Following on from highly successful 2021 comeback, Manchester Calling returns on Saturday 26th February 2022.
Join your host, Mr D'Arcy and sidekick DJ Scotty M, for a magical night of Eurovision related music where you control our playlist, with your favourite, upbeat Eurovision songs, tracks from this year's show, exclusive remixes, songs from Melodifestivalen and the other Song for Europe shows and, much, much more!
We are proud to be returning to Bar Pop, our natural home for this, our 9th Manchester Calling event. A friendly, vibrant venue, with attentive staff and management, who simply adore Eurovision.
Manchester Calling began life as UK Calling. Our first successful event was in Brighton back in May 2014, held at The Latest Music Bar, just off the main seafront and a stone’s throw from the Brighton Pavilion, the venue used by the BBC in 1974 to host the show that year. The event; Wir Geben ‘Ne Party (We’re Having A Party) went down so well that MDE and co-partner Eurovision Central, decided to try the event again, this time under a new name, Brighton Calling. We returned to Brighton in 2015, with our star guest being Ray Caruana, lead singer of Live Report (UK 1989).
The action moved to Manchester in February 2016, where we packed out the Tribeca Bar, with special guests Adam King and Ray Caruana. On the back of that gig, Mr D'Arcy went on to perform at Boom, Bang A Bang in April, alongside Nicki French (UK 2000), again in Manchester and at a private club in Shaftsbury Avenue in London on Eurovision Night, which included an appearance from Jade Ewen (UK 2009). He returned to do another Eurovision set in London, the following year at Tiger, Tiger. We dabbled with Bristol Calling in August 2016... moving on!
We returned to Manchester in June 2017, this time at Bar Pop in Canal Street, for another night of fun and frolics. It was here we found our true home. Bar Pop adores Eurovision so we knew we had found the right venue at last. In February 2018, we introduced the Eurovision Karaoke Song Contest. Due to the success of this event, we added a second Summer version of the event in June 2018. 2020 saw our biggest event to date and then... well you know the story!
August 2021 saw the triumphal return of MC, playing to 110 happy and somewhat emotional people. The night went like a dream, and included our new singing section.... Sing, Sang, Song.
Bar Pop on Canal Street is truly the home of Eurovision in the North West. This pleasant, friendly venue has the most remarkable staff, from Management to Doormen. Oh, and as for those cheap drink prices! They have worked constantly with us to make Manchester Calling the success it is today!