Northern Quarter Takeover – drinks, dancing and crowds in the street

Written by on August 31, 2012 in Reviews - No comments
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Another Bank Holiday and another excuse for a Northern Quarter Takeover. Dancing, drinks and delight in the street saw the streets swamped with people looking for a good day out – even the sun paid us a visit.

NQTakeover, Thomas Street

Stretched across Edge Street, High Street, Thomas Street, which were all closed for the day, and a couple of extra spots on Turner Street & Back Turner Street, Takeover supports the independent traders of the Northern Quarter (and some worthy charities in Macmillan, MIND & Wood Street Mission) and gives visitors and residents an excuse for a Bank Holiday party (well, there was no school on Monday..). The day was kicked off by a dog show – the first to be held in the Northern Quarter – and an all out success and a very cute start, even if I do say so myself.

NQTakeover, Dog Show

The streets were packed with make shift stages, stalls and DJs, trestle tables and bunting – each of the cafes and bars had set up stalls to offer food and drinks to the revellers. All the big Northern Quarter names were represented – Teacup, Marble, Odd, Keko Moku, Socio Rehab, Almost Famous, Common, Home Sweet Home, Thomas Street, SoLIta – to name just a few and all seemed to be doing a roaring trade.

NQTakeover, Edge Street

With burgers a plenty, whole hogs roasts and plenty of cake the air was filled with tasty smells that had you salivating at each street corner and reminded you that the day was not just about drinking in the sunshine with your mates. As the evening wore on, people moved inside with every bar packed to the rafters, the music and dancing carrying on to the early hours.

NQTakeover, Thomas Street, Evening

The Northern Quarter Takeover is a great idea and here’s to hoping there’s many more – it’s a great day out, a great support to our independent retailers and a great excuse for a drink!


The great photos are used courtesy of Steven Sibbald/ and you can check out loads more over on our Facebook page (why not give us a ‘Like’ while you’re there?!) and check out Ste’s Facebook page for this and other events;