Despite summer 2020 being memorable for all the wrong reasons, a brand new outdoor pop up series called Social Avenue hopes to bring a little festival spirit to Manchester’s Trafford Park.
Social Avenue will be taking over the car park at Trafford Park for a series of outdoor events headlined by some of the UK’s biggest names in underground music. Organisers will be transforming Trafford Park into a safe, welcoming space where people will be able to “dance at a distance” for the first time in 4 months.
Whether you’re into Ibiza worthy tech house, slick minimal rollers or disco infused dance floor classics, there’s something on the line up for everyone. After so much success at their first show with MASON Collective and Social Avenue have extended the series until the end of September with a tonne of goodies in store.
Joining them on the line up is Bristol legend and all round nice guy, Eats Everything, Melé will be on hand for house tunes with a tribal feel whilst Halogenix and King of the Rollers will be offering up some of the best in drum and bass and jungle with Inja on hand to keep the vibes up. The infamous Circus Recordings, who’ve signed tracks such as Bigger Than Prince by Green Velvet and Time for House by Carl Cox, will be doing a full day’s takeover so you can expect groove inducing rhythms from start till finish. Trafford Park will also see appearances from N-Trance for a 90’s throwback, Latmun, Defected’s Sam Divine, Darius Syrossian and Alan Fitzpatrick.
In order to maintain social distancing guidelines and make sure people are kept safe, guests can book tickets for groups of 2,3,4,5 or 6. Guests will be shown to a table and must remain in their bubbles throughout the day and respect the regulation in place. One way systems will be in place for accessing the bars and toilets and getting around the site. The event team have been working hard to make sure there are plenty of hand sanitizer stations, but masks or face coverings are advised to be worn when possible.
To keep any hungry bellies at bay and those energy levels up for dancing, there will be a mouth watering selection of street food stall stands on hand to make sure you’re kept fed and watered. bars will be serving ice cold beers, cider, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks and there will be free drinking water available.
It feels like it’s been forever since we were able to go out and experience that rumbling, bass in the belly feeling you only get from listening to music on a massive rig. I think more than anything, that is was I missed during lockdown. Whilst bluetooth speakers and monitors do the job, nothing beats truly being able to feel the music and with Social Avenue powered by heavyweights, Void Soundsystem you can be sure you’ll be feeling it in every bone of your body.
Nothing can make up for the summer we’ve lost, the cancelled festivals or the detrimental effect the pandemic has had on the events industry, but we can all do out bit to help out now. Like so many businesses, the events industry has had to adapt and change to the circumstances and health risks involved. Whilst it might perhaps seem strange at first, dancing at a distance or keeping to tables might be the new day party. Embrace the music, brave it if it rains, take suncream if it’s hot and stay in your bubble.
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