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.
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. In 2022, MC went from strength to strength, sell out on both occasions.
2023 was the year Liverpool stepped in to host Eurovision so a makeshift Liverpool Calling event was put together. This event had three Eurovision favourites singing live, SuRie, Linda Martin and Lindsay Dracass. And, as usual, we crammed them in at Bar Pop in July, with another banging night, with our new line up of Mr D'Arcy, David Murphy & Just Jed.