What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 10th March 2017

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Stage & Radio
Bad Fun presents General Ludd

The crew from Bad Fun are set to hit the ground running for their first show at Stage and Radio where they will be bringing the best of eclectic, groove-based dance music whilst debuting experimental visuals and performance art. General Ludd was born from a community of musicians in Glasgow, making tracks for underground parties and nightclubs around the world. McMaster and Marshallsay’s pedigree got them noticed by storied New York label Mister Saturday Night, who released their debut EP in early 2014 and a further two more since then. Whichever direction they go in McMaster and Marshallsay’s records are always effective enough to see them safely into the bags of DJs around the world, while also being weird and fun enough to make home listening a pleasure too. At Bad Fun’s specific request, the duo will be bringing their disco collection down to grace your lucky ears. Joining them are Brighton based producer Jona Sul and Manchester regular Jonjo Williams.

10pm – 4am / £8 adv / GET TICKETS
Stage & Radio / 43 Port Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EQ

Band On The Wall
Pillars of Hip-Hop featuring Abstract Orchestra

Back by popular demand after their huge sold out show in February – Abstract Orchestra Does Dilla! But that’s not all – for this unique celebration of hip-hop culture, the Abstract Orchestra will perform a range of works from Dilla Dawg’s back catalogue, plus a bonus set of classics from the hip-hop canon, featuring much loved Dre, Ugly Duckling, Tribe and more. This show falls one day after the 20th anniversary of the death of another hip-hop luminary, The Notorious B.I.G – so join them at Band On The Wall for a massive celebration of all things old school. Keeping the vibes going til late, Taste the Diff’rence DJs and Jamie Groovement take over the decks, celebrating the cream of the culture until the early hours.

7.30pm – late / £10.50 adv / BUY TICKETS
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

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Whiskey Jar
Stay Tuned: Battle of the Bands

This fantastic night at The Whiskey Jar will feature some of Manchester’s best upcoming bands, going head to head to win the battle! Heading into battle are Good Foxy, The Prions, The Maitlands, Blewes and Palace Motion (and more besides). The aim of this event is to raise money and awareness for After Adoption and all ticket sales will go straight to After Adoption, along with the money raised from a raffle on the night.

7pm – Midnight / £5 adv / BUY TICKETS
Whiskey Jar / 16 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

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Soup Kitchen
King Salami & The Cumberland Three

King Salami & The Cumberland Three is London’s greatest and most sensational Rhythm’n’Blues-Punk band. And this is a band that truly represents London, being a mongrel mix of Caribbean, France, Japan and Spain. With a repertoire influenced by many of the great songs of the ’50s and ’60s made to sound fresh and new to modern ears, you won’t be able to help but move your feet when the Cumberland Three are blasting out of your speakers.  Whether on stage or on record this is one of the most exciting bands in rock’n’roll right now. Don’t miss them in the basement at Soup Kitchen.

7.30pm / £8 adv
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

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Soup Kitchen
Banana Hill with Analog Africa Soundsystem

Banana Hill are super excited that they are bringing their favourite ever reissue label Analog Africa over for two rare UK appearances, one of which is this show at Soup Kitchen. Spending a lot of time travelling & unearthing some of the globes’ most incredible music means it’s taken Banana Hill nearly 18 months to pin them down and fly them over from their Frankfurt home. Expect the very finest raw, funky and psychedelic tropical sounds from Africa & Latin America.

11pm – 4am / £10 adv / More OTD / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

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Vince Atta: Loopzilla

Big loops and belly laughs aplenty at Gullivers as Vince Atta brings home the incredible Loopzilla fringe show for one night only! Unique loop skills combine brilliantly with natural stand-up and characters for what is quite a show.

“One of the circuit’s most promising acts” ~ The Guardian

7.30pm – Midnight / £7 adv / BUY TICKETS
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

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Three Minute Theatre
Last Race Home

Join Last Race Home for their first single launch at the 3 Minute Theatre NQ, with songs of love, lust & drunken foolery, with hand-picked bands in support! That support comes from Transmitters, Dave Broomhead Band and Daz Mckenna.

7pm – 11.30pm / £7 Adv / £8 / BUY TICKETS
Three Minute Theatre / Afflecks Arcade / 35-39 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JG

Kaze, castle hotel

The Castle Hotel

Kaze are a lively pop band with influences from all eras. They like to think that if Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan and Lilly Allen were to meet in a bar and drink 3 pints of Becks, they would have come out with something like this! This gig at The Castle Hotel is their EP launch and is going to be a big landmark for the band so far!

