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Underground Rebel Bingo Club The Manchester Weekender Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair In The City The Ting Tings Manchester Comedy Festival

Issue 18 October 2010


The Perfect Guide to the Perfect City


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Issue 18 October 2010

Hello readers, ‘Tis’ the month that autumn well and truly sets in and I think Manchester really comes alive with colour. In fairness, we’ve learnt how to cope pretty well with the weather, which is evident in the range of amazing outdoor events this month. We will be stuffing our faces at the Food and Drink Festival, getting engrossed in musical conversation at Un-Convention and In The City and laughing our socks off at The Comedy Festival. Thanks to everyone who has been logging onto the new website It’s getting a battering with hits and that’s what we like so let us know your thoughts. Another massive thanks to everyone who came and supported our Forever Manchester – Large night down at The Ducie Bridge. A cracking night was had by all in aid of Forever Manchester. We want you to share your experiences on dodgy letting agents in Manchester in a piece we’re running later in the year so if you’ve got a shocker of a story to tell then get in touch Until next time...

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The Great British Pub

A+ for The B Lounge

The Lass O’Gowrie on Charles Street, has been recognised as one of the most entertaining pubs in the country at the Great British Pub Awards 2010 - known as ‘the Oscars’ of the pub industry.

One of our favourite venues in Manchester, The B Lounge up at Piccadilly has fought off stiff competition to be named winner of the North West’s Best Bar None Pub category in a prestigious awards ceremony held in September.

The panel of judges were suitably impressed after coming for a visit in August. In the end, The Lass O’Gowrie came a close runner up with a London bar stealing the top spot – boo! The pub has become an entertainment hub after influence from general manager Lisa Davies who has a drama school background. Lisa felt it was important to keep customers entertained so the venue has a packed schedule of comedy nights, live music and even a baking competition. The team even put on their own three-week LassFest festival each year in the transformed 40 seat theatre upstairs – far removed from your bog-standard pub with footy on TV! L

The venue which faces the Malmaison hotel, offers a traditional English menu with a sophisticated twist, and has won the Manchester public over with its extensive drinks menu and regular live music. The B Lounge is part of an independently owned group sitting alongside its sister venues The Bridge on Deansgate and Blue Parrot Bar and Grille on Portland Street. Best Bar None is a national awards scheme aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol within licensed premises. Company Director Keith Flanagan said, “We certainly never expected to be declared a winner, but are absolutely delighted with the result and see it as a massive achievement!.” L

A brighter future for Manchester kids

City Sounds

In a UK first, five multi-million pound academy buildings have opened, two of which are newly established schools for Manchester and the first new secondary schools in the city for 25 years.


The Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey will specialise in digital communication, languages and drama, The East Manchester Academy in Beswick will focus on environment and performing arts, and The Co-operative Academy of Manchester in Blackley has been totally transformed from previously being the Plant Hill Arts College. The Manchester Health Academy in Wythenshawe will be specialising in everything related to health (medicine, nursing and technical health services), The Manchester Enterprise Academy in Wythenshawe is a £19m school specialising in enterprise and Burnage Media and Arts College and Park View Community School are two further education centres opening soon. The academies offer new ways of educating young people with a

focus on business skills. All students have personal mentors as well as benefitting from considerable investment in IT provisions. Long gone are dinner tickets. At the new schools you’ll find a biometric thumb print activated lunch payment system – ooh how times have changed! L

Reservoir Pups

It may seem far too early to be thinking about 2011 but it will be here before we know it and one of our favourite festivals will be back. Not Part Of is a seventeen day festival in summer 2011 showcasing poets, plays, dance acts, music and comedy. Prior to the main event, the organisers hold Not Part of NYE (this year on 15th January and in its 5th year) which is a microcosm of the summer festival bringing together the best creative performances from across the North West. To be involved simply email a

short description of your proposed piece to The festival is a true celebration of creativity in Manchester; it’s a festival of collaboration and DIY ethos. The team are holding a special event on Wednesday 13th October at Apotheca in the Northern Quarter, where you can meet the directors, chat about any ideas you may have for inclusion, meet other like-minded artists, build your networks or simply just have a pint. If you’re interested in joining then email L

City Sounds

Five new academies and two new schools have just opened in Manchester as a result of a massive £146 million investment in education.

Want to be Not Part Of?

Timeless classic premiers in Manchester

New to Manchester 10

Music and lyrics have been composed by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. The film won numerous awards back in the nineties, and the stage adaptation will feature new music and lyrics as well as the classic Unchained Melody – it’s going to be a tear jerker! Get your tickets soon as it’s bound to be a sell out. Tickets from £17.50 (Booking fee applies), head to

Moho Live Ok, so it’s not new, but this is Moho for 2010. There’s been plenty going on since its recent changing of the guard - a new interior and website have been unveiled, yet the venue ethos intrinsically remains the same; a music venue in Manchester unrivalled for both atmosphere and quality of acts. From the Sugar Hill Gang and Kid British to The Enemy and Sunshine Underground, over the last few years, MoHo has rapidly climbed the ranks to become the place to see a gig in Manchester. Guest appearances are always on the cards and as those of you who’ve already frequented the venue will know, expect to come out feeling very hot and sticky. October sees the return of Kid British, and if you have tickets hold on to them because the last

Large heard it’s a sell out event. If you’re looking for punk and metal you won’t be disappointed with Spunge headlining on October 24th and 80’s Rocked on October 26th. Expect to see Thunder and Magnum amongst others. Don’t worry if you’ve not heard of them because if Moho was the Lazy Pig when you we’re going out you’re bound to have heard of Flock of Seagulls headlining on October 28th.

