Diecast reveals summer party program ahead of launch inside huge former factory

The giant new venue will be home to ‘Manchester’s biggest beer garden’.

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 19th June 2023

A gigantic new music, food and drink venue is opening in a former Manchester factory this summer, bringing a whopping 64 different frozen daiquiri combinations and the city’s biggest warehouse kitchen to Back Piccadilly.

Called Diecast, it comes from the team behind popular Swan Street venues Ramona and The Firehouse and will officially launch on Thursday 6 July behind Piccadilly train station.

Lining itself up as a competitor to neighbouring hospitality behemoth venue Escape To Freight Island, next month sees the venue’s first phase ‘The MachineWorks’ AKA ‘Leno Ex Machina’ unveiled after two years of intense anticipation.

Situated between Ducie St and Store St, Diecast will boast one of the biggest frozen drinks menus in the city, with a dedicated daiquiri bar featuring 20 different frozen daiquiri machines as well as classic servings.

As for its giant open warehouse kitchen, pizza fans can expect something a little different as chefs merge ‘the best bits’ of NYC and Neapolitan pizza to create something ‘with a stronger hold, more toppings, and a crispy base.’


Fresh and zesty Italian small plates, wood fired piadino and Leno burgers will also feature on the menu here.

Classic, artisan and 64 frozen combinations of Daiquiri will pour from 20 frozen daiquiri machines dominating its huge central bar and stage, in a celebration of all things rum, whilst its huge new beer garden is flanked by a perimeter of reconditioned trailer park caravans, or ‘rum caravans’.


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Elsewhere, party goers can marvel at Galleria – an immersive vertical stage party performance inside the venue.

Here, a network of vertical stages, stairways and platforms creates one of the biggest immersive, art house, dance parties the city has ever seen.


Diecast sold out its opening parties in quick time, so now, the team has dropped free early bird tickets for its Thursday, Friday and Saturday night launch events.

Phase one, ‘Leno Ex Machina’. will be the first food and drink concept with a series of free parties in July, across the summer.

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Speaking ahead of the launch, owner and director Dan Mullen said: ‘We’ve been dreaming, planning and preparing this project for years.

We’ve done bars, restaurants, clubs and festivals before, but this is something different. It’s hard to describe because it’s multiple experiences under one roof.


“But no, it’s not a food hall. Manchester has plenty of those. This is an immersive food, drink and clubbing experience on an industrial scale.”

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