Enchantment Under The Sea Disco

We’re throwing an ‘Enchantment Under The Sea’ disco, inspired by the much-loved opening night feature, Back to the Future. This free event will also play host to the UK’s premiere DeLorean Time Machine, illuminated and wreathed in dry ice in Tony Wilson Place come nightfall as the party gets underway.

Inside, the film itself screens at 18:00 and again at 18:15 with an introduction from Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, Lecturer in Film Studies and American Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Back to the Future expert. Tickets are now on sale. The ground floor bar will be transformed into a kitsch, underwater setting inspired by the vintage party that Marty McFly gate-crashes to save his family’s future. Local artists have been commissioned to create sea themed ‘your face here’ standees, ranging from mermaids, King Neptune and eaten-by-an-octopus!

A split music programme will see Vintage 78 DJs playing music from the 1950’s on gramophones, embracing the start of Rock n’ Roll, Rhythm and blues, Doo wop and Blues records from the greatest artists of the day including Chuck Berry, Wynonie Harris, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Hayley, Tennessee Ernie Ford, the Chordettes and many more from 20.00 onwards.

At 10.04 – the moment that the clock tower in the movie is struck by lightning – the party will flip to hits of the 1980s, presided over by Christopher Dresden Styles of Manchester’s popular Pop Curious? club nights. Co-host Tilly Skreams will be flashing her retro moves on the dance floor (watch out for those hair flips!) to tunes from Madonna, Wham!, Duran Duran, a-ha, Dead or Alive, Eurythmics, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Bush, The Pet Shop Boys, The Smiths, Kylie, Soft Cell, Bros, Whitney Houston, Erasure, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and more!

Undersea Bar Tropicana will be serving classic 80s cocktails plus authentic diner-type hotdogs and steaming piles of mac’n cheese to keep revellers fuelled and able to air-guitar with gusto, with complementary soap bubbles distributed to enthusiastic dancers and the best/worst-dressed. We encourage time travellers, mer-creatures, pirates, Miami Vice cops, stonewash fashionistas and owners of secreted crimping tongs to join us for the most colourful shindig of the Christmas calendar!

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