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September - December 2010
Welcome to Manchester! And welcome to the first issue of Large Students for the 2010-2011 term. Whether you’re new in town or returning to this wondrous city; you’ll find that there is so much going on. Large Students is here to give you the lowdown on the best places in Manchester to eat, drink, shop, relax and explore – in essence, it’s your bible about town. Even if you’ve lived here or been before and think you know all there is to know, well prepare to think again! Head online to www.largestudents.com to see the very best student offers, competitions and listings. The magazine takes you right through to the end of term but brace yourself for Manchester’s Christmas sparkle as the city transforms into a winter wonderland with its festive markets and outdoor ice rink. This magazine would not be possible without the outstanding contributions from our team of student writers and a massive thanks goes out to them here. If you are interested in working with us in our editorial or graphic design team then get in touch by emailing email@example.com. Enjoy your first term, because for most students, after Santa’s been its going to be more head in a book than head in a fishbowl on a Monday night! Large Students will be back for its second issue in January!
Adios amigos, enjoy! Editor: Kelly Byrne Contributors: Susie Burnett, Christine Felton, Dominique Taylor, Rob Bester, Janette Cheng, Johnny Ward, Natalie Shaw. Snail mail: Large Students, 60 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ Website: www.largestudents.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Main Office: 0161 235 7270 Advertising: Contact Claire or Francesca on 0161 235 7270 Editor: Contact Kelly on 0161 235 7278 Disclaimer: ©2010. Large Students is published by Large Publishing Ltd. Large Manchester retains copyright. All rights recognised. We cannot accept responsibility for any unsolicited text, photographs or illustrations. Views expressed by individual contributors are not necessarily those of the editor or the publisher.
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Course I studied: Psychology at The University of Nottingham
Course I studied: BSc International Economics at Loughborough.
Most played album on my iPod: The National - Alligator.
Most played album on my iPod: One Love – David Guetta
Most played album on my iPod: Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks.
Course I studied: English and Film at MMU. Most played album on my iPod: The Decemberists – Picaresque.
Course I studied: Fashion, Media and Promotion at The University of Huddersfield.
Course I studied: English at MMU and now I’m doing a masters in Creative Writing at MMU. Most played album on my iPod: Foo Fighters – There is Nothing Left to Loose.
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Budget and mid-range priced student friendly nights out
tight on cash?
5th Avenue clearly labels itself as the ‘no.1 indie experience’ above the entrance door but you will find that the music is much more diverse on the dance-floor. The nightclub is located on the corner of Princess Street. Ladies get in free on Saturdays before 10.30pm with a flyer or NUS-card and gents get a free drink included with admission – everyone is happy. Admission and drink offers range from free to £6 throughout the week: cheap as chips.
FAC251 – The Factory is a new indie rock and roll club and live venue open six nights a week, and located on the corner of Princess Street and Charles Street. The club was previously the HQ for Factory Records, built by Tony Wilson, paid for by New Order, and broken by The Happy Mondays. Wednesdays are recommended with a £1 entry flyer before midnight, drinks, and shots – a toxic combination for 24 Hour Party People. Mani (formerly bassist from The Stones Roses and currently in Primal Scream) will be DJ-ing on the second floor, mixing Manchester classics with indie and rock and roll tunes. One word: Madchester.
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deeper pockets? Club Coliseum is situated on Peter Street. The weekend involves student nights with fancy dress themes plus weekly promotions (ladies in for free and cheap student entry). Saturday’s ‘beaüt’ night consists of R&B, dance, Ibiza anthems and funky house brought to you by the producers of ‘Greek’ at Entourage (in The Printworks – another good spot). It’s £5 to get in with NUS admission and if you’re lucky you might even manage to get on the guestlist.
K2 Karaoke Nightclub is the first of its kind in Manchester’s China town on George Street. On Saturday’s ‘seductive’ nights, clubbers are entered into a raffle upon entrance before midnight for the chance to win a bottle of Moët champagne. Ladies get free admission before eleven and £5 after. Boasting 31 private karaoke soundproof rooms on the two floors, with cocktails and cuisine available to be ordered from your very own private waitress, it’s hard not to enjoy yourself! Expect yourself to be dancing to R&B, neo-soul, and funky tracks!
Going Out images from Sankeys.
Calling all Student Filmmakers Indulge your creativity and you could win a brand new laptop* and other great prizes. The winning video will be featured on screen at Cornerhouse, Manchester’s International Centre for Contemporary Visual Arts and Film (www.cornerhouse.org) - who knows where this story will end! All you need to do is produce a short video (up to three minutes long) showing how simple precautions can keep you and your valuables safe. All short-listed videos will be hosted on YouTube and Facebook and we’ll ask viewers to vote for their favourite. A joint Council and police panel will choose an overall winner from the top five videos.
For further details, a few ideas to get you started and terms and conditions visit www.manchester.gov.uk/ StudentSafety The deadline for videos to be submitted is 9am on Monday 18 October and the winners will be notified on Tuesday 30 November.
* TOP A LAP
What’s worse: missing last orders or missing your laptop? Take the time to shut and lock your windows and doors.
