Want to know what's on in Manchester? Confidentials has got you covered. Here are 10 plus one things next month that are actually worth going to

'Costa del Sol-Ford' Spanish Wine & Tapas Cruise

We all know that wine and tapas go hand in hand, so it was only natural for The Liquorists to make one of their next river cruises a homage to the Spanish delicacy. Take in the sights of Salford* and enjoy an arrival glass of Cava, four 50ml glasses of Spanish wines with two 125ml servings of your favourite, a selection of tapas, and a 50ml glass of sherry to finish. *Sunshine not included.  

Where: Castlefield Bowl
When: 22 September
Price: From £59.95
Tickets & more info: www.eventbrite.co.uk

2023 08 07 The Liquorists Cruise
Watch the sun set over Salford with some vino and tapas Image: The Liquorists


Non-profit organisation Voice ESEA are hosting the first-ever ESEAHM x MCR Festival. The jam-packed festival celebrates East and Southeast Asian cultures for ESEA Heritage Month. There will be arts and crafts workshops, dance classes, children's storytelling, a G&T masterclass, live performances from local ESEA talent, panel discussions with figures including Hollyoaks actress Vera Chok and current Bake Off: The Professionals contestant Martin Chan, plus free film screenings courtesy of MilkTea films, and more.

Where: GRUB
When: 3 September
Price: From £4-8
Tickets & more info: buytickets.at/voiceeasea

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What's on at ESEAHM x MCR Image: Voice ESEA

Fearne Cotton's Happy Place Festival

Described as 'a creative space for self-love and happiness', the festival will be touching down in Tatton Park once again for a weekend of mindfulness and thought-provoking talks from guest speakers. There's also yoga, craft workshops, creative arts, meditation, massages and an energy studio as well as plenty of activities to keep the children entertained.

Where: Tatton Park
When: 2-3 September
Price: From £18.70 
Tickets & more infohappyplacefestival.seetickets.com

2023 08 07 Fearne Cottons Happy Place Festival
The 'Talk Stage' at Fearne Cotton's Happy Place Image: Fearne Cotton's Happy Place/Facebook

Fleetwood Mac Party

Who doesn't love a bit of Fleetwood Mac? We've heard Rumours that The Blues Kitchen is hosting the ultimate evening in their honour, pulling together some of Manchester's best musicians to take you on a journey through the tracks that paved the way for the band. Stick around after for more live music and DJs until the early hours.

Where: The Blues Kitchen
When: 1 September
Price: £11.50
Tickets & more info: ra.co

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Go Your Own Way and live your Dreams at The Blues Kitchen's ultimate Fleetwood Mac Party Image: Wikimedia Commons

Foreverland 2023: Dopamine Dreams

Multi-sensory rave experience, Foreverland, will be returning to Manchester for one night only this September as part of the Dopamine Dreams tour. Following three sold-out shows at the world-famous Printworks London, Foreverland is bringing its immersive party to the city. Clubbers can expect live stage performances, psychedelic body paint, extravagant decor, bubble machines, immersive art installations and more.

Where: Manchester Academy
When: 23 September
Price: From £13
Tickets & more info: www.dopaminedreams.co.uk

2023 08 07 Foreverland Rave
Enjoy an explosion of senses at Foreverland: Dopamine Dreams Image: Foreverland

Gin & Rum Festival

Discover your new favourite tipple and enjoy samples from over 120 different brands whilst enjoying music from DJs and live entertainment. As well as gin and rum, there's cocktails, tequila, beer and fizz. Tickets will include entry to the event, a reusable stainless-steel straw, a branded cup and carry satchel, complimentary samples and premium mixers, and talks from guest distillers about how to serve the perfect drink.

Where: Manchester Cathedral
When: 8-9 September
Price: From £12.50
Tickets & more info: ginandrumfestival.com

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Taste all your favourite tipples under one roof Image: Gin & Rum Festival

Interflora World Cup

For the first time ever the Interflora World Cup is to be held in Manchester. It's also the first time that the event will be open to the public, with tickets including access to floral workshops, immersive talks, and a chance to watch the gripping event unfold. As well as thousands of flowers, there will be food and drink from local vendors, gift stalls and music from the Royal Northern College of Music. Find out more about the Interflora World Cup by reading our preview here.

Where: Manchester Central
When: 7-9 September
Price: From £28
Tickets & more info: interflora.co.uk

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Watch as florists compete for the winning title Image: Interflora


Laughterama festival returns once more to Castlefield Bowl with five nights of open-air comedy from leading comedians across the globe. Catch hilarious sets from the likes of Ed Gamble, Sara Pascoe, Alan Davies and Fern Brady to name but a few. Each day will compile some of the biggest names in stand-up with new talents, alongside some of the best food and drink from Manchester's street food scene. 

Where: Castlefield Bowl
When: 6-10 September
Price: From £20
Tickets & more info: www.laughterama.com/tickets

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Get your giggle on at Laughterama Image: Laughterama

Manchester Psych Festival

Bringing the Manchester psychedelic community together, Manchester Psych Festival showcases the best floaty, trippy independent bands and artists that the world has to offer. Taking place across Albert Hall, O2 Ritz, Canvas, Gorilla, YES, Deaf Institute, The Union, Canvas Room 2 and Deaf Institute Lodge, tickets gain attendees access to all venues.

Where: Multi-venue event: click to find out more
When: 2 September
Price: From £50.85
Tickets & more info: manchesterpsychfest.com

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Float away with dreamy music from indie artists Image: Manchester Psych Festival

Shania Twain

Our other listings don't impress you much? This one will. Queen of Country, Shania Twain, is coming to the AO Arena and bringing her discography of hits with her. Expect all the favourites from You're Still The One to Man! I Feel Like A Woman! - get your cowboy hats at the ready, it's going to be a wild ride. 

Where: AO Arena
When: 25 September
Price: From £97.50
Tickets & more info: www.ao-arena.com

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Sing your heart out with Shania Twain Image: Wikimedia Commons

World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

If you thought our list couldn't get any more exciting, hold onto your horses. The annual championships, that sees Yorkshire and Lancashire battle it out by lobbing black puddings at a pile of Yorkshire puddings on a 20-foot high platform, returns for another thrilling edition. For over 40 years, the 'sport' has been a popular attraction in the village of Ramsbottom.

Where: Outside The Oaks, Bridge Street, Ramsbottom
When: 10 September
Price: £1 to enter - Free to watch

2023 08 07 Black Pudding Throwing
Eat it or throw it, the choice is yours Image: Lee Gosling/Facebook

Know of anything interesting coming up? Let me know on Twitter: @Harley__Young or drop me an email: harleyy@confidentials.com

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