This Fun, Open-Air Entertainment Space Hosts Live Performances And Tasty Grub Every Week

By Laura Rogan

Its the hottest new opening of 2020.

Kicking off the summer in style, Escape To Freight Island only arrived in Manchester this past July – and it’s already cemented itself as one of the coolest spots in town.

Offering up food, drink and entertainment all in one spot, the social distancing friendly space is part of Depot Mayfield’s huge £1.4bn regeneration plans, and can be enjoyed all year round – right under the stars.

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Resembling the adult playground of our dreams, the dining destination features ample outdoor seating, a wonderful atmosphere which is amplified with live DJs, and some lovely food vendors to choose from – keeping in theme with Manchester’s much-loved independent and street food scene.

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Guests can enjoy drinks from craft brewery Pomona Island, Camden Town Brewery, The City of Manchester Distillery and Kopparberg, accompanied with street grub from city newcomers such as Madre (a top taco spot!), Voodoo Ray’s (NYC-style pizza), Krum (vegan donuts) and Baratxuri (live fire Basque cooking with a whole lotta meat!).


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Live performances will see both local and internationally renowned artists and performers take to the stage frequently, with a full line-up in store each week with a variety of artists to check out. Live music schedules are regularly released on the complex’s Instagram – so be sure to keep up to date with the latest.

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Alfresco seating is dotted around the whole venue, with both covered and open-air seating available to choose from (with a safe distance between all tables, of course!). Hang out on the brightly-coloured bleachers and relax, or gather with friends pub garden-style while soaking up the sunshine – with various tables available by different vendors. For the colder months, guests can also rest assured they’ll be kept warm and dry, with plenty of covered seating and new heaters being installed throughout the venue.

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The fun complex has a ton of exciting developments planned for the future – including more live performances and vendors, a 70’s-inspired roller disco, a hidden high-fi audio bar with karaoke, and a retro games arcade. And as the site grows, it’s expected it will hold a whopping 10,000 guests.

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Bookings are advised to guarantee a seat, and you can book your place via Escape To Freight Island’s online booking portal here.