This August bank holiday sees the return of Come As You Are to The Refuge – a full weekend of music, celebration, food and a cornucopia of much more, running alongside Manchester’s Mardi Gras.
Beginning on Friday 25th August, The Refuge Public Bar will see one of Manchester’s most beloved musical heroes – James Holroyd – open the proceedings in a style that has seen him play throughout the city and beyond for well over 20 years.
The daytime celebrations begin on the Saturday and Principal Hotel’s Waterhouse Way will be brought back to life at midday for a street party vibe of block party proportions out of 1970’s New York. A collection of artists include Infolk, Dr Sid, the legend that is Don Letts, Souljazz Soundsystem, the Manchester Disco queen Danielle Moore. The closing set will be overseen by Down To The Sea & Back (Balearic Mike & Kelvin Andrews), two musical masterminds who’s long affinity to this city reaches so deep their names are the only introduction needed. The Refuge Basement will be handed over to the capable hands of So Flute.
There will be no let-up on the Sunday for the climax of Come As You Are – Waterhouse Way will open at midday and welcomes DJs from across the board.
The final soiree will take place in the Refuge Basement, which has already held some legendary parties in its relatively short current party incarnation, and this is sure to be another one that will live long in the memory. The subterranean space is welcoming one of the UK’s house music legends, Luke Solomon will play alongside his co-resident at Savage London, HiFi Sean.