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Put on your deerstalker hat, light up your pipe and get off the beaten track to discover some of Manchester’s shiniest gems…
Every first Wednesday of the month, uber cool café An Outlet puts on their Arty Farty Film night which comes fully equipped with movie soundtracks to get you warmed up. Entrance is free and whilst your there you can treat yourself to beer and freshly prepared nibbles (beats Orange Wednesdays hands down). Doors open at 7, but get there early to secure a seat as there’s only 30 of them on offer. See the website to find out more and place votes on upcoming Arty Farty Film Nights. www.artyfartyfilmparty.co.uk/category
Sweet Tooth Cupcakery 34-36 Oldham Street The North West’s first cup cakery have recently expanded their Chorlton shop with a new opening and equally kitsch little unit next to Pop Café in the Northern Quarter. Wonderful news for those closer to town with a sweet tooth as their melt-in-your-mouth buttercream 14
Comedy Balloon at The Ape and Apple 28-30 John Dalton Street The Comedy Balloon at the Ape and Apple is Manchester’s longest running comedy night, with old regulars and new talent getting on stage every Wednesday, for a night of free laughs. Showtime is 8.45pm.
Electrik Vintage Market 599 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton A venture to Chorlton for Elektric’s Saturday Vintage Market is a definite treat, with stalls selling one of a kind vintage piece’s, Bric a Brac and handmade jewellery. It is also strongly advised to indulge in their wonderful cakes and cocktails whilst making your way around. Every Saturday 12noon – 5pm
Clampdown Records 9-11 Paton Street Clampdown Records has possibly the biggest collection of Rock, Punk, Indie, Funk, Soul and Jazz vinyl’s around. With rare and collectable must-see’s from The Smiths to Led Zeppelin, this place is definitely worth a visit. Be warned though – once inside it’s difficult to drag yourself away; there’s far too many hours of rummaging fun in there.
Night and Day Cafe 26 Oldham Street Night and Day Café is not only a great place to grab a sandwich and read the papers, it’s also one of Manchester’s most legendary music venues, housing some of the city’s best gigs to date. The intimate atmosphere and fantastic sound make it well worth visiting, whether it’s to see unknown acts at the regular open mic night or your new favourite band yet to hit the big time.
Off the beaten track
Off the beaten track
Arty Farty Film Night at An Outlet (Pictures to left) 77 Dale Street
and fluffy sponge is impossible to resist. Baked fresh on site everyday in a whole variety of tasty flavours, you’ll find it hard to choose (a little tip in the event of that happening – just close your eyes and point, you can’t go wrong!)
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of creamy parsley mash and sour cream and onion sauce. rating large
Bacchanalia 15-17 Chapel Walks (off King St) M2 1HN Price Range: ££/£££
(one if you’re on a date or your parents are in town) Bacchanalia is nestled in the heart of the city centre, a stone’s throw from St Peter’s Square and Market Street. As well as being a cocktail bar, Bacchanalia offers quality British food at reasonable prices. If the reasonable prices don’t appeal, Bacchanalia also has some great special offers such as 2-4-1 cocktails between 5pm and 8pm Mon-Fri and a brilliant early evening deal (2 courses for £11.95 or 3 courses for £14.95). Bacchanalia is cosy and inviting, from the intimate booths in the bar downstairs to the relaxed, simple decor of the upstairs restaurant.
This makes it a perfect venue for any occasion; from a family meal to a first date. Our starters were Wild Mushroom Pate (£4.50) and Rabbit and Olive Terrine wrapped in prosciutto ham (£5.20). The light, mousse-like pate was intensely flavoured, with sweet caramelised onion bringing the flavours together nicely. The terrine was the standout of the whole meal; meaty, moist and gamey with a lovely olive tang. To follow, we had Pork Wellington with wild mushroom sauce (£13.95) and Confit Duck Leg (£12.95). The duck, cooked in its own juices, was rich and delicious, served with a simply stunning side
Finally, a couple of Bacchanalia’s famous cocktails, a Summer Berries Mojito (£7.20) and a Caipiriha (£6.90). These were sweetly refreshing, but were nothing compared to the summery, refreshing vodka and lemon sorbet we sampled, along with a scoop of buttery homemade vanilla ice-cream. We left Bacchanalia happy and full, with a tingle of rum still on our tongues. www.bacconline.com L Words by Christine Felton
Cut Me Out
The Wellington, however, suffered at the hands of one erroneous ingredient. The pork was beautifully cooked and the pastry flaky and filling, but a stodgy sausage-meat stuffing unbalanced the flavours. Luckily, the potent, velvety mushroom sauce – as well as the value-for-money portion size - saved the day.
Art, Craft & Design Superstore – Perfect for Crafty Students
The company have been supplying art and craft materials for generations to nimble fingered fans and aspiring artists who can become lost in their vast range of acrylics, brushes, canvases, inks and paper pads. There’s lots on offer for all with a wide array of adhesives, beads and sequins, glitter, card and cutting tools as well. For the seriously creative, there are loads of sketchbooks and stencils for doodling or if you’re more of a fashionista at heart then try their sewing kits or pick up a range of accessories to customize your wardrobe and give your garments a facelift. The team are really helpful and are on hand to give you advice for whatever artistic dilemma you may have. You can also order online from www.fredaldous.co.uk but do check out their shop in the heart of the Northern Quarter, it’s lovely! L See previous page for 20% off.