Fear not you disco dancers either, for Mix Master Mike from the legendary Beastie Boys will be appearing at MoHo Live on 16th November. To buy tickets or for more information about MoHo live go to MoHo Live, Tib Street, M4 1SH L

New to Manchester

Ghost the Musical will have its world premiere at the Manchester Opera House in Spring 2011. The spectacular new stage show will run from 28th March until 14th May for a seven week season.

Underground Rebel Bingo Club

New to Manchester

They meet in secret locations to party hard, dance to dirty music, draw on each other, play hardcore rebel bingo and win prizes. But be warned, this is not bingo as you know it. It’s dangerous and addictive and the authorities are after them so they have their meetings in secret!

New to Manchester

What started as a hush-hush event in London has now spread UK wide as the nations fascination for bingo goes into overdrive. The Underground Rebel Bingo club takes its first national tour this October and arrives in Manchester on 20th October.

Now there are a few rules to stick to including no boring people, no work suits, no customer service and no office parties. If you want to join the revolution and think you can keep it a secret then prepare to join the club. Find out more L


what’s new?



Thai Cooking Course

Incl drin udes fr e k& buff e et

Large Socials

Last month we held a special Large Social in conjunction with IntaFood where readers got involved in a Thai cooking course. Held at the Royal Orchid (the venue was the second Thai restaurant to open in Manchester 22 years ago!), readers were taught how to make a Thai salad and a traditional Thai green curry. Making the salad dressing and curry paste from fresh ingredients was tough going but lots of fun was had then everyone sat down to tuck into the fruits of their labour at the end of the evening for a celebratory feed.L

Pub Quiz This month we’ve got our regular pub quiz and with the dark nights drawing in there’s never been a better excuse to get your pals together and brighten up a dull Wednesday with the spills and thrills that come with the best pub quiz in Manchester.



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Held at The English Lounge on High Street, the quiz is on October 27th. Join us from 6.30pm for a glass of wine on arrival and pie and peas in the break, the quiz kicks off around

7.30pm. As usual our friends at The Printworks will be providing great prizes to be won and a bar tab for The English Lounge is on offer for the ‘Play Your Cards Right’ winners. It’s just £4 entry and teams of up to 7 people but come in smaller numbers and you’re still welcome! Tables go fast so make sure you reserve at L

The evening kicks off from 7pm and it's £7 on the door which includes a free drink on arrival and buffet. Places are strictly limited so make sure you reserve your seats by emailing

Lawrence Malstaf Freemasons Hall, Bridge Street

The Manchester Weekender – 1st to 3rd October Brace yourselves for forty-eight hours of art, culture, music, film, food, festivals, literature, walks, politics, poetry, photography and theatre.

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Naomi Kashiwagi The Whitworth Art Gallery

what to do?

One of our highly recommended events as part of the festival is a one-off gig, that’s part performance art and part club night, taking place at The Whitworth Art Gallery. DJ Krysko (Warehouse Project/Sankeys) and award-winning performance artist Naomi Kashiwagi will perform a new collaborative work that combines electronic music with wind-up gramophones. For the full events programme visit L

Weekend Wandering

The Manchester Weekender is a weekend-long snapshot of some of the best of Manchester’s art and culture, putting a huge spotlight on the diversity in the city and its capability for staging unique and unusual events. In between guided tours of secret spaces and underground art there will be new works by world-renowned filmmakers and writers, plus late-night music performances inside the city’s

normally closed galleries and museums.


Back now for a third year, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinningfields will feature 150 designer-makers in ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass, furniture and other fashion, home and interior products

Admission on the door is £6 (£5 concessions), for more details head to L

Method Become Madness by Stuart Edmundson, courtesy of The International 3

The Manchester Contemporary – 28th to 31st October Not to be confused with the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, The Manchester Contemporary has just announced 12 galleries that will be participating at the event held at Spinningfields.

All exhibitors have to apply to be part of the fair and with a tough selection process, it’s guaranteed to be a high quality and diverse event. This year, the addition of Great Northern Graduates will showcase the best from the year’s creative degree courses. All visitors are encouraged to spend their time really getting to grips with the work, chatting to the makers and learning the stories behind the goods, giving an insight into how much work goes into each piece and allowing visitors to buy direct from the maker.


Liberty Freedom

Jane Moore

Tickets are free if you book online at L

Amongst the twelve galleries taking part, two are based in Manchester, Bureau and The International 3. This year’s art fair will be a little different; rather than booth spaces, each of the participating galleries will be given an open area producing an exhibition design that will give precedence to the presentation of the art. Coupled with the artistic displays informative talks will give audiences advice on starting and developing an art collection.

A single balloon drifting skywards by Kim Rugg, courtesy of Nettie Horn.

Weekend Wandering

Weekend Wandering

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair – 22nd to 24th October



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Confit Leg (£14.50) with pickled red cabbage, fondant potato and Leifmans fruit beer liquor (lots of the dishes are infused with the beer available on the taps). Both cuts of meat were cooked delicately, allowing the exceptional quality of them to really come through the dish.

Unit 1, Great Northern Tower, Watson Street, M3 4EE

Tummy Rumbles

Where? Not really the new kid on the block anymore, Taps has proved itself to be one of Manchester’s most unique drinking haunts with its pour-yourown-beer philosophy but in equally great measure is their food.


