Mayfield Depot, Fairfield Street, Manchester, M1 2QF – Visit Now
Part of the £1 billion regeneration of Mayfield, The Depot will provide a platform for a diverse programme of cultural events, with nearby space The Concourse offering free-to-attend community events and low-cost rehearsal and studio spaces.
This is a spectacular new cultural venue for Manchester, potentially becoming one of the city’s biggest attractions within two years, with up to a million visitors expected next year. It’s set to launch at Mayfield this summer with Manchester Pride Live. Subject to planning consent, the space will become a multi-use cultural venue for the city and is expected to be in use for the next five years while the £1bn-plus regeneration of the 30-acre Mayfield site is progressed.
Expected to attract a range of globally significant performers to the city
It’s expected to attract a range of globally significant performers to the city with a diverse programme of cultural activities and artists. Even better, they’ve promised to deliver a proportion of tickets to all events at discounted prices for residents, students, children, OAPs and wheelchair users and their companions.
The venue is a collaboration between The Mayfield Partnership (comprising regeneration specialist U+I, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and LCR) and venue specialists Broadwick Venues and Vibration Group, the team behind the hugely successful Printworks London, The Drumsheds and Exhibition London.
Alongside the proposed main performance space at Depot, there will be two smaller areas. One of those, called Concourse, will be providing a range of free-to-attend community events, seasonal activities and food experiences. The second space, called Archive, will offer a more intimate performance area as well as low-cost rehearsal and studio space for local artists.
Mayfield has already established itself as a venue for cultural events over the past few years, including several commissions by Manchester International Festival, one of which, Invisible Cities, will be staged there as part of MIF19 from 5-14 July (mif.co.uk).
A world-class urban neighbourhood
The Mayfield Partnership aims to transform the Mayfield site into a world-class urban neighbourhood over the next decade, delivering new office and leisure space, a new park, homes and a hotel.
Various potential events are being lined up for the new venue, including: concerts featuring both international and local pop and dance performers; theatre and dance performances, playing host to touring productions and festivals; community events including for children and young people; a market hall for the best new street food; pop-up dining events for new restaurant concepts; curated retail fairs; dance music and DJ events; exhibitions and art installations from touring and local artists; corporate hire for business events and conferences; and pop-up cinema and football screenings.