The ‘What’s on in Manchester’ blog will give you a heads up for selected highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester for the coming month – published every month on behalf of Visit Manchester.
Beneath and Beyond // Present until 30 June 2013 @ MOSI, mosi.org.uk
Beneath and Beyond by artist Stephen Hurrel, brings together science and nature in a unique live sound installation. Tectonic shifts and on-going movements beneath the Earth’s surface are the source of generating this sound work.
Developing: Photographs by Mary McCartney // Present until 9 June 2013 @ The Lowry, thelowry.com
Mary McCartney’s photographs have been seen around the world, and are equally at home in galleries and magazines. This brand new exhibition features striking large scale images of many legendary international performers including Helen Mirren, Joni Mitchell and Morrissey.
Rihanna // 12 – 13 June 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
Following her four sold-out Manchester Arena dates in winter 2011, the international R’n’B star returns to showcase tracks from her latest album Diamonds, alongside the chart-topping hits Umbrella, Don’t Stop The Music, Only Girl (In The World), SOS, Disturbia and Shut Up And Drive.
Robbie Williams // 18 – 22 June @ Etihad Stadium, mcfc.com/the-club/visiting-the-stadium
The tour is his first for over 6 years and this follows a number one single and album. Robbie will be playing songs from his legendary back catalogue along with songs from his new album ‘Take the Crown’. Olly Murs will be the special guest at the performances.
Rod Stewart // 8 – 9 June 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
With a career now in its fifth decade, Stewart has sold over 100 million records worldwide with six consecutive number one singles and 62 hit singles including six number ones. He will be performing all of his massive hits from the past including ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’, ‘Maggie May’, ‘Baby Jane’ and ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’.
Eddie Izzard // 7 June 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
Izzard, who last performed at the Manchester Arena in 2009 as part of his ‘Stripped’ world tour, returns with his brand new show ‘Force Majeure’ (meaning “superior force”, “chance occurrence”, “unavoidable accident” in French). ‘Force Majeure’ is billed as the most extensive comedy tour ever as the comedian takes in cities from Manchester to Moscow to Mumbai across 25 countries.
A Wondrous Place // 11 – 22 June 2013 @ Royal Exchange, royalexchange.co.uk
Four brand new short stories for the theatre, each offering a fresh and surprising perspective on four amazing North of England cities: Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
Soul Sister // 3 – 8 June 2013 @ The Lowry, thelowry.com
Following the highs and lows, and passions and heartbreak, of Ike and Tina as their careers soared and their marriage crumbled, Soul Sister is full of heart and soul, electrifying choreography and stunning musical numbers. Featuring the hits ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Private Dancer’, ‘River Deep Mountain High’ and, of course, ‘Simply The Best’, plus many more.
Manchester Sound: The Massacre // 8 June – 6 July 2013 @ Secret Location, librarytheatre.com
Manchester Sound: The Massacre is the dynamic finale to the Library Theatre Company’s programme of must-see site-specific theatre experiences. This unique production brings the changing face of protest in our radical city vividly to life – melding the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 to the illegal rave parties of the late 80s acid house scene, through to today.
The performance will be staged in a secret city centre venue. Ticket-holders will be advised to turn up at a given location and then escorted to the venue.
Parklife // 8 – 9 June @ Heaton Park, parklife.uk.com
Back with a vengeance, this year’s Parklife moves to its even bigger and better new home of Heaton Park. Across the Saturday and Sunday the stages will be graced by the likes of Example, Plan B, Iggy Azalea, Jessie Ware, Carl Cox, Disclosure, Heidi, Hot Natured, AlunaGeorge and Rita Ora – for what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable weekend.
Chinese Dragon Boat Festival // 16 June 2013 @ The Quays, thequays.org.uk
To commemorate Chinese culture and history, the Dragon Boat Festival and Chinese New Year celebrations will be the prime events to be celebrated each year in the North West, with a showcase of high-quality traditional Chinese cultural attractions, such as traditional lion dances, folk dances, music, songs and Chinese calligraphy and a bite of traditional Dragon Boat Festival food like Zongzi (Glutinous rice dumplings).
Stockport Beer and Cider Festival // 30 May – 1 June 2013 @ Edgeley Park Football Ground
The 27th Stockport Beer and Cider Festival is a celebration of quality real ale and traditional cider with more than 200 beers and cider on offer during the festival including beers from across Europe at our Real Ale in the Bottle Bar.
Out Of Town
The Magic of Beatrix Potter // Present until 1 September 2013 @ Tatton Park, tattonpark.org.uk
Look out for characters and scenes from her stories and follow trails in the mansion, farm and gardens. Find out about her life and legacy of countryside conservations. Enjoy rare opportunities to see an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s original watercolors and drawings, on loan from the National Trust collection.
Break the Floorboards // 4 – 8 June 2013 @ Oldham Coliseum, oldhamcoliseum.ticketsolve.com
All Zain wants to do is dance, but his family and the local fascists and his two left feet are getting in the way. Fusing the captivating dance styles of Bollywood and Street, this is the tale of one young boy’s attempts to escape the grim reality of his recession-hit hometown and turn his life into the glittering world of his Bollywood fantasies.
Trans Pennine Challenge // 22 – 23 June 2013 @ Didsbury, transpenninechallenge.com
50 or 100KM The Trans Pennine Challenge; can you take it on? If you want to redefine your 2013 goals, push yourself further, and fundraise for the charity of your choice – then this could be the challenge for you! Set in the magnificent backdrop of the Peak District, it will be a journey that you’ll never forget.
Great Manchester Cycle // 30 June 2013 @ Etihad Stadium, greatcycle.org
After a tremendous 2012 debut on wheels, the UK’s biggest timed cycling event is back and will take place on Sunday 30 June. Starting and finishing at the Etihad Campus, cyclists will have the ultimate opportunity to rule the roads when they take to the Mancunian Way en route to Trafford.
Walk of the Month
Oldham Ghost Walk // 1st and 2nd Thursday of the month @ Oldham Coliseum, ghostwalk.hardgraft.co.uk
Oldham Ghost walk is a mile long walk around Oldham telling the stories of ghosts, murders and frankly anything that has dragged up the darker side of life. It’s informative, entertaining, but scary. Oldham Ghost Walk is for anyone young and old, sceptics or believers, Reds or Blues. The walks are held on 1st and 2nd Thursday of every Month and start at 19:30. Meet outside the Oldham Coliseum on Fairbotton Street, Oldham.