What’s on in Manchester: September 2012

By Mancunian Matters staff

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

September 5

Africa Express, The Ritz, £15

Choo choo, the African express train arrives in Manchester bringing musical favourites such as Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Kano, Rizzle Kicks, Amadou & Mariam, Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicyle Club and The Temper Trap to The Ritz.

The Africa Express is produced as part of the London 2012 Festival and is touring the UK from Middlesbrough to Cardiff as artists jam their way through a series of spontaneous events and cultural climaxes.

For further information about tickets and the event visit their website here.

September 8

Tangled 19th Birthday, Sound Control, £12 advance

To celebrate 19 years of Tangled, one of Manchester’s best-loved venues opens its doors and all three floors for a monumental takeover of dance, electro and party beats.

Terry Pointon & Rascal join Hernan Catteneo in the loft as the threesome attempt to bring the roof down in an power-driven fiesta while Rennie Pilgrem, aka the ‘Godfather of Breaks’, is set to deliver an outstanding birthday bonanza.

You can find further information here.

September 14 to 16

The Blessed Beer Real Ale Festival, St Ann’s Square, Manchester

This beer festival has more than drinking at its heart – it’s all for a good cause! The Blessed Beer Real Ale gets the ‘blessed’ part of its name from its aim to raise funds for the restoration of St Ann’s Church. And it gets a whole lot of the ‘beer’ bit of its name from beingn supported by Mr Thomas’s Chop House.

Now you can enjoy a range of ales while God smiles on… More information to come.


September 14 to 17

Oldham literary weekend, Oldham library, £2 members, £4 for non-members

Oldham Council’s Literary Weekend has a little bit of Benidorm, boots and carpet burns as well as much, much more. Combining inspirational literature and creative craft, the weekend event takes explorers into the depths of history and the creation of many, many stories.

Covering ghost tales, football favourites and story inspired dance, the event is causing a stir in the town as Manchester City legend Paul Lake, world renowned photographer Vikram Khushwah and Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley will join the festivities.

For more information about Oldham Literary Weekend visit their website here.


September 18

Alan Davies, Palace Theatre, £25

The resident panellist of popular TV entertainment show QI is coming to Manchester, clutching his first stand-up tour in over ten years in his arms.

The much-loved comic is on for one night only and sounds of sides splitting will be audible for miles around.

For further information visit the theatre’s website here.

September 21 to October 8

Manchester Food & Drink Festival

Returning for its 15th year, the city’s most-celebrated food and drink festivities return in tremendous glory so get your taste buds ready and palates prepped for one hell of a season.

Stretching across a variety of venues with an even bigger variety of cuisines, dishes, fusions and creations on offer, this year will be the biggest adventure ever created by the organisers.

You can try your hand at cooking in a number of workshops or just sit back and indulge in the servings. Whatever it is, there’s sure to be something that will tickle your fancy.

You can find further information about the events at the festival’s website here.


September 22

Manchester Whisky Festival, Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, 11am and 8pm, £25

Running as part of the Food & Drink Festival the event is run by vibrant and totally independent whisky events company, The Whisky Lounge offers a sensational portfolio and the biggest whisky event in the UK, outside of London.

Whisky fans and newbies will visit the event in 2012, and for the industry it has become a ‘must-do’.

Over 20 exhibitors, around 40 distilleries and close to 200 whiskies will be on sample over the course of the day. Whiskies from the large and small, from the traditional areas of Scotland and Ireland, as well as the more recently established distilleries from England, India and Japan will all be there and available to taste.

You can find further information about the events at the festival’s website here.


September 25

The Moss Cider Project, Common, £10 advance

Running as part of the 15th Manchester Food & Drink Festival, this event will allow you to taste a wide range of local & traditional real ciders paired with fantastic cheeses hosted by Manchester’s own guerrilla cider makers.

Tickets are available here.


September 27 to 30

Didsbury Arts Festival Diamond Weekend

Didsbury Arts Festival is managed by volunteers and with participation from artists, businesses, community groups and many more who want to see more arts in the area.

The event sees local, national and international writers, storytellers, musicians, poets, street artists, comedians and film makers, and performance by Manchester schools.

There is a fantastic varied programme and a wide range of events representing all arts genre. Visitors are encouraged to suggest new and innovative ideas for events as DAF relies on the support of the community and on sponsorship and public funding.

For full details of the Diamond Weekend events programme click here.


September 28

Warehouse Project launch party, Victoria Park, Trafford Park Road, £20

It’s moved. It’s bigger. It’s back. The best club night since sliced bread resurfaces from a hangover like no other to carry revelers through another season of exceptional electro/house/dance/rave culture.

With 37 acts venturing into the city for the first night, Katy B and Skream top the bill to capture the essence of rave culture in the 90s while hosting cutting edge artists who are pushing the scene forwards for a new generation.

Other acts already announced for this year’s WHP – which kicks off on September 28 – includes Richie Hawtin, Joy Orbison, Ricardo Villalabos, Orbital, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, Bloc Party and more.

For further information about line ups and tickets, visit WHP’s website here.

Every Thursday this month

TV21 Bar & Grill special menu, from 5pm, £9.95

Nestled in the quaint Northern Quarter, Manchester city centre, the film and TV inspired bar presents one of the best-valued two-can-dine offers available. For just under £10, you can have your filling of the finest Mexican and American food on this side of the Atlantic Ocean and wash it down with a superb cocktail.

There’s a wide-range of freshly cooked dishes and a plentiful choice of concoctions that will keep your appetite at ease and your wallet pleased.

You can read our review of the exceptional venue here.


TASTY STUFF: TV21’s Big Kahuna Burger is a mouth-watering affair of balls, meat and sauce


For more on this story and many others, follow Mancunian Matters on Twitter and Facebook.

Related Articles