The atmosphere was buzzing with a mix of tux-adorned gents heading off to a glittering awards ceremony, the usual after work crowd and also those who start their weekend on a Thursday. The venue is slick and contemporary whilst still maintaining a cosy edge with their sumptuous booths. To Start With Still in their first year, Taps have evaluated the menu and reworked two clear parts to it: Taps Favourites and A La Carte (a bit ‘posher’ shall we say). To start with I went for the Butternut Squash Risotto Cake (£5.95) with sage and buffalo mozzarella. It was presented beautifully with a perfectly cooked crisp shell. The chunks off mozzarella stuffed inside dripped out as you sliced into the dish. It was good, I just felt it lacked a bit of seasoning and could have benefitted from a burst of flavour. My guest went for the Rare Beef Fillet and Wild Mushroom Risotto Cake

The only disappointment was the red cabbage which was slightly overpowering, taking the emphasis away from the delicious bird that really should have stolen the show. (£7.50) which he said was “one of the best starters I’ve had a long time”. The meat was cooked perfectly and was complimented by the rich, mushroom risotto cake. Moving onto Mains I decided on the Roast Corn Fed Gressingham Chicken Breast, (£12.95) served with crushed new potatoes, spinach, French beans and bourguignon jus. Again, as pretty as a picture when it came to presentation, and the meat was moist and juicy. The sauce was rich, a little too rich for my liking, and the dish actually came with a baby onion, smoked bacon and mushroom side serving which for some probably would have been a welcome addition but was too intense for my taste buds with an overwhelming smoky taste to it. My guest went for Seared Gressingham Duck Breast and

Room for anymore? There’s always room for a Sticky Toffee Pudding (£5.50) which was fabulous served with vanilla ice cream. Great atmosphere, great spot for food and drinks, well thought through menu with an emphasis on local produce however the service could have been slicker. There was a good wait on the main dishes but all being said a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had due to the subtle blend of drinkers and diners, giving that laid back ambience throughout the venue.

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The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, M3 5LH Large rating 9/10

Where? Since its emergence in 2001, The Lowry Hotel - Manchester’s first 5* hotel - has become synonymous with all things luxurious. For those of you who haven’t stayed, a drink in the bar is a must for the discerning executive and a day in the spa has become a favourite of all the ladies that lunch. The restaurant itself is occupied by a varied crowd. There are the business delegates, the uber-romantic couple seeking seclusion and the friends catching up on old times. To Start With Described by the fabulous River Bar and Restaurant Manager as ‘Modern European’, the food sounded exquisite and I hoped it tasted as good as I perused both the

daily and a la carte menus. I opted for the flamboyantly priced but well crafted a la carte menu. As a fish lover, I was pleased to see such a variety of fish, all seasonal thankfully. I opted for the Native Lobster Ravioli with buttered spinach and shell fish bisque (£12.50), which was - to my relief - just as good as it sounds. The ravioli pasta was soft and the lobster meat slightly sweet and perfectly complimented by the accompanying bisque. For me, slightly too much bisque came with the ravioli but it certainly didn’t impede my enjoyment. My guest opted for the Goats Cheese Mousse ginger cake crisps with raspberry and beetroot puree (£9.50). The ginger crisp delivering a slight heat that worked perfectly with the rich mousse.

Moving onto Mains Having decided that Dover Sole was too good an opportunity to miss, I had mine grilled, served with Jersey Royals and hollandaise (£32.50). As you’d expect from a restaurant of this calibre, the fish was de-boned at the table at my request. The fish was stunning. It was light and fresh and not overly done, the hollandaise and jersey royals provided a richer dimension to the plate. I was left full and very pleased with my choice. My guest had the Cheshire Beef fillet with truffle and herb crust, braised baby onion and spinach puree (£25.75). It arrived cooked to absolute perfection, the meat fresh and succulent. The crust didn’t fare as well, sadly it was slightly on the soggy side, but upon further investigation it did taste good with a hint of truffle coming through in the aftertaste.

The food at The River Bar restaurant isn’t innovative risqué dining; it is elegant, decadent and relaxed. If the a la carte menu is a special meal out around pay day, the chefs specials menus at only 3 courses for £15 (this may have changed at time of going to press) is a solid bet for anytime of the month. There’s also sushi available in the bar, as well as long relaxing afternoon teas, Sunday Lunch and the latest addition in October of Saturday Brunch. L

Tummy Rumbles

Tummy Rumbles

The River Bar & Restaurant

sharing a dessert and we went for the trio of Trio of Champagne and strawberry desserts (£8.50) which were as you’d expect all totally different but each of them infused with strawberry loveliness.

Room for anymore? Not for me. I was done. My guest however managed to talk me into 25

The Edinburgh Festival is over and it’s back to the reality of Manchester. Well, I say reality. Being a comedian, I work for twenty minutes a day and slouch about in my pants the rest of the time. Which I guess is pretty close to the reality of being a student, meaning I fit in pretty well in Fallowfield. Apart from the fact that I’m 24 and can’t quite hack the lifestyle of a student any more. My poor body is suffering the effects of beer and Ginsters. I’ll summarise – I’m fat. Not spherical, but beerbellied. Proper beer-bellied, mind. The kind of beer belly that also has folds above it, like the eyebrows of a frowning old man. I didn’t realise how bad the situation had got until a mate came up to me the other day, poked me in the aforementioned eyebrow-folds, and announced “Sam, you look like you’re getting a cuddle from a midget.” However, I’ve devised a clever dieting method to sort myself out. Every time I see a student in Manchester and can’t figure out if they’re in fancy dress, pyjamas or their normal clothes, I’ll do a star-jump when I get home.


what’s happening this week?

