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Top Manchester venues team up for one last big night in

Featuring live music, comedy, poetry and more, the live streamed event is being hosted to support the hospitality industry in Manchester

Manchester media agency, 1214 Media, have teamed up with five top Manchester venues to host a live streamed fundraising event with live music, comedy, poetry and more.

The event on Saturday 10th April will support the hospitality industry in Manchester, which has struggled over the past year.

The team includes lead venue Frog & Bucket comedy club, Northern Quarter jazz bar Matt & Phreds, 42s nightclub and bars Tribeca and Bar Pop. 

Billed as ‘Manchester’s Last Big Night In’, names signed up to perform on the night so far include comedian Stephen Bailey, who will be hosting throughout the evening from Frog & Bucket; band Mr Wilson’s Second Liners; and stand-up comedian Justin Moorhouse performing live from The Frog.

Happy Monday’s vocalist Rowetta will be giving us an exclusive performance from Tribeca, North Manchester band Scuttlers will perform from Matt & Phred’s, renowned Manchester poet Tony Walsh will give an exclusive recital, and DJ Legend Clint Boon will be ending the night with an hour-long special set exclusively for the fundraiser.

More names will be announced over the coming weeks. 

All funds raised for the event will be split equally between the five venues and will go towards helping them find their feet as the hospitality sector slowly begins the return to normality. 

Local Manchester artists Loveartpix and Suli Irshad have also created bespoke merchandise that can be bought in conjunction with the fundraiser, with 100% of profits going towards the cause. These limited addition T-shirts can be purchased via the event page or directly through

”The lockdown has affected society in many ways, keeping us  apart from our family and friends,” said Shaz Irshad, director, 1214.

“Let’s say goodbye to these sad times and raise some funds for some iconic Manchester venues as they live stream waves of love and laughter from home  grown talent.” 

”Manchester was locked down longer than any other English city and deserves to come out of it with a big bang,” said Jessica Toomey, managing director, Frog & Bucket.

“What better way to celebrate than championing home grown talent and raising vital funds for some great venues.” 

The event will take place on Saturday 10th April. You can get involved in the event by visiting the Crowdfunder page,where a minimum donation of £5 goes towards helping these venues and gives you full access to the live streamed event on the night. A  prize draw worth over £1000 is also up for grabs. 


Manchester is a successful city, but there are many people that suffer. The I Love MCR Foundation helps raise vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people and communities across Greater Manchester – and we can’t do it without your help. So please donate or fundraise what you can because investing in your local community to help it thrive can be a massively rewarding experience. Thank you in advance!

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