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The best gigs and club nights to get tickets for in Manchester this August

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Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 5th August 2022

Gigs and club nights are officially back, and thank God – let’s be real, there are only so many drive-in cinemas a person can hack.

Fortunately, going out is something Manchester does very well and the events are back in full force.

Whether you’re a die-hard gig goer or a late-night raver, or an all-day festival type, there’s something on this list for you to get excited about.

Keep reading to discover our pick of the best gigs and club nights to get tickets for in Manchester this August.

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Funkademia,The Mint Lounge

This long-running unadulterated funk and soul night takes place every Saturday night at Mint Lounge in the Northern Quarter and, in testament to its quality, always has a full house.

Billed by promoters as a ‘chronological history of soul’, its team of resident selectors will guide you through four decades of the very best soul, funk, disco and hip-hop with just a touch of smooth r&b.

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Bonobo x Caribou, The Warehouse Project (WHP)

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Depot Mayfield

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This month sees Manchester party series WHP return for its 2022 season a little bit earlier than usual with a special joint live set from alternative, downtempo trip-hop stalwart Bonobo and shoegazing dream pop musician Caribou.

Running from 7-11pm on Friday 26 August, it’s just one of several August Bank Holiday weekend WHP events at Depot Mayfield.

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90’s Baby Pop, AO Arena

One for the millenials and Y2k wannabes to enjoy alike, this poptastic Manchester club night delivers exactly what it says on the tin: non-stop chart hits from some of the biggest artists of the era.

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90’s Baby Pop will go one step further, bringing the likes of AQUA, Eiffel 65, Los Del Rio, Heather Small and B*witched to Manchester AO Arena for a stand-out live show with lashings of nostalgia.

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Ne-Yo, Bowler’s Exhibition Centre

American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo will play Bowler’s as part of a new worldwide tour that sees the ‘Let Me Love You’ singer land in the UK next month.

His first performance in the UK since 2016, fans can expect to see him perform new music from his eighth album, ‘Self Explanatory’, as well as some of his biggest hits.

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Manchester Psych Fest

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Multiple venues

If you’re looking to discover some weird and wonderful underground bands, you can’t do much better than Manchester Psych Fest.

Spread across some of Manchester’s best indie venues like Gorilla, YES and Deaf Institute, uncover everything from the spoken word absurdism of Dry Cleaning to the devastating folk of Skullcrusher at this all-day event.

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An Orchestral Rendition of Frank Ocean

The Blues Kitchen

Watch a 16-piece orchestra perform a special rendition of American artist Frank Ocean’s two biggest studio albums, Blonde and Orange.

Taking place at the Blues Kitchen over the August Bank Holiday weekend, expect to hear his neo soul and smooth r&b vibes to be taken to new heights courtesy of a full string section.

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Mr Scruff

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Band on the Wall

The man, the myth, the legend returns to Band on the Wall for a night of  jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk and disco floor fillers on 12 August.

Macclesfield-born DJ Mr Scruff has been a legend on the Manchester scene for decades, and as his varied collection of fans can attest his eclectic range of selections never disappoint.

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Bloc2Bloc x Chimpo at Manchester Carnival

Alexandra Park

Manchester Carnival returns to Alexandra Park this month for its 50th anniversary, with a host of different stages (and street parties) spreading out across Moss Side.

Grime and bass music fans won’t want to miss the Chimpo X Bloc2Bloc stage, run by a group of south Manchester locals with an enviable collection of dubplates.

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You can check out all of Skiddle’s Manchester Events here.

Feature image – Caribou / Manchester Psych Fest