I was only out in Fallowfield for half an hour today and I’ve lost six pounds. Sam Gore regularly performs at the Frog & Bucket on Oldham St in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. L

I’m fat. Not spherical, but beer-bellied. The kind of beer belly that also has folds above it, like the eyebrows of a frowning old man.

Stylish shoppers in Manchester? Cityco, Manchester’s city centre management company has announced a new marketing campaign ‘Manchester – Heart of Fashion’ focused on the fashionable heart of the city centre. The campaign is aimed at attracting more people to our city for a shopping spree and will see a series of fashion-focused events take place to tempt the style-conscious shopper. Keep your eyes peeled for the 68-page style guide to the city centre that will be available for free from the Manchester Visitor Information Centre. The guide will showcase the highlights of Manchester’s city centre shopping experience, listing more than 200 stores, independent shops

and boutiques, and will also include a helpful section on food, drink, hotels and culture. At the centre of the campaign is the opening of The Avenue in Spinningfields, the newest destination for luxury retailing in Manchester. Many of the city’s biggest retailers including Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and Selfridges will be holding their own fashion events in collaboration with the campaign, including a Best of Manchester fashion awards celebrating the talents of young designers and independent retailers in the city. For more information head to L

Goings on in the City

Stand-Up For The City

Sam Gore


Mount Kimbie

Crystal Fighters

Male Bonding

In The City Festival – 13th to 15th October Established back in 1992 by Tony Wilson and Yvette Livesey, In The City has established itself as Europe’s premier music conference. The festival promoted the need for innovative and forward-thinking answers in the music industry and the aim of the event is to bring together the most fearless minds in the creative industries to provide the answers to these questions. Now in its 19th year, In The City has seen now-legendary gigs by artists such as Oasis in 1992, The Chemical Brothers with a gig at Jabez Clegg in 1995 and Coldplay at Cuba Cafe back in 1997. Since its birth, the festival has been a significant


stepping-stone in the careers of Radiohead, Suede, The Darkness, Doves, Foo Fighters, Elbow, Stereophonics, Muse, The Verve, Badly Drawn Boy, Bjork, Maximo Park, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins, Snow Patrol and many more. Tickets for the live shows, In The City Live and In The City Unsigned are now on sale at £29 for the three nights. The live festival uncovers and promotes the best in underground and emerging talent, with over 200 of the world’s most exciting new acts filling 20 venues and bars citywide including Moho Live, Night and Day, Roadhouse and Band on The Wall.

No Age, Mount Kimbie, Male Bonding, Crystal Fighters, Factory Floor, oOoOO, White Ring, Kisses (debut UK shows), Ital Tek, Andreya Triana, John Weise, Spectrals and many more are set to perform across a portfolio of jaw-droppingly good showcases. The festival is one of two halves: the live side and the conference, both equally complementing the other. The organisers have just announced that Nick Mason, founding member of Pink Floyd and Co-Chairman of the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), is confirmed to appear at this year’s event in conversation alongside music industry entrepreneur and business advisor Jeremy Silver, who is also the CEO of the (FAC). Jay Brown, Jay-Z’s business partner and co-founder of Roc Nation will also be appearing in conversation with Nick Raphael (Managing Director of

Epic Records). Brown and Raphael are two of the most respected major label heads, and with Brown’s Roc Nation forming part of a $150 million deal between Jay Z and Live Nation, they represent the most lucrative of music business strategy. Following last year’s hugely successful appearance of Mark Ronson in conversation with Columbia Records MD Mike Smith, the In The City Artist Keynote Interview is a highlight of the convention and allows delegates a unique perspective on the music industry through the eyes of acclaimed and successful artists.

Goings on in the City

Goings on in the City

Pulled Apart By Horses

Those wishing to attend the conference can register at where a full breakdown of all the various packages can be found. Tickets for the Live gigs from 29

Un-Convention – 1st to 3rd October

Goings on in the City

After a year spent globe-trotting, Un- Convention is coming back to Salford with what promises to be the biggest and best event set over three days. Un-Convention is a global grassroots music event that meets physically and virtually to share ideas and discuss. Unconventional settings such as Salford Lads Club will be used to explore new and cutting edge issues surrounding music, technology and creativity.

To buy tickets head to www.unconventionsalford2010. For more information and to see past Un-Conventions, visit This one comes highly recommended. L Bill Drummond

Confirmed so far are Bill Drummond (The KLF), Billy Bragg, Jarvis Cocker, Martin Atkins, Jon McClure, Brian Travers, Kevin Cummins and Don Letts who will be doing unusual and interesting things in the most underexplored places in the city. Bands confirmed to play include Gabby Young and Other Animals performing with Eccles Borough Brass Band, Kid British, Reverend Soundsystem, The Beating Wing Orchestra and a very special one off performance with Jon McClure, Jarvis Cocker, The BBC Philharmonic and performers from DR Congo, Poland and Colombia. The events programme is truly phenomenal, with such a unique mix of styles from debates about having a digital presence in music to an ‘In Conversation with John Robb...’. There will also be


discussions on building a sustainable career in the music industry.

Jon McClure

Manchester Food and Drink Festival 1st – 11th October This month the city will be overtaken by food, drinks and more food from 1st October when the Manchester Food and Drink Festival rolls into town.

