Your definitive guide to what’s on in and around Manchester this May.
Blues Jam, Matt and Phred’s, 9pm, Free
Beat the Bank Holiday blues with, well, blues! Matt and Phred’s are hosting their ever popular Blues Jam with their resident band set to jam the night away with players of any standard.
Bring your guitars, sticks, vocal chords, whatever and join in the combination of good spirits and good times.
Blues Jam takes place every Monday and for further information visit their Facebook page here.
Hacienda exhibition, Manchester Photographic, 10am to 6pm
The Manchester Photographic Gallery are hosting a special exhibition to celebrate the legendary Haçienda club’s 30th birthday this month.
Rare historical photographs from Haçienda by Ian Tilton forms part of the exhibition, ‘Haçienda 30 XXX’, along with a model of the Haçienda’s interior, created by local artist Nick Hardy.
There is also a selection of posters and memorabilia from Joy Division bassist Peter Hook’s private collection, including the doors to the club and never previously displayed stained glass windows.
For further information visit the Manchester Photographic website here.
Paramount MMA – Mixed Martial Arts, 47 Higher Road, Urmston – £5
Head coach and professional MMA fighter Kameron Atakuru has fought all over the world in various mixed martial art promotions – so he comes with a wealth of experience. His Urmston-based club has been only been open since January, but is already making a name for itself in the Manchester martial arts scene.
With classes on every night of the week, covering everything from catch wrestling to kick boxing, there is so much flexibility depending on what area you wish to focus on.
Kameron welcomes any newcomers to drop by for a chat or to get involved – and anyone 16 or over, regardless of size, weight or previous experience is invited to attend. He also offers private tuition.
For more information visit Paramount’s website here.
Transformers @ Screenfields, Spinningfields, 8pm, £2 per ticket
Lay on the grass and have a picnic in the city centre or relax on a deck chair in front of one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters – Transformers. At Screenfields you can enjoy fantastic films each week for a less-than-damaging dint on the wallet.
This week’s non-stop science fiction actioner sees Megan Fox and Shia LeBeouf join forces for a spectacular affair of children’s heroes and grown-up’s fun.
Transformers will be shown on May 10 and for further information visit the Screenfields website here.
Juicy presents Kanye West special, The Deaf Institue, 10pm, £3 advance
Juicy are celebrating one of the most iconic hip hop acts of a generation, the man they call Yeezy. Whether you love him or hate him, it’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer variety and number of classic records he’s put out over the past 10 years or so.
Deaf will be playing an hour of Kanye’s hits at midnight, along with the usual Juicy heat from the streets.
You can find further information for the event on May 11 here.
I Like Trains, Soup Kitchen, 7.30pm, £8
Soup Kitchen present one of just three UK shows for Leeds’ I Like Trains around.
Their third album is a document of their love/hate relationship with a modern world obsessed with technological advances. ‘The Shallows’ explores relationships with technology.
Support also comes from across the Pennines in the form of the tremendous Heart-Ships.
For further information about the gig on May 12 visit Soup Kitchen’s Facebook page here.
New ale house, BrewDog, Peter Street
Craft beer producers BrewDog have opened their first Manchester bar and it’s an exceptionally quirky place to unwind after work with a few beers and good food.
The unique beer-makers insist that going for a pint should be a unique and individual experience, with their bar offering plenty of alternatives to substandard fizzy yellow lager.
For further information you can find our detailed thoughts and interview with staff here.
Ray Caesar’s Sin and Sentiment exhibition, Richard Goodall Gallery, Northern Quarter
A darkly beautiful and surreal collection of renowned artist Ray Caesar’s CGI designs, featuring a number of previously unseen pieces.
The exhibition is now until June 9 and for more information, visit the website.
Outdoor BBQ at Bohemia Bar & Grill, Castlefield
Kick start the summer with some prime cuts and a spritz at Castlefield’s resident carnivorous eatery.