Fred Aldous 37 Lever Street Manchester M1 1LW
Wasabi, The Pr intworks
Price Range: £/£££
Wasabi is the Printworks’ hidden gem, nestled in opposite the Odeon cinema.
set menu, where you get up to ten sushi dishes and a bowl of miso soup for £12.95.
This funky Japanese sushi restaurant is the perfect place for a social meal with friends, either before or after a night out (Wasabi is open until 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights). For a lunchtime treat, Wasabi also offers sushi dishes ‘off the belt’ for just £1 each (12pm-3pm).
Of the sushi dishes my guest and I shared, our favourites were the spicy tuna gunkan, California rolls, and the hot, delicious battered butterfly prawns. We also tried and enjoyed all the nigiri sushi dishes – clam, eel, mackerel, prawn, salmon – which simply consisted of pieces of fresh, tasty fish on a bed of rice.
Wasabi offers exceptional value for money, with a number of set menus. I opted for Set Menu B; you get three sushi dishes from the conveyor belt and one noodle-based main meal for just £7.95. My guest went for the slightly more ambitious Wasabi A
The sushi dishes were all beautifully presented in perfect little parcels. Nothing on the menu was too intimidating for sushi beginners like us, and there are no flavours too alien to the western palette.
After all that sushi, I thought I wouldn’t be able to fit in a main meal. However, the tender meat and delicious, moreish sauce of the Tokyo Roast Pork Teppen Yaki Soba Noodles meant I soon found a little more room.
Fred Aldous 20% OFF
Fred Aldous is a Manchester institution as it’s been based here for the past 124 years.
The whole meal was washed down with some Owarichita oni koroshi “hot devil” saki (£6.95 for a 1/4 bottle), which gave our experience an extra lick of authenticity. Overall, Wasabi’s fast-paced atmosphere and Japanese pop-art interiors offer diners an affordable slice of something completely different. www.wasabisushi.co.uk L Words by Christine Felton 19
Fashion Market NEW Vintage Every Saturday - Tib Street Fashion Market The stalls feature a selection of quirky, hand-made, and often ethically sourced pieces from some of Manchester’s best up and coming designers, created to indulge every taste. Funky seventies charity finds are transformed into one-off designerstyle dresses, while net curtains, lace, and second-hand materials are used for badges, brooches, bags and other funky accessories. Screenprinted T-shirts nestle alongside handmade leather goods, from bags to purses. Scarves, gloves and hats are customised and spruced up for the winter.
The first dedicated fashion market in the North West, the market also gives designers a crucial opportunity to showcase their talent in a city centre location, helping them create their own business without the overheads associated with a shop.
3rd Saturday of each month Piccadilly Gardens
Step into vintage glamour with a new and exciting vintage fashion market starting in October. The Manchester Vintage Fashion Market is the place to find clothes from every era, from 1920s ‘flapper’ style to fifties glamour, eighties retro-chic or classic 1960s trends. The market is the perfect place for searching for one-off fashion finds that will make you stand out from the crowd. Traders will sell a collection of vintage clothing and accessories including hats, shoes, gloves and jewellery.
Arndale Market Open Daily - High Street, Manchester
Manchester’s very own indoor market has developed a loyal clientele. It’s food hall is great for lunch with foods from around the globe, while the range of popular stalls are perfect for creating a slap-up dinner, furnishing your new digs, or even planning a fancy dress outfit. A one-stop shop for all your errands, you can get your computer fixed, your shoes re-soled, your nails done and your trousers taken up all in the same place. You can then kick back and
enjoy a fine pint of Ruby Tuesday ale, courtesy of the market’s very own micro-bar.
Manchester Fashion Market has enough to keep rummagers and fashionistas content for hours.
The market boasts one of the best fishmongers in Manchester, its enormous counter spilling over with fresh catches, all for a bargain. The market also ticks all the traditional boxes, selling top quality clothing, footwear, accessories, cards, gifts, beauty products, mobile phones, flowers and jewellery. www.manchestermarkets.com
Ellie Goulding at Academy 2
Ellie Goulding is not at all what she seems. If you thought she was yet another sweet and innocent blonde chirping out throwaway pop/electro songs, see her live and get ready to think again.
Whatever the reason, there was atmosphere in abundance as Ellie and her band launched into their first track, ‘Lights’. Lighting and venue deserve a mention here too, as the high ceiling of the Academy and the ambient, sparkling light show made it really feel like a euphoric festival performance. Expecting a more mellow pop experience from Ellie, I have to admit I was completely blown away by the set from that point on. To start with, Goulding’s voice is not at all what it sounds on the album. In person, her vocals are gutsy, passionate and much stronger than I expected.
Some reviewers have criticised the flawlessness of Ellie’s set, saying that it lacks rawness. Whilst I wouldn’t go so far as to say she
An indication of Goulding’s untapped potential in other genres came when she performed a cover of the Midlake song ‘Roscoe’, the rawness and vulnerability of which transformed my perception of her yet again. As for her on-stage presence, Goulding is a refreshingly unselfconscious performer. The childlike innocence of her initial appearance – once you’ve been suitably impressed by her voice – re-emerges in her movements on stage. Another thing I liked about Ellie on stage was that there was no concept to her, no pretension. She seemed refreshingly natural, normal and sincere.
