By kate at 14 October, 2009, 11:35 am
In the past, the Manchester Blog Awards night has been a rather leisurely affair. The kind of thing where you can just roll up on the night and buy a ticket at the door with nary a care in the world. This year, however, seems like it might be a little different.
We’ve sold more advance tickets than at this time last year. The event has become more widely known, and looks set to draw a bigger audience than ever before. Now, we expected this and that’s part of the reason we moved to a more spacious venue. But if you want to be positively sure of getting in, play it safe and get your tickets in advance from Band on the Wall, either over the internets here or in person at the venue box office (saves you 50p in booking fees!)
The seating will be cabaret-style with tables and chairs and plenty of standing room at the back. And if the main floor gets too cramped, there’s always the mezzanine. But if you’re the kind of person who worries a lot about having a comfortable perch and likes to get there early to get good seats, be there when the doors open at seven. And you can hang out in the adjoining Picturehouse bar if you arrive early. But remember, if you want the whole table you have to buy a £395 bottle of cognac. (No, we’re kidding. As if.)
Don’t worry, we may have moved to a bigger venue but the ethos of the night remains the same as it ever was – relaxed, friendly and casual. There will be no tablecloths. There will be no prawn cocktail with marie rose sauce, no napkins folded to resemble swans. Were you a bit worried about that? It’s okay, you’re safe to come in jeans and trainers.