What’s on in Manchester: July 2012

By Ben Moran

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


July 4

Together in Electric Dreams, The Lass O’Gowrie, 7pm, Tickets £6

Dan Thackery’s new play about a tense and tactical dinner-date between Sir Clive Sinclair and Sir Alan Sugar in 1986 that led to Amstrad’s takeover of Spectrum.

For more information visit the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival website here.


July 5

Rams Pocket Radio, Trof Fallowfield, 7.30pm, Tickets £3

Nestled in the boisterous student-ville of Manchester, Northern Irish experimental star Rams Pocket Radio will take stage at Trof to entertain the masses before they put their study books down and move back home for the summer.

For information visit Rams Pocket Radio’s Facebook page here.


July 6

Big Blue Lake/Da lan hu, Cornerhouse, 6.10pm, Tickets £7.50

Cornerhouse welcome director Jessey Tsang and producer Teresa Kwong for a unique Q&A session following a special one off screening of Big Blue Lake.

This screening commemorates the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1997. This event is part of ongoing series programmed with Chinese Film Forum UK and the Confucius Institute Manchester.

For more information visit Cornerhouse’s website here.

July 6

Kryder, Sankeys, 10.30pm, Tickets £12

The electro-dance club celebrates their first summer as an adult and begin this weekend with a gutsy hedonism of the more immediate and upfront variety with headline-stealing Mancunian Kryder on centre stage.

MM are offering two free tickets to the event, for more details click here.

July 7

Fantazia, Bowlers, Tickets star at £30

In 1992 Fantazia smashed all previous records and held the UK’s largest ever single arena outdoor event with the amazing 30,000 Fantazia One Step Beyond rave at the Donington Park Motor Racing Circuit. Nothing had ever been seen like it before it was truely the height of the rave scene.

And almost 20 years to the day Fantazia bring Two Step Beyond. Recreating much of the original line up we bring you the biggest rave event for years with massive indoor multi arena stages and outdoor funfair.

Grooverider, Ratpack, Shades of Rhythm, Top Buzz, Bryan Gee, Brandon Block, Slipmatt, Jim Shaft Ryan and this list goes on. Make sure you attend this one rave if only its your last!

Tickets are available here.


July 9

The Black Twig Pickers, Night and Day Café, £8pm, Tickets £5

The Black Twig Pickers take to the dance floor, offering long-form, highly rhythmic and deeply layered takes on traditional fiddle and banjo music.

Joined by some of the musicians who frequent the Southwest Virginia square dance and flatfooting scene – fiddler Sally Morgan, and bassist/guitarists Sam Linkous and Joe Dejarnette – and by a troupe of accomplished feet-percussionists, the Twigs work up propulsive and mesmerizing versions of two side-long songs.

You can find further information about the gig by visitng Night and Day Café’s website here.


July 11

The House That Stank of Death, Satan’s Hollow, 7pm, Tickets £7

Multi media horror by David Isaac and Peter Slater. Manchester’s David Isaac penned BBC Three sitcom ‘Lunch Monkeys’, and has also written for Lee Mack’s Not Going Out (BBC One), Life of Riley (BBC One) and Scallywagga (BBC Three). Bolton’s Peter Slater appeared in Phoenix nights, Saxondale and Ideal.

He also wrote and starred in his own sketch show for Channel 4 Slaterwood, which was nominated an RTS award for best comedy.

For more information visit the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival website here.

July 13 & 14

Pop-up cinema screening of ‘Town of Runners’, The Black Lion, £5

Described as ‘the sleeper hit film of the year’, Town of Runners is a film about an Ethiopian village which has produced a series of Olympic champions – bringing home numerous medals, and all trained by one man.

Tying in nicely with London 2012, Manchester-based children’s charity Retrak are hosting three pop-up screenings of the documentary feature at The Black Lion on Chapel Street.

All the proceeds are going to help street children in Ethiopia – so you know your fiver is going to good use!

For more information visit

July 15

Politics Now, Politics Wow! The Lass O’Gowrie, 7.30pm, Free

Sir Reginald Tweedy-Duffer MP, Secretary of State for Youth Affairs and Britain’s coolest Member of Parliament, presents the government’s Engagement and Action Target Plan for the Youth of Britain 2012. Get jiggy with the concept of full employment and a stronger national identity. Get down with the Government’s B.I.G society. Because politics is really cool.

For more information visit the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival website here.


July 18

TNS Records Presents a Night of Punk and Ska, The Lass O’Gowrie, 7pm, Tickets £5

Manchester-based independent record label present five live bands: Faintest Idea (promoting new album ‘The Voice Of Treason), John Player Specials (hardcore punks), Almeida (post hardcore/ska core genre terrorists), Egos At The door and local punks No Decorum.

For more information visit the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival website here.


July 18 – 22

RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park, Tickets start from £23

This year’s show is blooming with new features alongside the perennial favourites of striking gardens and spectacular floral displays. New for 2012 are the orchestra gardens, local schools are competing to fill trugs in the RHS Summer Fruit & Vegetable Competition and three young designers are battling it out to be named National Young Designer of the Year 2012. In the flower bed competition, entrants are marking the London Olympics with a ‘Celebration of Sport’ theme.

For more information visit their website here.


July 21

MCM Expo Manchester Comic Con, Manchester Central, Tickets £8

Britain’s Best Comic Con Returns to Manchester!

The North West’s festival of pop culture is back on 21 July, with Manchester Central once again playing host to the MCM Expo Manchester Comic Con.

The show will feature special guests from the worlds of TV, anime and sport; top games publishers; art and costume competitions and the awesome artists of our Comic Village …not to mention a host of retailers selling everything from sweets to sci-fi collectables.

For more information about the event, visit their website here.

July 22

Gerry Potter: The Men Pomes, Kings Arms, 9pm, Tickets £7

Potter delves into all things male, exploring camaraderie of brothers, abandonment of fathers and the wit and wisdom of Scousers. From the drug induced surreal to the gutter-sparkle dirty real, ‘The Men Pomes’ shivers with testosterone and tears.

For more information visit the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival website here.


July 29

Arthur Bostrom: An Actor’s Life, Taurus Bar, Tickets £6,50

An informal evening with Arthur Bostrom, best known for his role in the hit comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!, talking about his life in theatre and TV, including personal anecdotes and stories. The evening will be in two parts: the first with Arthur talking to the audience and then, after a short interval, a Q&A session where you can ask questions about Arthur’s career, or about acting in general. 

For more information visit the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival website here.


July 30

UK Premiere: Desperately Seeking the Exit, Taurus Bar, Tickets £8

Vertigo Theatre Productions bring American writer and performer Peter Michael Marino to Manchester for the UK Premiere of his comic autopsy of his £4million 2007 West End Musical flop Desperately Seeking Susan.

For more information visit the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival website here.


July 31

Mondo Marveloso: That’s a Wrap, Sandbar, 8pm, Free

Underhand Cabaret night Mondo Marveloso makes a one night return to bid adieu to the GMFF until next year, featuring a variety of performers and games!

For more information visit the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival website here.


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