I caught her at the Manchester Academy 2, where there was a palpable sense of excitement as Ellie came on stage. This either came from a genuine fan base for the artist – as she is clearly targeted at a student audience – or from the BBC Sound of 2010 accolade making her somewhat of a spectacle.
was over-rehearsed, the characterlessness of her breakout single Starry-Eyed says a great deal about the way she is marketed. The squeaks and beeps of this point Ellie towards the hipster student electro market (think Little Boots, La Roux) when in fact, she’s much better stripped back and folksy.
You shouldn’t always allow yourself to be swept away with the hype surrounding a breakout artist. In this case though, after I’ve allowed her to prove herself, I can comfortably say that Ellie Goulding is very special and she is worth getting excited about (provided you see her live, of course.) L Words by Christine Felton
The Ting Ting’s The Ting Ting’s hit the music scene back in 2007 and have since had a whirlwind three years of gigging, playing on every continent across the world, and bringing their eclectic sound to new ears.
Large caught up with Katie from the band. She’s tired, had back to back interviews all day and suffered the extent of the tube strikes in London but as soon as she hears a Manchester accent she immediately brightens up and starts talking a million miles a second. The Ting Ting’s have a new single out soon ‘Hands’, so we find out what’s been happening to the dynamic duo. How’s life for Jules and Katie now? Slightly less busy at the moment, but it feels like the calm before the storm. We’ve had two manic years, it’s been so full on but with the new single out now I expect it will go back to being crazy.
Do you spend much time in Manchester? I had two weeks here at Christmas which should have been nice, but I was in hospital with exhaustion but at least I had my mum with me and I
I was going to ask about Islington Mill, aside from there, where are you favourite hangouts in Manchester? We lived there and we hung out with all the other artists in the mill so we rarely left, we just used to have loads of parties there dancing about between ourselves! We’d often just have so much fun we wouldn’t make the short trip from Salford to Manchester, it was just nice to be around other creative and inspirational people. Where did you play your first gigs? We actually played three gigs in our living room which got really talked about and loads of press coverage and we played an intimate gig at The Rovers Return on Chapel Street which was cool. I prefer the intimate gigs. After that we played the BBC introducing stage at Glastonbury. Your new album is described as having a different sound to ‘We Started Nothing’, how was the production process different?
It’s still my voice, I still sing the same and we approached it in the same way, but we’re different people two years later so that changed things. We started listening to people like Nancy Sinatra and Fleetwood Mac and that comes through on the album. We were making the album in Berlin and Mike Pickering (ex M People and The Ting Ting’s A & R guy) said he wouldn’t come to Berlin because it was too cold, so we were left to do it ourselves so we could experiment more, but we kept it song based. What’s your favourite place you’ve played a gig? Glastonbury’s been great for us because we played there first on the BBC introducing stage to 75
people, then in 2009 we played to thousands, so personally it was amazing to see how we’ve developed in two years. We also played a gig at this place called Club West Germany in Berlin which is an old doctors surgery which is a strange place but fun place to play and another gig we played in Jakarta and we had no idea the crowd would know our songs but they were so sweet singing away. Can we expect a tour in the coming months? After Christmas we’ll be touring. We’ve got ‘Hands’ out soon and then we’re releasing another track off the album, we’re doing it the old fashioned way, 2 tracks then the album early 2011 then the tour so lots of rehearsing in between. L
The duo are made up of Wigan-er Katie and London boy Jules (although Manchester is his adopted home.)
got to see my Gran and Grandad. I have been getting home a lot more recently, about once every three months or so which is great. We always go back to Islington Mill also. (Islington Mill in Salford was the bands creative home and where they played their first gigs)
Paul Van Dyk
Playing all over the world must be mind-blowing. Are there any favourite venues you’ve played at or anywhere you would like to play? I wouldn’t say I have a favourite venue. I have a very clear idea about the general sound and music of what I want to play and everything else is down to the connection with the audience so it’s always different. You’re known as the pioneer of trance and electronic dance music and over the years we’ve heard many collaborations in addition to your own produced material; is being a live DJ and live production where you see your future? I’m a musician and my favourite music is electronic music and this is what I have done pretty much the majority of my working life and I hope I can do it until I retire!
What top tip would you offer to any Large readers looking to break into the DJ scene? One of the main things is that you really know what you like and what you want to do. At the end of the day you’re in front of an audience and you have to convince them that what you do actually means something and has a purpose. If you have doubts then it will come across. Growing up in East Berlin you had to listen secretly to European music. How different do you think your career would have been had social networking sites such as MySpace been available to you? Well obviously it would have been a completely different picture. We’ve seen substantial growth in communication between the artist and the fans. It’s good for an artist to have a direct response from the audience. What other unfulfilled ambitions do you have? I’m working on my next big artist album, that’s my next goal; to deliver something that actually has substance and that I feel happy with. Otherwise it’s always the small things and I think that might be part of the secret of why I’m still around. I take every single gig very seriously so I don’t have super-duper goals of ‘I must do this or that’. For me one of the main ambitions is to deliver as close as possible perfect set when I play, regardless of how big or small the audience is... I’m never easy on myself! L
At the end of the day you’re in front of an audience and you have to convince them that what you do actually means something and has a purpose. If you have doubts then it will come across.
