Occupied a few months ago, the Archways squat quickly became the hub for Mancunian Space Invaders plotting towards the days of action. A second room next door was intended as the central venue for the weekend. But it was evicted shortly before.
(2) The new Basement?
The squat that was actually used as a venue for the weekend's events is a beautifully spacious building in Hulme. It's occupied by a few punks and used as a social centre. So far it has hosted a successful punk gig and provided hot meals for visitors.
(3) Jackson's Wharf
A hundred people occupied this old pub collectively after a 'free spaces' protest in the city centre on Saturday. It was turned into a drinking den again for a couple of hours but then abandoned.
(4) The furniture warehouse
This was supposed to be the big finale. A soundsystem had set up in the Ancoats warehouse and it's claimed that 500 people made it into the rave before 1 o'clock. But a large-scale police operation prevented 300 more revellers to enter and the whole thing was shut down by 2 o'clock.