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Jason Manford to play intimate one-off gig at Oast House to raise money for Cancer Research UK

The gig will be raising money for Cancer Research UK

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Comedian Jason Manford is set to headline a charity event at The Oast House next year.

‘Howl for the Bowel’ will be in memory of Manford’s long-time friend Michelle Mullane – a former XFM and Key 103 radio presenter who passed away on Christmas Eve 2020 from bowel cancer at the age of fifty.

Salford-born Manford first met the radio host over a decade ago when she invited him onto her show, Michelle Around Midnight to chat about his up-and-coming comedy career.

To this day, the comedian still credits Michelle with giving him his first big break on the airwaves and helping him to carve out a successful career in comedy.

He said: “Michelle was such a dear friend and helped me before I was anyone.

“She gave a lot of comedians their first chance of being on the radio and all my times I spent with her I only remember laughter. So it feels fitting to help put this show together in her honour.”

The show will take the format of a festival-style event, with an exciting line-up in store which will include resident DJs, musicians and a number of special guests. 

The event – which was originally scheduled for 2020 – was actually Michelle’s idea, however, it was forced to be rescheduled at the hands of the pandemic. 

Michelle’s daughter, Liv Winter said: “I am thrilled to be able to announce my mum’s pride and joy – Howl for the Bowel. She worked extremely hard on this event despite being so poorly and I am honoured to continue her legacy. The fact it’s happening on her birthday makes it even more poignant.

“My mum made me promise the event would go ahead no matter what, so this big announcement is for her. Everyone involved in this project wants to make my mum proud, so we can’t wait to reveal the rest of the line-up over the coming year.”

The event is penciled in for April 18th, 2022 and tickets are now on sale, with prices starting at £35pp. All profits made from ticket sales and fundraising will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

You can buy your own tickets here.

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Peter Kay announces return to stage with two special live shows next month

He’s been out the spotlight since 2017

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Peter Kay is finally returning to the stage with two new special live shows next month.

The Bolton legend has announced he will be doing two Q&As in aid of Laura Nuttall. The 20-year-old was diagnosed with a fast-growing, aggressive brain tumour called Glioblastoma multiforme back in October 2018.

The special shows will be happening at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on August 7th, at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.

Laura’s mum wrote: “Still can’t believe this is actually happening! So incredibly grateful to Peter for doing this and just cannot wait for August 7th.’”

Peter has been out of the spotlight since 2017, when he cancelled his 14-month tour out of the blue, citing ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.

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A statement from the time read: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.

“My sincerest apologies… I’m sure you’ll understand that my family must always come first.

“I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I’m very sorry.”

Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday, July 30th, at 9am – you can find them here.

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Crepe City is coming to Manchester this weekend with tickets for just £10

Know anyone who loves trainers?

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If nothing makes you happier than a good pair of trainers, then you need to get yourself down to Crepe City.

Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester this weekend, after it was forced to cancel last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Crepe City will bring with it absolutely loads of rare and exclusive shoes, with more than 150 traders ‘showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers’.

There’ll be more than just trainers there as well, with DJs and performers, street food, bar, a sneaker-cleaning service, competitions and panel discussions.

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The event description reads: “The leading sneaker event in Europe returns to Manchester! Expect to see over 150 traders showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers all for sale under one roof.

“The festival will also have competitions, panel discussions, live performances, Manchester-based DJs playing throughout the day, street food, and a bar sponsored by upcoming Manchester-based spirits brand Rockstar Spirits.

“Clothing brands from Manchester and London will also be present alongside local footwear sellers with local talent and workforce represented. Don’t miss it!”

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Crepe City is happening this Sunday, August 1st, from 12pm-5pm, over at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park.

Tickets are live now and are only £10 each – you can grab them here.

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An award-winning George Michael tribute act is coming to Manchester later this year

Calling all George Michael fans!

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A live performance dedicated to the late George Michael will be taking place in Manchester later this year. 

On Christmas Day 2016, the world lost an icon: Wham! frontman and pop music legend, George Michael, sadly passed away at the age of fifty-three.

Since his death, a huge hole has been left in the music industry but, later this year, fans of the singer will be able to experience the next best thing

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Award winning tribute artist Robert Taylor will be reprising his role as George Michael at a concert at Altrincham’s Bowdon Rooms this coming December.

Along with his bass player & backing singers, Robert will pay tribute to the beloved singer, covering all the George Michael and Wham! classics in a fantastic and touching tribute show.

Hits such as ‘Club Tropicana’, ‘I’m Your Man’, ‘Freedom 90’ and ‘Fastlove’ will be performed with a high level of authenticity, and will have concert-goers dancing and singing along all night long. 

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The concert will be taking place on Saturday December 18th at 7pm at The Bowdon Rooms. Get your own tickets and more information here. 

Located in Bowdon, Altrincham, The Bowdon Rooms is an example of stunning Edwardian architecture with Art Deco influences in the immaculate interior.

Dating back to 1903, the award-winning venue is a great choice for exclusive events with its abundance of old style charm and grandeur, authentic character and beautiful features.

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