Bohemian Arts Club – new Stockport bar from Tom and Katie Ogden


Bohemian Arts Club is on the way.

Tom and Katie Ogden are teaming up to transform a derelict space in Stockport into a speakeasy-style bar.

The Blossoms frontman and his salon owner wife have snapped up a building on Lower Hillgate that will soon be the home of Bohemian Arts Club.

Sprawling across three floors, there’ll be an intimate cocktail bar on the first and second floors, with a hidden entrance off the cobbled street of Coopers Brow.

Bohemian Arts Club will have a hair salon on the ground floor that will be the second site for Hazel Grove brand Bohemian, manned by a highly-experienced style and color team.

The run-down building is undergoing a huge renovation, with the couple taking inspiration from speakeasies they’ve encountered while touring the world.

Tom told The Manc: “We’ve been lucky enough to visit some incredible bars all over the world and it was always a dream of ours to open our own.

“When we found this charming little venue in our hometown of Stockport we knew we’d found a gem.

“It’s been a long process renovating the venue but we’re getting there and in 2023 we’ll be opening the doors and look forward to welcoming everyone in for a drink or two.”

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The news comes just days after Blossoms wrapped up their UK tour, which included four massive shows at the O2 Apollo in Manchester.

The Stockport-formed group chose to screen the World Cup quarter final inside the venuesoothing all the broken hearts with a lively set and a surprise appearance from Miles Kane.

Blossoms also stunned fans last week by popping up at the legendary Night & Day Cafe for an intimate set at the Co-op Live’s countdown party.

Bohemian Arts Club is set to open in Stockport in early 2023 – you can visit or follow @bohemianartsclub on Instagram for updates.

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Watch live – massive Mad Friday rave-up in Manchester streamed across the globe

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An almighty club night taking place in Manchester this Mad Friday is going to be streamed live across the globe again tonight.

The seasonal rave-up comes from the city’s Bombard Groove collective, and will be broadcast live from The Loft with StreamGM.

It’ll be a huge night of Latinx, UK Funky and Garage music, featuring Bombard Groove residents Nimble Lou, Myriad and Vice City Soundtrack.

Shy One, who started her music career DJing on pirate radio as a teenager, also wants to be headlining.

The north-west-London-raised talent has carved out her own sound, releasing her Decaffeinated Love EP and her debut LP, Bedknobs and Boomkicks.

And while Tickets for the actual event are still on sale through Skiddlethose of us who aren’t up for venturing out for the Mad Friday madness can watch it from the safety (and warmth) of a location of our choosing.

You can watch the MainRoom stream below here:

This is the third installment of MainRoom, StreamGM’s online clubbing series which champions grassroots club nights and emerging DJ talent.

It promises to ‘shine a spotlight on vibrant and emerging events, to highlight the beautiful diversity of Mancunian nightlife, and ever-evolving styles and scenes, bringing the region’s dancefloors to living rooms across the globe’.

Bombard Groove are a collective of DJs, promoters, and producers from Manchester, providing a safe and inclusive space for people to express themselves and connect.

Dedicated to sounds spanning the world’s genres – from ‘bass driven club heat, to rare oddities and mischievous melodies’.

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A huge Mad Friday party with £2.50 drinks and FREE entry is happening in Manchester

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The liveliest night of the year is almost upon us, with thousands set to take to the streets for one giant night out for so-called ‘Mad Friday’.

Traditionally celebrated on the last Friday before Christmas (but a bit early this year), it’s one last chance for a massive knees-up and a big session with your mates before retreating into more wholesome festive activities.

And this year, Manchester will have an almighty Mad Friday party to look forward to at a huge new venue.

Love Factory, which has taken over an old warehouse near Victoria station, will be offering free entry and a belting happy hour deal as it hosts ‘a Christmas session to end all Christmas sessions’.

There will be the option to buy a £5 ticket, which will include a glass of prosecco or beer and will also provide a quality meal for someone experiencing homelessness this Christmas, thanks to Eat Well MCR – a no-brainer of a deal.

Love Factory Manchester. Credit: Jody Hartley

As well as a £2.50 happy hour on pints and prosecco (and shots for a quid) there’ll be karaoke suites and live festive funk from Ceeow, with familiar winter anthems reworked. They’re promising ‘Christmas songs without cheese’.

There’ll also be DJs spinning tunes all night, and those who want ‘a little silliness with their seasonal soirees’ can retreat into karaoke booths that can be booked for groups between 10 and 30 people.

The venue’s food traders will be on hand, including the renowned Ate Days A Week with a pulled turkey, sausage stuffing and pig-in-blanket pie.

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Love Factory’s Mad Friday Xmas Party will be in two sessions, between 5pm and 8pm and then again between 8pm and 11pm, hosted by Mrs Claus.

Tickets are free, but you can also choose the Eat Well MCR £5 ticket and provide a quality meal for someone experiencing homelessness.

Tickets for Love Factory’s Mad Friday Xmas Party are available from Skiddle here.

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