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Gareth Lloyd

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A freelance writer and journalist from North Wales. Still discovering new magic in Manchester; seven years and counting.

New Northern Quarter bar has temptingly cheap food and drink and a basement crammed...

Whilst many new bars in the Northern Quarter are dressing themselves up to look as twinkly as possible, the old Fika site has succumbed...

Brand new underground music venue opens with all-day music and street food fiesta

If you're counting down to the big events of the next bank holiday, you can stop ticking the days off your calendar right now. Because...

72 hour party people: new four storey Manchester venue opens with three-day launch and...

“I know it’s opening weekend, but this might be the best venue I’ve been to in Manchester.” My brother is convinced. We’re stood on the rooftop...

Manchester MMA fighters impress at ACB54

Every combat sports show needs a niche. For ACB, it’s a disciplined, fluid fight schedule. Contests are rolled out in a conveyer belt fashion...
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Eight places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2017 in Manchester

There’s a reason Irish drinking culture is ubiquitous across the country. Affectionate, impish and enthusiastic to a fault, it has an uncanny ability to...

Wild weekender proves Manchester is the go-to place for combat sports

A double header presented by Tanko at Victoria Warehouse last weekend offered further proof that Manchester is fast becoming the go-to place for combat...

30 fantastic festivals to look forward to in Manchester in 2017

Back in my student days, Parklife festival was the highlight of the year for me – and thousands of other Manchester students. A reward...

The ILM Guide to avoid annoying your bartender in Manchester

Christmas time brings a dazzling amount of joy, laughter and merriment to bars in Manchester every single year. But it also brings queues. Lots...

Explosive MMA event Tanko Fighting Championships 2 shakes Victoria Warehouse

Even if you don’t consider yourself a combat sports connoisseur, you will have almost certainly caught a glimpse of Mixed Martial Arts whilst scrolling...

Dive NQ celebrates first birthday with bold US-style party on Thanksgiving

If you ever needed any proof that time just flies by, consider this: Dive NQ is officially one year old. Yup. A whole year. That’s...

Pop Bubble Rock is possibly the most friendly and fun independent club night in...

In 2006, University of Manchester student Ben Hiard decided to throw a party. He’d saved up the money and bought himself some DJ decks....

Mr Scruff: Keeping Manchester unreal since 1999

Mr Scruff isn’t your run of the mill musician and his curiously-titled Keep it Unreal event isn’t your ordinary night out either. This probably...

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