Congratulations on your latest release “Gatecrasher Anthems - Paul Van Dyk”. Gatecreasher was an institution in Sheffield, what Manchester clubs have you played and what were your experiences? I played at the Hacienda during the 90’s and recently played at Sankeys which was fun as they refused to let me in because I was wearing trainers! I turned around to go and the promoter came running out after me panicking! I’m back in Manchester on 8th October at the Warehouse Project.
Lyme Park On the edge of the Peak District, nestling within sweeping moorland, Lyme Park is a magnificent picnic spot. Located in Lyme Park is one of the most famous country-houses in England – the backdrop to where Darcy meets Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. The park is
Disley, Stockport, Cheshire SK12 2NR L Picture Lyme Park – ©NTPL/Alan Novelli
Blackpool You might dismiss this Northern gem as a place not to touch with a barge pole but go with an open mind and you’ll most likely find yourself having a great day out. Robbie Williams switched on the Blackpool Illuminations this year and has said that he couldn’t wait to do it as the place holds so many memories for him. So, if it’s good enough for Rob, then it’s good enough for us!
owned and managed by the National Trust so entry fees apply but it’s well worth a visit and just the finest spot for a summer picnic.
There’s so much to do from windy days on the beach to splashing
around at the indoor Sandcastle water park and larking around at Blackpool Zoo, not forgetting the all-important Pleasure Beach where you can scream on the rollercoasters to your heart’s content. Christmas comes early to Blackpool with their famous ‘Big Switch On’ where the town is totally illuminated with over a million twinkling lights. They are switched off on 7th November so make sure you don’t miss out. www.visitblackpool.com L
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If you’ve lived in Manchester before or you’re new to this city, make sure you don’t spend your weekends in a hangover blur. There’s so much to explore outside of the city centre.
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When you’re studying hard, what better way to unwind than by playing hard? Chill Factor e is Manchester’s indoor real snow centre where you can learn to ski or snowboard to get you ready for the outdoor slopes. The venue has everything you need, whether you just want to freshen up before that skiing or snowboarding trip or you need to learn from scratch – learn on the world’s widest real snow indoor slope which stands at 180 metres long. There are some great packages available for students and when you’re not on the slopes use your student discount card at many of the bars, restaurants and retailers situated in the Alpine Village.
For those less confident then have a few lessons with qualified instructors who’ll get you up to scratch in no time. Situated just out of town over near The Trafford Centre, head to www.chillfactore.com to find out more. L
All inclusive packages: • Bucks fizz reception
• Dance floor
• Fork buffet
• White & burgundy linen
• Glass of wine served with meal
• Bar promotions available on the night
Make a night of it - Double rooms available for £62.00 0161 955 8000 email@example.com www.days-mcc.co.uk Weston Building Sackville Street Manchester M1 3BB
Regular Hot Spots
Manchester’s pulling a great big grin this autumn with enough comedy to shake Chaplin’s cane at! September
• Sean Lock – Lockipedia The Lowry (Sat 25th Sept)
• John Bishop M.E.N. Arena (Wed 15th Dec)
• Ross Noble The Opera House (29th – 30th Sept)
• Dan Antopoloski The Lowry (Sun 12th Dec)
• Barrel Of Laughs Frog and Bucket (Great Ancoats)
• Comedy Lounge Opus (Printworks)
• The Best In Stand Up Comedy Store (Deansgate Locks)
• Kevin Bridges The Lowry (Sun 3rd Oct) • Rhod Gilbert The Palace Theatre (Mon 4th Oct)
October • Frankie Boyle Apollo (Mon 25th – Thurs 28th Oct)
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November • Jason Manford Apollo (Tues 9th – Sat 13th Nov) • Al Murray Apollo (Wed 24th Nov)
• Sarah Millican The Dancehouse (Thurs 11th – 13th Nov)
Theatre comes into its own in Manchester and unless you were smoking behind the bike sheds during English, you will have heard of Alan Bennett, whose new piece, ‘The Habit of Art’ promises to impress Manchester audiences in October. The Agatha Christie murder mystery ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ keeps us guessing in November and try swapping Christmas Classics for modern classics in December and catch ‘Zack’ at the Royal Exchange.
October is the month for culture in Manchester given the festivals of literature, food, science, new media, emerging music, contemporary crafts and beer all taking place in 31 days. Encompassing many of these subjects and more is The Manchester Weekender (1st – 3rd October) that is definitely worth a peek.
