It’s mainly about the music this weekend. Get ready to say a final farewell to South Manchester clubbing institution Antwerp Mansion, which will be opening its doors one last time on Saturday night. Before that, you can catch a series of one-off live music and theatre performances at the three-day MancMade Festival. And fans of musicals won’t want to miss the lavish stage production of The Sound of Music, on at the Palace Theatre until Saturday.

Antwerp Mansion Closing Party

The Rusholme venue which has been home to many iconic club nights and performers over the past seven years is being forced to close by the council and will open its doors for one last dance on Saturday for an all day party running from 2pm-4am with a specially curated line-up across all genres. But you’d better be quick. Tickets are selling like VERY hot cakes.


MancMade Festival

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A three-day festival made in Manchester for Manchester comes to underneath-the-arches arts space 53two from Thursday till Saturday with theatre and music taking centre stage. On the first two nights from 7.30pm there will be three brand new 20 minute plays, all world premieres, interspersed with performances from local poets ARGH KiD, Dave Viney and Karl Hildebrandt. On Saturday it’s an afternoon affair from 1pm with pop-ups both inside and outside the venue including food, drink, art, clothing and the best creatives Manchester has to offer, with live music under the arches until late. Tickets can be booked for individual days or a three-day pass for just £10.


The Sound of Music

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Doe a deer, a female deer. You’ve seen the film. Now see the stage show. One of the best known and most popular musicals of them all is in town with an unforgettable score featuring some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including Edelweiss, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and, of course, the title song, The Sound of Music. Starring Neil McDermott (EastEnders, The Royal, Rosemary & Thyme, Doctors and Casualty) as Captain Von Trapp, with choreography by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer and musical direction by David Steadman, Bill Kenwright’s critically-acclaimed, wonderfully lavish production of the classic and heartwarming musical is at the Palace Theatre until Saturday 17 March.



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