The venue's first event will be Manchester Pride Live on 24-25 August
Broadwick Venues and Vibration Group, the team behind Printworks and The Drumsheds in London, have turned their attention to the biggest city in the north of England, announcing a new 10,000-capacity venue in Manchester called Depot.
Depot sees Broadwick Venues and Vibration Group teaming up with The Mayfield Partnership, which is responsible for the regeneration of the 30-acre site of the former Manchester Mayfield railway station. Adjacent to Manchester Piccadilly, the four-platform station and, er, depot – not used for passengers since 1960 – was permanently closed in 1986. In 2013, the former station building found new lease of life when the roof was dismantled, with the site since used as a venue by both The Warehouse Project and Manchester International Festival. The latter return there on 5-14 July.
Now, as part of The Mayfield Partnership's ongoing £1BN redevelopment project that will eventually see the whole site rebuilt and/or repurposed, the building will become the 10,000-capacity "performance, community and studio space" that is Depot, which is expected to be in use for five years (subject to planning permission).
Depot will consist of one large main performance area, plus two smaller areas. Concourse will provide "free-to-attend community events, seasonal activities and food experiences," while Archive will offer "a more intimate perfomance area as well as low-cost rehearsal and studio spaces".
The first event to be held at Depot will be Manchester Pride Live, a new addition to Manchester Pride focused on live music and PAs, which takes place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August. Tickets cost £34.50/day, with artists including Basement Jaxx and Faithless.