November 5 - December 2, 2020. With a second wave of infections threatening to overwhelm health services, England has been ordered back into a national lockdown. People may only leave home for reasons of education, work, exercise, shopping for essentials and medicines or caring for the vulnerable. Pubs and restaurants will close except for takeout. All non-essential retail will close.
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.
Fridays, 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 dates TBA.
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.
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!
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.
November 8, 2020, 8-11pm. With the RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12 fan favourite, a unique crazy cookie queen, plus support act lineup. Time to get weird and wonderland this winter. VIP DOORS OPEN 7pm. GENERAL DOORS at 8pm. VIP meet and greet includes entry to the pre-show meet and greet for a photograph opportunity plus chance to purchase official merchandise.
November 27, 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 best 90s + early 00s so join in on the dance floor!
December 17, 2020, 7-10pm. Starring burlesque sensation and producer Cherie Bebe. Hosted by the award-winning Titsalina Bumsquash as her alter ego Fanny Trump. Includes a lineup of show-stopping cabaret and burlesque performers. A special food menu will be available from 7pm for guest to order from and there will be drink offers all evening.
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.
January 1, 2021, 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.
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!
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.
March 28, 2021, 1-8pm 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.
April 3, 2021, 9pm-4am. The biggest-ever Manchester gay clubbing event! Essential20 Easter weekend. DJs Thaddeus, Sharon O'Love, Aphrodite, Alan Stevens, Joshua Cole. Hosted by Chrissy Darling. Mornin Glory afterparty. New date due to Covid-19.
Early May, 2021. Five days of bear events. GBBB23 2020 has been rescheduled for 2021. See updates at:
May 14, 2021, 8pm, AO Arena. RPDR World Tour all-new 2021 production! Michelle Visage spirals through time with no way home. Join Asia O'Hara, Kameron Michaels, Plastique Tiara, Shea Couleé, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Yvie Oddly, and the newest stars from the latest US, UK, and Canadian Seasons, as they trip through time.
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.
August 7-8, 2021, 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.
August 27-30, 2021, 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 previous years' media: