What’s On in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 13th July 2012

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Manchester Jazz Festival

Band On The Wall
Pocket Central + DJ

Manchester Jazz Festival opens at Band on the Wall with Manchester favourite Pocket Central performing strong original songs in the vein of Tower of Power, James Brown and Steely Dan, underpinned by tight ensemble passages and performed with exceptional musicianship and a sense of fun. A celebratory vibe for the opening gig of this year’s festival, which will also see the launch of their long-awaited album. There will be DJ sets after the gig.

Neil Fairclough, Pocket Central

Pocket Central

Neil Fairclough – bass guitar, lead vocals
Kirsty Roberts – vocals
Phil Nicholas – trumpet, flugelhorn
Steve Parry – trumpet
Andy Morel – alto & baritone saxophones, vocals
Tim France – tenor saxophone, flute
Sam Healey – tenor saxophone
Johnny Hayes – guitar, vocals
Steve Hayes – guitar
Neil Edwards – keyboards, vocals
Johnny Musgrave – keyboards
Bryan Hargreaves – drums, vocals

A Manchester Jazz Festival event in association with Band on the Wall

8pm / £12 adv / £14 otd
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 5JZ

Alice Zadawski

Matt & Phreds
Manchester Jazz Festival ~ Alice Zawadzki: Songs From Around The World

Alice Zawadski and her band take us on a journey across continents, bringing us jazz inspired by music from Africa, Greece, Poland and Scandinavia, as well as original material inspired by John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell and Savina Yannatou, brought innovatively to life by Manchester’s finest musicians.

Alice performs all of the chosen songs in their original languages all of which are uplifting and exciting. They include a gorgeous joyful song from Ghana with hand clapping and tons of percussion, a Polish drinking song, a beautiful Greek song about the moon (which Rosie and Alice play strings on) a dark Sephardic song with driving heavy beats that Dave and Stuart work their magic on, and some of Alice’s own songs too.

There is a lot of energy to the set, and a lot of musical and visual variety with Rosie and Alice both playing violin/cello, percussion and singing to compliment the stellar line-up of drums, guitar and keys from the other members of the band.

8pm – 1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

RareKind Manchester Launch Event

RareKind Manchester Launch Party

On July 13th 2012, the RareKind Manchester artists are presenting artwork especially created for the launch of RK/M at 2022NQ.

Artists include—

Krek | eight bit | Mr Penfold | Rob Fenton | Tom Edwards | MayNinth | Neequaye Dreph | Rob Davies | Luke Brookes | Hammo | Ross Phillips | Waste | Rocket01 | Faunagraphic | James Roper

On the night there will be 10% off the price of prints and the first 50 people will get a free beer! On top of all that food for the night is provided by the very tasty Small Plates who usually reside in The Bay Horse.

For a preview of some of the pieces that will be on show check out RareKind‘s Facebook page:  RareKind

RareKind Logo


Owned and run by Artist & Creative Project Manager, David Samuel, RareKind started life 11 years ago as the UK’s first Graffiti Art Gallery. Following the gallery’s success and notoriety, David went on to launch the RareKind London Illustration Agency in 2008, representing a unique line up of artists and illustrators from a huge range of disciplines.

Offering an unrivalled service, RareKind pride themselves on the excellence of their project management, the quality of their artists’ work and the glowing feedback they receive from a huge range of clients, including media, TV & film companies, advertisers, music producers and publishers to stockbrokers, property developers, fashion labels, festivals and many more.

With the success of the agency in London, it was clear that the RK outfit was ready to branch out and set up another division of RareKind for the north of England. RK/M was born, taking with it the best artists on offer outside of London—as well as venturing into other realms of creativity such as design, photography and animation. This also coincided with a re-launch of the brand and website and now RareKind is an Illustration Agency based in London & Manchester.

7pm-11pm / FREE
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ

Be My Guest July

Soup Kitchen
Be My Guest with Mike Joyce

Simon Tonkinson curates another two-floor musical marathon of beats to delight discerning music lovers and please the finest shape-shifters. In the Kitchen Simon welcomes a weekly guest whilst the Basement is handed over to various promotions, this week in the basement it’s Mike Joyce (Beat Wolf) from 10pm-3.30am and Simon upstairs in the Kitchen from 8pm-1am.

