First Chop Brewing Arm opened up its doors under the arches in Salford for Forever Manchester’s club night Chop Beats Forever on Friday 28th February.

It raised over £1,100 with special support from Manchester artists. The owners rolled back the barrels in the small red brick brewery to make room for a decent crowd to dance to the early hours to ska, funk and soul. Two-piece sequencer blues band Walk played an eclectic set followed by the popular Beat Boutique DJs who spun disco classics until late.

The night was organised by FM ambassador Kathleen O’Connor who says, “I was so impressed by all the amazing ideas the other ambassadors were coming up with to raise money and profile for the charity and I wanted to do my part too.

“The venue is totally different to anywhere else at the moment, which is part of the appeal. The fact that Rik [First Chop owner] offered it for free and is giving all the profits from the evening to the charity sealed the deal. I can’t believe how generous everyone has been. The DJs and the band are doing it for free, Holden and Sons designed the flyers at no cost and everyone involved with Forever Manchester has been great at promoting the event.”

Big props to Kathleen and everyone else involved with the night, and thanks to everyone who attended.