Our home city of Manchester is one of the UK’s capitals of creativity, so it won’t surprise you that we know how to throw an event – be it a party, a parade or a premiere.


With so many sensational events taking place during summer 2019, it can be hard to know what to book yourself in for. To make it easy to know which dates need to be in your diary, we’ve round up the occasions that simply cannot be missed.




Manchester has fixtures galore for sports fans this summer.


After a 20-year break, the ICC Cricket World Cup is finally back at Old Trafford. Matches take place throughout June and July but two fixtures that are must watches for sports fans are India v Pakistan on 16 June (estimated global audience of a whopping 1bn expected, so all eyes on MCR that day) and home side England v Afghanistan on 18 June. And even if you can’t make the match, this is a perfect excuse to enjoy some afternoon drinks while taking in the action from one of the city’s many screenings.



Taking place on 19 May, The Great Manchester Run is a euphoric moment for runners and spectators alike. If you have taken part, enjoy a well-earned Sunday feast at one of Manchester’s many brilliant bars and restaurants, including those at the Corn Exchange and Great Northern Warehouse. Many have deals especially for those who have raced, so it’s worth having a look out for special offers to take advantage of.




Unsurprisingly, the city that gave the world cultural highlights comprising everything from Corrie to Lowry has some top-quality exhibitions and events to take in.


We’re proud to be a Manchester PR agency and look forward to Manchester Day, which is an annual celebration of this fine city of ours. Taking place for the 10th time this year, the theme is appropriately enough Mancunian creativity that truly scores 10/10.  As well as the much-loved parade, there’s also events themed around the best of Mancunian art, fashion, industry, music and community work.

Running 4-21 July, Manchester International Festival is another highlight of the city calendar. Headliners for 2019 include Idris Elba, Skepta and Yoko Ono, along with an outdoor set by Janelle Monae and a Great Northern Warehouse performance from NYC choreographer Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray. Whatever your taste in arts and culture, there’s something for you here, so make sure you check out the schedule.



If there’s anywhere you’re guaranteed to find a gig that’s up your street, it’s Manchester. However, there are a few musical highlights that definitely need to be on your radar.


Taking place at Castlefield Bowl from 6-13 July, Sounds of the City is an outdoor summer spectacular has lined-up some of its strongest signings to date – including artists ranging from Elbow to Kylie Minogue – all culminating in Hacienda Classical. Pull on your finest 90s threads and show off your ‘Bez’ dance moves at this gig which celebrates the best of the city’s dance music.

One of Manchester’s most famous events, Pride campaigns for LGBT+ equality while simultaneously bringing a huge parade and star-studded show to the city for the August Bank Holiday. 2019 sees honorary Mancunian Ariana Grande return to the city for the first time since 2017’s One Love concert. Other acts taking to the Mayfield stage include Years and Years, 80s faves Bananarama, Liberty X, Basement Jaxx and Faithless.

Set to be bigger than ever, no doubt Pride will bring Manchester’s summer to a fantastic finish.

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