A performance of teen musical The Witching Way at The Printworks is just one pick of free things to do in Manchester this weekend.

Jackie Moonbather at Fuel Café Bar | Fri 25 Oct | 7.30pm - 11pm

On Friday night, you can catch this free gig at Withington’s Fuel Café Bar. Local dreampop group Pomona XV host this gig, which will be headlined by Sheffield-based electronic artist and DJ Jackie Moonbather in his first Manchester show. Also on the bill are Pomona XV themselves and local solo artist Itsnahtevendark – also known as Sam Frost.

Fuel Cafe Bar, 448 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Manchester M20 3BW
Tekla at Wilderness Record Store | Sat 26 Oct | 3pm - 8.30pm

Another gig in Withington, as local record store Wilderness hosts this free afternoon and early evening show, set to coincide with what would’ve been the weekend of Carefully Planned festival (had it not been shelved in 2016). Performing in the store’s cosy interior are minimalist folk singer-songwriter Tekla, alt rock experimentalist Faith Elliott, folk-classical artist Danny Addison and Stevenage-based synthpop producer Byfyn. All this, plus DJ sets from local indie threepiece The Early Mornings.

Wilderness Record Store, 9 Egerton Crescent, Manchester M20 4PN
The Witching Way at The Printworks | Sat 26 Oct | 8pm - 9pm

If you can brave the Printworks on a Saturday evening, then you can catch this fascinating musical event. Dr Chloe Germaine Buckley is a lecturer in English at Man Met, and an expert of witches in popular culture, and here she introduces a suitably Halloweeny coming-of-age musical about a teenage witch (but not THAT teenage witch). The Witching Way was created by theatremakers Ali Matthews and Leo Burtin, and has previously been performed at The Royal Exchange and Lancaster Arts, and features a live rock band playing along with performers.

Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS
Writing Gothic Fiction at Burgess Foundation | Sun 27 Oct | 2pm - 4pm

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation hosts this free workshop for young writers on Sunday afternoon. Historical novelist Catherine Johnson and Tales of Terror author Chris Priestley lead you through a session aimed at getting teen and young adult writers to develop their ideas and explore the macabre (whilst keeping it PG).

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY
Fri 25 Oct - Sun 27 Oct
Jon Whiteley
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Thu 24 Oct 2019