• Arcadia 1 The Lowry (Thurs 23rd Sept – Sat 9th Oct)
• Zack The Royal Exchange (Tues 7th Dec – Sat 22nd Jan)
• Dr Faustus The Royal Exchange (8th Sept – 9th Oct)
• Victorian Values The Lowry (Sun 5th Dec)
October • The Habit of Art 2 The Lowry (Tues 5th – 9th Oct) • The M.R. James Trilogy 3 The Lowry (Sat 30th Oct – Sun 1st Nov)
Regular Hot Spots
• Rambert Dance Company The Lowry (Wed 22nd – 24th Sept)
• Green Room (Whitworth St. West)
• China: Journey to the East The Manchester Museum (25th Sept – 26 June)
• Manchester Weekender Various Locations (1st – 3rd Oct) • Manchester Festivals Various Locations (1st – 31st Oct)
• Contact Theatre (Oxford Rd.) • The Lowry (Salford Quays)
• We Will Rock You The Palace Theatre (Fri 3rd Dec – Sat 15th Jan)
• Emergency 2010 Green Room (1st – 2nd Oct) November
• Pleasure’s Progress The Lowry (Fri 22nd – 23rd Oct)
• Playback Theatre (dynamic improvisation) The Lowry (Tues 9th Nov)
• Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution The Opera House (Mon 1st – 6th Nov)
• InSPACE (contemporary dance) The Lowry (Mon 22nd Nov)
• BOH The Lowry (Fri 5th Nov)
• Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella 1 The Lowry (Tues 23rd – 27th Nov)
• Lysistrata The Lowry (Mon 15th Nov)
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Sat 18th Sept – Sun 7th Nov
Manchester Art Gallery
Sat 18th Sept – Sun 30th Jan
Apollo The Lowry
26th Sept Thurs 23rd Sept Sat 2nd – 3rd Oct
October Blaze – The Thrill of Street Dance The Lowry Great Northern Beer Festival Various venues Great Northern Contemporary Various venues Craft Fair In The City 2010 Various venues (Emerging Music Festival) Manchester Food & Drink Festival Various venues Manchester Literature Festival Various venues Manchester Science Festival Various venues Romeo & Juliet The Palace Theatre Manchester Comedy Festival Various venues Jimmy Carr Apollo Justin Moorhouse Opera House Badly Drawn Boy RNCM Cat Empire Academy 1 Clubland Live 4 MEN Arena Groove Armada Academy 1 Kate Nash The Ritz Korn Apollo Manic Street Preachers Apollo Marina & the Diamonds The Ritz Mark Ronson Academy 1 Mumford & Sons Apollo Ocean Colour Scene Apollo Paloma Faith Apollo Plan B Academy 1 Sheryl Crow Apollo Tinchy Stryder MEN Arena Welcome to the Warehouse: Kelis (2), Calvin Harris & more Warehouse Project - 10 Years of Vandit: Paul Van Dyk & more Warehouse Project - More Than A Lot: Chase & Status, Grandmaster Flash, Scratch Perverts & Dynamite MC Stripped The Lowry The Vagina Monologues (6) The Palace Theatre November Al Murray Apollo Jason Manford Apollo
Fri 1st – 2nd Oct 28th – 30th Oct 21st – 24th Oct 13th – 15th Oct 1st – 11th Oct 14th – 25th Oct 23rd – 31st Oct Thurs 14th – 17th Oct 18th to 31st October Fri 29th – Sat 30th Oct Fri 8th Oct 21st Oct 26th Oct 30th Oct 9th Oct 12th Oct 10th Oct 14th Oct 31st Oct 2nd Oct 2nd Oct 9th Oct 31st Oct 15th Oct 12th Oct 30th Oct Sat 2nd Oct Fri 8th Oct Sat 23rd Oct
Where What November (continued) Apollo Lee Mack Reginald D. Hunter The Lowry Comeback Kid Academy 1 Ellie Goulding (4) Academy 1 Gaslight Anthem Apollo Gorillaz MEN Arena Joshua Radin Academy Kids In Glass Houses Academy 1 Motorhead The Apollo National Academy 1 Skunk Anansie Academy 1 Burlesque! The Lowry Rocky Horror Show (5) The Palace Theatre Thriller Live The Palace Theatre December Tim Minchin M.E.N. Arena Biffy Clyro (3) G-Mex Diversity Apollo James (1) MEN Arena JLS MEN Arena Paul Weller MEN Arena Pendulum G-Mex Pixie Lott Apollo Scissor Sisters MEN Arena 30 Seconds To Mars G-Mex You Me At Six Apollo Warehouse Project - SMDs Delicatessen: Simian Mobile Disco, Hercules & Love Affair, Andrew Weatherall vs Ivan Smagghe
When Wed 3rd – Fri 5th Nov Tue 9th Nov 5th Nov 3rd Nov 20th Nov 12th Nov 11th Nov 19th Nov 16th Nov 27th Nov 13th Nov Sat 20th Nov Mon 15th – 20th Nov Mon 1st – 6th Nov Fri 17th Dec 3rd Dec 19th – 20th Dec 18th Dec 16th – 20th Dec 3rd Dec 8th Dec 18th Dec 11th Dec 4th Dec 12th – 13th Dec Fri 3rd Dec
What September Mister Sixties Philip Townsend’s Portraits of a Decade Recorders: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer MGMT The Play that Killed Me
Fri 15th Oct Sat 30th Oct Wed 24th Nov Tues 9th – Sat 13th Nov
The Real Camera Company
One of our favourites
The Real Camera Company based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter is an Aladdin’s cave of mainly used camera equipment that’s suitable for all budgets. The team know about all things photographic inside and out and are on hand to give free advice over the counter – perfect for when you’re stuck on how to get a certain look or what type of lens to use - these guys can help. The shop has been based in Manchester for ten years and judging on how busy it is, it seems The Real Camera Company’s fans just keep coming back. They stock the biggest selection of used equipment outside of London which means that you get the very best deal on purchases.
