Salfordians will roll their eyes at Islington Mill being slotted into a guide to Manchester – Salford is, after all, a different city. However, as the two are such close neighbours and the mill is an easy walk from Manchester centre, it deserves attention from culture-loving visitors.
Islington Mill is one of the region’s many abandoned industrial hubs-turned-creative-spaces, but with its inventive and eye-catching events list it deserves a special mention.
Check the listings when you’re in town and you may stumble across anything from art exhibitions and cult film showings to low-key gigs from international and prolific artists such as Peaches, Bo Ningen and Gang of Four.
You may even get to attend a full-blown festival – the mill is the hub of May’s much-celebrated day-long music spree, Sounds from the Other City.
In the evenings, the lights are dimmed on its atmospheric industrial ground floor bar as it plays host to all manner of eclectic bands and performers.
However, like many of Manchester’s mills, Islington needs extensive repairs and is fundraising to raise £700,000 to save its top floors. If you visit, you can donate to the cause and help secure the future of this unique space.
Whenever you visit, Islington Mill will throw a curveball to knock you out of your Manchester comfort zone and into a night that will never blend with another.