26 exciting events to check out in Manchester this April

From street food festivals and film premieres to bottomless brunch, live music, vodka tasting and new club nights, our pick of the best events to keep you busy in Manchester this month.

1 April: FutureEverything’s Friday Night Party – Featuring hotly-tipped new producer/DJs, Nidia Minaj and Nkisi, a slot by revered sound designer and selector Errorsmith, and support from some of the city’s most crucial resident DJs – Croww, Acre and Crono Hotmas. (Fri 1 Apr, 9pm – 6am, Islington Mill, 1 James St, M3 5HW – more info)

2 April: GRUB Spring Feast – Expect street food, craft ale, coffee, handmade sodas, fresh food produce, DJs and gift stalls at GRUB’s Spring Feast. (Sat 2 Apr, 12pm – 8pm, Sadlers Yard, M60 0AB – more info)

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2 April: Son of Saul preview – László Nemes’ Oscar-winning debut – on general release from 29 April – is an extraordinary work exhibiting courage and focus. Preceded by the director’s short film With A Little Patience. (Sat 1 Apr, 8.20pm, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

2 April: Mr Scruff: Keep It Unreal – Scruff will be serving up a 5 hour DJ session of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, afrobeat, latin, electro, techno, new wave and more. (Sat 2 Apr, 10pm, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan St, M4 5JZ – more info)

3 April: HarmonieBand presents Underground + live musical score – Anthony Asquith’s 1928 silent classic is set to a new, live score by Paul Robinson. HarmonieBand has appeared at many UK film festivals and at venues and festivals across Europe. (Sun 3 Apr, 1pm, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

HOME Underground film

3 April: Irvine Welsh in conversation – Catch Irvine Welsh in conversation with author and broadcaster Kevin Sampson as part of the Manchester Literature Festival to discuss his latest novel The Blade Artist, which is a tour de force in redemption, brutalism and ultra-violence. (Sun 3 Apr, 7.30pm, The Dancehouse, 10A Oxford Rd, M1 5QA – more info)

6 April – Hold Ya Head – A new reggae night, where Taste the Diff’rence DJs will play a mix of reggae, hip hop and dub music. (Wed 6 Apr, 7pm – 2am, Liars Lounge, Cane & Grain, 49 -51 Thomas Street, M4 1NA – more info)

7 April: Castillo de Canena olive oil tasting – Castillo de Canena is a family business producing olive oil since the 18th century. Discover their range of delicate extra virgin olive oils and pair them with Ibérica’s signature tapas. (Thurs 7 April, 6pm, Iberica, 14-15 The Avenue, M3 3HF – more info)

7 April: Waterstones reading group: High-Rise – This month the reading group has chosen J. G. Ballard’s High-Rise to coincide with the new Ben Wheatley film adaptation. (Thurs 7 Apr, 6pm, Waterstones Deansgate, M3 2BW – more info)

7 – 24 April: ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival – Join HOME for celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture, with 20 films in four languages from ten countries – including four UK premieres – alongside brand new theatre. (Thurs 7 – Sun 24 Apr, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

8 April: Northern Soul and Motown evening – For one night only, The Deaf Institute Music Hall will be spinning purely Northern Soul Classics and Motown favourites (Fri 8 Apr, 11pm – 3am, The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE – more info)

8 – 9 April: Muse live – Due to phenomenal demand, rock music legends Muse have added a second Manchester Arena show to their Drones World Tour. (Fri 8 – Sat 9 Apr, Manchester Arena, M3 1AR – more info)

9 April: Indiependence – All the best indie and dance tunes to keep you dancing all night long – expect Daft Punk, Courteeners, Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Prodigy and more, plus drinks promos. (Sat 9 Apr, 10.30pm – 3am, the Venue, 29 Jacksons Row, M2 5WD – more info)

9 April: Cast live – Catch pedigree Britpop band Cast live at the Academy as they release a new album, with support from Glass Caves and Willow Robinson. (Sat 9 Apr, 7.30pm, Manchester Academy, Oxford Road, M13 9PR – more info)

12 April: Made in the 90s – Expect 90s indie, rock n roll, hip hop, dance and more at this themed club night at Fifth, along with 90p vodka mixers, beers and shots. Entry is just 90p too. (Every Tuesday, 10.30pm – 3.30am, Fifth, 121 Princess Street, M1 7AG – more info)

14 April: Spinningfields Tee Party – Revel in a summer of sport at the Tee Party, with 9 unique mini golf holes dotted across Spinningfields. The Club House, in the former Rust & Stone unit, will serve drinks and offer TV screens showing all the summer’s sporting spectacles. (Opening Sun 14 Apr, Spinningfields – more info)

Club House Spinningfields

15 April: Ultimate Power – You can have the time of your life at Ultimate Power’s club night with power ballads all night long. Brush up your air guitar skills and belt out some classics. (Fri 15 Apr, 10.30pm – 3.30am, O2 Ritz, Whitworth Street West, M1 5NQ – more info)

17 – 18 April: Adam Buxton presents BUG Special: David Bowie – A must-see for fans of the Thin White Duke, this BUG Special is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy key moments from David Bowie’s life and career on the big screen. (Sun 17 – Mon 18 Apr, 7pm, Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, M2 5QR – more info)

19 April: Gold Teeth – Write off your Wednesday morning and expect the biggest party tunes from the Gold Teeth boys, from genres such as hip hop, garage, house, grime, funk and Motown. (Tues 19 Apr, 10pm – 3am, The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE – more info)

19 – 23 April: Get Carter – Ted Lewis’ novel is a classic of British crime fiction. Set in a hard and uncompromising 1960’s Newcastle rife with crime, sex, gambling and violence, this stage adaptation tells the story made famous by the 1971 film starring Michael Caine. (Tues 19 – Sat 23 Apr, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ – more info)

23 April: Shakespeare Live! From The RSC – Hosted by David Tennant on Shakespeare’s birthday, and screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon, this star-studded show celebrates Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy. (Sat 23 April, 7.15pm, AMC, The Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN – more info)

26 April: Konik’s Tail Vodka Tasting – Vodka lovers should head to the speakeasy-style first floor bar of Cane & Grain to try Konik’s Tail range of speciality vodka, plus canapés served all evening. (Tues 26 Apr, 7pm, Cane & Grain, 49 -51 Thomas Street, M4 1NA – more info)

27 April: Bourbon tasting – Whiskey lovers are invited to an evening with Old Forester Bourbon. Ticket entry includes two cocktails and bourbon tasting from the Old Forester range. (Wed 27 Apr, 7.30pm, Pen and Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, M1 2EJ. Booking essential, email info@thepenandpencilnq.co.ukmore info)

Old Forester Pen and Pencil April 2016

28 April: Captain America triple bill – Catch this triple bill showing Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, plus the 00.01am showing of Captain America: Civil War at AMC. (Thurs 28 Apr, 7pm, AMC, The Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN – more info)

29 April: New York Brass Band – North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired brass band, packing a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns. (Fri 29 Apr, Matt and Phreds, 64 Tib Street, M4 1LW – more info)

30 April: Bottomless Brunch – The Pen and Pencil menu includes American breakfasts, grilled cheese sandwiches, pancake stacks, signature burgers, steak and eggs. Selected free-flowing drinks are also included in the offer. (Sat 30 April, 10am – 2pm, Pen and Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, M1 2EJ. Booking essential, email info@thepenandpencilnq.co.ukmore info)

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