23 Aug 2023

Free to attend. No booking required.
Photo of producer, sound designer and composer SCAPA
23 Aug 2023
The Social, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ
Free, no ticket required
Free to attend. No booking required.

Running time: 2 - 4pm

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access

Celebrate Pride with a free programme of live art, DJs and events curated by Manchester favourite Mix-Stress

It’s the second day of our Pride celebrations and producer, sound designer and composer SCAPA is taking over the decks. SCAPA brings her multi-genre experimental sounds to the Social after a crowd-pumping set at MIF23’s Festival Square. Expect techno, grime and experimental electro to brighten up your Wednesday afternoon.

Factory Pride is curated by DJ, Producer, Curator and Artist Mix-Stress. Our first Pride at our new home, it’s a chance to take up space and explore our space. Expect DJ sets from Manchester’s hottest talent in the loos, and takeovers from LGBTQIA+ collectives in the Social and Riverside Square.

A celebration of QTIBPOC (Queer Trans Intersex Black People and People of Colour), LGBTQIA+ and female DJs, allies and supporters, Mix-Stress has curated a line-up which spotlights local artists and platforms talent from across Greater Manchester.

It's all free to attend and we’re inviting everyone to come along and discover the amazing artists on the bill.

I have the pleasure of working with such a melting pot of DJs from across Greater Manchester and wanted to infuse established, new and emerging DJs together to create a week of variety, diversity and inclusion. It’s important to me as a curator that we give showcase that reflects local representational culture and music, really highlighting what Manchester has to offer from our beloved communities while always remembering the fundamentals of Pride.


About the curators

The curatorial concept for Factory Pride was developed by Mix-Stress in consultation with Tolu Ajayi.

Mix-Stress is DJ, Producer, Curator & Artist. She is also founder and curator of arts and events collective, RebeccaNeverBecky and co-founder of DJ collective, Queer Latifah.

Tolu Ajayi is a spoken word artist, multi-instrumentalist and performer from Manchester.

Access information

Our full address is Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ and the what3words is

There are accessible toilets on all public levels of Aviva Studios.

A mixture of wheelchair accessible toilets with right- or left-hand transfer as well as ambulant accessible cubicles with grab rails are located in the brick arches in the Social.

There are additional accessible toilets in both Hall Foyers.

You do not need a key to use the accessible toilets.

Aviva Studios is a new purpose-built cultural space in the heart of Manchester. The entrance to our building is through double glass doors. There are automatic doors at both entrances.

Once inside, there is step-free access to all areas of the venue. You will arrive into the Social, a large public space where there are a range of seats (including those with arms), a bar and toilets (including accessible toilets).

The bars in the Social and Hall Foyer have lowered accessible service points.

If you need to bring an assistance dog to this event, please contact

Getting here

Aviva Studios can be approached along Water Street (coming from Quay Street) or along Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield).

Our closest stations are:

Salford Central station: 0.4 miles

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 0.6 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.6 miles

Manchester Victoria station is approximately one mile from Aviva Studios

Manchester Piccadilly station is approximately 1.3 miles from Aviva Studios

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to Aviva Studios along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

There is a car park approximately 0.6 miles from Aviva Studios at Water Street Car Park, New Elm Rd, Manchester, M3 4JH.

There is also a NCP car park (Manchester Spinningfields) approximately 0.5 miles away from Aviva Studios at Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. It has 35 accessible bays.

There are a small number of Blue Badge spaces along Water St and Quay St. Otherwise head towards Liverpool Road, Great John St and Lower Byrom St – close to our neighbours, the Science and Industry Museum where there are a small number of additional Blue Badge spaces.

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

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