8pm / £5
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

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The Ruby Lounge
Ferocious Dog

Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. Check them out at The Ruby Lounge tonight.

7.30pm – 11pm / £13.50 adv / BUY TICKETS
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

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Night & Day
Dead Pretties

Nice Swan Records and Strange Days Present – Dead Pretties, The Lightning Year, Panzer Chocolate and Queen Zee at Night & Day.

7.30pm – 11pm / FREE / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

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Night & Day
Let’s Make This Precious: “Hatful of Hollow”

After a really great launch in February Let’s Make This Precious are back at Night & Day for a Hatful of Hollow Special! Over the course of the night they’ll play every track from the Smiths’ ‘Hatful of Hollow‘, along with all the stuff they usually play.

“A truly cohesive floor-filling experience” ~ Manchester Evening News

11pm / £4
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

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Matt & Phreds
The Dirty Bourbon River Show

Matt & Phreds have got a special treat for you tonight as the Dirty Bourbon River Show lands in M&P’s from the good old US of A! The Dirty Bourbon River Show deftly melds sounds that range from hard-edged blues to Lisztian piano driven ballads to New Orleans brass into a result that is truly a blast of new energy into the musical landscape. Dirty Bourbon grabs hold of audiences, fascinated by their eccentricity and dexterity coupled with their ability to harken back to by-gone eras in music.

9.30pm – 1am / £5 / FREE entry (standing) for NQCard holder
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW


Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops ’17 with Mark Scott & Gus Gorman

Top Of The Pops keeps up with the Friday night tradition of providing a fantastic selection of music at Mint Lounge to kick start your weekend, with their resident DJs playing an “explosive extravaganza” of dance floor gems, long lasting classics & party starters “guaranteed to make you dance yourself ditzy”!

“From Beyonce to Blondie, to The Killers & Jackson’s Thriller with healthy measures of guilty pleasures…we love the nightlife!”

10.30pm – 4am / £3 / BUY TICKETS / Queue jump & FREE entry for NQCard holder & a guest
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

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Boogie on down at the Peer Hat underneath Aatma to your favourite ye-ye, Italo Disco, new wave and post-punk bangerz from across the continent for Strip-Tease.

11pm – 4am / £3 otd
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Phil Ellis presents Danny Deegan, Chris McAusland and John Hastings for The Frog and Bucket‘s flagship Friday night show, Barrel of Laughs. The show goes on until 2am with one of the Frog’s resident DJ’s.

7pm / £17 adv / £13 adv concessions / More otd / BUY TICKETS
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street /  Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ

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Pen & Pencil
Fridays at P&P

Pen & Pencil entertain drinkers on the weekends with a rotating selection of fine DJs. Tonight manning the decks are Trashorama’s Keith Jones from 5pm with a pick n mix of disco, funk, soul, pop, re-edits, mashups, electro, electronic bleeps, chug, house, techno and more, followed by Dutch Uncles’ Duncan Wallis with a mix of some new wave, indie and alternative tunes from 8pm.

5pm – 2am / FREE
Pen & Pencil / 57 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EJ

Lost in Tokyo

Lost In Tokyo
Tokyo Fridays!

Get lost with Lost In Tokyo‘s resident superstar DJ spinning Disco & Funk classics and topping it off with huge Hip Hop jams for all the kawaii cats to let loose to! There’s free entry as well as 2 cocktails for £10 every night of the week from 4pm – 10pm (excluding hard hitters). Dress well, dress code is smart casual.

5pm – 3am / FREE
Lost In Tokyo / 26b Lever Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DW

NoHo Bar, Northern Quarter

Friday at NoHo

The Northern Quarter’s “Hippest Boogie Den”, NoHo‘s resident DJs crank up the beats and unleash the classics onto the floor of revellers before them. From high in the DJ control deck he witnesses the shapes, the struts and the boogies as he plays out 80?s soul, funk, disco, rare groove & boogie. You will be moved and if you need to reserve an area or a table so you have your own personal spot then get in touch with the bar.

5pm – 3am / FREE
NoHo / Corner Stevenson Square & Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1FB

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Eastern Bloc
Process Signal

For their Process/Signal Phantom Planet blowout on March 10th, they’ll be kicking things off with aplomb at the superb Eastern Bloc Records for a pre-party knees up. Bevvies and tunes from an earlier hour – what’s not to like!? Chipping in and jumping on’t decks will be Kerrie, Draze and Process/Signal Residents.

