25 top Manchester events for your diary this June
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With eagerly-awaited gigs from The Stones Roses and Beck, the annual Parklife festival and tempting film and food events, there’s plenty to keep Mancunians busy in June.

Here’s our pick of the best events in Manchester this month.

2 June: The Neon Demon Q&A with Nicolas Winding Refn – Join director Nicolas Winding Refn for a Q&A after this preview screening of his new visceral and supremely visual horror film, The Neon Demon (out 8 July) starring Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Elle Fanning. (Thurs 2 June, 8pm, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

2 June: The Mouse Outfit live – After their huge sell-out show in December, Band on the Wall welcomes back Mancunian hip-hop powerhouse The Mouse Outfit. (Thurs 2 June, doors 7.30pm, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan St, M4 5JZ – more info)

3 June: Mr Scruff & Francois K at Old Granada Studios – Mr Scruff and special guest François K will host a six hour DJ session of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, latin, electro, new wave and more at this special ‘Keep It Unreal’ session. (Fri 3 June, 9pm, Quay St, M3 3HN – more info)

3 June: New York Brass Band – North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired brass band pack a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns. (Fri 3 June, 9.30pm, Matt and Phreds, 64 Tib Street, M4 1LW – more info)

3 – 5 June: Whit Weekender – One of the most stylish figures to emerge from the early 1990s American independent cinema movement, Whit Stillman’s gift for dialogue is second to none. Films include The Last Days of Disco, Damsels in Distress and Barcelona. (Fri 3 – Sun 5 June, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

6 June: PKB reopening and new brunch menu – Coffee house Pot Kettle Black reopens today following an expansion, with the launch of a new brunch menu and an express hatch for coffee and healthy breakfasts to go. (Mon 6 June, Unit 14, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, M3 2BW – more info)

6 – 11 June: Derren Brown: Miracle – Direct from a sell-out West End season, the multi award-winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion returns to The Lowry with his most provocative show yet. (Mon 6 June – Sat 11 June, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ – more info)

8 June: RSC Live – Hamlet – Simon Godwin directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy, broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon. (Wed 8 June, 6.45pm, AMC, The Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN – more info)

8 June: Peaky Blinders quiz night – Head to the Abel Heywood for their themed pub quiz – this time a chance to test your knowledge of TV show Peaky Blinders. Entry is £10 per team with maximum six people, plus free popcorn and food and drinks offers. Booking essential. (Wed 8 June, 8pm, Abel Heywood, 38 Turner St, M4 1DZ – more info)

9 June: DJ Yoda and Massonix at Old Granada Studios – Sampler extraordinaire DJ Yoda brings his full AV set back to Manchester for a special one-off show at Old Granada Studios, joined by Massonix aka Graham Massey (808 State). (Thurs 9 June, 10pm, Quay St, M3 3HN – more info)

10 June: John Cooper Clarke live – Catch Britain’s best-loved and most important performance poet John Cooper Clarke – AKA the Bard of Salford – performing live, with special guests. (Fri 10 June, 7pm, Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, M2 5QR – more info)

10 – 16 June: Manchester Beer Week – Manchester’s first city-wide beer festival will see a huge variety of different events at pubs, bars, restaurants and breweries across the city. (Fri 10 – Sun 19 June, venues across the city – more info)

11 – 12 June: Parklife – Expect music from The Chemical Brothers, Ice Cube, Wolf Alice and tons more at this year’s Parklife festival in Heaton Park, alongside top DJs and some serious street food action. (Sat 11 – Sun 12 June, Heaton Park, M25 2SW – more info)

14 – 30 June: Shakespeare on Film – In collaboration with the BFI, HOME look at how filmmakers past and present have adapted, been inspired by and interpreted Shakespeare’s work – from Roman Polanski’s Macbeth to My Own Private Idaho. (Tues 14 – Thurs 30 June, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN – more info)

15 June: Manchester Beer Week BEASTro – Join the Bangers & Bacon BEASTro for a delicious five-course menu, each course paired with a beer from some of Manchester’s finest breweries. (Wed 15 June, 7pm, The Kitchens, Irwell Square, M3 3AG – more info)

15 – 19 June: Stone Roses live – One of Manchester’s most seminal bands, The Stone Roses play a hugely-anticipated series of gigs at The Etihad this month. (Wed 15 – Sun 19 June, The Etihad Stadium, Rowsley Street, M11 3FF – more info)

17 June: The Deaf Institute Stone Roses Special – Expect to all things indie at this GOO special, with free entry for anyone lucky enough to have a Stone Roses ticket. (Fri 17 June, 10pm, The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE – more info)

17 June: Ultimate Power – Have the time of your life with ultimate power ballads all night long from Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Aerosmith, Queen and more. (Fri 17 June, 10.30pm, O2 Ritz, Whitworth Street West, M1 5NQ – more info)

18 – 19 June: Spinningfields Makers Market – Now in its third year, the market showcases award-winning local food and drink, arts and crafts, music performances and a whole lot more. (Sat 18 – Sun 19 June, Spinningfields Square and The Avenue, Spinningfields, M3 3AE – more info)

21 June: 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 21 June, 10pm – 3am, The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE – more info)

22 June: Rob Owen Brown at BEASTro – Acclaimed chef Rob Own Brown joins the Bangers & Bacon boys for a five-course menu including pig’s cheek with blowtorched scallop and quail in lavender and local honey. (Wed 22 June, 7pm, The Kitchens, Irwell Square, M3 3AG – more info)

23 June: Vinyl appreciation night – Whether you’re a DJ or just want to listen, grab a friend and bring your records to Odd Bar to play and share your love of vinyl. (Thurs 23 June, 9pm, Odd Bar, 30 – 32 Thomas St, M4 1ER – more info)

27 June: Léon at The Printworks – A chance to see Luc Besson’s 1994 English-language French crime thriller film on the big screen, starring Jean Reno and Gary Oldman and featuring Natalie Portman’s motion picture debut. (Mon 27 June, 8pm, The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS – more info)

28 June: 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 28 June, 6pm – 11pm, Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, M2 5QR – more info)

29 June: Beck live – Beck took the Album of the Year top honour at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as the prize for Best Rock Album, and you can catch him live at the Albert Hall. (Wed 29 June, 7pm, Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, M2 5QR – more info)

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