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One exciting event is the special collaboration with Metrolink where diners get to go on a special culinary

Wine lovers, do not miss 'The Big Indie Wine Fest' being held at The People's History Museum from 8th-9th October. The festival is a unique celebration of the local and independent wine merchants in our region. Expect to taste the finest wines around, talk to the merchants themselves and take part in tutored tastings and master classes led by some of the UK's most knowledgeable wine experts. Tickets on sale from L

Donate a cake for Manchester’s biggest charity cake sale On Sunday 3rd October from 11am, Manchester charity, Forever Manchester, is turning Albert Square into a traditional village fete for the day with the cake stall taking pride of place. Manchester women’s charity, The Birdhouse Fund are organising the sale and are appealing to wouldbe Delias to don a pinny and bake a cake for this worthy cause. If you can't make it down on the day then why not have a bake sale at work and raise funds that make a real difference to women in Manchester who are struggling

to reach their full potential and need a boost to get there. To receive a fundraising pack for your own cake sale or to donate a cake to the cake sale in Albert Square on 3 October then please call Emma James on 07931318095 or email

Goings on in the City

We covered the event last month but since our last issue, there have been many more announcements.

adventure across Manchester by tram. First stop will be drinks at Kro in Piccadilly, a starter at Papa G’s in The Printworks, main course at Croma in Prestwich and dessert at Slattery’s in Whitefield. If you’re heading out on the Altrincham line, starters will be at Barbirolli, mains at Oca, finishing off with dessert at Fat Loaf. The trip takes place on 9th October and places are £25 per person. L

The Big Indie Wine Fest

For more information about The Bird House Fund visit L


Riverford Organic

One of our favourites

Riverford Organic from Stockley Farm is a company to take a closer look at. If you, like us here at Large fall into the category of ‘My life is too busy, all I have in my fridge is a bag of shrivelled up apples and a now-turned yellow broccoli’ then you need a dose of Riverford Organic in your life. They bring organic fruit and vegetables direct from the farm straight to your home, with deliveries into the city centre a few times a week. It works out around 20% cheaper than ordering from supermarkets and what they provide is organic, wholesome fruit and veg that changes seasonally so you get a bit of variety in your fridge.

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New to the City? Fancy a girly night out? Or looking for a more natural kind of networking?

You can of course pick your own fruit and vegetables if you wish, plus order meat and milk. When you order with Riverford Organic, you also get a pack full of tasty recipes and tips on getting the most out of your purchases. Think leek and potato soup with sage, or turn your boring cabbage into spring greens with garlic and soy sauce.


Their boxes start from £8.95. If you work in an office or run a company, why not think about a fruit box to keep staff sprightly making sure that everyone gets their 5 a day seeing as each box contains around 50 portions of fruit. They deliver direct to your door so no longer do you have to struggle with bursting-atthe-seams carrier bags.

Join us on 28th October at 6pm at City Inn Hotel for drinks, nibbles jewellery and pampering. Follow us on twitter @thirstythursman and on Facebook at Register at and get entrance into your first Social totally free. Come and see what you’ve been missing!

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-toback 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 your 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 doctor’s surgery, a strange but fun place to play. 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, two tracks then the album early 2011, then the tour so lots of rehearsing in between. L

Live Lyrics

Live Lyrics

The duo is made up of Wigan-er Katie and London boy Jules (although Manchester is his adopted home.)

got to see my Gran and Granddad. 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 band’s creative home and where they played their first gigs)


Described as the modern take on a ‘60’s girl group and the epitome of coolness, The Like are making serious waves through the international music scene with their quirky sound. We had a catch up with lead singer Z Berg (other band members are Tennessee Thomas, Laena Geronimo and Annie Monroe) about their latest gig in Manchester and playing ping-pong with none other than Arctic Monkey’s. Hey Z, for all the Large readers who don’t know much about The Like, tell us who you are... Well we were a three but now we’re a four as we’ve just got a new organist, Annie, and we’re The Like, from the US and the UK so we are an international group you could say! How was your gig on Friday at The Ruby Lounge? Oh it was awesome, we love Manchester and let me tell you, the Manchester crowd are hard to beat! You guys are really fun folk! Did you manage to have a nosey around the city whilst you were here? Yeah a little, we had a look at a few record shops, we like to see the cities that we play in (Large points out that they would love the Northern Quarter which is where Z thinks they had a wander around).


You’ve just finished a tour with Arctic Monkey’s in the States. Did you understand their Northern accents? It was hard to understand them sometimes but the accents grow on you. They are seriously nice boys though. We had a ping-pong table on tour and we played so many tournaments! The food though in the UK is tough for me, I’m vegan (Large points out that in the UK we’re still pretty hot on meat) I think Tennessee is happy though (Tennessee is the UK born member of the group) as she’s happy to be back eating British food every day. I see you’re really active on Facebook and Twitter, do you read your comments regularly? I’m not great with the internet/ Facebook thing really but it’s a great way to communicate as fans can interact with you. It’s crazy, we meet fans at shows then they tweet the next day and it’s amazing how fast the word can spread.

Live Lyrics

Live Lyrics

Large meets The Like... and we Like!

