Saturday 12 May – Beats Rhymes & Life

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2022NQ presents

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest Film Screening.

Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ have kept a generation hungry for more of their groundbreaking music since their much publicized breakup in 1998. Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows the band to this day. He explores what’s next for, what many claim, are the pioneers of alternative rap.
With DJ’s Gareth Brooks (XFM) & Juicy DJ’s
Free entry

Doors open 6pm. First come first served. Limited capacity.

Last entry at 8.00pm / Free
2022NQ / 20 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB


Black Sea State

Debut album launch. There’ll be four bands, DJ support from Toto Tonks, and one major character will die. In short, it could be the best night of your life, and all for the price of £3 (or, for those organised people who want to get their tickets in advance, £2 – drop them a message).

11pm-4am / £2/3
Kraak / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / M1 1DB

Matt & Phreds

N’awlins Nightcrawlers

Premier of a new project from master of the keys Henry Botham.

You can expect a formidable night of rhythm and Blues, Funk and Second Line straight from the Crescent City New Orleans. Half blues band, half brass band, Henry and his chums take us through material from Dr John, James Booker, Professor Longhair and Rebirth Brass Band as well as giving the New Orleans treatment to some classics and more modern favourites. Featuring piano, guitar, vocal, drums, sousaphone, trumpet and trombone.

As featured in the picture above – you can expect a tribute to Dr John, Professor Longhair and James Booker.

9.30pm – 1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Band on the Wall

Shake n Bake feat. DJs Martin The Mod + Coops

It’s live two tone, rocksteady, ska and skankin’ style into the early hours as Shake ‘n Bake DJs Martin the Mod and Coops play a pork pie hatful of rudeboy sounds until 3am. Free entry too!

DJs Martin The Mod & Coops Playlist:

The Skatalites, Tommy McCook, Prince Buster, Blue Beat, Desmond Dekkar, The Ethiopians, Laurel Aitken, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Larry & Alvin, Dandy Livingstone, The Upsetters, the Mohawks, Toots & The Maytals, The Wailers, The Specials, the Beat, Jimmy Cliff, Dave & Ansell Collins, Coxsone, Studio 1, Treasure Isle,Top Deck, Trojan ’69, Curtis Mayfield, Edwin Starr, The Meters, Eddie Bo, Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino,Robert Parker, Otis Redding, Jonnie Taylor, Arthur Conley, Alvin Cash, BB King, Elmore James, Slim Harpo, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Lavern Baker, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Etta James, Rufus Thomas, Joe Tex, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, The Coasters & many more!

This event will begin at 9pm but the Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open earlier for drinks and good times.

9.00pm / Free
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester


The Cribs Official Aftershow DJ Set

11pm-4am / £5 Adv
Moho Live / Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Soup Kitchen

Drowned in Sound present – I Like Trains

DiS and Soup Kitchen are proud to present one of just three UK shows for Leeds’ I Like Trains around the release of their third album ‘The Shallows,’ which comes out on May 7th.

The record is a document of their love/hate relationship with a modern world obsessed with technological advances. ‘The Shallows’ explores relationships with technology. Set to a dark motorik pulse and haunted by machines, production duties were handed to Richard Formby, celebrated for his work on the Mercury nominated Two Dancers by Wild Beasts. It deals with themes of information overload, charts a history of how our tools have shaped us, and asks how our recent reliance on digital technology to obtain information has changed the way we think and retain knowledge.

Support also comes from across the Pennines in the form of the tremendous Heart-Ships.

10pm-3.30am / £8
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF

Mint Lounge

Funkademia takes place every Saturday to a consistently full house, feeding a friendly crowd with a diet of pure unadulterated soul-funk. We bill our night as a ‘chronological history of soul’ with our dj collective taking you on a journey through four decades of the very best soul, funk, disco and hip-hop with a touch of smooth r and b and some big house classics. Funkademia does sell out most weeks so you are advised to either arrive early or purchase advance tickets, this way you can avoid the queues or even the sold out sign.

This Northern Quarter stalwart sells out most weeks so you’re advised to either arrive early or purchase advance tickets.

10.30pm – 3.30am / £5 adv /£6
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester


Mondo Pop!

Mof Gimmers shares his love of outlandish pop music at his weekly, Saturday night musical variety show, Mondo Pop! Spinning soul, funk, disco, pop, rock and more from across the ages, expect cheeky cover versions of songs you know and songs you haven’t heard for ages, but wish you had. Good vibes and dancing to be had ’til late! “Dancing on tables encouraged”.

9pm – 3am / free before 10 / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester


Pumping Iron

A night of Nu Cosmic Italio, Vintage Avant Garde Disco and Lo Fi Rhythmic Punk Funk.

Free entry before 10pm / £2 after
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / M4 1HW

Ruby Lounge

Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures is Manchester’s biggest, boldest, brashest and best night out. Packed with relentlessly energetic djs, bedazzling dance troupes and speciality performers galore, over seven years it has established itself as the capital of the north’s number one top spot for a P.A.R.T.Y.

“It’s infectious and theatrical and rousing and makes you want to dance yourself silly” The Telegraph

As the sun finally bursts through the grey of an unnecessarily drawn out winter (apart from that mad week when we got to wear shorts in March), hope springs eternal from an underground source of energetic, euphoric and GLORIOUS wonder that brings joy to all of Manchester. No mean feat, but then this is no average night out we’re talking.

Yes good friends, Guilty Pleasures the unabashed hedonistic hoo-ha of a mega party is bursting into your lives with a signature pop spectacular bringing a myriad of music magic to the Ruby Lounge stage on Saturday May 12th with a line up of excitable DJs and performers to make your Saturday swing like you could only ever dream of!

11pm / £6
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester