The Refuge, one of Manchester’s most loved food, music, art and performance destinations is about to turn two. From Friday 28th through to Sunday 30th of September, this 2nd year celebration will feature the finest entertainment that has become synonymous with The Refuge since its launch.
One of Manchester’s greatest and most beautiful spectacles, The Refuge has established itself as not only a revered restaurant, but a destination for lovers of great music, art and performance.
Friday will begin in the public bar, with your musical host and Refuge favourite, Paulette. Alongside will be an extra special guest, former DJ and ‘beat finder’ for Portishead, Andy Smith. Andy will be presenting Reach Up Disco Wonderland with Nick Halkes.
Bringing his bag of treasures for the opening night of the birthday, Nick Halkes, playing alongside Andy, was the co-founder of XL Recordings; a label that signed The Prodigy and hundreds more of the finest acts to come out of the UK. Together, as The Reach Up Disco Wonderland, they have been firm favourites on this year’s festival circuit, performing at Beatherder, Blue Dot, Festival No.6 and many more.
For something a little different, head to The Courtyard on Waterhouse Way. This space has proven credentials as a full-on melting-pot rave party venue, and will open its doors from 5pm-10pm. With a focus on live music for the first time, this is an ideal after-work gathering for families and friends.
Ease into the weekend with the very first live act of the weekend, with Zacc Rogers; an artist with a strong blues sound that is heightened with elements of Soul, Jazz, Yee-Haa, Rock & Roll, Gospel, Folk and Reggae, alongside beat boxing & harmonica. Meanwhile, Refried Beats are a meeting of Afro-Cuban and contemporary Western grooves, played out live and served with a sprinkling of the spontaneous.
The Refuge has carefully curated a selection of drinkable delights from the best of Manchester’s local craft breweries, under the guise of ‘King Of The Beers’ by Volta and West Didsbury’s finest craft beer emporium ‘The Epicurean’. These will be supplemented alongside pop-up food throughout the day and night.
Saturday brings in the heavyweights. With a combined record collection that would be the envy of any music aficionado, Jane Weaver, Bill Brewster and Dave Haslam will hold the fort in the public bar from 3-8pm, and closing off until 1am will be Kiss Me Again Vs Supernature Disco – two of the city’s most recent, yet finest LGBT club gatherings… both of whom have played at Come As You Are, as well as hosting their own sell-out events over August bank holiday weekend.
What’s more, from 4pm to 10pm, The Courtyard will host The Refuge’s very own ‘The Unabombers’. Luke and Justin will be your musical guides from open to close; expect a spiritually intense journey through a dazzling array of genres; all delivered with a warm energy that has become their character trademark.
The basement will be open throughout the day and night with two special ticketed events. The first event, running from 2pm-4pm, will see The Playhouse Project invite families to bring their little ones to meet the legendary LED Robot Electron. The Playhouse Project is a family rave company based in Manchester. Organised by a crew of ex-ravers and DJ’s that are now parents, expect club lighting and visuals, a soft play area, craft tables, face painting, glow sticks, baby changing facilities and much more. Tickets available soon.
Having been host to some of the world’s most respected DJs, Saturday 29th September from 10pm-4am will be no different. The Refuge have invited over one of NYC’s best ever selectors to provide good vibes in the basement… give it up for long-standing friend of The Electric Chair… as we give a warm welcome back to Mr Danny Krivit! DJ – Producer – Remixer – Editor and 1/3 of Body & Soul with Francois K & Joe Clausell, Danny Krivit is a legendary key player in the history of NY nightlife.
The Refuge are truly excited for Mr Danny Krivit to be back in Manchester, playing at one of the city’s most loved and intimate settings. Moreover, joining Danny will be one of the very best DJs in Manchester, Kath McDermott. Hot off the back of her explosive performance in The Courtyard at the recent Come As You Are party, this is set to become a night to remember.
To close off the last of the day and night celebrations, Sunday 30th September sees the exquisite Sunday roast of The Refuge, which will be served from 12pm, to a soundtrack by Zoe Kyoto live, and the public bar from 4pm-8pm will be Vintage 78 DJs.
Full line-up below:
5-9pm: DJ Paulette
9pm to 1am: DJ Andy Smith pres. Reach Up Disco Wonderland with DJs Andy Smith and Nick Halkes
Zacc Rogers Live
Refried Beans Live
King of Beers: a specially chosen selection of drinkable delights from some of Manchester’s finest local craft breweries
Refuge food pop-up
3-8pm: Jane Weaver, Bill Brewster and Dave Haslam
8pm to 1am: Kiss Me Again Vs Supernature
4pm – 10pm: From day to dusk with The Unabombers
2-4pm: The Playhouse Project Family Rave: Get your party gear on and come and rave with your little ones
Book tickets here
10pm to 4am Danny Krivit and Kath McDermott
Book tickets here
Sunday Roast served from 12 noon with Zoe Kyoti providing a live soundtrack
4-8pm: Vintage 78 DJs – find out more about Vintage 78 DJs on our Refuge residents blog
The Refuge would love to see all their friends, family and newcomers to help celebrate and say thank you for the last two years, as it is YOU who makes the community what it is.