25 Manchester events worth leaving the house for in May
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From a new TV festival and classic horror films to a Michelin-starred pop-up, live music, gin tasting and new club nights, our pick of the best events to keep you busy in Manchester this month.

1 May: Hip Hop Swap Shop – Clean out your wardrobe and refresh your look by joining the Clothes Swap. Simply bring along your clean unwanted clothing items and swap them for something new. (Sun 1 May, 2pm – 7pm, Liars Lounge, top floor at Cane & Grain, 49 – 51 Thomas Street, M4 1NA – more info)

1 May: Bank Holiday Sunday at The Fitzgerald – Alex Cardwell AKA ‘Sly Fandango’ will hit the decks until the early hours, with an extended license to until 2am because, well, a little party never killed nobody. (Sun 1 May, The Fitzgerald, Little Lever Street, off Stevenson Square, M1 1DB – more info)

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2 May: Game of Thrones S6 screening – Catch the latest GoT on the big screens on the terrace at Black Dog NWS, with comfy beanbags, plenty of beer and themed food. (Every Monday from 9pm, 11 – 13 New Wakefield St, M1 5NP – more info))

2 May: Pizza deal at Tusk – If you love pizza, head to Tusk for their 10.10 deal which is running all Bank Holiday weekend – that’s two 10-inch pizzas and two bottled beers for £10.10. (Mon 2 May, 88 High Street, M4 1ES – more info)

3 May: Bobby’s Gin: Meet the maker – Join The Lawn Club for an evening of fine gin tasting, and meet the maker of Bobby’s Gin whilst supping on a complimentary Gin & Tonic, cocktail and canapes. (Tues 3 May, 6pm – 8pm, The Lawn Club, Byrom Street, M3 3HG – more info)

3 May: 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)

4 May: Allcock and Beef: The Steaks are High – For one night only, celebrity chef Dave Mooney goes head-to-head with Yorkshire rising star chef James Allcock for a night of Northern meaty goodness including T-bone, cote de boeuf and chateaubriand. (Wed 4 May, Beef & Pudding, 37 Booth Street, off Fountain Street, M2 4AA – more info)

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5 – 8 May: Pilot Light TV festival – Join Pilot Light for a totally new communal TV experience. The four day event will feature screenings and panels based around the very best in TV and web series, including Nathan Barley, Snuffbox and Her Story. (Thurs 5 – Sun 8 May, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

6 May: Fizz Face Friday – Clint Boon takes to the decks at Black Dog Ballroom for after-work drinks and £12 bottles of Prosecco between 5 and 9pm. (Fri 6 May, 5pm, Black Dog Ballroom, corner of Tib/Church Street, M4 1PW – more info)

6 May: Lethal Bizzle live – Lethal Bizzle first exploded onto the British music scene in 2003 as part of More Fire Crew, and continues to be one of the most prolific, exciting rappers to emerge from the UK underground scene. (Fri 6 May, 6.30pm, O2 Ritz Manchester. Whitworth Street West, M1 5NQ – more info)

7 May: Dracula double-bill – Head to AMC for a double-bill of Dracula: Francis Ford Coppola’s film Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1958) starring Christopher Lee. (Sat 7 and Sun 8 May, 7.30pm, AMC, The Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN – more info)

7 May: 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 7 May, 10pm, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan St, M4 5JZ – more info)

10 May: 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)

10 May: CU Next Tuesday – Dance the night away with classic 80s bangers and indulge in special 80s cocktails at the Liars Lounge. (Tues 10 May, 10pm, Liars Lounge, top floor at Cane & Grain, 49 – 51 Thomas Street, M4 1NA – more info)

11 – 14 May: Twelfth Night – Two worlds collide in Filter’s explosive take on Shakespeare’s lyrical Twelfth Night. (Wed 11 May – Sat 14 May, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

12 May: NT Live – A View From The Bridge – Another chance to see The Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of Arthur Miller’s play, with Mark Strong as Eddie Carbone (Thurs 12 May, 7pm, The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS – more info)

12 May: Purple Rain – Join AMC for this tribute screening to celebrate the much-loved musician Prince. (Thurs 12 May, 7.30pm, AMC, The Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN – more info)

13 May: James live – James have announced a massive hometown show to celebrate the release of their brand new album Girl At The End Of The World. (Fri 13 May, 6pm, Manchester Arena, M3 1AR – more info)

13 May: LOVE launch – New expanded dance and live music space The Bunker at Black Dog Ballroom hosts the launch of LOVE, the new weekly Friday night for all things funk, soul and disco. (Fri 13 May, The Bunker, corner of Tib/Church Street, M4 1PW – more info)

14 May: Richard Ashcroft – Following the announcement of his first new album in six years, These People, Brit and Ivor Novello award-winning and Grammy-nominated artist Richard Ashcroft will play the Albert Hall, with special guests. (Sat 14 May, 7pm, Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, M2 5QR – more info)

17 May: Michelin starred pop-up at Iberica – Nacho Manzano will be cooking alongside his friend Quique Dacosta, who has four Michelin stars – three at his Quique Dacosta restaurant in Denia and one at El Poblet in Valencia. (Tues 17 May, 7pm, Iberica, 14-15 The Avenue, Spinningfields, M3 3HF – more info)

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24 May: Bongo’s Bingo – Join host Jonny Bongo and sidekicks Sweaty Betty and Slutty Sue for this bastard child of traditional bingo complete with rave rounds and dance-offs. (Tues 24 May, 6pm – 11pm, Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, M2 5QR – more info)

26 May: Live at the Opera House with Adam Buxton – The Invisible Dot Ltd’s mixed bill series gets off to a flying start with a show featuring cult tech wizard Adam Buxton, Edinburgh Comedy Award winner and cult poet Tim Key and comedy rock star Nick Helm. (Thurs 26 May, 7.30pm, Opera House Manchester, 3 Quay Street, M3 3HP – more info)

28 May: Gigantic Indie All-Dayer Vol 3 – With its reputation as a riotous first fixture in the festival calendar and an unmissable event for the connoisseur of indie, the annual music marathon proudly returns to kick-start the season with acts including Jesus Jones, The Wonder Stuff and Menswe@r. (Sat 28 May, 1.30pm, The Academy, Oxford Road, M13 9PR – more info)

29 May: Blur Disco – A special bank holiday club night dedicated to Blur playing through their back catalogue along with Gorillaz hits, Coxon’s solo work and other Brit Pop gems. (Sun 29 May, 11pm, Night & Day Café, 26 Oldham St, M1 1JN – more info)

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