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Escape to Freight Island Opens This Month

Escape to Freight Island is set to completely transform a long-forgotten freight depot opposite Manchester’s Piccadilly Station.

Located at Mayfield Depot, the current home of Warehouse Project and Manchester Pride Live, the space will be a major part of the districts ongoing regeneration. Additional details have been revealed, with the venue being likened to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and Coney Island in New York.

Escape to Freight Island will be home to a number of different bars, restaurants, food trucks, with guests able to sample traders, including Manchester-born The Jane Eyre and Ramsbottom’s Baratxuri – as well as Camden Town Brewery, Pomona Island, Voodoo Ray’s Pizza and Madre. There will be a 70s New York-inspired roller disco, a hidden high-fi audio bar, which will transform into a karaoke venue called Queen Samantha’s, and a retro arcade games corridor.

The new space aims to become one of the most forward thinking and disruptive markets in the world. Luke Cowdrey, Co-Curator, said: “Escape to Freight Island isn’t your average food market. It’s a new and unique destination in Manchester, it is the next evolution in the food market sector that will fill a hole in the life of our city.”

Set to open with a reduced capacity on July 24th, organisers have assured that the opening will be in-line with social distancing measures and eventually hopes to more than quadruple the venue’s capacity.

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