You’ve just played Reading and Leeds festivals, how was that? Yeah we played there four years ago so it was great to be back and we had so much fun. We played a festival in Singapore and one in Korea, those festivals are a really different vibe to British festivals (Large wonders why) just different... it’s safe to say those guys like to clap! 41

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Your new album has been produced by Mark Ronson – how was it working with him? We worked with Mark and a team of others and we literally had two weeks to make the album including mixing and editing so it was a very intense and creative experience. We recorded it like they used to do in the older days, we worked on instinct.


Do you think you’ve created a better sound by doing this? Definitely. Until we found Mark we always wanted to make an album this way but didn’t know how to do it. It’s no surprise that all my favourite records were created this way, without serious technology. It makes a more honest and raw sound that suits our songs better.

You and Tennessee formed the band at 15, which is a very impressionable age. What led you down this road rather than following pop bands of the time? I think my parents brainwashed me into this type of music. At 15 I didn’t know there were any bands other than The Beatles. So what’s next for The Like, when will you be back in the UK? Well, we are finishing the UK tour shortly then it’s back to the US for a tour there and then over to Europe. We just want to get bigger and hopefully when we come back we’ll get more time to explore Manchester and see it better. L

Live Entertainment – Manchester Comedy Festival

Little Tickle – Manchester Comedy Festival


Can you believe that The Manchester Comedy Festival has been running for ten years? It returns for 2010 between 18th – 31st October and it’s bigger and better than ever. All the greats cut their teeth here, and this year big names such as Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Frankie Boyle, Jim Jefferies and Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 winner Russell Kane (playing at the comedy store on 26th October) will join the hottest new talent around including Idiots of Ants and Shappi Khorsandi all in the annual celebration of comedy talent from around the UK (including many from Manchester!). There’s something for everyone this year with the most diverse programme to date incorporating theatre, cabaret, burlesque and sketch shows alongside a wide-ranging feast of comedy.

public. The premise was simple; anyone passionate about their show could take part. Now it’s grown into a festival that’s seen anyone who’s anyone take part. Now the festival has international acts taking part, but doesn’t overlook the amount of talent from the local area - from big names to the small and quirky. L For the full programme head to

...manchesters local property management company Russell Kane

The festival will be made up of more than 160 shows and 220 performers descending on the city for two weeks of funny business. The festival was originally pioneered by Don Ward in 2001, (owner of The Comedy Store) as an annual celebration of the hilarity found in many members of the Manchester

Live Entertainment – Manchester Comedy Festival

Which comedians have caught your eye recently? Who should we be looking out for?

Lee Martin

Bill Ellis is a good local prospect, very unique. He has a shambolic style of comedy which reminds me of Johnny Vegas in his early days and Sam Gore (Large’s resident male columnist) who is on his way to winning just about every new comedian of the year award going.

Badgering away behind the scenes on the comedy circuit in Manchester - but no less credible - are people like Lee Martin, General Manager at The Frog and Bucket. The Frog has been going for fifteen years, going to show how much Mancunians appreciate their comedy. We chatted to Lee about how the comedy scene has developed up north and his memorable moments; Thinking back to the glory days of Steve Coogan, Caroline Aherne, Peter Kay, how do you think the comedy scene in Manchester has changed?

It goes in cycles, when I started Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas, Caroline Aherne were really in the golden period which was great for Manchester and great for the Frog as they all played here. Then it quietened down, big stars weren’t being produced but then from 2005 it’s been on the up again with people like Jason Manford, Dan Knightingale. Stand-up is more popular that it’s ever been. The Frogs just opened two new venues, one in Wigan one in Preston which is testament to the fact comedy is still popular.

What’s been your most memorable show of all time? About 5 or 6 years ago we had John Bishop on here and he was headlining a weekend show. It was a really rowdy crowd and he just got up and started singing the theme tune to ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. The crowd were totally lost wondering what the hell he was doing. Next thing he said “Sorry, my mate just bet me £20 that I wouldn’t come up here to sing this but I’ve won the bet.” He then introduced his mate who was none other than Johnny Vegas. Cut to the whole crowd of the Frog and Bucket in unison with Johnny Vegas and John Bishop singing ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, arms waving in the air and all! L

Large Highly Recommends Sideshow – The Weirdest Show on Earth – The Comedy Store 20th October Hosted by the ukulele-wielding musical maestro, Desmond O’Connor and starring masked DJ, Margaret The Gimp. The diabolical duo and their cohorts deliver a generous helping of freaks, outcasts and attention seekers for your viewing pleasure. Russell Kane – The Comedy Store 26th October Russell’s show Smokescreens and Castles is one to watch. In this new show, the triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here NOW! host explores self, family, and the consequences of his Dad buying his own council house. Sociological silliness and high energy contortions guaranteed.

The whole crowd in unison with Johnny Vegas and John Bishop singing ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, arms waving in the air!

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We caught up with two big names on the comedy circuit to find out more.



Manchester comedian, writer, radio presenter and actor Justin Moorhouse is preparing for a special one-off show at the Opera House in Manchester on the 8th of October. The performance brings together the best of his “Boiled Egg on the Beach” show from the Edinburgh Festival and other material from the last two years. Large Manchester caught up with Justin ahead of the Opera House show for a quick chat.

Growing, up which comedians made you laugh? Loads really, Mike Harding, Jasper Carrott, Billy Connolly, Bob Monkhouse, most of the great comedians from the 70’s. Then Rik Mayall and the Young Ones in the early 80’s, I love comedy. These days I love people who do things a bit different, people like Steve Royle who does comedy and juggles. Andrew Ryan - he’s good, Al Murray and Jimmy Carr - he always makes me laugh.

