With the return of Manchester’s longest running music festival, the Manchester Jazz Festival, and East Lancashire Railway’s much-loved 1940s Weekend this Spring Bank Holiday, there’s plenty to do and see across the North West. Read on for a selection of Quaytickets’ bank holiday highlights…
Friday 24th May
Sing-a-Long-a Bohemian Rhapsody at The Lowry, Salford Quays
Sing-a-Long-a’s live host will warm up your voices in true Freddie Mercury style, teach you some iconic dance moves and show you how to use your interactive prop bags. Then, sit back and sing-along with on screen lyrics that’ll have you becoming part of their famous Live Aid concert.
Big Band Super Tramp feat. John Helliwell and the Super Big Tramp Band at the RNCM Theatre
The great John Helliwell, his distinctive saxophone playing and a stunning big band play the unforgettable music of this legendary supergroup as you’ve never heard it before. The set of stunning new arrangements includes famous tracks such as ‘The Logical Song’, ‘Dreamer’, ‘Breakfast in America’, ‘Crime of the Century’, ‘Take the Long Way Home’, ‘Goodbye Stranger’ and ‘It’s Raining Again’.
The Italian Job (1969) at Stockport Plaza
Fresh from the slammer, clever con Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) begins work on a heist that will either set him up for life or send him down forever. Croker and his unruly lot of thieves takes on the mob, the police and the gridlocked traffic of Turin to rob a heavily armed shipment of gold bullion.
Saturday 25th May
Jason Manford – Muddle Class at The Lowry, Salford Quays
It’s been a few years since Jason’s last smash-hit stand up show – he’s been on tour doing musicals – but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. Muddle Class features a wealth of new material about growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that you’ve become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion!
1940s Weekend at East Lancashire Railway
Saturday 25 – Monday 27 May
Dust off your dancing shoes and march on over to the East Lancashire Railway for a weekend of vintage glamour at this award-winning event. Enjoy live music and entertainment, historical exhibitions and more from Britain’s finest hour!
Black Magic – The Little Mix Show at Stockport Plaza
An energetic tribute show following in the footsteps of the award winning girl band, Little Mix with live vocals and pop video choreography. With added extras including dance competitions, free giveaways and even a meet & greet with the girls after the show! The show features all of Little Mix’ hits including ‘Black Magic’, ‘Power’, ‘No More Sad Songs’, ‘Wings’, ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ and even a few covers from their time on The X Factor.
Sunday 26th May
Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels at The Lowry
Join everyone’s favourite dynamic duo as Wallace prepares to perform his Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful canine companion Gromit – what could possibly go wrong? This interactive experience features specially created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment and escapades from the Picture House Orchestra and presenter Matthew Sharp, and will be followed by a screening of the Academy Award winning Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers with the soundtrack performed by an orchestra live on stage.
Stars of Les Misérables featuring The Barricade Boys at Bolton Albert Halls Theatre
The Barricade Boys, featuring some of the finest male voices from the West End, Broadway, International Tour and Hollywood productions of the world’s longest running musical are coming to Bolton Albert Halls. Expect fabulous harmonies, incredible vocals and dashing good looks from the world’s leading musical theatre supergroup.
Tim Garland’s Weather Walker at St Ann’s Church
Part of the Manchester Jazz Festival; Tim Garland’s intimate project fuses chamber jazz, classical and folk to evoke the varied seasons and moods of the Lake District, and traditional song form the North-West. St Ann’s Church provides the evocative setting for Garland’s atmospheric new repertoire.
Monday 27th May
Alice Zawadzki + Rob Luft at NQ Jazz at The Whisky Jar
One hour whiskey tasting, one hour of music. Don’t miss this duet between vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer Alice Zawadski, and award-winning guitarist Rob Luft, celebrating the golden age of Mediterranean song.
Sarah Tandy Quinet at Yes Manchester
Sarah Tandy has swiftly risen to become one of the most in-demand players of her generation with stints on keys for Jazz Jamaica, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Camilla George and Nubya Garcia. She is also a member of Ronnie Scott’s House Band. In this Manchester Jazz Festival finale show, she plays music from her new album Infection in the Sentence.
Nani Noam Vazana with Abel Selacoe: Both Sides of Africa at St Ann’s Church
Manchester Jazz Festival proudly presents the UK debut of Nani Noam Vazana, collaborating with South African-born and Manchester-based cellist and musical storyteller Abel. Nani’s music has distant leanings to Flamenco, and is the only known artist working within the ancient Ladino language of her grandmother’s Morocco, while Avel brings his infectious, lyrical playing and his interest in folk from across the African continent.
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