The Refuge ‘Come As You Are’ Weekender August Bank Holiday 2018

As The Refuge fast approaches its two-year anniversary, one of the defining and most beloved gatherings of inclusive, like-minded music and art lovers and general all-around, off-piste wonderfully colourful Mancunian characters, has been the Come As You Are Weekenders.

By Steven Pankhurst | Last updated 21 August 2018

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These full-venue takeovers incorporate the beautiful venue in all its glory, from the intense outdoor atmosphere of the courtyard to the warm surrounding of the public bar, and the heads-down spiritual melting pot that is the basement.

The Come As You Are Weekenders have developed an electric reputation throughout the UK and have become synonymous with a special and unique togetherness that only Manchester can magic from its people.

In celebration of this legendary Manchester weekend, from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th August the bank holiday features all of this…

Friday 24th August

The Friday features the talents of Jim Spratling (Eastern Bloc) and Joey T in the Public Bar from 5pm until late, and The Basement welcomes the wonderfully synergetic disco talents of Horse Meat Disco. Four more loveable characters from the UK music scene you will be hard-pushed to find in James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Luke Howard and Severino.

They have toured the world over the past decade bringing their electrifying party to rapturous crowds, and the boys will host their own ‘Horse Meat Disco Does Pride’ all-night-long. You can get tickets for this below.

Public Bar
5pm – 8pm: Jim Spratling (Eastern Bloc)
8pm – 1am: Joey T

10pm – 4am: Horse Meat Disco Does Pride MCR

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Saturday 25th August

The Courtyard opens its gates from 2 pm on the Saturday with the sounds of High Hoops, Lucy Ironmonger (Meat Free), Supernature Disco, Abs Ward, Claud Cunningham, Kirby Leanne Halliday and Julie Wills. The Public Bar keeps the vibe again from 3 pm until late with Sally Rodgers (A Man Called Adam) and Homoelectric chief cheerleader, Will Tramp.

The Basement will open from 10pm-4am with another person who needs no introduction, a true master in the art of the edit and super-producer to boot, Joey Negro presents Edit. Tickets below.

Public Bar
3pm – 8pm: Sally Called Adam (A Man Called Adam)
8pm – 1am: Will Tramp

2pm – 10pm
Abs Ward – Claud Cunningham – Kirby Leanne Halliday – High Hoops – Lucy Ironmonger (Meat Free) – BB (Supernature Disco) – Julie Wills

10pm – 4am: Edit. presents Joey Negro at The Refuge

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Sunday 26th August

On Sunday 26th, closing out the weekender, and fresh from their stunning boat party at Love International in Croatia will be Homoelectric. Bringing a love-intensity to the Courtyard that has to be seen to be believed.

Welcoming guests past and present; Kiss Me Again, Will Dunn, Gina Breeze, Blasha & Allatt, Jamie Bull and the return of the original residents, Kath McDermott and Phillippa Jarman, Homoelectric will guide your sonic adventure from 2pm-10pm.

Ross Roberts and Joy Social hold down the Public Bar from 3 pm until late. The final Basement party from 10 pm will be free entry and is hosted by a Manchester label that is making waves throughout the UK and beyond, Sprechen Music. Label captain Chris Massey will be joined by DJ Paulette, Gina Breeze and Michelle Manetti.

Public Bar
3pm – 8pm: Ross Roberts
8pm – 1am: JOY SOCIAL

2pm – 10pm: Homoelectric Presents…
Philippa Jarman – Kiss Me Again – Will Dunn – Blasha & Allatt – Gina Breeze – Kath McDermott – Jamie Bull

10pm – 4am: A Sprechen Come As You Are Closing feat.
Michelle Manetti – DJ Paulette – Chris Massey Music – Gina Breeze
(free entry – no ticket required!)

Whatever day, night, inside, outside combination you choose… Stay Free x

The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
0161 233 5151