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THE IDEA? “Manchester has everything except a beach”. So spoke one of one of our city’s favourite sons Ian Brown back in 2005. Well, it has now. Or will have in a few short weeks.

THE PLAN? The biggest urban beach in the UK ever. The good people at URBIS and SANKEYS are taking several tons of smooth, clean sand direct from the Bahamas plus a few hundred meters of beachfront boardwalk decking and dropping it all right bang in the middle of Manchester city centre to create the one thing we are missing for the summer.

WHERE & WHEN? You’ll find Beach Club Manchester in the Cathedral gardens right outside Urbis from early July and right on through the summer.

WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT? A bespoke selection of ongoing DJ sets, superb live music plus special events and parties. Add to the mix a fully licensed bar, great food and some seafront favourites (absolutely there will be deck chairs) and you have Beach Club Manchester.

SO HOW MUCH? Entry into Beach Club Manchester will be free to everyone and anyone. That’s right FREE. Well, beaches are free aren’t they?

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Beach Club Q&A

IS IT TRUE THAT AN URBAN BEACH IS BEING INSTALLED OUTSIDE URBIS OVER THE SUMMER?


Yes - providing we get the agreement from planning to go ahead, Urbis is creating the UK's biggest and best Urban beach in Cathedral Gardens, over the summer from early July - September. The space open to everyone, (although some events may have age restrictions – see below) programmed with a whole host of activity from summer sports and family activities to food and drink concessions where people can call in for a spot of lunch. Open 11 am – 11pm entry will be carefully monitored and controlled so that all can enjoy the fun and a peaceful oasis in the city centre.

I ALREADY ENJOY HANGING OUT IN THE SPACE AS IT IS - WHY WILL THE BEACH MAKE IT BETTER?

Creating a beach within the city environment is a fun and creative way of that people can experience their urban environment differently. This will be a shared environment, with something planned to keep everyone entertained, from summer sports, such as beach volleyball and watching Wimbledon on a big screen, to family activities, food and drink stand concessions, to WIFI access for those who want to work in a tropical oasis away from the office. The beach will be a focal point for everyone who already uses the gardens as a place to hang out, chill and eat their lunch. There will also be music events on Friday and Saturday evenings programmed in partnership with Sankeys from live acts to world class DJs, as well as lots of other programmed activity, yet to be confirmed. The beach will take up only half the area of Cathedral Gardens with the rest, including access to Urbis remaining as before.

WHAT DOES CONTROLLED ENTRY MEAN? I USE THE GARDENS CURRENTLY, WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO GET IN?

Of course. Controlled entry simply means we will ensure that the environment is safe and secure for everyone. It will be fenced off, with 2 access points into the space monitored by security guards 24 hours per day. This will ensure no alcohol or glass is brought in and that people are using the space responsibly. Anyone not treating the space and fellow members of the public with respect – young or old – will be asked to leave. However, some events may have to be no unaccompanied U16s, and there will be no unaccompanied U18s after 6pm. There will be a licensed bar, but obviously won't serve alcohol to under 18s.

THOSE EVENTS SOUND GOOD, BUT NOT REALLY FOR ME.

Urbis will still continue with the workshops we usually provide for garden users. We will also be doing the [email protected] 2007 all day Concert like we did last year, (and btw we have some pretty sweet acts for!!) A date is to be released for this soon.

HOW WILL IT BE KEPT CLEAN?
Both the beach and immediate surrounding area will be cleaned continually, on a daily basis.


 

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Can we expect to see you there in your Speedos and your Factor 15 BG?
Oh yes - I'll be resplendent in my favourite Hasselhoff-red swimming trunks...

SSC meetup ahoy...

 

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I've got a better idea why don't we move Manchester to the Bahamas. Then we'll have the weather as well because its meant to be summer and its all done is rain and rain. Am getting slightly pissed off now, its been like this for 2/3 weeks now. There are some rather dark clouds outside my window atm its not looking good!
 

