What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 12th May 2017

Written by on May 12, 2017 in Weekend Listings - No comments
good-gatherings-presents-mark-broom, stage radio

Stage & Radio
Good Gatherings

Last time Mark Broom played for Good Gatherings, he absolutely destroyed Joshua Brooks. So they thought it would be rude to not have him return, but this time in the basement of Stage & Radio. In support they have Good Gatherings residents Josh Reeves, Reece Reilly and Phil Jacques!

11pm – 5am / £10 adv / BUY TICKETS
Stage & Radio / 43 Port Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EQ

left-right, the-whiskey-jar

Whiskey Jar
Left + Right

Left + Right presents a night of Futuresoul, R&B and Hip Hop at The Whiskey Jar. Coming together out of a desire to bring soulful electronic music to Manchester, Left + Right are a new collective of Manchester-based producers and DJs and tonight the music comes from residents Jonjo Williams, Kardanski, Greg T, White Bear and Jack Dept., hosted by Subz.

11pm – 4am / £3 adv / BUY TICKETS
Whiskey Jar / 16 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

jon-gomm, ruby lounge

The Ruby Lounge
John Gomm

Jon Gomm, based in Leeds, West Yorkshire in the UK, is an acoustic singer-songwriter with a revolutionary virtuoso guitar style, where he uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and twisting melodies all at the same time. The emphasis is still on the soulful vocals and songwriting, and his original material is influenced by everything from Robert Johnson to Radiohead. His live shows combine deeply personal performances and a natural wit, with a once seen, never forgotten two-handed guitar style, both physical and complex, producing sounds people can barely believe are coming from a humble acoustic guitar. Check out the performance at The Ruby Lounge tonight.

“Wonderful to watch. Genius.” – Stephen Fry

7pm – 11pm / £15 adv / BUY TICKETS
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Kishi bashi, soup kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Kishi Bashi

Born in Seattle and first coming to prominence as the singer for New York electronic rock outfit Jupiter One, Kauru Ishibashi soon became an in-demand violinist touring with the likes of Regina Spektor, Sondre Leche and of Montreal before embarking on a solo career under the stage moniker Kishi Bashi. Tonight Kishi is headlining in the Soup Kitchen basement where he is supported by guests, Tall Tall Trees.

7pm – 10pm / £12 adv
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

euphony-brazil-2-bollywood, soup kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Euphony: Brazil 2 Bollywood

Euphony: Brazil 2 Bollywood will be taking you on a journey through a mélange of different cultures and rhythms, spanning the Americas, Africa and Asia. From Brazilian Bossa Nova all the way through to Nigerian Dancehall! Music new and old, and sounds far and wide in the Soup Kitchen basement.

11pm – 4am / £3 before Midnight / £5 after  
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

c-duncan, band on the wall

Band On The Wall
C Duncan

Glasgow’s C Duncan, born 1989, is the son of two classical musicians. Surrounded by music throughout his childhood, Christopher initially took up piano and viola. His teens led him to school bands – learning to play guitar, bass and drums – but did little to quell his fascination with the composition and performance of classical music. He eventually enrolled in Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) to study music composition, where his pieces were performed by various ensembles across the UK. To hear C Duncan’s music now is to grasp those two common threads between his interests in classical and modern music, and at Band On The Wall tonight you can witness a live performance with support from Modern Studies & We Were Strangers.

7pm – 11pm / £12.50 adv
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

the-cribs-dj-set-afterparty, band on the wall

Band On The Wall
The Cribs DJ Set & Afterparty

Following their huge show at the Manchester Academy, Band On The Wall welcome Wakefield’s finest indie exports The Cribs for a huge afterparty, where The Cribs will be DJing late into the night, playing floor-filling indie hits old and new!

11pm – 3am / £5 adv / BUY TICKETS
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

the-coathangers, night day

Night & Day
The Coathangers

Hip-shakin’ classic rock, soulful country ballads, and golden oldies pop, jagged hooks and boisterous choruses at Night & Day are provided by headliners The Coathangers tonight. They are supported by Proto Idiot and Pink Kink.

8pm – 11pm / £8 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Kevin rowlands, let's make this precious, night day

Night & Day
Let’s Make This Precious 3rd Birthday with Kevin Rowlands

Dexys Midnight Runners icon Kevin Rowland guest DJs at Night & Day to help Let’s Make This Precious to celebrate the Manchester club night’s 3rd birthday. Kevin first DJ’d at the club in 2015 and it was an incredible evening – with a set including everything from Trojan reggae, Motown floorfillers, Bryan Ferry, Marvin Gaye and T Rex. And, of course, LMTP be DJing afterwards, so expect Let’s Make This Precious’ usual combination of indie, post-punk, northern soul and 60s girl groups as we celebrate 3 years of Let’s Make This Precious with the man who wrote the song we named the night after!