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



Akbar.Umm is back by popular demand and brings a mix of delicious desi beats, bangin bhangra, sweet soul, hip-hop hotness, middle-eastern feasting and electro eclecticness. All this is served up by the devastingly dashing DJ Qurra of Club Kali/Urban desi (london) notoriety. As per past Akbar.Umm nights there will be sweet mitai, kupcake craziness (these ALWAYS sell out), media installations, punchy performances, info stalls and tins rattling, all housed in the ubercoolness of Kraak.

11pm-late / £5
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Friday 12:51, Dry Bar

Dry Bar / Dry Live
12:51 at Dry Bar

DJ Wrighty hosts a night dedicated to the best indie and alternative music from legends of the past to the newest bands defining the sounds of the present, dipping into retro and club classics, 80’s electronica and 90’s Britpop.

9pm-4am / FREE

Big Indie Showcase, July

New Revolution Presents The Big Indie Showcase

A night that does ‘exactly what is says on the tin’ as New Revolution bring a night stuffed to the gills with indie talent on show with Reva, Glass Jungle, North, Your New Antique and That Hidden Promise all taking to the stage to show you what they have to offer. It’s only a fiver in so great value too!

7pm-10.30pm / £5


dLo Launch Party

dLo are having their alunch party and we’re all invited! To celebrate the launch of dLo Productions new site & app they have brought together a fine collection of Dubstep and Drum & Bass artists and DJs to entertain you, all on Dry Live‘s recently  tweaked soundsystem. Dry Bar had sound pros Martin Audio in the venue on Wednesday tweaking their 25K Watt in house sound system, so it will sound all crisp and clear in time for this weekend. This event is in support of  CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, and all profits go directly to CALM. For more info check out our previous post here.

Virus Syndicate (Live)
North Base
XTC b2b Sappo with Tonn Piper
Dawn Raid
Rolaz with Rob P
Fortune b2b Eastland
Sub:Concious b2b Semiotix

11pm-4am / £5
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Freitags with Craig Campbell

An excursion of musical wonderment joining the dots between Kraut, Baltimore Club, House, Indie, Electro, Outsider Pop, Disco, Cosmic Nonsense and forgotten gems. This week’s ‘friend’ is Craig Campbell.

9pm-2am /  FREE before 10pm / £2 after
Common/ 39-41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW

Bay Horse Feel Good Friday

Bay Horse Pub
Feel Good Friday

Head to The Bay Horse for Feel Good Friday with resident DJs Dan Soulsmith & Paul Wright, where you can delight in funk, soul, disco, leftfield pop and cosmic rock to make you “Feel Good”! And it’s free in which makes you feel good too!

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

 Pop 'til you drop

Mint Lounge
Pop ‘Til You Drop

A year into its existence and at its new home of Mint Lounge, PTYD DJ’s continue to provide a plethora of music spanning decades of quality pop from hip hop to indie, disco to rock, r n b to acid house, steering well clear of the cheesier side of the charts. Digging deep into their libraries, resident DJ’s from the camps of Crazy P and El Diablo’s Social Club (the original founders of the night), alongside other local heroes and don’t knows, hope to take you down a musical memory lane and have you firmly routed to the dancefloor.

10.30pm – 3.30am / £5
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

Excursions at Trof


Taking an Excursion through Hip Hop, Pop, Funk & Soul, expect house party vibes and R.Kelly after midnight. “Beats that are hard, beats that are funky. It could get you hooked like a crackhead junkie”.

9pm – 3am / FREE before 10 / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1EU

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Dan Nightingale presents Steve Gribbin, John Lynn and Steve Harris 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 / £16 / £8 concession
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street /  Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ

Night and Day Cafe

Night & Day
Aseyda / Jesus In India / The Winnebagos

A great local bill tonight at Night & Day Cafe as 3 bands take to the stage for your aural delight. £5 in, and you can hang around for the club night afterwards which kind of blends in with the live event from 11pm.

7.30pm – Midnight / £5

Dancing & Laughing club night

Post-punk, shoegaze, goth and electro sounds to take you into the early hours of Saturday morning. It is free to get in but if you are feeling generous you can always leave them a donation.

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