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Best Things To Do In MCR: 19-28 September

Guerrilla Eats, Haunted MCR, Food & Drink Fest, MCR Dogs' Home Fundraiser and Turtles. Ninja ones.

Published on September 20th 2014.

Best Things To Do In MCR: 19-28 September


The guys from Guerrilla Eats were doing street food well before barefaced restaurants started pushing ersatz 'street' menus. Once a sporadic series of events, popping up at festivals and car parks from Salford to Stockport, the Guerrillas are now going weekly until the end of November and have adopted the ground floor of the Fairbairn Building, right by Ancoats Red Light District (no not that, because of all the red street lights, stupid).

There'll be three resident food traders in the Guerrilla 'canteens' alongside a rotating cast of four guest traders every week. Thickening the walls of your arteries will be: Hip Hop Chip Shop, Drum & Baste, Barnhouse Bistro, Dirty Dogs, Fire & Salt alongside Manchester newbs Beastys, Smokin' Hot Tamales and Madame Francois, and plenty more. A fully loaded bar and multiple DJs will see you into Sunday.

Guerilla Eats | Fairbarn Building | Ancoats | Launches Sat 20 Sept | FREE admission | From 5pm to Midnight | More here

Ancoats Red Light District (Fairbairn Building in the background)Ancoats Red Light District (Fairbairn Building in the background)


For five days award-winning 'turntablist' DJ Yoda has been beavering away in Band on the Wall with a thirteen strong team of musicians, vocalists and visual artists (hand-picked from 150 applications) for this one-off and original collaborative performance live at the venue on Fri 19 September from 9pm to 2am. This promises to be a rare and distinctive set.

DJ Yoda Presents: Breakfast of Champions | Band on the Wall | Fri 19 Sept | 9pm - 2am | Tickets here


Flow Salford is a weekend showcase of the vast and varied new theatre being made in Salford today. A diverse range of Salford's newest talent will take up residency across the city's theatrical venues, including The Lowry Studio, The Kings Arms, the Working Class Movement Library and Salford Arts Theatre from the Fri 19 to Sun 21 September. Programme here.

Flow Salford | Venues across Salford | Fri 19 to Sun 21 Sept | Tickets here (some are FREE)

Flow SalfordFlow Salford


In a dark and mysterious undercroft of the city centre old stories are coming alive. Tales might include those of dead artists, sinister magicians, tragic lovers and body-snatchers. Expect the unexpected and also lots of laughs. People who are brave enough to come on the tour should try not to faint - this has happened before. 

The Haunted UnderWorld Tour is lead by Confidential editor Jonathan Schofield (not recommended for kiddiewinks under-10, unless they're 'well 'ard')

The Haunted Underworld | St Ann’s Square | Sat 20 Sept | Meet by the War Memorial 1:30pm | £10 tickets here


2014 welcomes the seventeenth Manchester Food and Drink Festival, spanning twelve days from Thurs 18 Sept to Mon 29 Sept, the festival will again be plonking a 'little foodie neighbourhood' in Albert Square. On the menu this year: Thwaites Beer Festival, Taste of Malaysia Pavilion, Blue Pig Cocktail Lounge, Cheese and Chocolate festival, Eat Drink Dance Stage, Street Food Festival, the 100 Greatest Beer Bar, the Big Indie Wine Fest, and Gary Neville on the pans. Yep, Gary's doing a cooking demo. Seriously. After that Ainsley Harriott will be doing 1000 kick-ups with an onion.

MFDF | Albert Square and other venues | Fri 19 to Mon 29 Sept | More here



A film by multiple award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, Watermark is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. The film has been hailed as "Massively ambitious" and "Primal and striking" by critics, and is shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video full of soaring aerial perspectives. 'Ten countries. Twenty stories. One epic journey.' A soggy one too, you'd imagine.

Watermark | Cornerhouse | Opens Fri 19 Sept | Tickets here


For one weekend a year West Pennine Moors valley town folk go bat shit crazy on the hallowed ground of Ramsbottom Cricket Club. From Fri 19 to Sun 21 September Rammy Fest will be bringing an eclectic mix of international musicians, local talent, DJs, jugglers, cooks, brewers, artists, piss-artists and thespians. Highlights include British Sea Power, Levellers and Soul II Soul.

