What’s on in Manchester: June

By Ben Moran

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

June 1

Mike Craig Comedy Archive launch with Bernie Clifton, Salford and Manchester Universities

Comedian Bernie Clifton will celebrate the archive launch of the legendary BBC producer Mike Craig, who worked with the likes of Morecambe and Wise, Ken Dodd and Les Dawson, and he wrote and produced more than 1,200 shows for radio and television.  The launch of Comedy Archive will commence with academics from institutions across the country and other guests at Sandbar in Manchester on Thursday 31 May.

The launch forms part of the Sixth International Comedy Conference, organised by Chris Lee, and Dave James of Manchester Metropolitan University, taking place in Manchester from May 31 to June 1.

For more information visit here.


June 1

Summer House opening, Exchange Square, Manchester

Summer House is opening this Friday and the garden oasis, inspired by European urban gardens, will allow you to see the blue skies or shelter from a summer shower.

There is an enormous screen adjacent to the house, which will feature the best of the summer’s sports and major events, as well as our own quirky events program, including a full carnival weekend in August.

Refreshing, freshly mixed drinks are available in glasses, jugs, watering cans, suitcases and picnic baskets with mezze plates, freshly grilled kebabs, salads, sharing platters and bar snacks from our garden kitchen available to munch on.

For more information visit their website here.


June 2

Beached Festival 2012, Castlefield Basin, 12pm – 11pm, Tickets from £10

Manchester’s favourite pop-up beach returns this Saturday for what is fast becoming the city’s hottest summer music event.

And with the Futureheads, The Whip and Kid British pulling in the crowds, Beached Festival 2012 looks set to kick off the big British weekend in style.

Last year’s debut festival attracted thousands and the trend looks set to continue this year, with organisers confirming that the 5,000 tickets are selling fast. 

The Castlefield Basin gig will feature 30 acts, three stages, a party barge and, of course, tons of sand.

Tickets and further information are available from


June 3

The Big Jubilee Lunch, Albert Square

Manchester communities are being urged to get together for The Big Jubilee Lunch and celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 3.

Last year the best part of two million people took part in The Big Lunch. And this year The Big Lunch falls on the same weekend as The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and a record number of people are expected to take part. Why not be one of them!

For further information visit their website here.



June 3

Castlefield Artisan Market, Duke Street, parking on Castle Street

Castlefield Artisan Market will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee Sunday 3 June with a street party and vintage cafe serving traditional afternoon tea.

To celebrate this special weekend, music and dancing will be provided from resident DJ’s the Cotton Town Hot Club.

Set in the city’s most picturesque area, homemade and ethically sourced produce is on offer from the many award winning artisan food, craft and vintage stalls.

For more information visit the market’s Facebook page here.


June 3

Santiago Street Machine, Joshua Brooks, Free, 7.30pm

A self-organised free gig for Manchester bands, fans and beyond is being held at Joshua Brook on June 3. Electro-threesome Santiago Street Machine embarked on the venture, which is based entirely on the ethos of bringing the music community of Manchester together, cutting out the promoters and removing the much dreaded pay-to-play scenario.

Any Manchester band can play for free by getting in touch with the band on Twitter (@santiagostm).

And for more information about the gig click here.

June 3 & 4

Eurocultured, Under Oxford Road Train Station, £20 for two days, 12pm onwards

This year’s summer street festival will take place to coincide with the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

A celebration of the diversity of European culture is explored in a variety of forms from live painting, singing, dancing and more!

More than 15,000 people are expected to attend as bars Font, Sound Control and Space open their doors to revellers, celebrators and Jubilee partyers.

For further information visit their website here.


June 6

Accordion Wrestling, Royal Northern College of Music, £15, 7.30pm

Kimmo Pohjonen is returning to the UK with landmark Finnish event Accordion Wrestling, which celebrates one of the original sports of the ancient Olympics during 2012.

The show takes a modern spin on the Finnish wrestling tradition from early to mid-1900s when the accordion was used as musical accompaniment for fights. Accordion Wrestling expands this tradition into an entertaining physical theatre and music performance with World champion Finnish wrestling group Helsinki Nelson and members of the British Wrestling Association.

Visit for further information.


June 6

Alexandra Burke signing, HMV Manchester Market Street, 5pm, Free

Fans of X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke are being given the chance to meet her when she visits Manchester’s HMV store on Market Street on June 6.

The release of her new album ‘Heartbreak On Hold’ will take place on Monday June 4 and Burke-lovers should head down for 5pm to meet the singer.

For further information visit her website here.

June 7

Shades of Diva, Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Palace, 7.30pm

Manchester’s Afflecks Palace welcomes a new musical drama about growing up in 1978 in Brighton. Drag Queen Diva looks down at his life from Brighton pier as a child, when he was called Adam. He just wanted to dress up and perform like his idols Cher, Bette Midler and Dolly Parton. But his mother Judy has other ideas…

Featuring 70s ballads and hits it’s an emotional rollercoaster and will be shown from June 7 to 9.

For further information please visit the theatre’s website here.


June 9 & 10

Parklife Festival, Platt Fields Park

UK rapper Dizzee Rascal and veteran rockers Flaming Lips are headlining this year’s Parklife festival.

Now in its third year, the bountifully successful summer festival is returning to Platt Fields Park, bringing the likes of Noah and the Whale, Nero and Justice along. The weekend event will also see the return of American diva Kelis.

Saturday tickets have sold out and for further information about prices, the full line-up and ticket availability visit 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.


June 22 & 23

Abandon Normal Devices, Cornerhouse,

AND festival  is in its fourth year and continues to deliver ground-breaking art, digital culture and new cinema across the North West.

This month Cornerhouse are launching two exhibitions on June 22 and 23: Stanya Kahn’s It’s Cool, I’m good and Humble Market (FACT in Liverpool).

Expect a night of comic deviance with the world premiere of Andrew Kötting & Iain Sinclair’s much awaited feature film Swandown on Friday, followed by the UK premiere of AL and AL’s cinematic homage to Alan Turing, The Creator, on Saturday.

For full details on the projects please visit


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.

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