It’s that weekend. Parklife. Epicness in a party. Drunken antics. Frank Ocean headlining. The 1975. Hot pants and wellies. The lot. You’ll probably get drenched, lose a shoe or two and ruin your clothes with festival filth, but it’ll be worth it. If you haven’t got your tickets by now you’ll probably have to buy your tickets from the shady bloke in the orange coat who stands outside in the rain. But if you can’t snag yourself a place at Parklife, don’t stress. There’s still plenty going on around our city.
GRUB Food Fair at Mayfield
This is the opening weekend of the GRUB at Mayfield food fair, which is going to be run as a fundraiser for organisations supporting those affected by the Manchester Arena bombing. Organisers from the Mayfield Partnership and GRUB have arranged for a series of fundraising activities to be set up including a bucket collection and a contribution from every drink sold over the entire weekend. All monies raised will be donated to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund so don’t feel too bad about ponying up the cash. You can have an extra drink. Or two. Or three.
Mayfield, Baring Street, Manchester M1 2AD
Hugs4Snugs at Brewdog Manchester
Two things are certain. The craft beer revolution is in full swing and the homeless situation seems to be getting worse. One small craft beer producer, Big Hug Brewing, are trying to do their bit to ease the plight of so many unfortunate people who find themselves living on the streets of the UK. Big Hug Brewing don’t own a brewery. They are ‘hobo’ brewers who use other brewers’ facilities to produce their own beer. The main event this Friday and running over the weekend until Sunday is a 5 Tap Takeover showcasing some of the finest beers you can get your hands on. And you’ll be able to sample a brew completely free if you bring in a donation of pre-loved clothes. Yes, free beer for your old clobber. Bloody brilliant.
Cottonopolis North vs South Juicy Beer Takeover
Nothing says summer like a beer fest. This weekend there’s a North vs South Juicy Beer Takeover hosted by Cloud Water Brewing, Gipsy Hill, North Brewing and Verdant. Pop-up taps will be installed around the venue for you to sample, taste and swill, with the brewers on hand to instil their boozy knowledge and expertise. There will also be a huge competition on the night for you to win a hamper full of beer and merchandise. Complementing these summer brewing selections is live music from tropical trio Captain Stingray’s Groove Machine – a heavy fusion of funk, afrobeat, reggae and latin, live from 6 til 8. Lowell Walbank, One Tree Island and Jonjo Williams will be spinning the vinyl until the early hours. Nice one.
16 Newton Street, Manchester M1 2AE