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I've got a better idea why don't we move Manchester to the Bahamas. Then we'll have the weather as well because its meant to be summer and its all done is rain and rain. Am getting slightly pissed off now, its been like this for 2/3 weeks now. There are some rather dark clouds outside my window atm its not looking good!
I'd much rather cool overcast days such as this than the muggy tiring suffocating humidity of a few days past. But give me lovely sunny days over either...
 

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Good grief!!

Having just come back from some REAL beach parties in Barcelona, thanks to Sonar and the anti-Sonar festivals, I think such an idea is as about crap and contrived as it gets.

This morning, many Catalunyans would have partied all night and watched the sun come up as part of the St john festival (and the longest day). The point being they will actually see the warmth of the sun (ala beach boys) as it rises over a azure blue med.

Meanwhile in manchester, the city council and the folks behind this venture seem unaware that

1. it rains 50% of the time and a beach in the rain sparks out thoughts of skeggy, pensioners in bright plastic coats huddled in bus shelters and oh that Morrissey song.

2. That the present clientele who use the park are mozzers and wont be interested in foam parties (unless its fake blood accomplanied by some emo band) and I am sure some enterprising goths will try their hand at some sand sculptures of various creatures of the night and/or John Merry.

3. Parks are public spaces not money making ventures to pay for Sir Ricky's new bike clips.

4. The best north european dance club cities (Amsterdam
, Berlin and some time ago manchester) excelled in former cinemas. warehouses and art galleries, ie were all inside.

5. I suspect that it will just invite gaggles of cider headed chavs. Its bad enough that upper Deansgate increasingly looks like Salou, but turning Urbis into a dizzled on "Magaruff" will do its cultured image no good.

I look forward to it turning into the city's largest dog turd and *** end mountain.
 

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Quote from the above spin"

"Controlled entry simply means we will ensure that the environment is safe and secure for everyone. It will be fenced off, with 2 access points into the space monitored by security guards 24 hours per day. This will ensure no alcohol or glass is brought in and that people are using the space responsibly. Anyone not treating the space and fellow members of the public with respect – young or old – will be asked to leave. However, some events may have to be no unaccompanied U16s, and there will be no unaccompanied U18s after 6pm. There will be a licensed bar, but obviously won't serve alcohol to under 18s."

So another public space turning into private profit, the death of a safe and ok spot for mozzer type kids (erm where would you go if you were a 16 year old emo- urbis or have you head kicked in on deansgate, piccadilly or elsewhere) and the licenced bar will mean that the relaxed dynamics of the area will be lost as it turns into another piss up zone for dim out of towners.

Good grief can you imagine Amster dam or Barca doing this.
 

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Having just come back from some REAL beach parties in Barcelona, thanks to Sonar and the anti-Sonar festivals, I think such an idea is as about crap and contrived as it gets.

This morning, many Catalunyans would have partied all night and watched the sun come up as part of the St john festival (and the longest day). The point being they will actually see the warmth of the sun (ala beach boys) as it rises over a azure blue med.

Meanwhile in manchester, the city council and the folks behind this venture seem unaware that

1. it rains 50% of the time and a beach in the rain sparks out thoughts of skeggy, pensioners in bright plastic coats huddled in bus shelters and oh that Morrissey song.

2. That the present clientele who use the park are mozzers and wont be interested in foam parties (unless its fake blood accomplanied by some emo band) and I am sure some enterprising goths will try their hand at some sand sculptures of various creatures of the night and/or John Merry.

3. Parks are public spaces not money making ventures to pay for Sir Ricky's new bike clips.

4. The best north european dance club cities (Amsterdam
, Berlin and some time ago manchester) excelled in former cinemas. warehouses and art galleries, ie were all inside.

5. I suspect that it will just invite gaggles of cider headed chavs. Its bad enough that upper Deansgate increasingly looks like Salou, but turning Urbis into a dizzled on "Magaruff" will do its cultured image no good.

