Yes, we all know that this Friday is St Paddy’s Day, so if the beer-loving folk of our fair city need an excuse to drink a little more than usual, there you have it. There are plenty of weekender club nights that cater to craic-loving partygoers who like to douse themselves in emerald glitter and throw back a Guinness or three. But there’s plenty going on around the city if you fancy a shamrock-free weekend. If you’re not busy stalking Olly Murs at Manchester Arena or heading down to O2 Apollo to see Elbow perform, why not try one of these slightly more low-key events?
Here’s our three to see this weekend in no particular order.
Manchester Film Weekender
Film buffs get excited. The first Manchester Film Weekender hits Manchester this Saturday. Both the full weekend and daily ticket includes a nice cuppa tea or coffee on arrival, fresh pastries, a full lunch and snacks throughout. Can’t say fairer than that. This film fan’s dream focuses on émigré German filmmakers and you’ll be able to catch Asphalt, The Blue Angel, Emil and The Detectives and plenty more. The discussion and question and answer session is led by Maggie Hoffgen who also runs film courses at Home.
Spinningfields Makers Market
The Spinningfields Makers Market takes place on the third weekend of every month and brings together the finest bakers, creators, designers and collectors. Skip standing in hour long lines and fighting over the last Mother’s Day bath set from Boots in favour of rifling through locally sourced goods with a cocktail in one hand and a gourmet burger (or vegan pie) in the other. A selection of the freshest farm produce, artisan breads, delicatessen, cheeses, handmade chocolates, puddings, pies awaits. You name it and they’ll probably have it. Plus, if you’ve lost your Mother’s Day shopping motivation, a stroll around this market might just help you find it.
Go Big Or Go Home
What better way to start the weekend that with a few beers and some live music? At the centre of HOME’s current exhibition, John Hyatt Rock Art, is Club Big – a fully kitted-out pop-up music club, introducing the best breakthrough live music and performance. An act to look out for this is Friday is homegrown singer songwriter Elizabeth Preston whose music has been described by The Guardian as ‘gorgeous cello-looped folk’. Sounds good to me. Club Big is an all-around great choice if you want to sip on a cocktail or some craft beer and kick back to a stellar music line-up. As the saying goes, go big or go home. Well, this Friday you can go both.