As the city gears up for one of its most colourful and rambunctious LGBT romps, there's another August event taking to the stage for unique activities, roastin' culture and sought after art. Parallel to Manchester Pride, but toting its own selection of events, Pride Fringe will bring together creatives, artists and musicians from Greater Manchester and more for a month long selection of must-try happenings. While boasting a little less late night hedonism than Pride itself, Pride Fringe is so gnarly a hubbub of activity, that we couldn't help but nit-pick five of the finest antics.
: Wednesday 13th August (8-9:30pm)
While a trip on the train is normally reserved for huffing, puffing and elbow nudging, let Manchester's first ever Metrolink gig give you an alternative view of public transport. Swing dancing may be suitably reserved, toe tapping and serious shimmying to the Twisted Tubes is a must.
Cabaret at the Grill: Thursday 14th August (7pm onwards)
Join La Voix at Grill on the Alley as her fiery red locks douse your table in sweet cabaret sounds. She was a semi-finalist on Britain's Got Talent don't cha know.
Moston Miners Centre, Secret Screening: Fri 15th & Sat 16th August
An exclusive preview of a forthcoming major film release that promises community spirit, unity and adversity? Shucks, if this is anything like Marley and Me, we don't stand a chance.
: Thursday 21st August (7-10pm)
Scoff and saunter your way through four edible Gay Village locations courtesy of Manchester Food Walks, accompanied by tales of drag queens, gangster banter and code breakers.
It's A Gay Knockout: Friday 22nd August
Handbag tossing and high-heeled egg and spoon races. It's a glitter laden return to Sports Day this month at Taurus.