Tickets now on sale

Hello! After careful consideration, we have decided to extend the amount of sessions over four days, IMBC 2013 will take place at the same venue, Victoria Baths.

Tickets are now on sale via eventbrite.

We decided to sell a very limited amount of weekend tickets this year, there are only 50 available priced at £33 each, they give you access to ALL the sessions. ‘Lite Session’ tickets start from as little as £6 (including fees).

Session times and prices are as follows :

Thursday 10th October
5.30pm – 11.30pm / £6

Friday 11th October
5.30pm – 11.30pm / £11.50

Saturday 12th October
11am – 4.30pm / £8.50
5.30pm – 11.30pm / £11.30

Sunday 13th October
12pm – 6.30pm / £8.50

Weekender / Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th / £33

* all prices include booking fees

Session times for IMBC 2013

Hello! We have decided to extend the amount of sessions over four days, IMBC 2013 will take place at the same venue, Victoria Baths.

Thanks for all your support this year, it’s been great!

All the best – team IMBC Read More >

Dates for 2013

We are proud to announce we will be back at Victoria Baths in 2013, the dates will be Thursday 10th until Sunday 13th October 2013.

Tickets will be on sale from March 1st 2013.

Session times and more information will be announced real soon.


Victoria Baths – a potted history by Claudia Asch

Designed and built by Manchester’s first city architect, Henry Price (1867-1944), plans for the Victoria Baths were set in motion in 1897. Provision of baths as a public service had begun in the mid 1850s, and the first Turkish bath opened in London in 1862, with Bradford and Ashton-under-Lyne following suit in 1865 and 1870, respectively (Conservation Plan 2004, 14). Construction of Victoria Baths began in 1902 , the building cost £59,000, exceeding its original budget.

Manchester’s water palace was opened to much public fanfare in 1906. It features two swimming pools for men, first class, and second class, one for women, as well as a Turkish bath and several private baths. Mixed swimming was introduced in 1922. Manchester’s public baths were hugely popular, with over 2 million visitors recorded during 1928 (Conservation Plan 2004, 23). In 1952, the first public aerotone (jacuzzi) in the UK was installed at Victoria baths.

During the winter, the pool floors were covered to allow dancing. Particularly impressive are the building’s stain glass windows and its overall renaissance style, combined in the red bricks and yellow terracotta, typical for Edwardian times. The terracotta was not only colourful, but could also be easily cleaned, critical in an industrial city like Manchester at the time. Some of the windows show sport scenes, but perhaps curiously, not swimming. The building was first listed Grade II* in January 1983.

In March 1993 Manchester Council closed the baths, but the ‘Friends of the Baths’ and the ‘Victoria Baths Trust’, which formed in the aftermath of the closure took up the campaign to save the building from neglect. Volunteers now run the shop and café, and they have raised more than £50,000 to restore some of the stain glass windows. In 2003, the BBC broadcast Restoration, a competition of buildings across the country in need of restoration grants. The Victoria Baths claimed victory, as voted by the public, and received £3 million, the largest boost to restoration efforts thus far. In 2004, the Trust commissioned a conservation plan.

Needless to say, IndyManBeerCon plans to contribute to the restoration fund, to keep this beautiful venue open to visitors, and host to many great events! Be sure to take a look at the photo blog, too.

Further reading:

Victoria Baths – our first visit / photo blog

We visited Victoria Baths the other week, doing a bit of reece, measuring up tables / bar space and generally having a good look around. Can’t wait for you all to see how wonderful the space is  going to be, once it has been filled with amazing beer and food it will be ideal!

We took a few sneaky pics of the venue, plus Jay Krause (Quantum Brewery) sent us this amazing picture (above).

Looking forward! – IMBC 2012