Potentially one of the most unbearable days of the year, Valentine’s Day can be a real struggle. If you’re single, the crushing misery of being alone is shoved down your throat. If you’re in a couple, the crushing misery of being in a couple is shoved down your throat. Plus you have to buy teddy bears made out of fluffy hearts just to show you’re, y’know, in love or whatever. Grim.
There’s also the added cost of a day like Valentine’s – we had a tip-off from one disgruntled customer who tried to book a table at The Italian Club Fish, only to be told there was a £10 ‘non-refundable deposit’ (so, er, not a deposit) just for the privilege of having a table on V-Day – and they’re definitely not the only establishment guilty of inflating prices. Well, sod that.
Because we love you, our readers, with all our heart and soul and with every fibre of our being, here’s five ways to ditch soul-destroying Valentine’s misery and have a better – and cheaper – night out.
FONDNESS at Wolstenholme Creative Space
Fancy something beautifully loud? Postmusic, one of the city’s best forward-thinking promoters, takes over the Wolstenholme Creative Space for FONDNESS: an evening of thrilling, boundary-pushing creativity. French guitar ‘n’ drums duo Vialka headline with wild, energetic pop, with a supporting cast of local’uns Americans, spoken word king Paul Tarpey, Mango Shank, and Mark Greenwood/Jon Davis. A packed evening of genre-hopping fun, and best of all? It’s a mere £3 donation to get in.
Wolstenholme Creative Space, Wolstenholme Square
Simon Munnery at Unity Theatre
Comedian Munnery’s been plying his wares on the comedy circuit for a number of years, and it’s finally starting to come to fruition for him: appearances on Stuart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, sold out shows and a raft of appearances on Radio 1 and Radio 4 mean his star’s on the rise. Eccentric, sometimes bittersweet and – rather importantly, for a stand-up – really hilarious.
Unity Theatre, Hope Place
Little Shop Of Horrors at FACT
What better way to say ‘seriously mate, screw you’ to Valentine’s than with a funny, camp and riotous double bill of movies? First up you get classic 1986 comedy-musical Little Shop Of Horrors, with a career-defining comic turn by Rick Moranis. After that, it’s the schlock-rock camp of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Shown as part of Queerfest. Dressing up recommended.
FACT, Wood St
Philosophy in Pubs at the Bluecoat
Our favourite discussion group get-together heads to the Bluecoat for an afternoon called ‘Love, Sex and Romance?’. If you’ve not heard of Philosophy in Pubs before, it’s a loose gathering that aims to chew the fat over specific topics in an informal setting. Expect the concept of Valentine’s, and society’s approach to love and romance, to be well and truly pondered at this meeting of minds. Join in or just go and soak up the debate – it’s free.
The Bluecoat, School Lane
1pm – 2.30pm, Free
High Places at Shipping Forecast
LA-via-New York duo High Places head to the city the 14th, brought here by always-on-it local promoters Harvest Sun. The twosome make organic electronic pop music that’s weirdly appropriate for a day like the 14th – vocalist Mary’s swooning, aching vocals over propulsive, clattering beats means their tracks veer between romantic, immersive and danceable.
Shipping Forecast, Slater St
Win! Tickets to see High Places
We’ve got a handful of tickets to the above High Places gig on the 14th. To be in with a chance of winning, do one of the following:
– Send an email with the subject ‘High Places’ along with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org
– Retweet this tweet
We’ll pick winners at random on Monday 13th February.