All across the city, old favourite venues (who doesn't love Kraak?) and new play host to the nights that attract those who don't want to go to Pride and the ones that do.
Queer We Are, which is taking place over the entire weekend in Bangkok Bar on Princess Street, is playing host not only to clubnights, but also a whole plethora of showcases of the best of the Queer arts and cultural scenes in Manchester (did we mention that Haus of Phag's on feature film The Fey is being screening there too? *cough cough* - event listing here...).
Mother's Ruin, which has long been a Haus of Phag favourite, kicks everything off with it's 'Roadhouse' Rehab event on the Friday (unsurprisingly at The Roadhouse) and plays host to the GREAT David Hoyle, as well as Tilly Skreams, Grace Oni Smith and many more.
Drunk At Vogue is going wild for the weekend too! It's now annual Boat Party has already sold out and will see a whole ship-fill (well, a large barge) of the city's most fabulous homosexuals cruising the canals of Manchester on Saturday afternoon. Then, as if that wasn't enough, they give us 'The Love Party' in the evening too!
Bollox and HomoElectric, which have long been staples of Pride weekend, are sure to put on damn good nights, while Pop Curious?'s 'Poll Winners Party' will take over The Ruby Lounge on the Saturday night. Cha Cha Boudoir meanwhile will serve up the glitter by the metric ton at their 'Ugly Bug Ball' on the Friday night.
For the full listings of these and MANY more events, take a peak at Queer Alt's guide. I don't know about you, but I have no idea how I'm going to choose between all of this and everything going on inside the enclosure too (Dance Arena anyone?). See. You. There.
With Pride but mere days away and Manchester's Gay Village bracing itself for what is always an annual onslaught of larger-than-life revelling, it would be easy to forget that Pride isn't just about what happens in The Village. In fact, while Canal Street is going to town on the activities that you DO need a wristband to participate in, there is now just as much going on outside the enclosure that you DON'T.
As you will OF COURSE be aware by now, Manchester's alternative gay scene has been putting on quite the show for the last few years. With nights like Drunk At Vogue and Pop Curious? now as established as many of the venues/nights actually in The Village, Queer Alt Manchester brings all these non-Village nights together under one big banner, which is obviously is pretty damn handy over Pride, when it would be easy to forget which nights are on and where! And, conveniently, there is a handy guide right here to tell you the programme of events:
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