Curated by Manchester legends, DJ duo The Unabombers (Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford), The Electric Weekender is a three-day celebration of music, art and food. Taking place over the end of May bank holiday weekend at the Refuge in the Principal Hotel, the event brings together a DJ set from the iconic New York City DJ Francois K who will be hosting a New York loft style party in a basement (Fri 26 May – ticketed), a proper old pub knees-up with lashings of guest craft beers on the Saturday (27 May – free) and an all-day Sunday Balearic session (28 May – free) to get you in the mood for summer on the White Isle. Francois K is a particularly big deal – and for this special party, he’ll be playing a Paradise Garage set in the Refuge basement, harking back to his time as a DJ in New York 1977-87 in one of the city’s most legendary clubs. He’s supported in the bar by Sheffield’s most esteemed DJs, Chris Duckenfield. Other attractions include a ‘summer of love’ street party with Croatian Festival Love International, as well as a weekend-long art exhibition by producer / artist Justin Robertson. Entitled The Explorer’s Chronicle, Robertson’s new artworks were inspired by the shelves of a long-dead explorer and much like his music, they celebrates the possibilities of the imagination. He will also be performing a DJ set on Sunday. To celebrate this big weekend at the Refuge, we’ve got two tickets up for grabs to Francois K in the Basement as well as a signed Justin Robertson poster, the book and soundtrack that accompany the Explorer’s Chronicle exhibition and a limited edition tote bag. To be in with a chance of winning, simply email competitions [at] manchesterwire [dot] co [dot] uk with your name, age, Twitter handle and phone number. Competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 23 May. The winner will be informed by Twitter the following day.

Fri 26 – Sun 28 May, The Refuge, Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HA. Tel: 0161 233 5151, Francois K 11pm-4am, £20, Tickets: Weekender info:

Fri 26 May - Sun 28 May
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Sun 21 May 2017