An all-new urban market and festival space is launching this July at Mayfield Depot. Promising a curated selection of food, drink, music, immersive entertainment and festival takeovers, Escape To Freight Island aims to be ‘one of the most forward-thinking and disruptive markets in the world’ according to its organisers.
The site itself will house a 70s New York-inspired roller disco, a hidden high-fi audio bar and karaoke venue called Queen Samantha’s, plus a retro arcade games corridor. That’s not all though as a number of top-tier food and drink purveyors will be on-hand to keep guests refreshed. This includes Camden Town Brewery’s biggest collaboration outside of London, as they’ll be pairing up with Salford’s own Pomona Island to launch a boutique craft ale bar. There will also be pizza from Voodoo Ray’s first outpost away from the capital, grilled meats from Baratxuri and delicious fresh tacos from Madre.
Escape To Freight Island will be soundtracked by exclusive collaborations with festival favourites Homoelectric, We Out Here festival, Festival N°6, Love International and industry titans like Gilles Peterson, Erol Alkan and Norman Jay MBE. The first phase of the spectacle will be named ‘Platform 15’, tipping its cap to neighbouring Piccadilly Station, and is designed with a ‘Safe + Social Manifesto’ outlining the best ways to party responsibly at a social distance. This includes strict booking measures, clear signage, careful stewarding, PPE and hand sanitiser throughout and menus available via QR codes to ensure limited interactions.
Escape To Freight Island launches mid-July with Platform 15 at Depot Mayfield, 11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PY. Limited booking spaces are available, with three-hour slots. Head down on Thursdays from 5pm to 12am and from Friday to Sunday between midday and midnight. Like to be in the know? Discover July's best events here.