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Celebrate Manchester Pride at Escape to Freight Island this year. The permanent urban market located on Baring Street; Depot Mayfield will be the place to be from Wednesday 25th August – Monday 30th August.

Escape to Freight Island will be hosting an LGBTQ+ takeover with a range of music and live performances to coincide with the annual Manchester Pride Festival over August Bank Holiday weekend. The six-day explosion of queer power will raise essential funds for Manchester Pride and other LGBTQ+ charities in the UK.

Kicking off early

Wednesday is all about the Northern party starters, High Hoops who want love and inclusivity via UK dancefloors. Dance the night away to everything from world disco to psychedelic house, acid to electro jams and everything in between.

Alongside this, is the screening of acclaimed drag scene documentary Paris Is Burning (1990) which celebrates the vibrant world of balls, voguing and the house culture of 1980’s New York. This will be brought to life with live performances from House of Ghetto, a dance and visual arts collective that grew from the UK Vogue Ball scene. This event is ticketed, proceeds will go to Albert Kennedy Trust and Rainbow Noir.

Thinking about Thursday

On Thursday there is a free event to launch the Club Orchestra series at Escape to Freight Island, presenting Pride. The show will feature anthems and icons with The Niallist and very special guests. Expect the finest of disco and a more diverse sound from lo-fi rock to soundtracks, hip hop and R&B to dub and ambient.

On to the weekend

On Friday there’s a takeover from Rebecca Never Becky, a DJ and creative collective showcasing Manchester’s local with a spotlight on up-and-coming and LGBTQ+ talents.

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On Saturday, So Flute will be taking over the decks to present the best of their hip-hop DJs to join the dots between soul, funk, rap, reggae, and Afrobeat, alongside Katbrownsugar and special guests.

Sunday will see Freight Island’s very own Amuse Bouche featuring DJs, drag and dining from daytime. Joined by the queer soulful social curated and hosted by DJ Mix-Stress & Deb Jump, Queer Latifah, and Manchester’s pop-up party, Good Afternoon.

Sunday night will include a special show, Performance is Power, directed by the queer cabaret collective Creatures of Catharsis with House of Ghetto and The Glue, plus very special guest. Donation on the door is encouraged with all proceeds going to Manchester Pride.

And to wrap things up

Finishing strong on Bank Holiday Monday with a special to end Pride weekend, join in with a gathering curated by the Homoelectic crew, Homopicnic. The acclaimed and long-standing club night will present their finest underground talents and bringing back their picnic rave special to Freight Island.


Bookings in advance encouraged, and walk-ups available for 25th – 30th August. For more information about Pride at Escape to Freight Island and to reserve your table, please visit  www.escapetofreightisland.com/pride.

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