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What to do after Manchester (24th) gig

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:15 pm
by RobD
So I'm going to be in Manchester for the Tuesday night gig next week; however, I miscalculated the time at which the gig will finish (likely to be around 11 apparently) and so by the time it ends I won't be able to get back to Lancaster on the train. I could book a hotel, but only if I don't want to eat for the next two weeks after. My question is: has anyone else ever been in a similar situation after a gig (or other event) and if so, what did you do about it? Try to kip in a 24-hour McDonalds? Wander the streets of the city? Just looking for any thoughts as it currently looks as if I'll have to sell the tickets and have done with it. :(

Re: What to do after Manchester (24th) gig

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:47 am
by Evan
RobD wrote:So I'm going to be in Manchester for the Tuesday night gig next week; however, I miscalculated the time at which the gig will finish (likely to be around 11 apparently) and so by the time it ends I won't be able to get back to Lancaster on the train. I could book a hotel, but only if I don't want to eat for the next two weeks after. My question is: has anyone else ever been in a similar situation after a gig (or other event) and if so, what did you do about it? Try to kip in a 24-hour McDonalds? Wander the streets of the city? Just looking for any thoughts as it currently looks as if I'll have to sell the tickets and have done with it. :(

I have. In Manchester. In winter. We went to a club night and then basically hung around the bus station waiting for the first coach back to London. It wasn't a huge amount of fun and I would not really recommend it. That said, was a great gig and arguably worth it.

Re: What to do after Manchester (24th) gig

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:37 pm
by Kirsty
I'll be going to the Manchester gig on the Monday, but fortunately getting a lift home after, otherwise I would have had to leave early to catch the last train. Looks like even Travelodges are a rip off on the Tuesday night, but if it's a one-off probably worth it rather than hanging around Manchester in the cold. Or, try to swap your tickets for the Monday night and get a Travelodge for £45 instead of £80. Other than that I suppose try and find a bar open until the early hours then get the 5am train back to Lancaster on Wednesday. Or, National Express coaches leave Manchester coach station at 1:10am on the Wednesday to Lancaster, so you would only have 2 hours to kill between the gig and getting a coach back - not too bad.

Sorry, I realise that wasn't much help.

Re: What to do after Manchester (24th) gig

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:32 pm
by RobD
Kirsty wrote:I'll be going to the Manchester gig on the Monday, but fortunately getting a lift home after, otherwise I would have had to leave early to catch the last train. Looks like even Travelodges are a rip off on the Tuesday night, but if it's a one-off probably worth it rather than hanging around Manchester in the cold. Or, try to swap your tickets for the Monday night and get a Travelodge for £45 instead of £80. Other than that I suppose try and find a bar open until the early hours then get the 5am train back to Lancaster on Wednesday. Or, National Express coaches leave Manchester coach station at 1:10am on the Wednesday to Lancaster, so you would only have 2 hours to kill between the gig and getting a coach back - not too bad.

Sorry, I realise that wasn't much help.
That was actually a great help, thanks. :) The National Express option is really tempting (or the Megabus from the Shudehill Exchange at 1:30), bit of a trek possibly but it'll kill some of the time. I was on the verge of cancelling but now I'm really torn.

Re: What to do after Manchester (24th) gig

Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:30 pm
by Kirsty
No problem. Hope you make it to the gig tomorrow. Make sure you take something warm and dry though if you're hanging around for a coach after.