As a Manchester United supporter, what was it like working alongside Eric Cantona in “Looking for Eric” and how was it working with Ken Loach? Meeting Cantona was a dream come true, meeting an idol is sometimes a letdown but Cantona was a really nice fella. Working with Ken Loach was one of the best experiences of my career. I don’t consider myself a real actor but Ken manages to get great performances out of non-actors like me.

Before stand-up you were a salesman. What did you sell and did your experiences influence your comedy? The simple answer to that is “not a lot”. I worked in transport, I was good at interviews and getting the job but not so good at the selling. I suppose the main thing I learnt was where all the best service stations are, which ones don’t rip you off and also how to sit around the house all day in my pants, which is good training if you want to go into comedy!

Will United reclaim the title from Chelsea and can City ever become the no.1 club in Manchester? Simple this one yes and no! I suppose City could with all the money they have but I think they’ve a long way to go; they’ll never be no.1 in my heart!

Is the show at The Opera House a chance for Manchester to see The Boiled Egg on the Beach show you did in Edinburgh? Yes most of it, Boiled Egg on the Beach is an hour long. The Manchester show also has the best bits from the last two years and is

about an hour and a half. It’s a oneoff homecoming show ahead of a tour planned for the spring in 2011. As part of show you have a game that tests what class a person is, what two questions can you ask a person to determine their class? 1. Do you buy the Radio Times at any other time of the year but Christmas? 2. Do you have balsamic vinegar in the cupboard? Best meal out in Manchester? Simon Rimmer’s place in Hale is great, also San Carlo. I like This ‘n’ That in the Northern Quarter; I’ve not been for a while but love their ‘Rice and Three’. Best pub in Manchester? The Northern, the best pub in the world! And finally who got the chop the puppy, or the iPad? (check Justins website) I’ve kept them both and stroke both of them on a regular basis! Catch Justin at The Comedy Store on 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 31st October. L

Live Entertainment – Manchester Comedy Festival

Live Entertainment – Manchester Comedy Festival

Justin Moorhouse


Festival Fashion

Here are our top tips for festival fashion 2011 (you might as well start early!) The undisputed festival essential – along with the weekend pass – are the stalwart wellington boots. Where wellies were once worn for practical reasons alone, we are now seeing a series of novelty, animal print, and branded boots dominate festival footwear.

Fashion Forward

Fashion Forward

Summer, might seem like a distant memory now but as music festivals grow in popularity year upon year, from The Big Chill to Bestival; the demand for the live music experience is met with an equally strong demand for festival fashion.

Intrinsic to the hippy roots of the British festival scene is the prominence of floral print. Colourful playsuits are combined with earthy cardigans to complete the ultimate eco-chic look. For festivals blessed with warm weather, male festival-goers adopt their straw trilbies embellished with floral decoration, brilliant for softening grungy band tee’s. An assortment of rolled acid-wash jeans, frayed hot-pants, and denim shirts are reminiscent of 80s nostalgia whilst animal print leggings – the standout summer trend in 2010 – provide a wonderful contrast of jungle exotic meets rock ‘n’ roll. L Natalie Shaw


what’s hot?


Tuktuk One of our favourite Manchester-created brands has just launched their Autumn/Winter shirting collection.

Fashion Forward

Featuring a range of shirts and accessories in bright and colourful gingham checks, two different coloured Chambray shirts and their very own take on the traditional Oxford shirt, all made from 100% cotton.


Look at to see the full range including shorts, ties, holdalls and footwear, all designed with the Manchester look very much in mind. You can buy online from a number of online retailers including, however, certain styles are exclusive to the website. L

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Property Dilemmas...

Com ing So Li Mon ve Mus on ic thly Kara oke

To Sell or Rent? It’s a common dilemma. Hundreds of people bought properties a good few years ago when the market was strong, but now the time has come to think about moving out of the city and to the suburbs, get a few cats and a back garden. First step....get a good agent and get it on the market but then your suburban dreams come crashing down around you as you find no one wants to buy property at the moment in Manchester! We spoke to Wesley at Granite Lettings about the rent or buy debate in the Manchester property market...


The sales market is still quite slow in Manchester at the moment, but rentals are booming. We’re advising our clients that have properties up

for sale to just try and hang onto them for a few more years and make the most of the profitable rental market. Rental properties on the other hand are a different ball game. Most of our properties at the minute are being let in a day; as soon as it goes on the market it’s gone within hours, but the benefit for landlords is that because there is so much demand, they can pick and choose who we let the properties to so risks are a lot lower as we rent mainly to graduates and professionals. For landlords that rent their property through Granite Lettings, you get free rental guarantee insurance as standard meaning that no matter what, your monthly payments will always be made, great piece of mind for any landlord, especially those new to the rental game. L

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Day two of the Great Exercise Challenge

On hearing about the class (held in a studio heated to 40 degrees Celsius) my first reaction was... are you insane? But with some persuasion and the encouragement of several converts who described it as "life-changing" and "euphoric", I decided to throw caution to the wind. The sight of thirty bright-red yoga-ites sweating profusely as they left the class before definitely didn't make me feel any better, but the teacher was enthusiastic and sensitive to newcomers, as were the friendly fellow learners. A series of 26 postures began with some warm-up exercises, which left me wondering what I was worrying about. However, this soon notched up a gear and after 20 minutes there was some serious sweat rolling off every inch of skin. It all became clear why most of the people in the room were wearing just shorts or lightweight gym outfits, and the mixture of standing


and lying down poses had me puffing in no time. To be honest, I didn't feel euphoric after my first session, but I did feel cleansed and relaxed, with skin 100-times smoother and glowing like a starlet at the Oscars. It hasn't changed my life yet, but I'm definitely going to go back and give it one more overheated chance. Bikram yoga is held every day on Church St in the Northern Quarter and costs £10 for one session, with an introductory special offer for newcomers. L Rose Orlik

