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Emergency measures in the wake of Covid-19
Venues Closed, Events Cancelled

All UK restaurants/ food and drink venues, pubs, bars and clubs, cinemas, theatres, concert and bingo halls, spas, indoor leisure and gyms, casinos, betting shops, museums and galleries are temporarily closed. Restaurants can sell takeaway food and drinks. People my leave their homes for very limited purposes, and public gatherings of more than two people are banned.

In association with Manbears Manchester
BRAWN - On Hold

Second Fridays, 11pm - 5:30am at Eagle Bar Manchester. New monthly social for Bears, Chubs, Cubs, Chasers and Friends. Room 1: The Eagle - Upfront House & Club Classics with DJ Rick Parker. Room 2: The Black Eagle - Streamed Hi-NRG & Euro Mixtapes from Moz Morris.
Hosted each week by Manchester’s own Anna Phylactic & Cheddar Gorgeous
Aftershock - On Hold

Every Saturday Night/Sunday Morning from midnight to 6am, underground at SUB101/ Cruz 101, with cutting edge sounds and pumped up music "second to none" soundtrack provided by Aftershock resident DJs Ross Homson and Jim Dusty + special guest DJs such as ADAM TURNER playing Uplifting Vocal House: High Octane, High Energy and always Uplifting! Hosted by Anna Phylactic.
The Ultimate Saturday night out in Manchester’s Gay Village.
APEX at Cruz 101 - On Hold

Saturdays 11pm-7am. DJs from Manchester and beyond w/ residents Almighty Donald + Tony Woof, joined by the best UK Pop, Dance and RnB guest DJs! AFTERSHOCK residents William Sizen Bell, Ben Hughes, Ross Homson, Jim Dusty play alongside the worlds finest House DJs at Manchester’s biggest Gay House Night at SUB101, a fresh/ uplifting/ unique soundtrack assault on clubland!
Dress Code Leather Fetish Parties
Alert! + Red Alert! + Hard On at Alert! - On Hold

First Saturdays each month, 10pm - 2am. Underwear parties/ Manchester’s biggest/ longest-running monthly gay fetish night with more sleaze. DJs include Lawerence Clarke, Jim Dusty, Pete Simpson, Brett Denning, Sam Porter + guests, A safe, inclusive environment w/ plenty of dark spaces to explore perversions.
A Bank Holiday especially for Qwerk
Qwerk Jon Pleased Wimmin Bank Holiday Friday Special - Postponed

May 8, 2020, midnight-6am. New dates TBA. A day of rest in preparation for a big Party! Rob Jones is back to join Jon Pleased Wimmin + F&M. Monthly Friday party, passionately provided by two Manchester clubbers, playing feel good house/ nu disco/ indie dance, creating safe inclusive space for all genders and sexualities; community/ freedom/ fun/ friendship. Music is our medication.
Hosted by Homoelectric and United We Stream GM
STAY HOMO - A free 12-hour noon to midnight live rave

May 10, 2020, 12pm-12am. On United We Stream GM w/: The Black Madonna, Róisín Murphy, Horse Meat Disco, Erol Alkan, Krystal Klear, Jaye Ward, Luke Unabomber, Gina Breeze, Jamie Bull, Will Dunn, Lukatti Bugatti, Cheddar Gorgeous. A virtual ticket supports Greater Manchester bars, clubs, pubs, venues, restaurants, performers, freelancers, cultural organisations, and homeless.
Manchester's only fully accessible clubnight
Under One Roof MCR - Live Band & Indie Special! - Cancelled

May 14, 2020, 6:30-9:30pm. Designed especially to welcome adults with learning disabilities, but everyone is welcome! Carer tickets are free. A one-off live band and indie special this time! Line-up to be released soon.
Live Stream LGBT+ Comedy Club on Twitch - Hosted by Scarlet SoHandsome
Queerantine - Hosted by SCARLET SOHANDSOME

May 19, 2020, 8:30-11pm. Lockdown sucks. We know you can’t visit Mum. The bars are closed and you can’t bang strangers anymore. So… waste a couple hours wisely with 4 of UK’s funniest Queer comedians - an evening of sensational queer comedy LIVE on Twitch.  Tour support for Miz Crakcer + Miss Vanjie. Headlined by KATE McCABE, w/ SAM SERRANO + DARCIE SILVER.
The beating heart of Manchester’s activism scene and home of Drone Yoga
Drone Yoga Online - Fundraising for Partisan

