The creators of La Discothèque present Puffin Box – a unique, socially safe night out

The live music and events scene has been really creative during the recent lockdown, pulling together to put on a number of streamed live events and DJ sets, but if you’ve been missing the real thing, we’ve got some great news for you.

The creators of La Discothèque are launching Puffin Box, a new 90-minute mini-clubbing experience in your own social bubble. The new ‘rave in a box’ concept is housed in the basement of the Northern Quarter’s creative community hub, Hilton House and will launch on the 7th August. 

Expect the very best light, sound and music with takeovers from both renowned local and international club brands and DJ collectives each session

Set against an industrial backdrop, the venue will hold five cubed ‘Puffin Boxes’ which surround live DJs and performers. With a Green Room vibe, the boxes will hold up to eight guests (from the same social bubble) at a time and are complete with a fully stocked fridge of pre-ordered drinks packages, comfy sofas, poseur table and dancefloor space. 

Each session will have a maximum capacity of 40 guests, and at the end of each session the boxes will be cleaned before welcoming the next set of guests. To maximise health and safety, other measures include a one-way entry-exit system and two-metre rule in queues.

At the core of Puffin Box is supporting music, hospitality and events industry workers with paid work whilst simultaneously creating a safe environment for music lovers to come together. A place to socialise with friends and family, dance to music and enjoy clubbing culture once again within a controlled venue that strictly adheres to government social distancing regulations. 

Expect the very best light, sound and music with takeovers from both renowned local and international club brands and DJ collectives each session; with an eclectic music offering from disco, soul and funk to hip-hop, house and techno. 

Confirmed takeovers across August include Hit & Run, Kaluki, Funkademia, Joy Social vs High Hoops, Zutekh, So Flute, Ghosts of Garage, Bad Fun, Hip Hop / Hula, Love Dose and La Discothèque.

2019 11 08 Hilton House
Puffin Box will be bringing the bass to the basement of Hilton House

Co-founder of Puffin Box, Kat Warburton said: “As the spiritual home of rave, we’re so excited to launch Puffin Box in Manchester. While we can’t go to stereotypical raves in the city, we have to adapt, so here we have a rave in a box. Manchester’s a buzzing city and everyone’s desperate to get back out but still stay safe, so this is exactly

“What we are offering - ace music, exciting entertainment, decent drinks packages, a space for people to enjoy a mini-clubbing experience with friends in a safe and controlled environment.” 

Co-founder of Puffin Box, Natalie Lea, said: “As the hospitality industry slowly recovers, it’s important to support DJs, performers, sound and light engineers as much as we can, and with Puffin Box we can offer opportunities for those in need of work. We’ll be partnering with loads of amazing artists, collectives and brands, both local and international, we can’t wait to reveal it all very soon. 

Running from 4.15pm – 11pm every Thursday and Friday and 12.45pm – 11pm every Saturday and Sunday across eight weeks, Puffin Box offers a socially distanced raving immersive experience. Register to the mailing list to receive exclusive pre-sale tickets on Tuesday 21st July, 24 hours before general sale goes live on sale Wednesday 22nd July at 9am. 

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