The Printworks Unsigned competition, The Mend, going on to audition for the X Factor and releasing their debut single in 2013
  • Daley Thompson hosting the first birthday party of Holmes Place Gym while in town for the Commonwealth Games
  • Receiving the Bio Diversity award from Manchester City Council in 2014
  • Welcoming over 118,500,000 visitors during the past fifteen years
  • Hosting a private party for a Norwegian supermarket retailer, attended by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as well as stars from Norway’s Strictly Come Dancing
  • Twelve consecutive years (and counting!) of the Vintage Swing event, attended by 15,000 each year
  • Jason Donovan headlining The Pinkworks’ Gayfest in 2007
  • Hordes of famous faces partying in The Printworks, including Will Smith, Kylie Minogue and David Beckham
  • Becoming home to the NBA Fanzone in 2013, where fans were able to shoot hoops with NBA legends and compete for prizes, including tickets to the games