Ramsbottom Festival | Ramsbottom Cricket Ground | Fri 19 to Sun 21 Sept | Adult tickets from £26 here 


Following the terrible fire at Manchester Dogs' Home that claimed the lives of 60 dogs, Sound Control are throwing an all day fundraiser with every penny going straight to the charity. They'll be adding to the line-up as they go, but confirmed for now: JP Cooper, Rowetta, Dirty North, Tom Hingley, The Red Paintings, The Backhanders, Northern Uproar, Danny Mahon, The Morning Pilgrims, Jordan Allen and Ryan Jarvis alongside DJs Clint Boon and Gareth Brooks.

There'll also be the chance to win a full season pass for Warehouse Project, tickets for Kendall Calling and 'branded super luxury car mats'. Slow down.

Manchester & Cheshire Dogs’ Home Fundraiser | Sound Control | Sun 21 Sept | 3pm to 11pm | Tickets £5

'Giz yer money''Giz yer money'


Mary-Ellen McTague, owner and head chef at the award-winning Aumbry in Prestwich, is launching her first city centre venture at 4244 Edge Street, Northern Quarter (the back of Teacup) from Tuesday 23 September. The pop-up space (while Aumbry gets a face-lift) will seat 50 people and will feature a five-course taster menu of McTague’s fusion of British fine dining, traditional methods and historical cookery alongside the latest in kitchen science and sauce-cery. Menu here.

4244 | Edge Street | Northern Quarter | Launches Tues 23 Sept | £40 and over | Book here


Maxine Peake (ShamelessSilkThe Village) plays the title role in Director Sarah Frankcom's take on Shakespeare's ultimate tale of madness and murder. Peake's Hamlet has been hailed as "stunningly good", "excellent" and a "fabulous, feminised production" in the national press this week.

Hamlet | Royal Exchange | Until Thurs 25 Oct | Tickets here

Maxine Peake as HamletMaxine Peake as Hamlet


Now in its seventh year, the largest art fair in the north, Buy Art Fair, will be held in their new home at the iconic Old Granada Studios from Fri 26 to Sun 28 September. Eighty galleries will be exhibiting the work of over 500 artists with prices from £50 to £5,000+, meaning there is a piece of original and affordable art for everyone.

Buy Art Fair | Old Granada Studios | Fri 26 to Sun 28 Sept | Free tickets here

Buy Art FairBuy Art Fair


Returning for its fifth outing and boasting over 150 artists, seventeen Salford venues (and one in Manchester, sshh) play host to the 2014 Salford Music Festival 2014. Festival headliners The Fall will pack out the humble Lower Kersal Social Club on Sat 27 Sept, with other confirmed bands including Death to the Strange, Shauna Mackin, LVLS, Kassoma, King Kartel, China White, JB Barrington and The Backhanders. Full line-up here.

Salford Music Festival 2014 | Venues across Salford | Thurs 25 to Sun 28 Sept | Tickets here

The FallThe Fall


Every three years, Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM) - the only Asian Art Triennial outside the Asia Pacific region - offers the opportunity to experience the very best of Asian contemporary visual culture created by artists currently working internationally and in the UK. Based around the theme of Conflict and Compassionover 50 artists from twelve countries will be showing work across twelve venues in Manchester city centre, The Quays, Salford, Bury and Rochdale.

Asia Triennial Manchester | Across Greater Manchester | Opens Sat 27 Sept | More here


Horror, cult, extreme fantasy and Sci-fi movie nerd collective Grimmfest will be screening the first two original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films back to back on Sun 28 September at Gorilla as part of their RAD screenings series. A quartet of mutated humanoid turtles, mentored by the sage old giant rat ninja master, Splinter, take on an underworld criminal gang uprising led by the ferocious Shredder, a pointy headed master of Ninjutsu. Yes, they were all on acid.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle double-header | Gorilla | Sun 28 Sept | Tickets £8 adv | Doors 2pm | More here

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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GimboidSeptember 19th 2014.

I've just picked up that there is a big week of community events going on from today, doesn't seem to have had much publicity: Spirit of Manchester Awards 2014 Festival, "a city-wide show case of talents, creativity and interests in the thousands of staff, volunteers and supporters across Manchester", www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/spirit-manchester-awards-2014-festival-calendar…

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