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And just like that, it was September.

Even though the summer months seemed to have pass by in a flash, there are still plenty of things to do, see and visit in Manchester this weekend. So get ready, your weekend is about to get even more exciting.

Friday 1st September 

The Addams Family – The Lowry 

Everyone’s favourite family have moved into the neighbourhood and are now on stage in the UK with the 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.

Transglobal Underground Live – Band On The Wall

Dubbed to be the “purveyors of the finest unpredictability”, Transglobal Underground have been producing eclectic, world-music inspired electronica since 1991. Their “world fusion” and “ethno techno” sounds first reached international recognition when their single ‘Temple Head’ was used as part of an advertising campaign around the 1996 Olympic Games.

Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street/ Friday 1 September 2017/ 9pm/ Prices from £13. 

The Surfing Magazines – Soup Kitchen

The alternative/indie music scene has whole heartedly welcomed The Surfing Magazines after their 2017 hits including ‘Lines and Shadows’, ‘New Day’ and ‘Orange and Blue’. This Friday the group which consists of two thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club will be performing at Soup Kitchen.

Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street/ Friday 1 September 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £8.80. 

Pippin The Musical – Hope Mill Theatre

Brought to you by Hope Mill Theatre, Pippin The Musical tells the story of a young prince, the heir to a throne, and his journey to find the meaning and significance to life – only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than he thought.

Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard Street, Ancoats/ Friday 25 August – Saturday 23 September 2017/ 7.30pm/ Prices from £15. 

Strelnikov’s Glasses and Other Stories –  HOME 

Strelnikov’s Glasses and Other Stories is a collaboration between The Society of the Spectacles and General Eyewear, a London based eyewear company. In addition to an extensive collection of vintage eyewear, General Eyewear specialises in making bespoke glasses for  movies, including those made by Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott and Tim Burton.

HOME Mcr, Tony Wilson Place/ Friday 1 September – Sunday 29 October 2017/ 10am-11pm/ Free admission.

Saturday 2nd September 

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club – Stage Door Bar, The Palace Theatre

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club (or LOL) brings the best live stand-up across the UK. Each show will  be showcasing four outstanding comedians including MC Damion Larkin, who has been described as ‘one of the country’s top new comedians’.

Stage Door Bar, The Palace Theatre, Oxford Road/ Saturday 2 September 2017/ 8pm/ Prices from £17.50. 


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, so catch it before it leaves the Lowry this Saturday.

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

Queens of Comedy – O2 Apollo

Klub Kids are presenting Queens of Comedy this Saturday at the O2 Apollo. With a line up including Alyssa Edwards, Katya, Jackie Beat, Lady Bunny, Charlie Hinds, it promises to be a night of hilarious, laugh out loud comedy.

O2 Apollo, Stockport Road/ Saturday 2 September 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £41.55. 

American Football – Albert Hall 

Comprised of guitarist Mike Kinsella, Steve Holmes and drummer Steve Lames, American Football are a band that formed at the University of Illinois in 1997. From their humble beginnings to their decade-spanning career, don’t miss your chance to see them in Manchester this Saturday.

Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street/ Saturday 2 September 2017/ 7pm/ Prices from £25. 

Black Tears by Karen Wood – Middleton Arena

Knox Productions are bringing Karen Wood’s ‘Black Tears’ to Middleton Arena this weekend. After the success of Karen’s debut production ‘Broken Youth’, why not experience the live rendition of highly anticipated production? With a plot intertwined with love, scandal, drugs and hardship, Black Tears will be an emotional trip from start to finish.

Middleton Arena, LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way/ Saturday 2 September 2017/ 7.30pm/ Prices from £11. 

Sunday 3rd September 

Extremely Comedy – The Lowry

‘Extremely Comedy’ is the perfect combination of extreme sports and acrobatic street dance with comedy theatre thats perfect for the whole family. Follow Nathan’s journey as he showcases world class stunt performers. Extremely Comedy will amuse, entertain and leave you in awe.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays/ Sunday 3 September 2017/ 2pm/ Prices from £14. 

ToGather: Susan Hefuna Exhibition – Whitworth Art Gallery

Before it leaves the Whitworth Art Gallery this weekend time don’t miss your chance to see ToGather. The ToGather exhibition takes the form of a ‘mental map’, installed in several rooms at the Whitworth and sections of Whitworth Park. In a series of palmwood structures, which are inspired by boxes seen on the streets of Cairo, the structures are joined by a rich selection of drawings, vitrines, personal objects and a new digital work, all on themes of migration and separation, gathering and togetherness.

The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road/ 30 June – 3 September/ 10am-9pm/ Free Admission.

Interpol – Albert Hall

Interpol will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights by playing the record in its entirety during a run of European headline and festival dates this summer. This Sunday Interpol will showcase at Albert Hall.

Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street/ Sunday 3 September 2017/ 8pm/ Prices from £25. 

Rajathan Heritage Brass Band –  Band on the Wall 

This Sunday, Band On The Wall will be showcasing Rajathan Heritage Brass Band – a spectacular celebration of Rajasthan’s vibrant and colourful lifestyle, their music and dance. They’re an exciting and hypnotic reflection of the enchanting region.

Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street/ Sunday 3 September 2017/ 7pm/ Tickets from £13.50.

The Beach Boys Story – Stockport Plaza

Guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your head, The Beach Boys Story is a tribute band that will be a truly memorable live music experience. With groovy tunes and waves of nostalgia, Stockport Plaza will present a unique opportunity to hear every chart hit from one of America’s biggest pop bands.

The Plaza, Mersey Square, Stockport/ Sunday 3 September 2017/ 7.30pm/ Prices from £16.50. 

True Faith – Manchester Art Gallery 

Before the exhibition leaves Manchester Art Gallery this Sunday, 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. 


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