This weekend’s top events will have you making excuses left, right and centre. Grease kicks off at The Palace Theatre so it’s the perfect excuse to break out that leather jacket and get your hair slicked back. Oh so cute. The Irish Parade this Sunday is the perfect excuse for the beer-loving citizens of our fair city to throw back a few more pints than usual. And the Sick! Festival gives you no excuse not to get cultured.

Here’s our top picks to see and do this weekend in no particular order.

Grease at The Palace Theatre

Three to see this weekend: greased lightning, Irish charm and a sick festival I Love Manchester

This needs no introduction really, does it? I mean, it’s Grease! It’s the original and the best high school musical, featuring all our firm fav jangles from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, and, of course, Greased Lightnin’. Zac Efron step aside. Plus it’s an excuse to dust off your leather jacket, whip out the hairspray and hand jive the night away with a show that brings back those sock hop days. Tom Parker (yep him from The Wanted) is starring as ‘bad boy’ Danny so you have every reason to get excited.

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Sick! Festival

Three to see this weekend: greased lightning, Irish charm and a sick festival I Love Manchester
HELP by Anoek Nuyens Pic Michiel Cotterink

Launched in Brighton in 2013, Sick! Festival hits Manchester just in time for the weekend. Its aim is to open up a conversation about modern life and the physical, mental and social challenges that come with it. You’ll be treated to a number of performances that embrace difficult topics with a focus on identity and belonging. With everything else going on in the world, we think is set to be both enlightening and thought provoking. If you’re in the market for a spot of live music, film screenings, art, dance and comedy that might just change you’re outlook on life, then get the date in your diary. Sick! Festival has got you covered.

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The Irish Parade and Makers Market

Three to see this weekend: greased lightning, Irish charm and a sick festival I Love Manchester

It might not be St Paddy’s Day just yet but that doesn’t stop the folks of our fair city celebrating all things Irish. Start your Sunday afternoon with a Guinness in hand and head down to the Irish Parade. It leaves the Irish World Heritage Centre at 12 noon and finishes at Albert Square around 2pm.Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out to line the route of the parade to chat, celebrate and have an all-round good time. You may be a little peckish afterwards so head on up to Stevenson Square for The Northern Quarter Makers Market where you can pick up a gourmet burger (or vegan pie) and a pint of home-brewed ale (or craft coffee) to satisfy your cravings.

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