Kraak Gallery firmly falls into the category of a hidden gem. Tucked away down a back alley of Stevenson Square, it’s gritty, slightly rough around the edges and has played host to a wide range of events and gigs. Sadly, it will be closing its doors after its final event on September 20 - although it still plans to host a few exhibitions - so Time Out Manchester asked the team behind Kraak to pick some of their favourite events at the venue.
Club Brenda presents MEN plus DJ set by JD Samson / Le Tigre
Brooklyn music and performance collective MEN began in 2007 as the production/remix team of electroclash group Le Tigre members JD Samson and Johanna Fateman. They took to the stage at Kraak on Saturday November 6 2010.
MDMArchive presents: 'Noise Annoys' - a punk film night and panel discussion hosted by Kevin Cummins
In June 1976, the Sex Pistols performed at the Free Trade Hall in one of the most influential gigs of all time. A free event at Kraak on Friday January 10 2014 celebrated the movement with photographer Kevin Cummins presenting his images from the time along with a screening of documentary 'Brass Tacks' and a set by Kill Pretty, featuring ex-members of The Fall and The Hamsters and current members of Blue Orchids.
Wet Play - Seahawks' Cosmic Yacht Rock Boat Party
Known for their laid-back, nautical-inspired euphoric tunes, Wet Play brought a touch of the Balearic Islands to Manchester on Saturday February 26 2011.
David Hoyle, Darren Pritchard and Womb – 'Northern Lights'
An evening of contemporary dance took over Kraak on Saturday October 8 2011 when internationally-acclaimed Darren Pritchard joined up with all-female collective Womb.
WITCH*UNT - MADAM X
It was an all-female DJ roster at Kraak on Saturday April 5 when Witch*unt curated a line-up including Madam X, MØRK (Generic Greeting, Femmes Fatales) and Lucy Ironmonger (Meat Free DJs) playing the best old school hip-hop, house and electro.
Ragtag Hosts DJ Rahaan with Irfan Rainy
Chicago-based DJ Rahaan has featured at festivals across the globe and joined one of Ragtag's multi-tempo, multi-genre club nights on Friday September 9 2011.
Drunk at Vogue – Fire Island Party
Fire Island was the ultimate gay party paradise in the 70s and 80s, and for one night on Friday August 23 2013, clubbers were transported from Manchester to the beach for disco music and dancefloor freedom.
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