May 26, 2020, 6-7pm. An hour of online yoga and meditation set to drone/ambient playlist to help you zone out, focus the mind and relax. A fundraiser for Partisan Collective social centre, Manchester, providing space for Manchester’s independent, community-led DIY and cultural groups and projects.
Hosted by Quingo and Electrik
Quingo Live! A quiz & bingo mashup

May 28, 2020, 8:15-9:45pm Online Event. Quingo is BACK on Facebook Live! Join host Christopher Dresden Styles guiding you through an unholy mashup of a pop culture quiz meets bingo, featuring questions on film, TV, music and more, all interspersed with a couple of games of bingo! Free to play, lasting about 90 minutes in total (including quick loo breaks). All you need is pen and paper.
Hosted by Home on the Range, and The Carlton Club Manchester
The Carlton Club - our home, our community streaming party

May 29, 2020, 7:30-11:30pm from The Carlton Club. We all miss our special place, Home on the Range, Your Disco Needs You, Psychedelic DiscoTech, Silence of Jams and Funked It Up. With 1 Tree Island DJs, the first live steam from the club with support from fab tech crew Kier and Mangledwire lighting.
The Friends Cast are back together for a reunion - Strictly 18+
Friends Night - The One With The Fancy Dress

May 29, 2020, 11pm-3am. Dinosaurs your passion? Hate sharing Food? Everyone you know is either getting married or pregnant? Ever felt like a shoe? Think the best reason to get married is because you are sorry? Do You make jokes when uncomfortable? Get together and remember... They Don't know we know they know we know... DJs play the best 90s + early 00s so join us on the dance floor!
Get ready to put your paws up during a full-on Pop Curious?
Pop Curious? Lady Gaga Spectacular live from Cruz 101!

May 30, 2020, 8-10pm. Bringing you: Gaga bangers! (classic singles + album tracks, including choice material from Chromatica); Gaga drag performances! Gaga quiz questions! (LG prizes). Free to watch - or take part in the broadcast for a chance to win a Lady Gaga themed prize by buying a ticket to support the event. Link at:
G-A-Y Manchester - open 12pm to Late
At G-A-Y

June 1 - October 26, 2020, every MON 12-4am, Ross Preston Monday Bingo. Jun 2 - Nov 10, every TUE 12-4am Tuesdays Raffle - Win £100. June 3 - Oct 28, every WED 12-4am SoFa So Good w/ Chris Jakeway. Jun 4 - Oct 29, 12pm every THU Music Videos. Jun 7 - Jul 26, every SUN 10pm The Verry Cherry Show.
Hosted by Richmond Tea Rooms
Mad Hatters Tea Party

June 12, 2020, 7-11:30pm. Have I gone mad? I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret, All the best people are. Be transported into the wonderful world of the Mad Hatter and his friends! An 18+ adult Tea Party: Afternoon tea, entertainment and much much more! Next: Jul 10; Aug 7; Sep 11.
Hosted by Salford Pride
The Pink Picnic 2020 - Cancelled

June 20, 2020, 1-8pm at Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford. Details TBA. Salford Pride is the city's premier LGBT+ organisation that promotes LGBT+ inclusivity and education. They also present the annual The Pink Picnic.
Hosted by Be Proud Weekend
Manchester's Be Proud Weekend - 2020 - Virtual Event

June 27-28, 2020. Be Proud will not return in 2020 due to Covid-19 - to be replaced with FREE online events for the LGBT+ community of Manchester, in support of local venues, acts, groups and charities. See Pride Nation details TBA.
Whatever sexuality, gender, age, nationality or race: One dance floor for all
High Hoops w/ John Talabot & Iona - New Date

July 10, 2020, midnight-6am at The White Hotel, Salford. Welcome Barcelona based, top selector John Talabot, making his High Hoops debut with a late evening/early morning adventure. Support from Field Maneuvers resident, iona (London) with a high-octane ride of grinding electro and chugging Italo.
“Frank, funny and frisky exploration of gay sex, drugs and friendship” -Attitude
Jock Night

July 13-23, 2020, 8pm (5pm). The party starts as the club night ends. Forty-something Ben likes to curl up watching Victoria Wood, eclipsed by a party lifestyle. Coronation Street obsessed Kam is fabulous/undetectable, and gym bunny Russell is into Instagram. A porn star arrives, and Ben must decide between hook-ups and settling down. Looking for love in a chemsex/jockstraps world.
Hosted by Freak and High Hoops
Freak Queer Rave w/ Special Guest

