What’s on in Manchester: April 23 – April 29

By Dean Wilkins

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

Monday April 23

Zacapa Rum Club, Keko Moku, 4pm, Free

Northern Quarter’s most relaxed hideout is delivering their Rum Club hosted by Zacapa tonight from 4pm. James Hill, North West Luxury Brands Ambassador, will give a brief history behind the brand to all and, of course, offer tasting of their rum.

The Keko Moku Zacapa Cocktail will be launched and run through all of May so be sure to grab yourself one, or five, before it’s too late.

Find further information on Keko Moku’s Facebook event here.

Tuesday April 24

Jekyll and Hyde, The Met, 7.30pm, £8

Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous story comes to life in this fantastically enthralling new production by PADOS Theatre Group at The Met, Bury.

One of the country’s best venues will create an exceptional atmosphere for this production which runs until the 28th.

You can find further information here.

Wednesday April 25

The Liquorists’ Whiskey Trail, Northern Quarter bars, 6pm, Prices start from £30

Are you looking for an excitably different way of enjoying your favourite spirit? Are you an eager tippler that yearns for an adventurous new cocktail concoction? Well, Manchester’s favourite drinks consultants and tour guides The Liquorists will take you on a journey of discovery, passion and overwhelming enjoyment.

Socio Rehab, Trof, Apotheca, Noho and a super-secret special location will welcome you through their doors and deliver a range of international whiskies, each caressed into a sumptuous cocktail.

And what’s a tasting session without food? Well, each drink has a perfect snack to accompany it as depth, flavours and aromas of the whiskies are heightened by the carefully selected food. And for a finale, the best burgers in town await those who make it to the end!

For further information, visit The Liquorists Facebook page here or website here.

Wednesday April 25

The Yacht Club launch, Hardman Square, Spinningfields, 5pm

The Yacht Club is bringing a Riviera styled summer bar and sundeck to the heart of Manchester.

The 1950s French Riviera’s charm and allure is embedded into this drinking den’s soul which will be setting up home for this summer in Spinningfields’ Hardman Square.

The ideal place to swig champagne and bask in the sunny Manchester rays, The Yacht Club will harness this spirit in a chic outdoor bar complete with wooden deck and leather day beds.

The Yacht Club will specialise in a diverse offer of classic cocktails, all of which can be enjoyed 12pm to 11pm, seven days a week.

You can find further information by visiting the club’s website here.


Thursday April 26

Senna screening, Spinningfields, 8pm, £2

Screenfields, now in its fourth year, is bringing the BAFTA winning Senna to Hardman Square as Brazilian Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna’s rise to the top is set for its Manchester return.

Senna is just one of an eclectic mix of films lined up for this summer’s Thursday night film programme which also includes Romeo and Juliet, Labyrinth, Chicago and Transformers.

Entry to films costs just £2 per person or £9.99 for a season ticket.

You can find further information on tickets and timings here.

Friday April 29

Alex M.O.R.P.H., Venus Club Deansgate, 10pm, £10 Early bird tickets

Alex M.O.R.P.H. is coming to Deansgate’s Venus Club for an exhilarating affair of electronic trance/progressive DJing.

Global artists Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Within Temptation, Faithless, Gareth Emery, Dash Berlin, Protoculture and many more have worked with the ever popular M.O.R.P.H. who’s always one step ahead in quality and energy.

His upcoming album Prime Mover will be released to the all during his international tour which kicks-off in May, so now’s your chance to see him before the world does!

For further information visit Venus’ website here.


Friday April 27

Gimmfest’s Zombie Night, The Dancehouse, 7.30pm, Tickets £8

Three classic zombie-horrors will be on show as part of Friday’s fright-night from Grimm Up North. Juan of the Dead, War of the Dead and the return of The Return of the Living Dead will all go on show as audiences are treated to fancy dress spectacles (optional) and beers from £1.50.

You can find further information on the showings and event here.


Saturday April 28

Black White Denim charity event, Wythenshawe’s Nightingale Centre & Genesis Prevention Centre, 10am

Wilmslow’s ladieswear boutique Black White Denim are hosting a two-day sale and fashion show this weekend in support of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.


TV’s Jenny Powell and ex-Sunderland footballer Michael Gray are attending as Genesis volunteers, breast cancer survivors and Black White Denim customers take to the catwalk, twice, to showcase designs on sale over the weekend.


The Black White Denim fashion sale will run from 10am to 4pm on both the 28 and 29 April 2012. Each day will feature two thirty-minute catwalks, at 11am and 1pm.

For further information please visit or call 0161 291 4400.


Saturday April 28

Sin and Sentiment, The Richard Goodall Gallery, 10am, Free

British artist Ray Caesar’s surrealist images arrives in Manchester’s Richard Goodall Gallery and will include a selection of his previously unseen works from 2012.

Alongside these will be the first UK showing of pieces from his sensational Los Angeles show late last year.

It will be the third Caesar show to come to the intimate gallery on High St, and is feted as one of their most eagerly anticipated exhibitions of the year.

Caesar employs digital imaging techniques used in film and video game animation to create darkly fantastical portraits of sci-fi infused Victorian simulacra.

For further information please phone 0161 834 3330 or visit


Sunday April 29

Greater Manchester Marathon, Staring and finishing in Longford Park, Stretford, 9am

After a 10 year absence the Greater Manchester Marathon brings the ultimate running challenge back to the city.

Thousands of runners, charity fundraisers and the likes will take to the streets to achieve their personal dream. The 26 mile 385 yard course will take in some key landmarks and beautiful countryside around the borough of Trafford.

The course is one of the flattest in the world and is an ideal platform for those looking to complete their first race.

You can find further information here.

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