Levenshulme Pub Company celebrates its 30th Anniversary at Irish Festival
The Levenshulme Pub Company is celebrating 30 Years of providing Irish Entertainment in Manchester at this years 2019 Manchester Irish Festival. The company which opened its first flagship venue, the 860 capacity Palace Nightclub in 1989 is holding a series of special events this year to mark its special anniversary in Levenshulme.
The company which brought thousands of people to South Manchester to enjoy a host of Irish Cultural events from Irish Concerts from the UK and Ireland's most popular artists like Sharon Shannon, Frances Black, Davey Spillane (Riverdance Fame), Goats Dont Shave, Dominic Kirwan, Johnny Logan, Toss the Feathers, Rattle n Reel, Seamus Moore, Big Tom, Royal Flush, Big Generator, Mary Coughlan, Sinead Lohan to name just a few.
As a founding member of the Manchester Irish Festival which it helped to set up in 1996, the company has always staged numerous events during the Irish Festival.
The company gained an international reputation for hosting sell out Comedy Club events and become one of the biggest Comedy venues in the UK for staging shows by the likes of the award winning Peter Kay and Ardal O'Hanlon, Andrew Maxwell (Fr Ted TV Series) , Ed Byrne, Kevin Gildea amongst the stars to tread the boards at the venue.
It was one of the first venues to screen international sport on its Giant Screen in the converted cinema which was a massive 32 feet high, the venue also sponsored Manchester City Football Club's Junior Blues and the club held its annual event there with members of the squad and its fans. Live sport was also a regular fixture at the venue, where it staged Amateur Boxing events and International Thai Boxing events between Ireland and England.
Irish Dance was was supported at the venue and it was the main sponsor for the award winning 'Young, Gifted & Green' which featured tthe likes of the tthree times world Irish Dancing champion, James Keegan, who is now the Lord of the Dance taking over from Michael Flately with the worldwide hit show.
The community based club staged a number of film screenings for Bafta Student North and the Kino Film Festival, as well as a number of Irish Plays by the Manchester Irish Players. It recently helped sponsored the 160 strong cast of Heroes for Hospice visit from Mayo to Manchester and their sell out show at the Zion Arts Centre.
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Levenshulme Pub Company, a special Manchester Irish Festival photography exhibition is being staged in the basement Art Gallery of Fred's Ale House in Levenshulme and its next door venue of the Union Irish Music Bar from the 1st tto 17th March. The exhibition will feature some of the numerous Irish Musicians, Singers, Dancers, Comedians, Filmmakers, Actors and Sporting stars who have been part of the unique entertainment history of the company and its former flagship venue of the 860 capacity Palace Nightclub. It will also feature photographs of the thousands of people who flocked to its five venues in South Manchester to enjoy one of its numerous events.
A special Palace reunion Quiz is being staged at Hennigans Sports Bar on Thursday 14 March.