The Real Camera Company Sevendale House 7 Dale Street Manchester M1 1JA 40
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They sell cameras from £5-£5000 plus darkroom equipment, tripods, projectors, cine projectors, cine cameras, video equipment and books too – pretty much everything to suit amateur photographers and professionals alike, whatever your budget. A digital SLR camera can cost under £200 at The Real Camera Company rather than over £500 on the high street meaning lots of spare change to spend elsewhere! They also buy and part exchange cameras and equipment so you can trade your old stuff in for something newer and get a good deal in the process.
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The guys at Manchester’s favourite ethical treasure box Junk Clothing are masters of sustainable fashion and can turn almost anything into a fabulously on-trend piece of beauty.
Embellish! Take a plain garment and jazz it up by adding or changing buttons, applying appliqué or clip on handmade rosettes or a fancy trim.
Their shop based in the Northern Quarter, is kitted out with weird and wonderful recycled fittings, all adorned with reworked vintage clothing and materials that they have helped save from landfills by using just a little bit of imagination and some nimble green fingertips.
Rework the hem Often vintage dresses can look dated, but by sewing some elastic round the hem and pulling it higher, a rouched tulip skirt effect can be created. Or, take a long dress and cut it to make a gorgeous mini.
To help revive the crumpled and forgotten about’s hidden at the back of your wardrobe (yes, we all have them!) Junk have shared some of their top tips that’ll have you saving your pennies and looking fabulous in no time:
Create your own prints If you’re a budding illustrator or if you’ve just found an image that you really like then pop it onto iron-on paper by using a standard printer and apply your favourite prints to anything from jackets to shirts and dresses.
Tie-Dye The Hippies favourite and massively on-trend. Just add dye,elastic bands and salt to your old T-shirts or dresses and tie dye them to create that 60’s bohemian vibe.
Distress your old denim Distressed denim is still big and it’s easy to do it yourself. You can slash, burn, bleach or even take a cheese grater to your denim jeans/jackets to create that Young Ones look.
If all of that crafty action leaves you with itchy fingers and hungry for more wardrobe revamping ideas, then Junk have plenty more where that came from. Head along to their shop on Dale Street and have chat with their super friendly staff, or check out www.junkshop.co.uk for more info on how you can enrol onto dress making classes and learn how to style your very own photoshoot.
Photos by Luke Richardson.
Words by Dominique Taylor
Put some Junk in Your Trunk
I love how many creative people there are working in Manchester. It's a very inspirational city.
Words by Dominique Taylor
Photo by Luke Richardson.
Wonderhaus Jewellery From 22nd-24th October, The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair will be taking place at Spinningfields, showcasing cutting edge craft from over 150 designer-makers.
swallows, skulls and crosses. She also takes inspiration from Manchester and tells us “I love how many creative people there are working in Manchester. It's a very inspirational city”.
One talent you can expect to find there is jewellery maker Julia Roy Williams, former Manchester College student and founder of Wonderhaus Jewellery. Coming from the punk ethos of doing things yourself, Julia makes wonderful contemporary laser cut pieces hand crafted in her studio space at Manchester’s Craft and Design Centre in the Northern Quarter.
For the AW10 season, Julia will be playing with autumnal colours, plum and camel as well as rich, detailed blacks and greys. She is also expanding her use of materials by incorporating wood and leather into her designs.
Inspired mainly by people-watching and travel, Julia creates wearable yet affordable jewellery adorned with charms, from the whimsical to the gothic in pretty butterflies,
To get your hands on Julia’s fantastic pieces and to give your wardrobe a quirky update then be sure to check out Wonderhaus at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair or visit her studio at Nocturnal (Studio 2) in the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. www.wonderhaus.co.uk L
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Although Topshop is often regarded as the highstreet’s Holy Grail, it’s an infuriating misconception that students just wear their catwalk inspired clothes when of course, student style is a muddled mix of old and new trends, drawing on the city’s multitude of vintage boutiques, charity shops and plush independent stores. A mish-mash of styles is ever present amongst the student community; we are seeing old school staples thrown together with current highstreet bestsellers like…
are chic patterned versatile dresses, worn to an early morning lecture or dressed up for a club night. Animal print is creeping back onto the High Street. This big autumn/ winter trend will be a strong look for students within Manchester. The key has been infusing subtle spots and stripes into an outfit; highwaisted leopard print belts and scarves being the easiest way to work this trend. There’s always a quirky twist, those who revel in the absurd; suspenders teamed with cut out 501s - a modern take on the customised punk style of the 70s. Words by Natalie Shaw
Manchester is a city recognised for its style, much of which is attributable to its large student population, and it’s those students who aren’t afraid to experiment with colour and texture who have been the inspiration for this fashion segment.
Denim on denim is still popular, perfect for the vintage crowd with retro jeans and denim jackets and high-waisted 70’s jeans teamed with on-trend embellished and printed denim. T-shirts also define this look. Retro band tee’s are as effortlessly cool now as they were the in 70’s, as 48
This new found freedom of cash (referred to by most of us as a student loan) may seem like a lot now but it won’t last long if you’re not careful. Here are some handy tips on how to save money without hindering your social life. Going out
Stick to student nights and look out for drinks deals. For all those who are new to Manchester check out Baa Bar in Fallowfield or Deansgate Locks in the city centre. With shots for only £1, it’s always a good place to start the night.
