The best gigs and music events to book in Manchester right now – part 2

Because one round-up just wasn't enough.

Hannah Starkie Hannah Starkie - 22nd April 2021

Now we’ve all enjoyed our little taste of freedom over the past two weeks, we’re looking ahead to June when we’re finally released back into some form of normality.

And with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown in full swing now, we thought we’d put together another round-up of music events and gigs to book in Manchester right now – because there are just so many good ones to choose from.  

Plus, we’ve got a lot of making up for lost time to do…

Left, Right & Centre, The Old Abbey Taphouse – 2 May 

The Old Abbey Taphouse will play host to Manchester club night Left, Right & Centre on 2 May to celebrate their 3rd birthday.

Heading the lineup is Scapa, Jazz, Porter Brook and Hessle Audio’s Bruce from 4pm until 11pm.


This one will still be seated and socially-distanced, but we’re still more than happy to have a dance at our tables at this point.

Tickets here.  


Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club, Albert Hall – Friday 11 June 

A socially-distanced instalment of Craig Charles’ legendary Funk and Soul Club is coming to Albert Hall on Friday 11 June.

If you’ve not seen Charles play before, you’re in for a treat. He’s known for his energetic sets, packed with nostalgic tunes and funky bangers.

Tickets have to be bought in groups of two, four, five or six to adhere to COVID guidelines.


More info and tickets on Skiddle here.  

Hit & Run, Hidden – Friday 25 June 

Longstanding Manchester drum and bass night Hit & Run continue their return on Friday 25 June with a massive lineup at Hidden. Kick off your first weekend of post-covid freedom with the bassy sounds of Fox, Chimpo, Truthos Mufasa, Slay, Sparkz, Metrodome plus head honcho Rich Reason.  

Less than 1% of tickets remain for this one so we imagine they’ll be snapped up soon – get them on Skiddle here.  

Libero, venue TBC – Friday 25 June 

Libero’s Luke Welsh, Mike Morrisey and Dan Costello will be accompanied by special guests for a big event in June – but they’re keeping everything hush at the minute with no venue announcement.

Wherever it happens, we know these boys will pull it out the bag – they always do.


Join them for a big night of house, minimal and techno on 25 June.

Tickets are already running low, more info here.  

Skiptrace Day Party at The Old Abbey Taphouse – Saturday 26 June 

Another one at The Old Abbey Taphouse – this time, for Manchester label Skiptrace’s all-dayer on 26 June.

A handful of Skiptrace alumni will be playing from 2pm until 11pm, which will feature housey vibes from Joe Roche, Althea and Ed Hodge, plus the bassier style of Walton, creating a proper mixed bag.

Get your tickets on Skiddle here.


Fuego at South – Friday 9 July 

Manchester house, minimal and techno event Fuego will kick off their first show of 2021 at South on 9 July.

There’s no lineup yet, but if their previous parties with the likes of Joseph Edmund and Reme are anything to go by, then this one will be big.

Tickets on Skiddle here.

Projekts, Projekts Skatepark – multiple dates 

The Projekts Skatepark, located right under the Mancunian Way, will welcome some of Manchester’s best underground labels and promotors on a handful of dates from July through to September. 

Kaluki, Mason Collective, Haus22 and Moxy Muzik will all takeover the skatepark, where we expect to hear plenty of house, minimal and techno vibes to get you in that post-covid summer party mood.


Full list of dates and tickets here.

MrTraumatik & Friends, The Bread Shed – Saturday 24 July 

To celebrate the release of his new track ‘Hallucinations’, MrTraumatik is setting out a series of UK tour dates which will include The Bread Shed on 24 July.

The grime MC and drum and bass producer is known for his chaotic tracks and explicit lyrics – and we can expect this kind of mayhem in July.  

Last few tickets on Skiddle here.  

You&Me Music in the Trees, Venue TBA – Saturday 7 August  

House and tech label You&Me have found a picturesque little spot just outside Manchester city centre to celebrate their sixth birthday on 7 August.


It’ll take place from 2pm to 11pm in a brand-new unused space that organisers can only describe as “built for dancing”.

The lineup and venue haven’t been announced yet, but You&Me never disappoint so get your tickets here.  

After party also pending.  

Fields of Gold, Ashton Cricket Club – 3-4 September  

Fields of Gold festival

Fields of Gold will take over Ashton Cricket Club on 3 and 4 September for two days of tribute bands.

Woasis, The Smiths Utd, The Ultimate Stone Roses, and Laid are all set to play your fave Manc songs in what will be the ultimate celebration of the city’s music.


Plus, there’ll be DJ sets from Clint Boon and Happy Mondays’ Bez throughout the weekend.

More info and tickets here.

Moovin Festival, Whitebottom Farm, Stockport – 27 – 29 August

Moovin Festival returns to Etherow Country Park on August bank holiday weekend for three days of music.

Now in its sixth year, the festival always boasts a massive blend of bass, funk, soul, reggae, house and drum and bass with a varied lineup.

They’re still yet to announce this year’s lineup, but we reckon it’ll be much like their original 2020 bill – and we’re more than okay with that.


Tickets and here.

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