Manchester’s legendary Homobloc, a 14-hour party for all, will return this weekend – and there’ll be sexual health testing taking place on site.
The huge LGBTQ+ all-day and all-night rave, part of this year’s Warehouse Project line-up, will be offering tests for HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis.
It’s the first time the wildly popular event has offered drop-in testing of this nature, thanks to staff from the LGBT Foundation.
Dry blood spot tests will take between five and 10 minutes and will be conducted in Depot Mayfield’s welfare area.
The person tested will receive results by phone or text within a couple of weeks, after their sample is sent off to a laboratory.
LGBT Foundation, Homobloc’s charity partner, have been working with NHS Greater Manchester to raise awareness and reduce the spread of monkeypox.
Rod Connolly from Homobloc, commented: “We are excited to be working with the incredible teams at the LGBT Foundation and W.E.LSafe who have both helped to make sexual health testing possible at this year’s festival.
“Accessing sexual health services can be a challenge for people in towns where provisions are low or poorly funded; conversely, for a busy city like Manchester, making the time to access these services can be a difficult undertaking.
“Regular sexual health screenings are integral to maintaining good sexual health, and it’s important as part of our wellbeing commitment that Homobloc is able to bring these essential services direct to the people who need them.”
In support of its charity partners, Homobloc has launched a line of merchandise designed by the likes of headliners Roisin Murphy, Honey Dijon and local partner Feel Good Club.
Proceeds will be split between The LGBT Foundation, The Proud Trust, George House Trust and Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund.
Homobloc will be back at Depot Mayfield between 2pm and 4am on Saturday 5 November.
With headline sets from Róisín Murphy, Honey Dijon, The Blessed Madonna and Self Esteem, plus more from HAAi, Job Jobse, Horse Meat Disco, Saoirse, it’s sure to be another party that people will rave about for months to come – or at least until next year’s.
Clubland announce huge throwback arena tour that will take you back to your youth
Clubland have announced a massive UK arena tour to mark their 20th anniversary and, my word, it’s an absolute throwback.
As revealed on Monday, the iconic legendary record label and album series is holding Re-live the Night of Your Life tour to celebrate 20 years of club anthems, the first live arena tour in over a decade.
Featuring the likes of Cascada, Scooter, BassHunter; Ultrabeat, DJ Sammy, a Darren Style DJ set and more, you’ll be transported back in time as you party through non-stop noughties bangers.
Here is your full Clubland 2023 Arena Tour line-up:
The Clubland compilation albums began way back in 2002 and went on to become the iconic umbrella brand for an entire movement of commercial dance music.
Clubland albums went on to sell in excess of 30 million copies and became the market leader in dance music during this time, even managing to outsell Cream and even Ministry of Sound.
Then, in 2008, the first Clubland Live was launched, playing to tens of thousands of people across the UK in packed arenas – the first time most club and dance music had headlined in such venues.
There were a further 2 sold-out tours in the following couple of years which many fans coined as ‘The Night of Your Life’. Now, all this time later, the winning formula of those noughties shows is back with the Re-live the Night of Your Life Clubland Arena Tour 2023.
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott ‘working on plans’ to screen England vs France game at AO Arena gig
Paul Heaton has said that he’s ‘working on plans’ to screen the England vs France World Cup match ahead of his gig in Manchester this weekend.
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott are set to play a huge gig at the AO Arena this Saturday – clashing with England’s quarter finals game.
Paul has said that they understand fans ‘might prefer not to miss the youthful looks of Jack Grealish’.
His announcement that they are hoping to show the game has drawn a mixed reaction from fans.
Many welcomed the news that they wouldn’t have to miss the huge match from the Qatar World Cup.
But others said that it would ruin the show, with one person tweeting: “Please don’t ruin the show with that. I’ll be wanting my money back if I’m going to see football rather than the music!”
Paul replied to say: “We won’t. We just have to make sure the place isn’t half full.”
He has now gone on to address the divided opinions on the football being screened at the AO Arena, sharing a photo of himself pulling a silly face with the words: “Me trying to work out what to do next Saturday @England @AOArena.”
Many fans have pointed out that Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott aren’t actually due on stage until 9pm and that, all being well, the game will be over by then anyway.
Others have pleaded that they don’t cut the show short to fit it in around the England vs France game, and wondered what it would mean for Billy Bragg’s supporting slot.
Jacqui Abbott hasn’t been able to perform with the group for the last few shows due to ill health, but it’s hoped she’ll be back on stage with her former The Beautiful South bandmate by the time they gig in Manchester.
The duo offered refunds to anyone who no longer wanted to attend the concerts without Jacqui after she was told to sit them out on doctor’s orders.
But Paul added: “For those who choose to retain their tickets for the next three shows, I promise you that myself & the boys will put on a show to remember. We’ll sorely miss Jacqui but our intent is to make those who refund their tickets bitterly regret that decision. Thanks for your support.”
The pair were on the receiving end of a lot of praise from members of the public after announcing the tour, and capping ticket prices at £30.