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Eken Magazine returned to Manchester during sunny June and just in time for England´s World Cup Kick-Off! Well England didn´t last long in Brazil, but the lovely feeling and experience of Manchester sure does. This time I set off myself and met up with guest writers Steven Parker & Sophia Aiello, and some of the peeps from when Eken visited Manchester last time around – with likes of the inspiring Katie Popperwell and Simon Binks to name a couple. For MANCHESTER PART II I wanted (of obvious reasons) to continue to eat and drink myself throughout the ever growing supply and selection of quality cuisine in the city, and I guarantee you I did so with it having various effects on my belly. On top of that I wanted to find out what´s on everybody’s lips and to find more interesting Manchester Profiles and experiences. Well, on that note I interviewed super cool DJ Mike Morgan from SiKe DJ´s who play´s with his DJ duo Si Jones at the hottest clubs in the city such as Sankeys and Avicci. The one thing that you could not miss people and the media talking about is the very sexy, mysterious and hot Killing Kittens extravagance sex-parties entrance up north. Yes, I did interview the Manchester Hostess Kk Jordie and she will tell you all about it right here on Eken Magazine when she returns from Marbella later on this July. On the last day of my adventure and while the sun was shining we drove in to the city for Manchester Day and it´s colourful parade walking through town.

The British Street Food Awards organised by Guerrilla Eats was taking place with yummy Street Food vendors on display at the Old Granada Studios in the city centre. It took the organisers nearly an hour to get the electricity started, but once they did, the food fiesta was on! A perfect event to a bad start and even worse finish of the day. Well, me and some mates thought that there would be no better way to kick-off Englands opening match against Costa Rica than setting up a footie match. While the testosterone was building up with around twenty lads all geared up and ready to break some sweat,  I pulled my muscle after the first touch of the ball warming up ( to note while scoring) and ended up in agony. Then for England to loose their first game of the tournament, that definitely rounded up my and Englands football performances of the Summer of 2014.




On the other side of the Old Granada Studios, ITV Fever Pitch was the place to be for the World Cup in Manchester. With free entrance and a really good friendly environment and staff, ITV have really done a good effort for the City of Manchester (and to promote future events on these grounds). Nice to see such big happenings going on in the city centre, hoping it will last before someone wants a big pay-check and allows flats to be built on the spot. Between the games on the massive screens we saw the English and Uruguayan national teams play each other over some entertaining beach football. Members of the England’s Olympic Taekwondo team where showing off some slick skills, sun shining performing Cheer Leaders and Samba Dancing Girls in exotic costumes to name a few.

I met some really talented people at the Castlefield Artisan Market. Especially Heather and James of Tanti Design who create intelligent ecologically respectful and appropriate design that is to our time and place. Wesley Harry Harding of WH Harding Photography who left his full time day job within Sales to pursuit his dream of photography. Check out his work and my interview with him here. Don Grant was another Manchester based artist with amazing talent showcasing his work. I really wanted to order some personalized work from him, but time didn´t allow me this time around (and no, it wasn´t because he was a City fan. I am not letting it slip next time around though, especially for such unique personal work for very good prices. Checkout Don Grant´s art work on his website.


I could forever write about the fantastic creative people of Manchester and all the events and activities there is on offer, though I will save some fun to be explored for yourself.


By Peter A Eldon

More from Eken in Manchester:




* City Guide of Manchester (swe)
* My Manchester – Katie Popperwell
* Manchester Made by Steven Parker
* Brand Guru Julian Stubbs on Manchester
* 24 HRS in MCR by Steven Parker
* Parking The Bus – Manchester Matchmeny (exclusive reading/swe)
* Eken on Fab Radio International