July 31, 2020, midnight-6am at The White Hotel, Salford. A night of pumping house, techno, underground & rave anthems all night. An invite-only event. Sign up to the pre-sale queue via the link on Resident Advisor. Dress code: FREAK.
It's a Free Event For All
The Manchester Caribbean Carnival

August 8-9, 2020, at Alexandra Park. Past year: J'ouvert Morning 6am Saturday. Mas bands from around the UK in the parade/ on stage; live Caribbean music, Irish folk musicians, African music, Soca and Calypso Stage both days, Black HUDU in the soul tent, Bajan Village music and culture tent, vendor stalls, Eastern Caribbean jerk food, Zorb Pool, costume making workshops... and more.
A carnival atmosphere will fill the streets of Manchester
Manchester Pride 2020 - The Big Weekend - Cancelled

August 28-31, 2020, with Saturday noon Parade. Tens of thousands descend on Manchester's Gay Village for the 4-day Gay Village Party. Parade from Liverpool Rd, typically with over 100 floats, to the Gay Village market stalls, food, performers, theatre, film, exhibitions, sports, bars/ clubs events. See year-round events details, and 2019 media:
For our second party...
Sticky Heat x Sprechen w/ Prosumer & Lucy Ironmonger - New Date

September 1, 2020, 11pm-4am at Sticky Heat, 54 Whitworth St. Joining forces with the Mancunian electronic music purveyors, Sprechen, w/ the one and only Prosumer to the intimate surroundings of the Joshua Brooks basement. Support from the mighty Lucy Ironmonger, one quarter of the techno behemoths Meat Free. Also residents Marco Giannini, DJ and Chris Massey Music.
Hosted by Audio Farm / One Tribe Festival
Audio Farm presents One Tribe Festival 2020

September 3-8, 2020, 2pm-2am, Hopton Wafers, Kidderminster. At a classical Georgian estate In the Shropshire countryside, w/ brick-walled gardens/ beautiful lake. A site transformed into a place where chaos and harmony meet, in a swirling petri dish of imagination w/ 2500 people over 5 magical days; 50+ DRUMMING JAMS; CABARET/ DRAG/ CIRCUS/ FIRE SHOWS/ ART/ SPEAKERS/ HEALING/ HOLISTICS.
Drag Fest UK - Manchester - New Date

September 20, 2020, 2-9pm at Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Rd. HEADLINER Todrick Hall, w/ RO-LASKA-TOX. Klub Kids bring the first ever drag festival to the UK - not a convention - not just a show..... A drag festival. Over 50 drag performers from all around the world on 3 major stages. Free Goodie bag. Meet+greet w/ performers. Food stalls. Drag market merchandise. Photo ops.
For the tenth instalment, as part of the UK TOUR
Homos and Houmous: Manchester Edition - New Date

December 31, 2020, 7pm-12am. The Queer, Jewish cabaret collective welcomes all northern hebrews, shebrews and theybrews, goys + gals (all welcome). Closet nothing. Covet everything. Drag/ Comedy/ Live Art/ Music/ DJs/ Semitic overtones. With: Chanukah Lewinsky, That Ray, Christian Adore, Rami Yasir, Ruth Nicholson, DJ TAMTAM. Open Mic. More theatre, more schmatz and even more houmous.
Hosted by Cruz 101 Manchester
Babylon 2021 - Queer as Folk 22 Year Celebration!

February 19, 2021, 11pm-8am. With TWO super special guests already scheduled to appear! Many will have watched Stuart, Vince and Nathan party in Babylon on Queer as Folk - now, for one weekend it's your chance to party in the REAL Babylon!
The 7th Annual
MANIFF | Manchester Film Festival

Early March, 2021 (TBC), at the Odeon Great Northern. Nine days of over 150 of the very best international shorts, features and documentaies, world and UK premieres. A truly independent film festival, committed and dedicated to sharing great stories from both new and established international and domestic filmmakers from the world of independent cinema.
England's biggest annual bear event!
Great British Bear Bash

Early May, 2021. Five days of bear events. GBBB23 2020 has been rescheduled for 2021. See updates at:
"The beating cultural heart of Britain"
Manchester International Festival

Early July, 2021. The world‘s first city festival, biennial, original, new work & special events. Wide-ranging original work: music, visual arts, theatre, dance, food; indoor & out; internationally-acclaimed artists & co-producers; established venues & public spaces. See year-round online presentations.