The Printworks at 15 – what are the top 15 moments?

image of The Printworks - image courtesy Smabs Sputzer and flickr

As The Printworks celebrates its fifteenth birthday with a weekend of live music, it has released the top 15 moments from The Printwork’s history:

  1. The opening of Hard Rock Cafe Manchester in 2000
  2. Will Smith attending the world premier of Hitch at The Printworks ODEON in 2005
  3. Creating a rooftop garden, home to chickens, bees and an allotment full of flowers and vegetables – crops of which are donated to The Booth Centre to provide food for the homeless
  4. The rooftop bee hives, launched by Bez from Happy Mondays in 2012, harvesting a record breaking haul of honey in 2015 – with all proceeds from sales going to Forever Manchester and the Booth Centre
  5. Releasing a FIFA 2014 World Cup charity single ‘Our telly is bigger than your telly’ raising funds for Forever Manchester
  6. Launching the first ever Manchester Soul Festival on August Bank Holiday 2015 and raising £20,000 for The Christie
  7. Winners of The Printworks Unsigned competition, The Mend, going on to audition for the Xfactor and releasing their debut single in 2013
  8. Olympic decathlete, Daley Thompson hosting the first birthday party of Holmes Place Gym while in town for the Commonwealth Games
  9. Receiving the Bio Diversity award from Manchester City Council in 2014
  10. Welcoming over 118,500,000 visitors during the past fifteen years
  11. Hosting a private party for a Norwegian supermarket retailer, which was attended by Manchester United player, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and stars from Norway’s Strictly Come Dancing
  12. Twelve consecutive years (and counting!) of the Vintage Swing event, attended by 15,000 each year
  13. Jason Donavan headlining The Pinkworks’ Gayfest in 2007
  14. Hordes of famous faces partying in The Printworks, including the Gallaghers, Kylie Minogue, Will Smith, Katy Perry, Meatloaf, Michael Buble, Seth Rogan, Chris Rock, Will.I.Am, Jessie J, Jimmy Car, and the cast of Coronation Street and Phoenix Nights. Not to mention sporting stars like David Beckham, Daley Thompson, Manchester City and Manchester United players
  15. Becoming home to the NBA Fanzone in 2013, where fans were able to shoot hoops with NBA legends and compete for prizes, including tickets to the games

Fred Booth, Centre Director says: “The past fifteen years have been phenomenal! We are extremely proud of our continued success in providing a one-stop entertainment destination for our visitors, with the best food and drink venues and events that you won’t find anywhere else.

“We are holding the big birthday weekend not only to celebrate all that The Printworks has achieved, but more importantly to say a huge thank you to all our team and tenants, and all the great people that have ever visited us. We hope everyone who comes along has a great time. Here’s to the next amazing fifteen years!”


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The Printworks – image courtesy Smabs Sputzer and flickr

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