This weekend’s three to see will fill your schedule with live concerts, Shindigger sessions and a coffee championship that puts your average Starbucks macchiato to shame. If you were planning on spending the entire weekend eating the cookie dough contents of your Ben and Jerry’s and binge watching eight hour marathons of Netflix, here’s your weekend reminder to change those plans in favour of one of these three to see.
Here, in no particular order, are three reasons to peel yourself off the sofa this weekend.
Clay at Gorilla
If you’re a fan of Noel Gallagher and The Courteeners, listen up. Clay are a crisp and moody new age indie group started by brothers Joe Harvey and Jack Harvey and they’re hitting up our city this weekend. The band are hotly tipped by the likes of Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe and they’re going from strength to strength. So why not kick back with a craft beer in one hand and burger in the other before heading into Gorilla’s live back room on Saturday to watch Clay perform their visual masterpiece. It’s exactly the kind of fresh sound we could all do with around about now.
54-56 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 5WW
Shindigger Houseparty at Antwerp Mansion
Also on Saturday is this all-day house party showcasing some of Manchester’s best musical talent. There’s a glorious outside space, plenty of sexy street food and our pals Reform Radio have curated a fantastic line-up of deejays spinning tracks for your pleasure. Expect funk n soul, latin, world, hip-hop and everything in between. Shindigger have the beer. You have the taste buds. So grab your mates and get yourself down.To read more about it, click on our interview with the founders here.
6 Cross Keys St, Manchester, M4 5ET
UK Barista Championships
Half of May is already gone, the days are getting longer, the weather’s getting warmer (ish- remember this is Manchester) and we’ll soon be swapping our flat whites and cappuccinos for ice lattes and Nitro cold brews. The Speciality Coffee Association UK has chosen Manchester as its location for the regional UKBC heats this year. Coffee lovers, get excited. Each competitor will have fifteen minutes to produce three sets of four drinks, espressos, milk drinks and one signature beverage. Set to music and with an accompanying presentation, each UKBC routine is a platform to see what these talented baristas come up with. The drinks are judged by two technical judges and four sensory judges and you can catch the whole shebang at Ancoats Coffee. It’s also free entry as long as you send out love and positive vibes to the competitors. Take that, Starbucks.
Royal Mills, 17 Redhill St, Manchester M4 5BA