6pm – 11pm /  FREE
Eastern Bloc / 5a Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DN

Ignition, Hula

Ignition starring Gareth Brooks

Head down to Hula for a night filled with and fueled by rum. Expect a wild mix of tiki fun like nowhere else and of course a fantastic soundtrack of old school Hip Hop & R’n’B provided by everyone’s favourite ex-XFM DJ, Mr Gareth Brooks. Get there early, avoid the inevitable queue. TAPS AFF!

9pm – 4am
Hula / 11a Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Fizz Face Friday, Black Dog Ballroom NQ

Black Dog Ballroom
Friday Fizz Face with Clint Boon

Black Dog have Fizz Face Friday, with Clint Boon at the helm. Clint, cheap drinks and great music; what more do you want?!

5pm – 4am / FREE before 11pm
Black Dog Ballroom / Corner Tib & Church Street/ Northern Quarter / Manchester, M4 1PW

DJ Leo Menace, Blue Pig

Blue Pig
Fridays with DJ Leo Menace

Head to The Blue Pig for Hip-Hop, RnB, House, Disco, Electro, Soul and anything that makes you get up and dance with Friday resident DJ Leo Menace. Mixing dancefloor filling classics, new gems and re-mixes, Leo is known for producing a unique, genre-hopping sound that’s seen him play in clubs, festivals, bars and parties all over the country, from Notting Hill Carnival in London to Tramlines in Sheffield and The Ritz and Sankeys in Manchester. Plus enjoy an all day Happy Hour with £5 cocktails (Noon-close) and £10 house wine & £3 Amstel pint (12-9pm)

9pm – late / FREE
The Blue Pig / 69 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1FS

Lee Majors, Odd Bar

Odd Bar
RnB, Hip Hop, Soul & Funk

Stepping away from giving their Friday night slot a name, Odd Bar simply bring to you the very best of old school hip hop, R’n’B and downright party starters with DJs Lee Majors (1st & 3rd Friday of the month) and Nic Zube (2nd & 4th Friday).

Nic Zube, Odd Bar
9pm – close / FREE
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER

Friday Live Sessions, Hold Fast

Hold Fast
Friday Live Sessions

Every Friday Hold Fast have live musicians playing from 8pm offering a perfect way to wind down after a week’s work or wind up for the coming weekend ahead. The live music is followed by their resident DJ playing old skool Hip Hop, disco, dance and classics.

7pm – 3am / FREE
Hold Fast / 50 Newton Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EA

NQ Social, Trof

NQ Social

The after work drinking spectacular that is the After Work Social takes place each and every Friday from 5pm at Trof offering up an extended happy hour & good times to boot!

5pm – 9pm / FREE
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1EU

Dig It, Trof

Dig It!

Come celebrate the start of the weekend at Trof NQ as they provide “guaranteed good times” at Dig It! They’ve got all the classic hip hop, motown, soul, funk, reggae, and let’s not forget the guilty pleasures, that you can handle. All this served up by regular DJ’s on rotation including Kev Swindells, Jim Spratling and more.

9pm – 3am / FREE
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1EU

Twenty Twenty Two

Twenty Twenty Two

Down in the basement at Twenty Twenty Two you find all night partying, ping pong, beer pong and reckless behaviour. Enjoy the good vibes until 4am with a soundtrack of Rap, RnB, Disco, Grooves, Garage, House and Bashment with DJs on rotation – Stylus, Bad Osiris, Klepto, Darka and Murkage Dave, with the odd special guest thrown into the mix too.

10pm – 4am / FREE
Twenty Twenty Two / 20 – 22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ

Good Vibes, Dry

Dry Bar
Good Vibes

Friday night is changing for the better at Dry Bar as they bring us good times at Good Vibes, a mix of funk, disco, soul, indie, R’n’B, house, pop and dance. If it gets you singing and dancing then it’s getting played! Good vibes indeed!

9pm – 4am / FREE
Dry Bar / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Soulero, Bay Horse

Bay Horse Pub

Soulero is all about the music. The new night in the new The Saddle Club in the basement at The Bay Horsehas resident DJ’s on rotation; Peter Jay (Electriks), Lee Andrews (Chips with Everything) and Baggy (Emotional Pop). After work shufflers, through to late night belters and everything in between.

8pm-1am / FREE
The Bay Horse Pub / 35-37 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1NA