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Things To Do This Weekend: 16 -18 November

Ben Robinson presents some early seasonal weekend festivities

Written by . Published on November 15th 2012.

Things To Do This Weekend: 16 -18 November

Christmas - Christmas Markets, City Centre
The Germans and their bountiful Bratwurst are back in town along with all the other traditional festive fayre on offer at the annual Manchester Christmas market.

Warm up with a mulled wine under the watchful gaze of the orange faced Santa in Albert Square in the main Christmas hub for the fourteenth year of the markets. This year takes place across eight different locations including Brazennose Street, King Street, Exchange Square and St Ann’s Square. The markets are open daily from 10am – 9pm until 23 December.

Christmas Market - Albert SquareChristmas Market - Albert Square

Music - Karnival, 2022NQ
2022NQ introduces Karnival, ‘an immersive clubbing experience.. that fuses dance music and performance’. For this special event Warehouse Project resident Krysko will be on duty to do what he’s been doing for the best part of 11 years alongside Karnival resident Tacet.

The music will span the spectrum of house music to include tech-house, techno, deep house and disco plus much more. Tickets are available here. 2022NQ, 10pm – 3am, £5adv/£6door.


Culture - 200th Manchester Luddite Celebration, People’s History Museum 
It wouldn’t be a weekend without some sort of historical anniversary or celebration of Manchester’s past history. This weekend is the turn of the Luddites who burnt down mills, workshops and machinery in a struggle for working class rights in a time of greater mechanisation.

To mark the 1812 uprising the People’s History Museum will host an exhibition on the events on Sunday 18 November, featuring talks from respected local historians as well as poetry and music from One Accord. The event is free between 2-5pm and is suitable for children over the age of twelve.

People's History MuseumPeople's History Museum

Festival - Comfortable On A Tightrope Weekender, Islington Mill
Local promoters Comfortable On A Tightrope have built up a reputation for putting on great new bands in the city and have now been doing so for eight years. So they have decided to take over Islington Mill for two days (16-17 November) and invite back some of their favourite bands to celebrate this milestone.

Live acts for the weekend include a rare performance from The Pastels, Veronica Falls, Former Bullies, Sea Pinks and Verity Susman among others. Tickets are priced at £12 per day or £20 for a weekend pass and are available from here.

The PastelsThe Pastels

Music - MegaByte vs 8 Bit Nights, Retro Bar 
A night of lo-fi, 8 bit music, chip tunes and classic video game soundtracks for all the nostalgic gamers out there. It’s Manchester vs Glasgow as these two regional nights combine for a one-off party bringing the sound of the arcade to the dancefloor.

If those early digital soundbytes take you back to the days of SNES’ and Mega Drive’s dust off your blue dungarees for a night at the aptly named Retro bar this Friday. Leave Mario’s mushrooms alone though.

Retro Bar, 9pm to 3am, £3 before 11pm, £4 after (£1 discount to NUS members).

8 Bit Pac Man8 Bit Pac Man

Cinema - Film Night: Fight Club, 20222NQ 
The first rule of Fight Club is – it starts at 7.30pm on Friday 16 November. The second rule of Fight Club is – it’s £8.50 to get in. The third rule of Fight Club is – it’s a small space so get your tickets early.

Satisfy your inner anarchist in the Northern Quarter arts space with a special showing the David Fincher’s modern classic based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel.  After the film will be a ‘Right Royal Rumble’ with music and blow-up sumo suit wrestling. Tickets available here.

Fight ClubFight Club
Tour - Southern Cemetery Tour, Chorlton

 The first ever guided tour of Chorlton’s Southern Cemetery is taking place this Sunday. The municipal cemetery is the largest in the UK and the second largest in Europe and is the resting place of several Manchester notables including John Rylands, Tony Wilson, and Sir Matt Busby.

Emma Fox from Manchester Guided Tours will lead the tour around the green site and explain the features and history of the 133-year-old cemetery. Tickets cost £7 (£6 concessions). To book please ring 07500 774200 or email emma@showmemanchester.com 


Southern CemeterySouthern Cemetery

Music - Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Band, Manchester Apollo
Enjoy a night of boogie woogie delights with the legendary pianist, founding member of Squeeze and all round good egg Jools Holland. The celebrated ivory-tickler will be joined by his 20-piece orchestra for an evening of musical variety and versatility this Saturday. Tickets are priced at £34.50 and are available from here

Jools HollandJools Holland

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