Something For The Weekend: Fri 7 – Sun 9 February

1. Fairport Convention – Sun 9 February

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention have just celebrated their forty-fifth anniversary and remain one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene.

The band’s 2013 Winter Tour will feature songs from their most recent studio album, the critically acclaimed Festival Bell. But Fairport has a vast repertoireto draw on and this concert will include favourites chosen by audiences as well as the new material. There will also be an opening set from John Watterson who will perform revivals of Jake Thackray’s quirky songs.

The band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time‘.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention will surprise and delight you.

2. Defining Me: Musical Adventures in Manchester – All weekend

From the Hallé Orchestra’s first performance in 1858, to the diverse musical character of the present day, this exhibition presented by Manchester District Music Archive celebrates Greater Manchester’s musical heritage as told by a wide variety of participants from the archive’s online community.

Through key artefacts such as photography, posters, ticket stubs and video footage, the exhibition will explore the emotional, life-changing and inspirational experiences we all have with music; charting the cultural significance of Manchester within music history told by the people that know.

Closing on Sun 23 February, you are running out of time to see this fascinating exhibition.

The Drones

3. BBC Tour at MediaCity UK – Sat & Sun

Join us on a tour of our neighbours, the BBC at MediaCityUK, and walk in the footsteps of some of your favourite celebrities.

The BBC’s home in the North of England is one of the most ambitious projects in their history. They’ve thrown open their doors, so you can take a peek behind the scenes. They are home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match Of The Day, Blue Peter, Dragons’ Den, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few.

Well-informed tour guides will entertain and surprise you as you walk in the footsteps of your favourite stars. They will make sure that you see the most interesting areas available on the day of your visit, as well as giving you a fascinating insight into how TV and radio work. You will also have the chance to take part in your own television production in an interactive studio.

Please remember that the BBC buildings at MediaCityUK are working buildings, so no two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and fun.

To find out more, including booking and ticketing information, please visit their website.

Jack Hinds - Media City reflected cropped

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