Freshly kitted out with a new decking area, there will be mellow music vibes and cocktails aplenty.
This will be on May 24 and you can visit their Facebook for more information.
Keko Moku rum tasting and competition, Northern Quarter
Get down the tiki bar, drink a little rum, whip up a cocktail or two, and win yourself some stuff!
£50 Harvey Nicks voucher and a 23 year-old bottle of Zacapa rum up for grabs.
Keko Moku host rum tasting nights on Mondays and for more information, click here.
Altrincham’s Vintage Craft and Producers Market’s first birthday, 11.30 – 3pm
To celebrate the market’s first birthday, the town centre will be home to 70 market stalls for the day and championing Alty’s local independent talent in fine wares and bargain goods.
The market is open on Sundays and for more information, visit the website.
Community project wall unveiling, Oak Street, Eccles
Oak Street’s previously dilapidated wall has been revamped by artists Rebecca Kevill and Lauren Murray and local residents.
The colourful installation which is packed with sentimental meaning encompasses a number of brick sized artworks that express the personality of the street.
The residents are keen to share their community spirit and are welcoming people to come and visit on May 12
For more information, email [email protected].
Afternoon Tea, Home Sweet Home, £16.50, Open 9am – 11pm
The recently expanded Northern Quarter haven offers Afternoon Tea like no other. Watch the bohemian area of the city pass you by as you indulge in saintly toasties, quirky cookies and devilish desserts. Scrumptious!
Afternoon Tea is available on Sundays and you can find further information by visiting their website here.
Sale Ju Jitsu Club, Sale Leisure Centre- Sunday evenings, with both kids and adult classes
South Manchester’s longest-running Ju Jitsu club – now in its 23rd year -offers a unique blend of self-defence and mixed martial arts.
The club practices a comprehensive style of ju-jitsu encompassing wrestling, grappling, striking, locking techniques, throwing, groundwork and street self-defence.
With both a kids’ and adults’ class running, all ages from five and upwards are welcome, no experience necessary. Children train 6-7pm on Sundays, and adults train 7-8pm on Sundays.
Whether you want to learn one of the most respected martial arts world-wide or just learn some self defence to feel safe on your way home at night – the club caters for everyone.
The first class is always FREE, so come along and try it out!
Email here for more information.
Is literature the new politics?, Blackwell University Bookshop, Oxford Street, £5
The Manchester Salon is hosting a discussion on the role the novel plays in shaping conversations about politics, whether through the existential plots of Sartre and Camus or the social realism of Victorian novelists such as Dickens.
Leading the discussion will be author John Siddique, English literature lecturer Angelica Michelis and English teacher Ian Betts.
For further details on the event which takes place on May 23 contact Simon Belt at [email protected]
Clean World Movement, We Love U Foundation, Greater Manchester
Around 100 members of International We Love U Foundation carry out Clean World Movement throughout Greater Manchester by picking up rubbish and helping to improve communities.
Through this movement, we want to stop acceleration of environmental pollution and restore natural so that we could make bright future.
They also volunteer to provide care services for the elderly, and last put on a concert at Mariana House.
For more information, find their website here.
Northern Sessions, Manchester235 Casino, £5 advance tickets
The North West’s best bands and singer-songwriters are being brought together for a regular monthly night called ‘Northern Sessions’, hosted at Manchester235’s live entertainment venue in collaboration with MM.
The Suns, Death to the Strange and Missed You at the Show are to take the stage at the regular music night which strives to champion new local talent
The event is on Bank Holiday Sunday May 27 and for further information click here.
New York, New York @ Socio Rehab – May 27
The Northern Quarter’s coolest cocktail joint goes all-American with a New York-themed night – 1950’s style. Yes, that means Mo-town and Manhattens!
If that wasn’t enough, the now-legendary food of Almost Famous burgers will be going round all night – so if you’re feeling peckish you won’t even need to leave your seat.
Visit here for further information.