I look forward to it turning into the city's largest dog turd and *** end mountain.
although i am not one of them... this is the best some mancunians will ever get to a tropical beach.

i welcome it... something different for once... at least it shows they are trying... not many other british cities would come up with something like this.
 

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Having just come back from some REAL beach parties in Barcelona, thanks to Sonar and the anti-Sonar festivals, I think such an idea is as about crap and contrived as it gets.

This morning, many Catalunyans would have partied all night and watched the sun come up as part of the St john festival (and the longest day). The point being they will actually see the warmth of the sun (ala beach boys) as it rises over a azure blue med.

Meanwhile in manchester, the city council and the folks behind this venture seem unaware that

1. it rains 50% of the time and a beach in the rain sparks out thoughts of skeggy, pensioners in bright plastic coats huddled in bus shelters and oh that Morrissey song.

2. That the present clientele who use the park are mozzers and wont be interested in foam parties (unless its fake blood accomplanied by some emo band) and I am sure some enterprising goths will try their hand at some sand sculptures of various creatures of the night and/or John Merry.

3. Parks are public spaces not money making ventures to pay for Sir Ricky's new bike clips.

4. The best north european dance club cities (Amsterdam
, Berlin and some time ago manchester) excelled in former cinemas. warehouses and art galleries, ie were all inside.

5. I suspect that it will just invite gaggles of cider headed chavs. Its bad enough that upper Deansgate increasingly looks like Salou, but turning Urbis into a dizzled on "Magaruff" will do its cultured image no good.

I look forward to it turning into the city's largest dog turd and *** end mountain.
Cheer up...
 

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misso me!!

Sadly I can imagine friends and girlfriend pressure, to probably "surf" this as I have already greatly enjoyed the "club" evenings at the Urbis.

But as one who likes sunny med beats in beach parties on the med in the sun and industrial minimalist grey north european beats in grey northern european cities, I still think its a bit corny.

I still feel a bit sorry all those mozzer types, as they bring a bit of humour and non "middle market leisure wear cut" to that part of the city.
 

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Goths Rejoice: Urbis Beach Cancelled

Shame. It'd been worth giving it a go. Next year, I'm sure they'll try earlier to get planning for it.

http://manchester-clubbing.blogspot.com/2007/07/goths-rejoice-urbis-beach-cancelled.html

A source at Urbis tells me that The Beach won't be happening at all. "We didn't expect all this rain" said the mole, "so it won't be happening this year".

Everyone else in Manchester did expect the rain, so no doubt Urbis is feeling a little awkward about not considering the obvious (This is the Rainy City after all).

But with the god-awful Industrial Resolution and the bloody-awful SKV/GMPTE debacle Urbis is clearly just a runner up for the 'Mancunian F*ck Up of the year awards.
 

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A source at Urbis tells me that The Beach won't be happening at all. "We didn't expect all this rain" said the mole, "so it won't be happening this year".

Everyone else in Manchester did expect the rain, so no doubt Urbis is feeling a little awkward about not considering the obvious (This is the Rainy City after all).
What lazy thing to write , that Manchester = rain. Do they not remember last summer, or the one before? I'm sure the meteorologists at What Happened Last Night know much more than me though..
 

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the rainy city is a cliche but

We are a west and north european city.

When I think of the best in dance clubs, a beach party doesnt spring to mind for amsterdam or berlin. Barca, Ibiza yes,but not Manchester.

If so then its either post modern ironic or chavy money grabbing commercialism.

I will leave it up to you to decide which of the above it is.

Now I think about the so called "mozz" scene on the "urbis green" the more I dream I see the flowering of the next "buzz" (sic) scene in manchester.

If such an apparent nascent networking of relatively alternatively and creatively young things can't create something erm creative over the next decade, then they might as well turn into the world's largest turd in the sand mountain.
 
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