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Electric Weekender programme

Electric Weekender Programme

26-28 May 2017

Our Electric Weekender is just around the corner – find out what’s on and when below:


Justin Robertson Exhibition
Thursday 25 May will see the launch of Justin Robertson The Explorer’s Chronicle exhibition, which is the first showing of Justin’s new collection of art. The show will run until 17 June and features some of the work shown at his exhibition last year at the The Red Gallery in London plus a few new pieces. Justin will also be jumping on the decks in the Public Bar alongside Matt Ward (Piccadilly Records). Come As You Are from 7pm.


Francois K
A hot ticket and very limited capacity. Don’t delay and miss out on the legend that is Francois K playing a set covering a decade of NYC nightlife from 1977 – 1987. Tickets are available on Skiddle.

Also in the bar will be one of Sheffield’s most esteemed DJs, the right honourable disco-deliverer, Chris Duckenfield.


Love International // Shindigger Tap Takeover // AdHoc Records
Day 2 of the Electric Weekender sees a taste of the Adriatic & Manchester take over The Refuge courtyard and basement both day and night as we welcome Croatia’s Love International Festival. Mancunian brewing alchemists ShinDigger and local label stable AdHoc records.

From daytime to dusk our courtyard will reverberate to the sounds of Love International as the finest guest balearic and Adriatic selectors entertain alongside pop up restaurants and bars serving tasty Refuge offerings.

12 noon – 2pm: Aficionado Recordings / Moonboots and Jason Boardman
2pm – 4pm: Begin (James Holroyd)
4pm – 5.30pm: Neil Diablo
5.30pm – 7pm: Chris Massey
7pm – 9pm: Alex Barck (Jazzanova)
9pm – 11pm: Unabombers

ShinDigger tap takeover and AdHoc launch
5pm – 4am

Sitting back to back with our courtyard offering will be ‘The Refuge Arms’ found beneath the clock, in the basement…a proper old pub vibe with ShinDigger taking over the taps to provide a selection from their fantastic range of craft beers and ales along with a selection of classic arcade machines, from Donkey Kong and Pac Man to Mortal Kombat, Tron and more all set to free play. Pop-Up food will be available on the street from Chef Robert Owen Brown who has created The Manchester Kebab with a little help from The Unabombers.

As well as all of this, local label AdHoc Records will be officially launching in the evening and will take care of musical duties until the early hours of Sunday AM with a programme consisting of their stable of artists and a special guest TBC.


For the closing day of the Electric Weekender we are hosting an all day collaboration with Ibiza’s famous Pikes Hotel.

From daytime to dusk The Refuge will feature Ibizan legends and Balearic jocks galore with Spanish wine selections alongside pop up food by the award-winning Levanter & Baratxuri (a favourite of Jay Rayner) with a basement soirée to close off this three day gathering of like minded souls.

Music entertainment will come from:

Courtyard Party
11am – 1pm: The Brothers Grim (aka Mark Broadbent & Andrew Livesey) present: A Balearic Brunch
1pm – 2.30pm: Annabel Fraser
2.30pm – 4pm: Craig Christon
4pm – 5.30pm: Neil Diablo
5.30pm – 9pm: Nancy Noise
7pm – 9pm: DJ Alfredo
9pm – 11pm: Leo Mas

Refuge Basement
11pm – 12.30am: Paulette
12.30am – 2am: Unabombers
2am – 4am: Justin Robertson