Come As You Are 2017
After the searingly successful launch of in 2016, this August bank holiday sees the return of Come As You Are to The Refuge – a full joyous weekender of inclusive love, music, celebration, food and a cornucopia of much more, running alongside Manchester’s Mardi Gras.
Beginning on Friday 25th August, The Refuge Public Bar will see one of Manchester’s most beloved musical heroes – James Holroyd – open the proceedings in a style that has seen him play throughout the city and beyond for well over 20 years.
The daytime celebrations begin on the Saturday and Waterhouse Way will again be brought back to life at midday for what is guaranteed to be a street party vibe of block party proportions out of 1970’s New York. A collection of artists include Infolk, Dr Sid, the legend that is Don Letts, Souljazz Soundsystem, the Manchester Disco queen Danielle Moore. The closing set will be overseen by Down To The Sea & Back (Balearic Mike & Kelvin Andrews), two musical masterminds who’s long affinity to this city reaches so deep their names are the only introduction needed. The Refuge Basement will be handed over to the capable hands of So Flute.
There will be no let-up on the Sunday for the climax of Come As You Are – Waterhouse Way will open at midday and welcomes DJs from across the board, from the uber-talented Kath McDermott, Andrea Trout, Blasha & Allatt (Meat Free), the Disco Dukes of Will Tramp and Jamie Bull, and the even more welcome sounds of Paulette and Dave Kendrick. Playing in the Public Bar and Waterhouse Way is a man who seems to be on tour more than the Rolling Stones – the one man disco machine – Dicky Trisco, and closing off in style with another of the city’s longest serving DJs, Krysko.
The Refuge Basement has already held some legendary parties in its relatively short current party incarnation, and this is sure to be another one that will live long in the memory. The subterranean space is welcoming one of the UK’s house music legends, all round good-egg, exceptional DJ and prolific producer (who has made more records than Muscle Shoals), Luke Solomon will play alongside his co-resident at Savage London, HiFi Sean. Savage London is a friend of The Refuge and holds the true the very ethos of Come As You Are – that of an inclusive party where everyone is welcome. This final soiree will be supported by Sprechen Music label boss and another acclaimed Manc musical all-rounder, Chris Massey.