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Best Things To Do In MCR: 26 Sep - 5 Oct

Art, Asia, Eats, Lust, Blues, Tunes, Docs, Duos and a Baby Mammoth in Permafrost

Published on September 25th 2014.

Best Things To Do In MCR: 26 Sep - 5 Oct


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


Now in its seventh year, the largest art fair in the north (doubling in size since last year), 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's a piece of original and affordable art for everyone.

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

Old Granada StudiosOld Granada Studios


Following a licensing cock-up last weekend ('lost in the system', right-o), Guerrilla Eats are primed and ready to roll out their new street food party... again. Having thoroughly decked out the 6500 sq ft ground floor of the Fairbairn Building in Ancoats, expect 500 people, seven food traders, two bars and a full roster of DJs every Saturday from 5pm 'til midnight. There's astrotruf too, for some reason... garden theme anyone?

Guerilla Eats | Fairbarn Building | Ancoats | Launches Sat 27 Sept | FREE admission | From 5pm to Midnight | More here


Band On The Wall’s marking five years renovated on Swan Street on Friday 26 September. The music venue's seen an eclectic range of artists in recent years including Paloma Faith, Will Young and Inspiral Carpets. Head down for its weekend long schedule of drum, bass, funk, soul and a ‘disco pimp’.

Band On The Wall | 25 Swan Street| Northern Quarter | 26 - 29 September |  More here


This will be fine collaboration between Mary Chapin Carpenter and Manchester Camerata as she showcases songs from her new album. 'Songs From The Movie' is an orchestral reinvention of classic Mary Chapin Carpenter compositions, reflecting her love of classic film and symphonic music. The show will also feature some of her greatest hits including ‘Stones In The Road’, ‘The Hard Way’ and ’10,000 Miles'.

Mary Chapin Carpenter | Bridgewater Hall | 0161 907 9000 | Wednesday 1 October | £36.50 - £27 (incl £2 booking fee). More here

Mary Chapin Carpenter


Mary Chapin Carpenter


The Manchester Food and Drink Festival will draw to a close on Monday 29 September but not before we’ve scoffed, gorged and feasted on more food at Albert Square. The last weekend kicks off with Gary Neville’s cooking demo to launch his and Ryan Giggs new Trafford hotel aptly named, Hotel Football. Yep, it’s definitely happening (Fri 26 5:30pm). Expect more live music, more streetfood vendors, cheese, chocolate and 100 beers.

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


Hannes Norrvide’s early solo albums under the Lust for Youth moniker have been described as 'dark, cold, atonal, tormented, lonely, and lower than lo-fi'. The approach on International has shifted dramatically. Writing as a three-piece now, with longtime live collaborator Loke Rahbek and new band member Malthe Fischer, LFY have entered a completely new territory. The result is a 'buoyant synth masterpiece in the vein of early Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and New Order', apparently.

Lust For Youth | Soup Kitchen | Sat 27 Sep | 7.30pm | More here

Lust For YouthLust For Youth


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 Sep| More here


Showing as part of the Asia Triennial '14. A down-on-his-luck movie star moves into a rundown tower block inhabited by ghosts, spirits and vampires in this highly stylized horror film that draws on Chinese traditions of the supernatural. Written and directed by rising star Juno Mak, Rigor Mortis has breathed new life into the Hong Kong horror film.

Rigor Mortis: as part of the Asia Triennial '14 | Cornerhouse | Sat 27 Sep | 9pm


The Underground Project in collaboration with Almost Famous Northern Quarter and Cystic Fibrosis is proud to announce their next art/music show. Backwater Rises will bring an eclectic range of blues and dirty rock into the heart of Manchester featuring Howard Rose, Leonard Hammersley, Clockwork Radio and Walk. As always the entrance will be FREE of charge. £10 will get you an EP, a drink and a shot - which is probably just what you're after on a Monday night (£1 will go to Cystic Fibrosis research).

Backwater Rises: Ain't Love The Blues | Almost Famous Great Northern | Mon 29 Sep | 6pm to 10.30pm | More here


Warehouse Project, the club night that made 'going clubbin' less naff returns, and it's taking it down a notch. Following a stream of sweaty, argie-bargie Warehouse events at Trafford's Victoria Warehouse, the cult club promoters recognized that getting trampled to buggery by thousands of ravers wasn't winning them any new fans. What to do? Scale it back and take it old-school. So the Warehouse Project returns to their original home (discounting the Boddies brewery) at Store Street beneath Piccadilly this season, and predictably have all but SOLD OUT. This event at Albert Hall on Peter Street (Not Store Street) with SBTRKT and Denai Moore on Tues 30 Sept is one of very few Warehouse events with remaining tickets.

Warehouse Project: SBTRKT and Denai Moore | Albert Hall | Tue 30 Sep | Doors 7pm | More here

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Fresh from his sell-out UK tour Of Mic And Men, a starring role in the hit show Law and Order, as well as singing with Ricky Gervais on the Youtube viral Equality Street, Doc Brown is back with his unique take on Life, Love and Lyricism.

Doc Brown | The Lowry | Fri 3 Oct | £20 tickets here

Doc BrownDoc Brown


Manchester Museum’s next exhibition Siberia: At the Edge of the World combines some unique specimens such as a baby mammoth preserved in the permafrost, with stunning artefacts, rare objects and photographs. This is the first UK show on Siberia, and reveals a surprisingly rich and varied picture of this vast, diverse and little known territory.

Siberia: At the Edge of the World | Manchester Museum | Opens Sat 4 Oct | More here


Direct from London's West End, award winning actor Dean Elliott (Buddy -The Musical) and a full cast of performers tell the compelling story of one of the greatest musical duos ever. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, The Simon and Garfunkel Story also features a full live band performing all their hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and more.

Simon & Garfunkel | Opera Coliseum | Sat 4 Oct | Tickets £17 here

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AnonymousSeptember 26th 2014.

This weekend the MFDF is still on Albert Square BTW! foodanddrinkfestival.com/…

2 Responses: Reply To This...
AnonymousSeptember 26th 2014.

The article is for best things to do, I really don't think the MFDF fits into that category, sorry.

AnonymousSeptember 26th 2014.

Is that the official Mancon line? The MDF has been written off? Seventeen years too many?

AnonymousSeptember 26th 2014.

The SBTRKT event is at Albert Hall, not Store St.

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