A 10,000 capacity venue will open in Manchester in July. Called Depot, the performance, community and studio space will be at the historic Mayfield site, next to Piccadilly station.
Depot will launch this summer with Manchester Pride Live on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th. Subject to planning consent, the space will become a multi-use cultural venue for the city and is expected to be in use for the next five years while the £1bn-plus regeneration of the 30-acre Mayfield site is progressed.
The team behind the venture expect to attract globally-significant performers to Manchester and promise to offer a proportion of tickets to all events at discounted prices for residents, students, children, OAP’s and wheelchair users and their companions.
Depot is a collaboration between The Mayfield Partnership (comprising regeneration specialist U+I, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and LCR) and venue specialists Broadwick Venues and Vibration Group, the team behind the hugely successful Printworks London, The Drumsheds and Exhibition London.
Alongside the proposed main performance space at Depot, there will be two smaller areas - Concourse and Archive. Concourse will provide free-to-attend community events, seasonal activities and food experiences. Archive will offer an intimate performance area plus rehearsal and studio space for local artists.
Richard Upton, Chief Development Officer at U+I, said: “We want to add something to the Mancunian cultural landscape which is unique not just in the city but in the UK.
“Depot will be a place that blends the global with the local and where international stars and local school children will be able access the same quality of performance and studio space. It will be democratic and distinctive.”
Mayfield has already established itself as a venue for cultural events over the past few years, including several commissions by Manchester International Festival, one of which, Invisible Cities, will be staged there as part of MIF19 from Friday, July 5th to Sunday, July 14th - details at mif.co.uk.