Photo Credit: David Dixon

The bank holiday weekend started off a great week with plenty of things to do in and around Manchester. Whether you’re wanting to catch a sought-after gig, experience live theatre or attend an art exhibition, Manchester has it all – and we’re here to show you how.

Tuesday 29th August 

The Addams Family – The Lowry 

Everyone’s favourite family have moved into the neighbourhood and are now on stage in the UK in a spectacular musical comedy. Brought to you by the writers of the multi-award winning hit musical Jersey Boys and with lyrics by Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lippa – The Addams Family hits The Lowry this week. Don’t miss out on the heart-warming story of love, family and friendship…with a twist.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays/ 29 August – 9 September 2017/ 7.30pm/ Prices from £20.50. 

Mdou Moctar – Band On The Wall 

In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad. Don’t miss your chance to see him in Manchester this Tuesday.

Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street/ Tuesday 29 August 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £13.

Hamlet – Manchester Open Air Theatre 

Performing one of the most performed plays in the world, the Heartbreak Theatre production will take on Hamlet at the Manchester Open Air Theatre. To go or not to go, that is the question.

Manchester Open Air Theatre, Charlton Park, Nell Lane / / Monday 28 August – Saturday 2 September 2017 / 7.30pm / Prices from £18.

The Jungle Book – The Lowry 

Bring Kipling’s classic tale to life in the 21st century, Metta Theatre Productions incorporate breathtaking street dance and circus into The Jungle Book. Finding the right path in an urban jungle is made easier with beat-loving bin man Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding Wolf crew. This heart-warming coming of age story will astonish and amaze.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays/ 29 September – 2 September 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £14.50. 

Wednesday 30th August 

Football Writing Festival – National Football Museum 

Back for its fourth year in Manchester, the Football Writing Festival will be kicking off on Wednesday 30 August and will run for just over a week. With a line up featuring the likes of Joey Barton, Paul Lake, Michael Calvin and Patrick Barclay – its an event not to be missed by any football fan.

National Football Museum, Cathedral Quarter/ / Wednesday 30 August – Thursday 7 September 2017/ Prices from £9. 

Car Seat Headrest – O2 Ritz 

American indie-rock act, Car Seat Headrest will hit Manchester’s O2 Ritz this week following the  release of his applauded album, Teens of Denial in 2016.

O2 Ritz, Whitworth Street West/ Wednesday 30 August 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £17.50. 

Once Upon A Time – Ordsall Hall 

In an event suitable for babies, toddlers, their parents and carers, Once Upon a Time is a special story-rhymetime session set in the picturesque setting of Ordsall Hall. Listen to wonderful stories together, have fun singing songs and rhymes, make simple crafts to take home, play with our toys and percussion instruments.

Ordsall Hall, Salford/ Wednesday 30 August 2017/ 9.45am/ Prices from £1 per child. 

Lunchtime at the Opera – Bridgewater Hall 

Jonathan Scott makes the 5,500 pipes of the Bridgewater Hall Organ sing in this programme of operatic favourites. This selection of some of the world’s best known music telling the lives, loves and inevitable tragedies from the world of opera is guaranteed to make an unmissable ‘Lunchtime at the Opera’.

Bridgewater Hall, Lower Moseley Street/ Wednesday 30 August 2017/ 1.10pm/ Prices from £7. 

Thursday 31st August 

Festejar Spanish Festival

The Festejar Spanish Festival is must-attend festival hitting the city this week with a Spanish soul and a Manchester heart. With Spanish cultural activities, live music, dance workshops and the chance to sip sangria in the sun (if its there), its a festival that is not to be missed.

Albert Square/ Thursday 31 August 2017 – Sunday 3 September/ 11am-11pm/ Free admission. 

Winter is Coming: The GOT Quiz – Dive Bar NQ

As the intensity of Season 7 builds up cast your minds back in Manchester’s most intense battle of the super-fans. Think themed cocktails, think Westeros-style interior, think competition so intense you would rather be up against White Walkers…

Dive Bar, Tib Street/ Thursday 31 August 2017/ 6.30-10.30pm/ Prices from £12.50. 

The Dreamboys – Stockport Plaza

The Dreamboys are one of the UK’s top Male Strip show that has been dubbed as a perfect show for a girls night out. With special guest appearances from some of the UK’s biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, Geordie Shoe and more, The Dreamboys is a star-studded event hitting Stockport this week.

The Plaza, Mersey Square, Stockport/ Thursday 31 August 2017/ 8pm/ Prices from £19.80. 

True Faith – Manchester Art Gallery 

Before the exhibition leaves Manchester Art Gallery next week, why not catch the True Faith exhibition before its too late. True Faith explores the ongoing significance and legacy of New Order and Joy Division through the wealth of visual art their music has inspired.

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street/ Friday 30 June – Sunday 3 September 2017/ 10am-5pm/ Free admission. 

Golden Voices – Band On The Wall 

Hailed as Manchester’s most welcoming choir, Golden Voices returns for the Autumn season at Band on the Wall. It is open to anyone aged 50+ and previous experience of singing is not needed to join.

Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street/ 10.30am/ Prices from £3.50 per session. 


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