What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Easter Sunday, 27th March 2016

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What's on in the Northern Quarter, Easter Sunday, 27th March 2016, Johnny Clarke & Dub Asante, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
Johnny Clark & The Dub Asante Band

Johnny Clarke is the prototype ‘dancehall’ singer of his day, setting the foundation for future generations to come with versioning, recutting and transforming old themes into something new and current. He pioneered this thirty years back but his work still stands as an everlasting monument for an era that seemed to be almost too good to be true. He took Jamaica and the reggae scene by storm when it needed it the most; presenting a fresh, youthful and energetic style and a crisp voice. He comes to Manchester with the premier reggae backing band Dub Asante, who’ve brought the vibes for everyone from Max Romeo to Horace Andy and many more. Blood and Fire selectors will be on hand at Band On The Wall to keep you dancing all night.

8pm – 11pm / £20 adv / BUY TICKETS
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Down The Rabbit Hole, Pen & Pencil

Pen & Pencil
Easter Sunday at P&P – Bottomless Brunch & Down The Rabbit Hole

To celebrate the Easter bank holiday, the bar will be hosting an extra one-off Bottomless Brunch from Noon until 3pmon Sunday 27 March, offering unlimited food and drink from 12pm-3pm for £30. You should definitely book in advance to avoid missing out (email info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk  or call 0161 660 3).
Meanwhile they are inviting everyone to head Down The Rabbit Hole where guests are welcome to join the Mad Hatter-style tea party, with free entry all day. Guests can enjoy Easter Eggs, Mad Hatter cocktails, £3 Jagerbombs and £6 Mojitos. Manchester’s best electro funk DJs will be on the decks all day, from 12pm right through until 2am. DJs Tim Lawton, Dan Wainwright and Joey Thorrington will be taking turns to set the bar alive, blasting out some Balearic beats to keep the party going from brunch ’til dawn.
9pm – 2am / FREE / £30 for unlimited brunch
Pen & Pencil / 57 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EJ

Momus, Gullivers


Hey! Manchester are delighted to be promoting Momus’ second ever Manchester show – and his first visit in four years, which takes place at Gullivers tonight! For nearly thirty years he has been releasing, to marginal commercial and critical success, albums on labels in the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan. In his lyrics and his other writing he makes seemingly random use of decontextualised pieces of continental (mostly French) philosophy, and has built up a personal world he says is “dominated by values like diversity, orientalism, and a respect for otherness“. During the rainy season in Osaka, Momus began recording his 2015 LP, Glyptothek. This time the procedure was to start with samples from his extensive collection of Japanese folk 45s, making new songs with old sounds.

“Momus is the perfect rock star for the 21st century” – Pitchfork

“The David Bowie of the art-pop underground” – The Guardian

“One of the most provocative, intelligent songwriters around; someone who’ll tackle sexuality, (im)morality, and the sins of the world with almost embarrassing sincerity” – NME

7.30pm / £8
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Nightcreatures, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
Easter Special with The Nightcreatures

Head down to Matt & Phred’s this Easter Bank Holiday, to dance and party with their favourite New Orleans band The Nightcreatures! Here’s a chance to celebrate Mardi Gras in Manchester. Who says you need a trip to New Orleans to experience the fun! The Nightcreatures play New Orleans R&B inspired by the hit HBO series ‘Treme‘ and the recordings of Dr John, James Booker and Professor Longhair. They draw their repertoire from a varied mixture of New Orleans classics, old time blues, traditional spirituals, mardi gras and more modern songs which are all given the ‘Nightcreatures treatment‘, as well as original music. Half blues band, half brass band they have the capacity to perform in a street parade as well as on stage and deliver a driving rhythmic sound that demands their audience dance….so that’s just what you can expect to be doing if you are at Matt & Phred’s tonight. Expect beads, cocktails, parades and so much fun!

