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What’s on in Manchester – November

Jake Bugg

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.

Exhibitions

David Chadwick: We Were All Here, Once // Until 5 November 2013 @ Cornerhouse, Oxford Street

Manchester-based photographer David Chadwick will present a selection of rarely-seen images of the city’s night scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This will be the first time these unique photographs, summarised by Chadwick simply as “young people looking for love”, have been displayed together in public.

Music

Stereophonics // 14 November 2013 @ Phones4U Arena

In addition to songs from their latest studio album Graffiti on the Train, the four-piece will be performing tracks from their 20 plus year back catalogue including the classics The Bartender And The Thief, Have A Nice Day, Mr Writer, A Thousand Trees and the number one hit Dakota.

Jake Bugg // 6 and 7 November 2013 @ O2 Apollo

A big star at Radio 1 and 6 Music, Jake has also made appearances on Radio 2 and on Radio 4’s flagship culture show Front Row. High profile features have included the Guardian, NME front cover, Sunday Times Culture, Q, MOJO and more.

Yellowcard // 14 November @ Royal Northern College of Music (Chamber Hall)

To mark an entire decade since its original release, this is the group’s ‘Ocean Avenue: Acoustic’ tour – where they will perform their best-loved hits from the platinum selling album. With over two and a half million albums sold and counting, Yellowcard continue to dominate the music world, garnering fan support and critical acclaim alike.

Bombino: Live // 1 November 2013 @ Band on the Wall

The incredible new star of desert blues brings his band’s sun-baked sound to Band on the Wall for what promises to be an utterly thrilling night. Every year or so world music throws up a new global star in the making and 2013 looks like being Tuareg guitar genius Omara “Bombino” Moctar’s year.

Performance

A Walk in the Park // 20 – 22 November 2013 @The Black Lion, Chapel Street

When Jack (Levi Payne) and Kate (Sarah O’Byrne) first meet, the pair hit it off to a great start. Jack’s enthusiastic mother (played by BBC Radio Lancashire Presenter Sally Naden) is eager to meet her son’s new girlfriend, but Jack has reservations. As time goes on, cracks in their relationship start to show and a tragic incident brings about revelations nobody ever expected.

Mickey Flanagan // 21 November 2013 @ Phones4U Arena

The ‘Back In The Game’ tour follows on from the huge critical and commercial success of last year’s ‘Out Out’ tour where over 200,000 tickets were sold and all 150 dates a sell out.

Wicked // Present until 16 November 2013 @ The Palace Theatre

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as students. Their extraordinary adventures will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Festivals

Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival // 18 October – 3 November 2013 @ Z-Arts

The Big Imaginations Children’s Theatre Festival will celebrate brilliant children’s theatre and fire the imaginations of a wide range of children, from toddling two-year olds to sophisticated pre-teens.

Doki Doki The Manchester Japanese Festival // 9 November 2013 @ Sugden Sports Centre

Throughout the day, there will be talks, demonstrations, parades and other events showcasing art, fashion, martial arts, film, music, games and other aspects of Japanese culture, past and present, as well as retail stalls and artist stands. Hot and cold Japanese food and drink will also be available to festival-goers.

Sports

AJ Bell World Squash Championships // 26 October 2013 – 3 November 2013 @ National Squash Centre

The nine day tournament, to be staged at the National Squash Centre with finals at Manchester Central, is one of the cornerstones of what will be another memorable sporting year for the city of Manchester.

UCI Track Cycling World Cup // 1 – 3 November 2013 @ The National Cycling Centre

Across the three days of competition, the leading male and female cyclists in the world will compete across all the Olympic Track Cycling disciplines in this next step on the road to Rio.

Scotland v USA: Rugby League World Cup 2013 // 7 November 2013 @ Salford City Stadium

Salford holds a prime position in the heart of the North West, just one minute from Manchester city centre on the banks of the River Irwell. This is a city of contrasts offering acres of beautiful countryside, miles of waterways and lots of culture and history. Heritage is a strong theme in the city with over 250 listed buildings, including the Grade 1 listed Ordsall Hall where Guy Fawkes is rumoured to have cooked up the Gunpowder Plot. While Salford has one foot in the past in celebration of its fascinating history, the city is embracing a digital future with MediaCityUK, the new home of the BBC in the North.

Out of Town

The Saddleworth Creative Network Gift & Craft Winter Festival // 10 November 2013 @ Uppermill Civic Hall, Lee Street

The first is the ‘Winter Craft & Gift Festival’ and will be held on Sunday 10th November to tempt those early bird Christmas shoppers. This is being held on Remembrance Sunday and will observe the 2 minutes silence at 11am. All proceeds from the regular tombola will be donated to the Poppy Appeal, along with many of the traders making and selling many poppy related items to raise money for the charity.

Long Day’s Journey into Night // Until 2 November 2013 @ Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Eugene O’Neill shares, with uncompromising truth and honesty, the pain, anguish and guilt faced by his own family, in what is his most moving and compelling drama.

The Oldham Open // Present until 16 November 2013 @ Gallery Oldham

The exhibition is also a great opportunity for visitors to view and buy a range of artworks by local artists and see the range of skills and talents in Oldham. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite piece in the People’s Prize competition during the course of the show. The winner will receive vouchers for art materials.

Spindleopolis When Cotton was King // Present until 30 November 2013 @ Gallery Oldham

Cotton helped to create a prosperous working class whose cash fuelled a market for seaside holidays, football, music hall and fish and chips. The display uses the cartoons and words of local man Sam Fitton to recreate this lost world. This dialect writer and entertainer chronicled the lives of the working men and women of the town in the pages of the Cotton Factory Times, the operatives’ own weekly newspaper.

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What’s on in Manchester – October

Gabrielle Aplin

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.

Exhibitions

David Beckham // Until August 2014 @ Manchester United Museum

See some of David’s winner’s medals and commemorative shirts feature; predict where he will place the ball during one of his many famous strikes; and relive some of ‘Becks’ changing hairstyles via the interchangeable portrait of the his famous face.

Forming Words flow freely from London to Manchester // Until 9 November 2013 @ Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Each work in this exhibition was specially commissioned by Flow Gallery, London, and responds to a piece of writing of the artist’s choice, from poetry to a letter to lyrics. MCDC is the exhibition’s first touring venue outside London.

Double Indemnity // Until January 1 2014 @ Cornerhouse

The exhibition will inter-weave images and text from Billy Wilder’s classic film with a selection of photography, video, painting and installation artworks, which expose and subvert the distance between those who desire and are desired.

Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War // 12 October 2013 – 23 February 2014 @ IWM North

Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War reveals how war has been crucial subject matter for contemporary artists in the last two decades. Visitors will explore the rich, varied and moving artistic response to conflict in a media age. Hear from the artists themselves and discover what motivates people to create art about conflict.

Vivarium (Live Animals) // From 26 October 2013 @ Manchester Museum

The new Vivarium provides better displays, enhanced interpretation and reveals more of the conservation work that currently takes place behind the scenes. The new gallery looks at themes such as human impact on the natural world, local and global reptiles and amphibians, how humans help these animals and how these animals help humans.

Music

Bruno Mars // 5 October 2013 @ Phones4U Arena

The Hawaiian-born singer-songwriter will be performing hits including Just The Way You Are, The Lazy Song and Marry Me. Released in 2010, Mars’ debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans was greeted with international chart and critical success and garnered the performer numerous Grammy, American Music, MTV and Billboard awards.

Gabrielle Aplin // 31 October 2013 @ HMV Ritz

Gabrielle Aplin will be performing at Manchester’s HMV Ritz on 31 October 2013. The performance will start at 18:00. She is a whipsmart self taught 20 year old singer songwriter from Bath, Gabrielle has been writing and recording songs since she was 15.

Tom Odell // 19 October 2013 @ Manchester Academy

Tom Odell is a British singer-songwriter. He released his debut extended play, Songs From Another Love, in 2012. His debut studio album, Long Way Down, will be available from 15 April 2013.

Norman Jay MBE // 19 October 2013 @ 2022nq

Sir Norman Jay has been spinning righteous soulful music from many genres and eras since the late 70’s and he has partied and played at some of the most influential clubs around the world.