A truly cohesive floor-filling experience” – Manchester Evening News

11pm – 4am / £6 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

swing commanders, matt phreds

Matt & Phreds
The Swing Commanders

The Swing Commanders are back at the Northern Quarter’s little old Jazz Club, Matt & Phred’s. A stunningly vibrant and versatile group that perform an exciting mix of 1940s Classics, Boogie-Woogie, Western Swing, 50’s Jump Jazz and more! Every member of the Swing Commanders sings and plays at least one instrument, sometimes three! Yet what makes them stand out even above their incredible music ability and performing skills is their joie-de-vivre. People who experience the band for the first time are amazed at the energetic showmanship, the instrument swapping, the intricate arrangements, and sophisticated vocal blend. This isn’t a nostalgia trip or Rat Pack karaoke. It is fine songs played joyfully and brilliantly. This is one gig where you will definitely need to bring your dancing shoes!

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 Jamie Bull & Martin Glynn

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

Lowly, gullivers


Hey! Manchester are putting on a show at Gullivers and present Lowly, who appeared out of nowhere in April 2014 with the release of the bewitching ‘Daydreamers’. The sound, already so rich and full, was like being put under a magical spell. Recent shows and festivals have been received ecstatically and quite simply, Lowly are one of the best young bands Hey! have seen live in a long time. The music is at times intricate yet deep and sensual, the fascinating rhythms of drummer Steffen a perfect counterpoint to the gorgeous melodies of Soffie and Nanna.

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

99 degree, castle hotel

The Castle Hotel
The 99 Degree – Boot Hill Surf Club EP Launch

The 99 Degree are a sleazy mix of Surf, Rockabilly, 60’s Garage Rock, Spaghetti Westerns & B-Movie soundtracks. Select support slots throughout 2016/17 with some of the best in Garage-rock (The Fall, King Khan & BBQ, The Shivas, Mystic Braves, Kid Congo, Death Valley Girls) have brought comparisons with Fat White Family, The Growlers & The Cramps to name but a few and now the debut EP ‘Boot Hill Surf Club‘ is here and they are launching it with a gig at The Castle Hotel, with support from some special guests

The 1950’s surf/spaghetti western guitar sound permeates the tracks; definitely ones to watch” – Louder Than War

7.30pm / £4
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

wrong way, the other kingdom, aatma

The Other Kingdom

Astral Elevator is proud to present to you a unique evening of entertainment in association with the finest independent label Wrong Way Records. This will be a one off event bringing to you the finest in new psychedelic talent unmasking the music behind WWR. The line up tonight at Aatma features This Other Kingdom, Deja Vega, The Valkarys, Muertos and Control Of The Going.

7pm – 11.30pm / £8
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

thieves asylum, peer hat

The Peer Hat
Thieves Asylum

Thieves Asylum, from Stoke On Trent, formed in January 2015. Since formation they have gone on to play numerous shows around their local area and around the UK including supporting high profile artists such as The Pigeon Detectives, Dexters and CAST. Tonight they are headlining the show at The Peer Hat with support from We Are Jellyfish and more to be announced.

7.30pm – 11pm / £5
The Peer Hat / 14-16 Faraday Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Dave Williams presents Meryl O’Rourke, Julian Deane and Steve Gribben 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

The Pen & Pencil Logo

Pen & Pencil
Fridays at P&P

Pen & Pencil entertain drinkers on the weekends with a rotating selection of fine DJs.

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

sisters-recordings-instore, eastern bloc

Eastern Bloc
Sisters Recordings Instore

Established as a record shop for over 30 years Eastern Bloc is now a fully licensed bar open until 11pm with the occasional late license event. Some special local selectors as well as current and past staff members take the helm at the decks and provide your soundtrack, with Sisters Recordings taking over the show tonight with Papers, Bintus and Calum. New soundsystem in full effect as well as a well stocked bar including a load of ales, lagers and bitter bottles from local brewer Cloudwater. Get involved!

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

Juicy Black Dog Ballroom NQ 300

Black Dog Ballroom

Juicy takes over Black Dog Ballroom NQ every Friday night! They’ll be dropping the best Hip Hop, R&B, UK Garage, Funk, Soul & Bashment jams all night long – all party, no buls**t!

9pm – 4am / FREE before 11pm / £3 after
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

gold teeth, odd bar

Odd Bar
Gold Teeth

The legendary Gold Teeth clubnight takes over Odd every Friday! Gold Teeth holds residencies in Manchester, London, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle, and their resident tearer-upper & veteran of the NQ bar-scene DJ Yung Jozy will be blowing the roof off weekly with everything from classic hiphop & rap to new RnB gems.

8pm – 2am / FREE
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER

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