Check out ‘Student Beans’ or Martin Lewis ‘Money Saving Expert’ for great deals on eating out. You can always find a ‘twofor-one’ offer on there. However, if there are no vouchers that appeal to you, find a restaurant with an early bird menu that is often a lot cheaper.
It is rare but sometimes the student’s union put on free buses to take you to and from venues, so always check in at the SU to see if there are any set student nights or organised events going on. If bars are beginning to bore you then head to the theatre - it’s not as expensive as you think! You can cut the price of theatre tickets in half just by going to the afternoon matinees instead of the evening show.
When heading to the supermarket for your weekly food shop, look out for offers and group up with a few friends to take advantage of the ‘two-for-one’ deals so you share the price. Remember to stick to the bigger supermarkets as the same items are more expensive in Express or Metro shops. Markets are also good like the Manchester Arndale Market where you can buy fruit and vegetables very cheaply.
Students on a shoe-string
Students on a shoe-string
Money Saving Hints & Tips
Many attractions in Manchester, such as the Museum of Science and Industry and the Manchester Art Gallery are free, so soak up some culture without having to spend a penny.
Getting around If you can’t handle walking to and from uni every day, make sure you invest in a monthly or yearly bus pass. This will save you some serious cash by the end of the year. Not only useful for the daytime, you can also get night buses home after a night out – no money for taxis needed!
Students on a shoe-string
Getting ready Last but not least, girls remember to share your wardrobes. If you live with four girls, that’s access to four more sets of clothes that you didn’t have before. So mix it up; share outfits but add belts and accessories to put your own unique twist on it. Nobody will ever know! L Words by Susie Burnett
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Top Travelling Destinations For those of you who have just returned from gap years, you may have your favourite places in mind. However, for those of you who haven’t yet experienced the world of backpacks, hostels, night buses and sun burn, here’s Large’s top three places to visit over the next three years.
Save it: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Not only a place for party lovers, the day time in Koh Phangan offers numerous activities from sunbathing on the island’s tranquil beaches, to elephant trekking through the forests. Thailand is the perfect place for travellers on a budget. You will find everything you need, and with the average price for a hostel at £5 a night, your money will take your far.
Christ The Redeemer Corcovado Mountain Rio De Janeiro
The biggest country in South America, Brazil is simply unforgettable. With white sand beaches, crystal clear waterfalls and a host of gorgeous girls for all the lads to gawp at, Brazil is a must for all travellers. Whether you’re trekking through the Amazon rainforest, partying in the streets or sampling the local cuisine, Brazil has something for everybody. Home to the famous Rio Carnival, Brazil’s nightlife makes it a hotspot for travellers from around the world. Blow it: Melbourne, Australia
Two words, Full Moon! Ask anybody who has been, this world famous beach party is a night you will never forget. So remember to check dates before you go, and get ready to grab a bucket of booze, slap on some UV paint and dance until you drop.
Spend it: Brazil, South America
Sydney may be the capital, but Melbourne is where the action is. Jam-packed with friendly Aussies and with the best live music scene in Australia, you will find bars tucked into every corner of this bustling city. Home to Australia’s most famous export, Neighbours, you simply can’t leave without taking a tour of Ramsey Street. You may even catch a glimpse of Karl Kennedy – that is if you haven’t already seen him at any and every Uni event up and down the UK. L Words by Susie Burnett
A Different Career Path? Graduating can be scary, with all the expectations that go along with it; study and get A levels, university and a degree, then move to London and get a good job for a big firm - it all sounds frighteningly familiar, right?
That’s where I would like to intervene. My name is Johnny Ward and I’m a recent graduate myself. I thought I had my life planned too (or planned for me is perhaps a truer statement) – study finance, move to the capital and become an investment banker, grind out the 60 hour week so I can afford the Ferrari, BUT my life took a different route. I decided that after graduating I wasn’t ready to sell my soul to the city just yet and I wanted to see the world, so I set about doing just that and enrolled onto a TEFL course (teaching English as a foreign language) and booked a one-way ticket to Asia. Four years on, 40 countries in and with work experience in Thailand,
If diving with great white sharks, trekking to Everest base camp and climbing Kilimanjaro sounds more appealing than fighting the struggling job market then I urge you to take the plunge - it could be the best decision you ever make. Would be explorers, now is the time to take the risk. Don’t spend a lifetime waiting for the ‘right’ time to come because it never does. The world is a big and awesome place waiting to be discovered. Working, studying and travelling abroad can help you in a multitude of ways. Compliment your CV with valuable international experience not to mention the fact that you’ll have the most amazing experiences you could ever dream of. In the next edition, I’ll give you a few tips on funding your travels/ backpacking on the cheap and also about opportunities working abroad, so stay tuned!
But if there’s one thing that our very own ‘Generation Y’ can vouch for is that nothing is set in stone, times are changing and big opportunities are available.
USA, Australia and Korea, my Masters due to start in Malaysia in December and currently in the middle of a Cape Town to Istanbul by land trip, life has never been better!
Words by Johnny Ward Follow Johnny’s journey on his travel blog: www.onestep4ward.com 59
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