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Northern Quarter Parties This Bank Holiday...er...Twice

Bars, restaurants, dog shows and high heeled egg and spoon race

Published on August 21st 2012.

Northern Quarter Parties This Bank Holiday...er...Twice

MANCHESTER’S independents will be taking over the Northern Quarter this Bank Holiday Sunday (26 August) for a day of dancing, drinking… and a dog show. All the participating venues will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Mind.  

A high heeled egg & spoon race, three-legged race and limbo pole plus a dog show close to Home Sweet Home on Oak Street. 

Starting at noon until 9pm, with an after-party at Cord from 10pm, this weekend’s party is yet another addition to the Northern Quarter’s recent celebrations – including The Jubilee street parties which saw over 5,000 visitors come into the area. 

This weekend’s party is set to be the biggest with a record-breaking 18 venues taking party including Bluu, The Bay Horse, Socio Rehab, TNQ, Market Restaurant, Home Sweet Home, Common, Almost Famous, Keko, Odd, The Blue Pig, Teacup, 57, Thomas Street Restaurant and Bar, Simple, Cord and Tib Street Tavern. 

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The event will span over five streets: High Street, Edge Street, Thomas Street, Back Turner Street and the upper section of Tib Street  - which will all be pedestrianised for the event.  

Some highlights to look out for are the ‘Simple Buskers Stage’ showcasing raw talent from the streets of Manchester and The Bay Horse’s high heeled egg & spoon race, three-legged race and limbo pole. Meanwhile there’ll be a dog show close to Home Sweet Home on Oak Street. 

Odd Bar and The Blue Pig will be hosting sets from DJs including Pasta Paul (Piccadilly Records), Dan English (Naive Melody), Neil Scott (El Diablos), Simon Ozbizton (Funkademia), Ste Spandex (Wet Play), Marc Dennis (Space Ibiza), Patrick (Bring on the Dancing horses) and Dom Zube (Ten Bears).

Solo Solita: Bizarrely, at the same time...

Solita, the new restaurant on Turner Street will be hosting its own and separate charity street party on Sunday 26 August from noon to 9pm. 

The street food theme will be underlined by pulled pork sundaes, smoked brisket chilli dogs and the Deep Fried Coke. 

Events will include a US style chilli cook off and Man v Food challenges.

Entertainment includes Colin Curtis, Northern Soul legend and UK's first Chicago House DJ and Gareth Brookes, XFM Manchester breakfast DJ and many others as well as a Gospel Choir to close. 

The nominated charity this time - in this confusing battle of the street festivals – is  Wood Street Mission that helps some of the most needy families in Greater Manchester.


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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Nate RoseAugust 22nd 2012.

Keko, not Keku! Should be a cracking day though, see you all there.

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

I am getting a bit concerned about the massive sound system or 50K rig that solita are talking about ... isn't this sort of rig used at big festivals not a street party for 500 people in a heavily residential area with 6 residential blocks in close proximity ... in addition to the residents won't a rig this size drown out the noise from all the other activities taking place in the NQ that day???

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BenjminAugust 22nd 2012.


AnonymousAugust 26th 2012.

dont live in the nq if you dont like having thing happening around you, there is plenty of quiet cul-de-sacs out in the countryside where you can put your whining towards something positive like preventing wind turbines o

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

Hi Anonymous. I'm one of the local councillors for that area. I'd be happy to look into this if you wish. You can email me at cllr.j.davies@manchester.gov.uk Your name and address would be useful, and obviously confidential. By the way, Pride Parade assembles under my windows in Liverpool Road this weekend, but residents are always informed in advance thanks to close communication between MCC, Pride and the residents' group Castlefield Forum. Communication is a key element in city centre living. Joan Davies

JoanAugust 22nd 2012.

And I have

JoanAugust 22nd 2012.

And I have no idea why some of my 'rants' don't allow me to use my name, despits logging in. JS?

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2012.

Hi Joan .. I will e-mail you direct ... I totally agree that communication is the key it wouldn't be an issue if we are consulted or just informed rather than just finding out that a massive sound rig .. street closures and .. 500 people on will be partying on your street by social media .. i believe its a part of the licence that they should consult the residential blocks but this has not happened.

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AnonymousAugust 23rd 2012.

sounds like it's time to embrace the calm and quiet on Manchester's suburbs.....

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