9.30pm-1am / £5 / FREE ENTRY (Standing) with an NQCard
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

The Carnabys, Night & Day

Night & Day
The Carnabys – ‘Peaches & Bleach

The Carnabys are an outstanding 5-piece band from South West London who beat over 12,000 global artists to win ‘Hard Rock Rising 2013‘. With over half a million hits on Vevo and Youtube, critically acclaimed as “one of the best support acts ever” and a snowballing live-fanbase across Europe, The Carnabys, have just released their new single, ‘Peaches and Bleach‘ on March 25, with an album hot on its heels in August. There’s a good chance The Carnabys are on the verge of being the biggest new act to explode onto the music scene this year, so why not head to Night & Day Café tonight and check out what the buzz is all about?

8pm – 2am / FREE
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Ether E, Night & Day

Night & Day
Ether E

Following the live acts at Night & Day earlier in the evening the fun continues with the Night & Day DJs. Expect music, music and more music from tonight’s DJ Ether E.

11pm – 3am / FREE
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Politburo, AATMA

Politburo Album Launch

A band called Politburo have finished an album which they think is called ‘Barrington Way‘, after one of the songs on the recording. It will be released on Easter Sunday, so today, which they feel is rather charming and thus they are playing an album launch gig at AATMA. They will be joined by a number of guests, including the wonderful Bella Figura, who will not waste your time in a disagreeable fashion. Quite the contrary. Also, their label mates, The Jungfraus, will be strutting their stuff.

9pm – 3am / £5
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Vermillion Tides, Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel
Vermillion Tides / Lunar / Ryan Jarvis / Howling Rhythm DJs

Vermillion Tides are an English psychedelic indie rock band from Halifax, formed in 2015 by guitarist and songwriter Blair Murray, vocalist Natalie Cooper-Bates and drummer James Newsome. Since forming, Vermillion Tides have been working in the recording studio with bass player Andy McKinlay and producers Andy McKerlie and Yves Altana. They are spending their Easter Sunday night with guests Lunar, Ryan Jarvis and Howling Rhythm DJs and would very much like you to join them at The Castle Hotel.

7.30pm  / £5
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

Tapes, Demdike Stare, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Tapes / Demdike Stare / Felix Hall

Moving Metals returns to Soup Kitchen and with them comes Tapes. Tapes will be both live and DJing whilst Demdike Stare will be along on decks n fx.

11pm – 3am / £7 adv / £10 otd / BUY TICKETS
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Laughing Cows

Laughing Cows Comedy is the longest running comedy club with an all female line up, certainly in the UK, possibly in Europe, maybe in the world! Tonight’s show is hosted by Kerry Leigh who is joined by Bethany Black and Kiri Pritchard McLean.

8pm – 10.30pm / £7 adv / BUY TICKETS
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street /  Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ

PB&J, Blue Pig

The Blue Pig
Easter Bank Holiday Bump!

It’s like The Pig’s resident DJs Bump and Peanut Butter & Jelly had a miraculous Easter love child, as The Blue Pig hits Bank Holiday Sunday with special guest DJ Adil from PB&J at the helm, guiding you through genres and the most dance worthy tunes on the planet! Expect superb party tunage all night long, with classics, remixes and gems.

8pm – late / FREE
The Blue Pig / 69 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1FS

Lee Majors, Odd Bar

Odd Bar
Easter Sunday with Lee Majors

No work on Monday means this is going to go off! Join Odd for a night of dancing, drinking and tunes as Lee Majors takes over the decks with a very special Easter Sunday set. One of the more prominent faces on the Manchester Hip Hop scene and in part responsible for bringing acts such as The Pharcyde, Dead Prez and Slum Village to the city, as well as supporting touring artists Xzibit, Action Bronson and Talib Kweli plus many, many more…

9pm – late / FREE
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER

Easter Weekend, Hula

Easter Sunday Special with DJ Darka

Hula legend DJ Darka is back from the big smoked for one night only! Join him in Hula for what promises to be a special Easter Sunday party…one that involves rum & fire!

5pm – 4am / FREE before 10pm
Hula / 11a Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB