What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 11th March 2016

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What's on in the Northern Quarter, Friday 11th March 2016, Liines, Darma, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Liines / Darma / Spares / Psyblings

Its up to the bands to get things kicked off at Soup Kitchen tonight with four of the finest taking to the stage in the basement. Headlining the show are Liines with their unique blend of post-punk. Joining them as support are Darma, Spares and Psyblings.

6.30pm – 10pm / £7 adv / BUY TICKETS
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Chow Down, Mr Mitch, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Chow Down with Mr Mitch

Chow Down bring up the head honcho of Gobstopper Records, Mr Mitch, to party with them following the success of their 5th birthday party. For their return to Soup Kitchen they have Grizzle, Fallow and Craig Ad there in support of Mr Mitch.

11pm – 4am / £5 adv / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Blossoms, Antics, Night & Day

Night & Day
Antics Club Night

Since late 2011, Antics has been showcasing the best new bands that most of your family would probably hate. It all started at The Ferret in Preston and now it’s making waves here at Night & Day Café instead. Tonight they have some awesome guests, so if live music from some of the best bands about (Lusts, Savage Goth and Silver Vials) isn’t enough for you, after they’ve finished at 11pm, the night goes from showcase to party as tonight very special guests and Antics favourites Blossoms take over the decks until the Antics DJs take you on into the early hours of the morning.

8pm – 3am / £5 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Mr Wilson's Second Liners, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

Never has Matt & Phred’s felt more like a cross between a New Orleans Dive mixed in with the hey day of Manchester’s infamous Hacienda night club. If you missed the 90’s in Manchester, Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners will take you back to an era missed by almost every Mancunian who raved! Quintessential New Orleans meets 90s club classics. In New Orleans, funerals are celebrated in style, with noisy brass bands processing through the streets. The main section of the parade is known as First Line, but the real fun starts with the Second Line, those who follow the band to enjoy the music, marching with the musicians and twirling parasols or waving handkerchiefs. Welcome to Second Lining. This is going to be another top night!

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

Giggle Dungeon, Castle Hotel

The Giggle Dungeon

The Giggle Dungeon is coming to Manchester bringing their crew of stand-up comedians to takeover Gullivers. After an amazing run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival they’re celebrating the beginning of this new venture in a new venue by putting this show on entirely free. Hosting the show will be The Queen of The Giggle Dungeon, Amy Vreeke, and ccompanying The Queen will be the best up and coming acts on the manchester circuit including Simon Lomas, Ellen Tomlinson and Stephanie Laing!

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

James & The Ultrasounds, Gullivers

Hey! Manchester presents James & The UltraSounds

On a given night in midtown Memphis one can find any number of different rock bands thrashing out riffs and tossing off lyrics as fast as the thirsty audience members pour down cheap beers. Amidst the dim lights, heat and discordant blend of conversation and sharp chord progressions emerging from venues like the Hi Tone, the Buccaneer Lounge and Bar DKDC there has been a group distinguishing itself over the course of the last year or so as one of the best up and coming rock acts in the city. If you happen to be one of those who haven’t yet heard James and the UltraSounds, strap yourself in at Gullivers tonight.

7.30pm / £7
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

The Curse, 3MT

Three Minute Theatre
The Curse: A play about the blood & guts of being a girl

The Curse is a fierce, feminist new play by Jane Bradley. It’s all about the blood and guts of being a girl, debuting at Three Minute Theatre in March 2016. The Curse tells the story of Char and Lola. They’re best friends, sweet sixteen (but not that sweet), and can’t wait for a wild summer now that school’s out forever. But when terrible, inexplicable things start happening in their town, the girls’ intense friendship gets faced with its most extreme test yet. Each performance will be preceded by a panel discussion with special guests.

7pm – 10pm / £7.95 Adv / £6 concessions / BUY TICKETS
Three Minute Theatre / Afflecks Arcade / 35-39 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JG

Slowcoaches, Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel
Slowcoaches / Radical Boy & more

Family Tree presents the slack Metal trio Slowcoaches who will be making a raucous mix of noise pop, punk and garage. They are supported at The Castle Hotel tonight by Radical Boy and more guests yet to be announced.

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

Arthur Brown, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
An Evening with Arthur Brown

Taking a break from live shows with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, the amazingly operatic progressive artiste extraordinaire Arthur Brown will be touring An Evening With style show to seated audiences telling his life story. Arthur Brown, The God Of Hellfire will tell such stories as how his band torched the French Mafia’s club in Spain, and what happened when Hendrix’s girlfriend came home after a night with the God of Hellfire – among a plethora of other amazing tales, from a career spanning 45 years, from his 1968 Number 1 hit single ‘Fire‘ and headlining the first Glastonbury in 1971; through being covered by the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, The Who and The Prodigy and cited as a major influence on Peter Gabriel, Bruce Dickenson and Alice Cooper; to being awarded ‘Showman of the Year’ by Classic Rock magazine and his latest album release ‘Zim Zam Zim’. A fascinating story no doubt and you can hear it tonight at The Ruby Lounge.

7pm / £18
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Ptaki, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
Ptaki / Les Yeux Orange

For their third instalment in the city following Pender Street Steppers, their sellout debut at Soup Kitchen and Al Dobson Jr in Leeds, Sonic Sahara are proud to present Ptaki for their first show in the North, taking place at The Ruby Lounge. Ptaki have gained serious attention in recent years for their productions on Transatlantyk and The Very Polish Cut Outs, contributing to the regenerated music scene in Poland and putting it under the spotlight.Their release ‘Krystyna‘ was a massive success in the vinyl world and put them on the international stage. They are joined by Paris based Les Yeux Orange. and as usual the Sonic Sahara residents are up for the challenge of keeping up.

11pm – 4am / £6 adv / More otd / BUY TICKETS
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Field Music, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
Field Music / Sara Lowes

Field Music have announced their first UK tour since 2012. Just to be clear, this isn’t ‘Music for Drifters’ or ‘SLUG’ or ‘Frozen by Sight’ or indeed any of the many other projects they’ve been involved in over the last four years. It’s original recipe, undiluted, full strength Field Music. The Mercury Prize nominated Field Music are regarded as one of British indie’s leading lights, with the Brewis brothers involved in a number of collaborative and solo musical projects to broaden their composition and production palette. Their adaptability and creative drive is what sets them apart as musicians today. Support for this show at Band On The Wall comes from Sara Lowes.

8pm – 11pm / £13 adv / BUY TICKETS
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Top Of The Pops 16, Mint Lounge

Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops ’16 with Mark Scott

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 TICKETSQueue jump & FREE entry for NQCard holder & a guest
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

Sonic Bliss Machine, AATMA

Sonic Bliss Machine

It’s a night for the bands at AATMA tonight with a headline set from Sonic Bliss Machine. Couldn’t really be a better sounding band could there? They are supported by Electric Viper Club and Demur. This one is for fans of alternative rock, glam rock, Brit invasion blues, 90’s shoegaze and alternative noise rock.

7.45pm – 11pm / £5 adv / BUY TICKETS
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Dave Williams presents Stephen Carlin, Jonny Pelham & Junior Simpson 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 / £13 Concessions / More otd / BUY TICKETS
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street /  Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ

The Pen & Pencil Logo

Pen & Pencil
Fridays at P&P

New(ish) kid on the Tariff Street block, Pen & Pencil entertain drinkers on the weekends with a rotating selection of fine DJs. Tonight manning the decks is Duncan WallisSwapping vocals for vinyls, Duncan steps away from his usual spot in front of the mic with the ‘Dutch Uncles‘ and goes it alone as he takes on the decks. Expect a mix of some new wave, indie and alternative tunes that are perfect for winding up for the weekend.

9pm – 2am / FREE
Pen & Pencil / 57 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EJ

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

Oh, Word, Hula

Oh, word? with 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 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 launch a new night tonight, Fizz Face Friday, with Clint Boon at the helm. All the important details are on this post so get yourself over there.

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

Bump, Blue Pig

Blue Pig

BUMP! The party that sounds like someone making you the coolest live mixtape you ever got! With everything from hot funk, spandex bangers, hot tub soul, rump-shaking pop and more, Mof Gimmers and Mat Lake sling hidden gems and bona fide classics into the mix to give you an evening of irresistible rhythm & booze. Whether you’re into Michael Jackson or Yacht Rock, or stomping soul and the purest pop – come and drink, request and dance at The Blue Pig!

8pm – 1am / 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 atTrof 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

Weekends, 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 – DJ Stylus, Bad Osiris, DJ Klepto, Lee Majors, Darka, Adil Khanfu, Kev Swindells and Dom Kozubik.

9pm – 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

Frontier Friday, Kosmonaut

Frontier Fridays

Frontier Fridays has an eclectic DJ roster, pioneering new sounds and legendary party classics too and apparently is now “Officially the place to welcome in the weekend“! Dance Lady DanceDamien (Club Clique)Jon (Now Wave) and Frameworks will play on rotation.

8pm – 1am / FREE
Kosmonaut / 10 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

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