The students are back, and Manchester’s buzzing. We hope everyone is having fun – and we’ve even put together an Alternative Freshers Guide, so undergraduates can enjoy the other side of the city. If you are new – welcome!

It’s a busy weekend ahead. 50 Cent is coming to Manchester Arena on Friday, sure to be a hit considering that 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of his debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin, whilst Saturday sees Shania Twain come to the same venue on her ‘Now’ Tour. Then it’s from big beats to big eats, with the biggest Levenshulme Market yet on Saturday. Expect an array of food and drink traders plus live music. 

There’s the opportunity to see an electrifying dance and circus show as former Britain’s Got Talent stars Diversity bring a unique performance – Ignite – to the Intu Trafford centre from 21st-23rd September. This street dance troupe have partnered up with Gandey World Class Productions, one of the world’s biggest touring circuses, to celebrate 250 years of the art. Circus meets street dance in an enormous big top tent as it visits Manchester on its UK-wide tour. 

The British Sound Project returns to Manchester on the 22nd September, bringing big-hitting acts including Franz Ferdinand, Reverend and The Makers and The Cribs, as well as a range of local talent to The Victoria Warehouse. 

From festivals to fundraisers as SubJam, hosted by Subvert Boardstore at BEYOND, will be taking over the slope at Chill Factore and raising money for The Christie. Expect a day full of activities on the slopes, live music, entertainment and even a tattooist in attendance.

Here at I Love MCR we’ve pulled together even more options for you to try, with a unique wellness festival, singing for hope in a historic location and raising awareness of hidden homelessness all on the cards.

Float Festival

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A new mental wellbeing festival for Manchester this Saturday in Salford. Designed to be an accessible and enjoyable experience for all, there will be workshops, pop-up retail opportunities, talks and more, with special guests including Chloe Knights, Hannah Cox and yoga star Leo Oppenheim. Activities will take place throughout the day according to a range of categories – ‘Play’, ‘Move’, ‘Engage’, ‘Inspire’ and ‘Restore’. There will also be more experimental things to get involved in such as reggae yoga, talks on ‘how not to be a dickhead’ and ‘making the matriarchy’ plus free massages, reflexology, modern meditation and a dance performance by Carmina Entertainment. Make the most of the food and drink stalls in attendance including love + labour wines, Pres juice and Bird and Blend Tea. Saturday 22nd September, Five Four Studios in Salford. 

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A Concert of Hope

Three to see this weekend: raise your mood, raise the roof, party for good I Love Manchester
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A Street Requiem to remember those in Manchester who have died due to homelessness, performed in the beautiful Manchester Cathedral by Sing The World on Saturday. Composed by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch, this is an opportunity to remember and reflect, as well as take hope from a powerful evening showing how profound voices can be. 70 singers from all the over the world will come together, conducted by Dr Jonathon Welch AM. This moving event will also feature a performance from Streetwise Opera, and all proceeds will be going towards the ongoing work of Streetwise Opera with the city’s homelessness charities. Saturday 22nd September, Manchester Cathedral, from 8pm. Tickets available from £5 for concessions, £10 standard – bookable online.

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Love For The Streets: Hidden Behind The Headlines

Three to see this weekend: raise your mood, raise the roof, party for good I Love Manchester

A party with purpose presented by the inspiring group Love For The Streets, raising awareness of hidden homelessness in Manchester – taking place for 12 hours on Sunday at three-floor party place Hidden. This event will take the form of an all-day festival titled ‘Hidden Behind the Headlines’ and will feature tunes from likes of Ossia, CULT, The Nest and Hidden DJs, music, food and drink, fashion stalls and a range of creative workshops. There will also be the opportunity to find out more about homelessness charities in the city, fundraising and how to get involved. Sunday 23rd September, 4pm-4am, Hidden.

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