About us

Shangri La!, Prestwich’s premier alternative cabaret show, has been bringing joy, love, talent and culture to the good people of North Manchester since 2007.

It’s not for profit, as we think it’s important that we pay all our talented acts, and serves up a monthly smorgasboard of music, short theatre, spoken word, poetry, film, dance, standup, Europe’s most rubbish raffle AND a dirty disco at the end.

Only a tenner in for 4 acts and the best night out ever.  VALUE.

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The Spring Sha La! 19 April 2024

Gary Morris

GaryMorris Co-founder of the character-cabaret team 'Slaughterhouse Live', Gary Morris has been performing character comedy for over 20 years with creations such as children's author Beryl Haines, War Poet 2nd Lieutenant Walter Melons and PowerPoint-crazed lifestyle guru Dave Media. Described by The List as "pulsating with enough anarchic energy to power a small European principality."

Chris Tavener

ChrisTavener Jangly-guitar rock and a biting sense of humour meet in the storytelling songs of Chris Tavener. A theatrical musician with an acerbic wit, Tavener writes his lyrics from the perspective of flawed characters that he draws from 21st century life. His cynical social commentary, dressed in punchy guitar-driven rock and acoustic ballads has won him acclaim from BBC 6 Music and multiple BBC Introducing stations.


Klosh Genre-bending outliers, Klosh occupy a space somewhere between avant-garde, pop and electronic dance music. Their twisted beats, wonky synths and feminist lyrics combine to move body and mind in surprising and visceral ways. If Tuneyards & Self Esteem had a baby, it might sound a bit like this!

Brandon Lee Webb

BrandonLeeWebb British songsmith Brandon Lee Webb will be joined by Dan Brownrigg on guitars and Michael Holcroft on percussion. Their blend of electric/acoustic blues rock is a little more Kelly Joe Phelps than it is Mississippi John Hurt, throw in a touch of John Martyn and a dab of The Doors and you’re getting close. Expect passionate, powerful vocals, soaring slide lines and smooth melodic bass. www.brandonleewebb.co.uk for more.


Pamela DeMenthe The Doyenne of Erotic Fiction, Pamela DeMenthe, returns to Shangri-La to present her new, exclusive Halloween themed novel: Enter Me! “A non-stop ride of hilarity” Fringe Feed *** “A wonderful character study” Wee Review **** “Brilliantly crafted and intelligent comedy” ***** Quays Life Magazine Gideon Conn Local artist Gideon Conn foregoes his usual […]

Friday 23 March 2023
October 4, 2023

Blue Java Mellow, left-field groovers, Blue Java are up and a coming atcha! Original stuff inspired, apparently, by the desire to move. We like that. Think Belle and Sebastian meets Johnathan Richman. No ‘find out more’ links as they are literally hot off the press. Catch them first at the La! Pico Yes. The sponge […]

Friday 16 December 2022
January 17, 2023

Musician, writer, quizmaster, voice-over artiste and bon viveur , Richard Barry has played with the likes of Dr Feelgood, The Sex Pistols, Spear of Destiny, the Buzzcocks, the Stranglers, Arlo Guthrie and Kiki Dee! Don’t let him go breaking your heart!            https://richardbarry.bandcamp.com/ Northern post punk melodic high energy toe tapping singalong ukelele bangers. ‘Nuff said.

Friday 10 December 2021
January 24, 2022

A national treasure with a universal aim and a voice like a ‘melting pot of sonic bliss’, Kirk delivers urban folk which captures people’s hearts and moves minds and bodies. He joins us from his current tour promoting his new album “You Are Not Your Past” on Manchester WorldFolk label Limefield and is joined by […]

Friday 17 September 2021
November 22, 2021

George Borowski George is nothing less than a music legend. He’s played with some of the biggest and the best over the years in an eclectic career spanning everything from Sad Cafe to Meatloaf. He will be joined by Mora, a talented songstress with a gorgeous songbird voice, who just happens to be his daughter. Find […]

Friday 28 February 2020
March 10, 2020

Stephen Ellis We welcome back the poignant, beautiful yet oh so angry songwriting talent that is Stephen Ellis with a new collection of tracks from his recent EP covering love lost, demons gained and a highly apt-for-our times ‘song about the end of the world’. It’s melody for the masses, folks, and we love him. […]

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Shangri La! supports the Carlton Club but it needs your regular patronage too


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The Carlton Club, 279 Bury Old Road, Prestwich M25 1JA.



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