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Manchester free stuff and guideFacts, Figures & Free stuff!

If you're still looking for Manchester stag ideas then here's some information on venues, events and places worth a visit during you weekend.


Manchester Arena - Despite its fondness for changing its name depending on it current sponsor the Phones4U/Manchester Arena is a headline venue pulling in the biggest names. Recent and forthcoming acts include; Stereophonics, Chase and Status, John Bishop, Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold, Mickey Flanagan.

Manchester Academy - A serious music venue for serious music fans, you’re unlikely to see Jedwood on stage unless they have been hung their and used as ornaments by the likes of Primal Scream. As well as new break through and emerging artists the Academy also features true music legends who are still plying their trade and taking it out on the road again. Recent and forthcoming acts include; Beady Eye, Shed Seven, White Lies, Papa Roach, Editors, Barenaked Ladies, Panic at the Disco, London Grammar, Mikill Pane and comedy acts such as Lee Nelson.

HMV Ritz - Another great live venue with a varied line up treading its boards including; The Happy Mondays (you can’t get more Manchester than that), So Solid Crew, Soul II Soul, Ocean Colour Scene, Beth Hart, Palma Violets, The Damned.

The Lowry A truly iconic venue with some serious theatre going on. But if you’re just after wisecracks then there are a lot of great gags men that either have recently or are soon to be taking to the stage including; Sean Hughes, Craig Campbell, Rob Newman, Alistair McGowen.

The Apollo - Quite frankly if an act haven’t played the Manchester Apollo then they haven’t made it. This is a truly legendary venue with a cast list to prove it. Recent and forthcoming acts include; Jason Byrne, Jake Bugg, Scouting For Girls, Motorhead, Basement Jaxx, Ed Byrne, James Arthur, Russell Brand, Rizzle Kicks, Jimmy Carr, Lee Mack.


16 – 18 May MCR Sports & Music Festival “Play all day, party all night” is the war cry of this festival which features camping, glamping music and more. The Salford Sports Vliiage plays host to Aussie Rules Football, Beach Rugby, Softball, Dodgeball, Handball Rugby 7’s, Gaelic Football, Volleyball and “Ultimate” (we’re not even sure what that is but we want in) with food drink and top DJ’s to boot.

June 28 – 29 Grillstock Any festival that bills itself as “Meat.Music.Mayhem” is sure to get our vote. Cooking up live music with an Americana flavour featuring blue grass, rockabilly,  Cajun, country, etc lightly seasoned with street entertainment and meat. Lots and lots of meat. Grill pit bosses from the UK, Europe and the US will do battle to become King of the “Q” (that’s the Weber King of the Grill Trophy to those not in the know) or if that doesn’t tickle your taste buds you can enter yourselves into the Scovil Scale busting chilli eating contest.

July Manchester International Festival Mostly a music festival last years line up included Rob de Bank, Mogwai, MONEY, Delphic, Goldfrapp, Massie Attack and many more.

Sept 26 - Oct 7 Manchester Food & Drink Festival If you have a foodie loving group of stags then this is the festival for you. If you have a drink loving groups of stags this is still the festival for you. Their website gives hints of cider, an “Octoberfest Drinking Den”, Apotheca Cocktails, and plenty of free food… What’s not to like?


You can’t think of Manchester and not think of football. A city rich in sporting history and love him or hate him Fergie has been a dominant force in the sport over recent years, inventor of “Fergie Time” treble winning manager and the most successful manager in both Premiership and British footballing history.

Then of course there are the “noisy neighbours” who according to some locals are the true Mancunian team (the inference being that anyone who supports united are prawn sandwich waving tourists but that’s not for us to judge).

But if you are a fan of either side or just a lover of the “Beautiful Game” then a stadium tour is not a bad way to relax in between high energy activities. Talk to our team and we can add it to your itinerary and book ahead for you.

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