New Year’s Eve in Manchester is going to look pretty different this year, but despite the restrictions, Escape to Freight Island is hoping to throw a massive event that will set the precedent for an altogether better 2021!
If Manchester moves into Tier 2 on 17th December, NYE will be a full-day affair at Escape to Freight Island, with all areas of the socially-distanced hospitality and entertainment space brimming with musical, culinary and of course boozy delights – all against the spectacular, Victorian backdrop of Mayfield Depot.
Family-focused programming will commence early at 10am, with a variety of children’s films and table-top activity packs provided by the Playhouse Project. There will also be an array of family-friendly activities/entertainment taking place in the venue’s newly transformed outdoor area, Winter Island.
Throughout the day, the festive fun will be soundtracked by local talent: Manchester DJ’s and selectors, plus a live brass band. You’ll also be able to get your hands on amazing food and drink served up by some of the North West’s best independent traders – Patty Queen, Mi & Pho, Madre, Plant Grill, Voodoo Rays, Krum, The Jane Eyre, Pamona Island and more.
As the night draws in, The Ticket Hall – Freight Island’s main event space – will see a celebration of the last seven decades of Soul, Funk, Disco, House and everything in between. Expect an eclectic mix of DJ’s plus a live band curated by Jack Tinker, starring Jenna G, P-Ro Jones and Beau Azra. More entertainment comes in the form of performances spanning the worlds of dance, drag, circus, aerial acrobatics and vogue, soundtracked by DJ Mix-Stress and DJ Paulette.
There are also whisperings of a “BIG” 12-hour NYE secret guest takeover that will be housed in the newly designed Pavilion garden area – keep your eye on Freight Island’s socials for that announcement.
Reserve your free table for NYE daytime in The Ticket Hall and Winter Island via Escape to Freight Island’s website. The evening’s programming (6pm onwards) mainly takes the form of ticketed events, and we’d advise that you get your names down early for those!