August Bank Holiday is massive in Manchester and our pick of the clubbing crop includes Pride  – a full weekend of live music from acts like Groove Armada and Will Young, as well as the world famous parade, lead by Manchester’s first ever openly gay mayor Carl Austin-Behan. Over at the Northern Quarter’s Cottonpolis, expect two days of bank holiday disco and hip hop events (Sat 27, 4pm-late & Sun 28 Aug 2pm-4am). A new ‘cashless’ nightclub call The Spot is opening (Fri 26 Aug, 40 – 44 Princess St, M1 6DD) serving up what they promise will be the best in house while Islington Mill is hosting a ‘body postive arts festival’ on Friday night from 7pm – click here for more info. If in doubt go for a classic: there’s a Homoelectric Bank Holiday Showdown on Sunday (28 Aug, FAC251, 10pm-4am, £13, featuring live sets by Krysko (Warehouse Project), Les Poppers, Gina Breeze and more – plus alt drag night, Cha Cha Boudoir (host Cheddar Gorgeous, pictured), is hosting a fairy-themed spectacular (what else?) on Friday night (26 Aug, Cruz 101, 11pm-5am, £8, No Pride wristbands required. There’s also a free two day party from the Unabombers (the DJs/restrateurs behind Electric Chair, Homoelectric and Volta) called Come As You Are behind The Refuge at the Palace Hotel – read our preview for more.

Fri 26 Aug - Mon 29 Aug
Ruth Allan
Published on:
Tue 23 Aug 2016