We’ve nearly made it through – arguably – the two worst months of the year and there’s still a bunch of cracking stuff you can do around the city to populate your diaries with while saving some dosh.

From a revolutionary sound system night over at Factory International to a wholesome jam down at Kampus – here’s our rundown of the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Jam night | Kampus | Wed 21 Feb | From 8pm

If you’re after some mid-week fun before the festivities of the weekend then head down to Nell’s New York Pizza & Bar at Kampus and check out the house band groove through the genres.

Whether you join in on the jam or simply kick back and enjoy the generous happy hour with pizza being served right up until 10pm – this sure is shaping up to be a good one.

Nell's New York Pizza & Bar, 22 Minshull Street, Manchester M1 3EF, Tel: 0161 806 0516
Curated Chaos with Jack Junior | Stage and Radio | Thu 22 Feb | 11pm - 4am

Head over to Northern Quarter’s Stage and Radio this Thursday for an electrifying night, courtesy of Curated Chaos, with the likes of Jack Junior, Macy Lancaster, Rossiter and AJC taking over the decks.

Promising to play all the best bass and garage bangers throughout the evening, this event is sure to keep you bopping about into the early hours.

43 Port St, Manchester M1 2EQ
The Platform Social with DJ LN & Miss Q | Station South | Fri 23 Feb | 6pm - 10pm

Get yourself over to Levenshulme’s Station South this Friday for The Platform Social, where you can enjoy a carefully curated roster of selectors playing a genre-hopping mix of tracks to get you ready for the weekend ahead.

The DJs on rotation include the likes of; Tracks, Fuego Balear, Supernature Disco, Sprechen Music, Levy Downlow DJs, DJ LN & Miss Q and Plant Shop (Emma Nosurak) and they’ll be playing the grooviest disco, jazz, funk soul and just about anything else that’ll get those toes tapping.

975- 977 Stockport Road, Manchester M19 3NP
Ron-de-Veux | The Talleyrand | Fri 23 Feb | From 6pm

Young artist, Luis Beckett, will be launching an exciting opening night exhibition at The Talleyrand this Friday, showcasing a series of paintings on canvas alongside a bunch of ‘functionally dysfunctional’ sculptures.

Luis has been working on the capsule collection for the past few years now so be sure to grab a drink, see some art check out the culmination of his efforts after all this time while showing your support for the local creative scene.

1030 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3WX, Tel: 0161 971 4743
LOWD Sound System | Factory International | Sat 24 Feb | 7pm - 11pm

If you’ve not get weekend plans sorted yet then do not fret as Factory International has a proper treat for you.

LOWD is set to bring their revolutionary sound system to the South Warehouse for a cracking debut show featuring Chimpo, Jenna G, Fox, Black Josh, Chunky and J.Chambers.

All about platforming cultural resistance, bringing in-house selectors and local communities together through bass culture while mixing heavyweight sounds with some incredible visuals – this event is definitely not one to be missed.

South Warehouse, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JG
Mon 19 Feb - Sun 25 Feb
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 19 Feb 2024