Dance to spark your week! With so many things going on in your life, dance classes may be the last thing on your mind. Beat the Autumn blues with some dance classes guaranteed to put a spring in your step at Sunshine Studios. If you’re new to dance then fear not, come and join in with other people who’ve never taken a class before – all you need to bring is enthusiasm. Sunshine Studios offer over 150 classes, ranging from street to salsa to jazz, burlesque, flamenco, ballet, hip hop and many more. You’re bound to find a class you’ll enjoy. If you are returning to dance after a break, or have experience in another style and want a new challenge, why not

try one of our faster paced classes to get in shape before Christmas. What’s more, Sunshine Studios is well-established as one of the best dance school across the country. The most talented dancers and choreographers in the international dance scene choose to teach at Sunshine Studios for its fantastic atmosphere and professional outlook. This year alone, Sunshine has welcomed world famous professionals including Rihanna’s dancer, Bryan Tanaka, as well as Nader who works with Cheryl Cole and Alexandra Burke.

Sweat It Up, Work It Out

Sweat It Up, Work It Out

In a slight change of plan, I decided to go to Bikram yoga in the Northern Quarter, under the persuasive influence of a friend keen to give the course a try.

If you fancy a chat, just pop in to see Sunshine Studios in Newton Street, or hook up with them on Facebook or Twitter. L 57

Happy 10th Birthday

After the devastating effects on Manchester after the bombing of 1996, an opportunity was identified to utilise the Withy Grove printing complex that had lay dormant for years into Europe’s first Urban Entertainment complex. The Printworks was born, and in November it celebrates its tenth birthday. It opened with an ear-splitting bang on 9th November with Sir Alex Ferguson cutting the red tape and none other than Lionel Richie performing to a 4000 strong crowd. In its short ten years, it’s evolved considerably with new additions coming onboard and now at 100% occupancy expects to see 10 million people walk through its doors in 2010.


Large chatted to The Printworks Centre Director Fred Booth to find out what the future has in store for this monumental part of the Manchester leisure scene. What are your most memorable events when you look back on the last ten years? The World premiere of Hitch with Will Smith was just fantastic. Will was phenomenal, a real A-list star, and so genuine he really blew us all away. He was doing three premiers in one day with ours being the first, and he had 15 minutes to get from the car to the cinema. 45 minutes later he was still shaking hands with people in the crowd! Another memorable occasion was Brooklyn Beckham’s birthday party in The Gallery at the Odeon where many members of the United squad had their cars towed away.

The official opening of Hard Rock Cafe will always stick in my mind too. Duran Duran headlined the event, and they had just recently reformed after a considerable break so there was a huge buzz surrounding that. There’s been so many, we’ve been lucky to host some fantastic events here but one that really brought the crowds in was back in 2001 when The Printworks turned into The Pinkworks for Mardi Gras and we had 10,500 people here. New tenants have just opened in the centre that are independently owned establishments, what does the future hold for The Printworks? Over time we’ve worked hard to establish ourselves as a destination venue for lots of different types of groups. We’ve taken the step to introduce independents such as Papa G’s, Wasabi and Dockers, and they have worked really well alongside the big brands that everyone knows. The plan is to continue where ever

possible introducing the right type of independents that blend in well with the bigger brands to give that variety and quality to the scheme. L Competition To win a VIP night out at The Printworks simply email • Meal for 2 at Papa G’s (up to value of £40 including drinks) • Two gallery cinema tickets • VIP entrance to a Printworks club • One nights B&B at the Park Inn Entries close November 1st. Prize must be taken 8th-13th November 2010.

Happy 10th Birthday

And on the 9th November 2000, God created The Printworks

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Parties and Prostitutes

Fran about town

It’s official: Summer’s over. I had to put the heating on yesterday. As I wearily reached for the thermostat suddenly long dark nights and big heating bills stretched before me and I felt a longing for the summer that we never quite had. It’s not all gloomy as I recently jetted off to Lake Garda for my friend Katie’s (amazing, not that I’m jealous or anything) wedding. My gal pal Erin and I decided that one way of injecting some hilarity would be to to learn the language. Thus armed with our two key phrases, “Can I have another spoon please?” and “I’ll have him oiled and sent to my room” we were good to go. Sadly we didn’t need the latter (note to boyfriend; love you darling). Irrespective of that, anywhere that has Prosecco priced the same as diet coke is ok by my standards.

Armed with two key phrases ‘Can I have another spoon please?’ and ‘I’ll have him oiled and sent to my room’

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Back in Manchester I have been royally fed and watered in the last couple of weeks. It’s good to see The Living Room open with a fresh new look. It’s still my favourite place for lunch on a Saturday. Epernay and Taps turned one, and new kid on the block, Parlour, in Chorlton opened its doors in the venue that used to be Marmalade. For those of you yet to visit Beech Road in Chorlton, get down there straight from work! There’s no such thing as an early night in Chorlton. And finally a message to Coleen Rooney and any other woman stupid enough to take a husband back who allegedly sleeps with prostitutes, old ladies and trampy girls; Good Luck. L Read more online:


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