Birdy // 31 October 2013 @ Academy 2

Eighteen months on from that debut, the 17-year-old Hampshire singer and songwriter is back on tour in line with the release of her new album ‘Fire Within’. It sees her stepping into, and shining in, a new role as songwriter-in-chief. Fire Within’s 11 tracks include her stirring, propulsive new single, Wings, the tender piano ballad No Angel and Light Me Up, the song that, more than any other, emphasises the dramatic developments in Birdy’s musicianship and writing over the past 18 months.

Performance

Educating Rita // Until 12 October 2014 @ The Lowry

Brash, straight-talking hairdresser Rita is determined to change her life. She wants to know ‘everything’ and she thinks the Open University might just be the answer. World-weary, alcohol-fuelled lecturer Frank is a failed poet, a self-acknowledged ‘appalling teacher of appalling students’. In fact, he’s just about given up. In need of extra cash, he agrees to tutor Rita, totally unaware of the whirlwind that’s about to enter his world.

Go Back for Murder // 14 – 19 October 2013 @ Opera House Manchester

This production is a gripping murder mystery packed with intrigue, murder and suspense and one of over a dozen plays from the pen of Agatha Christie. Go Back for Murder was adapted by Christie in 1960 from her novel Five Little Pigs, editing out the legendary detective Hercule Poirot for the stage version.

Festivals

Grimm Fest // 3 – 6 October 2013 @ Dance House Theatre

Grimmfest 2013 will launch on October 2nd with a special preview night at the spectacular 1200-seater Art Deco Super Cinema, Stockport Plaza. This will feature a screening of the fully-restored 40th Anniversary rerelease of cult classic THE WICKER MAN and Q&A with the film’s director Robin Hardy and special preview of the CHILD’S PLAY reboot CURSE OF CHUCKY.

The Manchester Weekender 2013 // 10 – 13 October @ Various

From performance art to pop-up cinema, from music premieres to intimate gigs, from superstar authors to Britain’s best bloggers, from art exhibitions to secret theatre, The Manchester Weekender features dozens of events and hundreds of artists – in some of the city’s most iconic and historic spaces.

North West Food Lovers Festival // 18 – 20 October @ EventCity

The festival will feature all the best chefs from across the North West and UK, as well as showing some of the very best produce available. Over 150 local, regional and UK food and drink producers will share their passion with you at this amazing foodie spectacular. There will be kids cooking classes, wine seminars and of course chef’s cooking up some of the best meals you have tasted.

Manchester Science Festival // 24 October – 3 November 2013 @ MOSI

This autumn Manchester Science Festival returns for the 7th year. Play, create and experiment with your scientific side as Manchester Science Festival brings together a unique blend of art, make-it workshops, performances and big experiences for all ages across Greater Manchester.

Vogue’s Fashion Night Out // 10 October 2013 @ Various

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, a one-night-only shopping event rolls into Manchester for the first time this October. More than 100 shops, bars and restaurants have signed up and will be open into the night.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival // Until 7 October (from September 26) 2013 @ Various

The Festival Hub will be housed in Albert Square as usual, and will be filled with Manchester’s biggest Street Food Fair, a Beer Festival serving up over 100 different local beers, Robinsons’ Pub on the Hub, an artisan food market, The Festival Tiki Shack, The Birdhouse Charity Cake Sale, and a series of Masterclasses providing practical tips from fileting a fish to plucking a pheasant!

Sports

AJ Bell World Squash Championships // 26 October – 3 November 2013 @ National Squash Centre

The nine day tournament, to be staged at the National Squash Centre with finals at Manchester Central, is one of the cornerstones of what will be another memorable sporting year for the city of Manchester. Reigning champion Ramy Ashour and four-time champion Amr Shabana are set to feature and squash will also find out this year if it makes it into the 2020 Olympics so this is set to be a phenomenal show.

Out of Town

Whitefield Halloween Festival // 20 – 31 October @ various, Whitefield

The North West Premier destination for all your spooktacular needs; activities range from education to creative with something for everyone, alongside the traditional pumpkin carving and lantern making. Join us on a journey of fun and excitement

Homegrown // 17 – 19 October @ various, Bury

The UK’s only English folk Festival previewing the finest English folk from established artists and rising stars taking place at venues across Bury.