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Manchester’s Fun New Socially-Distanced ‘Escape To Freight Island’ Is Officially Open

By Laura Rogan July 24, 2020

The new open-air entertainment spot officially opens today.

Kicking off the summer in style, Escape To Freight Island, Manchester’s newest food, drink and entertainment hotspot has officially opened its doors to the public, and it looks incredibly fun.

Ideal for social distancing, the new space is part of Depot Mayfield’s huge £1.4bn regeneration plans, and is set to be a huge social space for Mancs and visitors alike to enjoy all-year-round.

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Resembling the adult playground of our dreams, the first phase of their opening – called Platform 15 – 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 for us this weekend – which you can check out below:

Friday 24th July – Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy
Saturday 25th July – Keep It Unreal Presents. Mr Scruff, Mikey D.O.N., SNO, Jamie Groovement, hosted by MC Kwasi
Sunday 26th July – Norman Jay MBE with Mass – The Untold Orchestra + Jenna & The G’s

Further live music schedules are set to be released, but you can expect the likes of Manchester Pride, Gilles Peterson, Greg Wilson, We Out Here Festival and many, many more taking to the stage this summer.

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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.

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Escape To Freight Island currently has a safe capacity of 600 guests, with further plans to expand the site late August – when the complex will allow for 1000 guests. The huge permanent market space will also see huge new additions in the coming months, 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. As the site grows, it’s expected it will hold a whopping 10,000 guests.

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Tickets are on sale now, and you can book your place via Escape To Freight Island’s online booking portal here.