What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 16th December 2016

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Band On The Wall
Richard Hawley presents Disgraceland ft Henry Herbert (live)

A new night of live music and DJ sets curated by producer, songwriter, guitarist and bona-fide national treasure Richard Hawley starts at Band On The Wall. Tonight there’s a live performance from the Jim Jones Revue’s Henri Herbert, plus a DJ set from Richard Hawley. Henri Herbert is a piano-playing phenomenon, and one of the best and most sought after boogie woogie blues piano men in the world. The former pianist of the mighty Jim Jones Revue now blazes his own trail, racking up an incredible 11 million YouTube hits on the way.

Like Jools Holland possessed by Jerry Lee Lewis and The Devil Himself” – Jon Aizlewood, The Evening Standard

9pm – 2am / £14.50 adv / £16.50 otd / BUY TICKETS
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester


Soup Kitchen
Hen Party & Peaks Christmas Do

Hen Party have just released and album Peaks is just about to release an EP. It’s nearly Christmas. What more reason do you need to have a party?! Head down to the Soup Kitchen basement for that very party featuring Hen Party, Peaks, Grotbags and Verse Metrics.

7pm – 10.15pm / £5 otd
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF


Soup Kitchen
Obscure 5th Birthday with Serge & DJ Haus

Unknown To The Unknown/Hot Haus/ House Crime boss DJ Haus goes B2B with Clone Records owner & founder, Serge in Soup Kitchen’s intimate basement for this special celebration, Obscure’s 5th Birthday!

11pm – 4am / £6/8 adv / More OTD / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Mr Wilson's Second Liners, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

The mighty Mr Wilson’s Second Liners return to Matt & Phreds tonight for what is guaranteed to be a blinder of a gig! Never has M&P’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! 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 really is an awesome night out.

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


The Ruby Lounge
A Winter Warming Land

At The Ruby Lounge is an evening hosted by Tom Hingley, featuring Tom Hingley and The Kar-Pets playing the hits of the Inspiral Carpets and some special guests and DJs yet to be announced.

7pm – 10.30pm / £12 adv / BUY TICKETS
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB


The Ruby Lounge
Thriller: The Michael Jackson Disco

Relive the career of the one and only King Of Pop himself, Michael Jackson at Thriller : The Michael Jackson Disco! From the early days of The Jackson 5 all the way to his groundbreaking success in the 80s and 90s, they will be playing everything you’d want to hear, including album track favourites not usually heard in clubs. Also expect to hear : Janet, Jermaine and other Jackson hits, soul artists connected to and influenced by the legend himself and a whole lot of hits you will know and love. Meanwhile in Room 2 is Neverland, where you can watch the likes of Thriller, Bad, Remember The Time and Black Or White and cult classic Moonwalker. Head down to The Ruby Lounge for all this plus popcorn, white gloves and a dance off for a £100 bar tab!

11pm – 3am / £4 adv / £5 otd before Midnight / £6 otd after / BUY TICKETS
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB


The Beatles Celebration Band -The Threetles

The Beatles Celebration band The Threetles play a special 50th Anniversary of “Revolver” show, performing the album in its entirety followed by a set of Beatles greatest hits at Gullivers tonight. Should be a very special show!

7.30pm / £10
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW


The Castle Hotel
Papillon Promotions Showcase

Papillon Promotions are very proud to be linking up with one of Manchester’s most uniquely talented musicians. Fresh from his Canadian tour, the awesome John Ainsworth will be blowing our minds with some exquisite fingerboard dexterity! And for good measure they have assembled a mouthwatering support card featuring The Bear Around Your Neck, Stephen Ballinger and Johnny Sly!

7.30pm / £5/7
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE


Night & Day
Local Showcase

Another Friday, another Local Showcase at Night & Day. Tonight’s headliners are Nazca who are supported by Red Rooms and Jacinthes.

8pm – 11pm / £6
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN


Night & Day
Ramones v The Kinks / Wet Dreams v Electric Jug special

As you can tell by the title of this late night event at Night & Day it’s something of a battle as two of N&D’s regular nights face off against each other. In one corner you have Wet Dreams who will be championing The Ramones and more of their favourites, while in the other corner you have Electric Jug and The Kinks as their band of choice. Who will win? Surely everyone is a winner!

11pm – 3.30am / £3 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN


Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops Christmas ’16 with Gus Gorman & Joe

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


Black Bee Soul Club

Now in its 5th year, Black Bee Soul Club has become synonymous with the Manchester Soul and Music scene. Its mission remains the same as the day it opened; to bring uptempo, gritty Soul Music to the heart of Manchester city centre. Taking inspiration from the basement clubs of the 60’s and 70’s Black Bee is situated in Manchester’s most underground venue and boasts full wooden dance floor and huge sound system. so whether you are a young soul or forever young soul get on your best shoes and prepare for a night of frantic dancin’. Tonight features Mark White and Martin Kennedy plus residents Anthony Davies, Michael Davies, Liam Beckett & Sam McEwen.

11pm – 4am / £3 adv / £5 otd / BUY TICKETS
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Christmas Barrel Of Laughs

Christmas season has arrived at Frog & Bucket and you can expect a fantastic night out with their cabaret style seating, friendly staff and great comics, giving you the best possible atmosphere for comedy. The night will be introduced by one of their world class comperes and feature two headline comedians with two short breaks in between for you to charge your glasses!  After the show, you can dance the night away with their classic disco!

7pm / £39 show & meal
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. Tonight manning the decks for an extended early session from 5pm is Thom Jackson with an eclectic mix of surf, garage, pop punk, rock n’ roll, grunge and old school hip hop with some American rock thrown in for a hint of adolescent nostalgia. He’s followed by DJ Woody, described as “The best DJ in the World” by Hudson Mohawke, and labelled a genius by DJ Qbert. 

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

Eastern Bloc new logo

Eastern Bloc
The Warehouse Project In-store

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 tonight being a pre-party for the main Warehouse Project event hydra X WHP. 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

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

Fridays, Jonna, Blue Pig

Blue Pig
Fridays with Jonna

Jonna is a DJ, producer, one of the label owners of City Fly Records, and now the superb Blue Pig Friday resident DJ, covering an eclectic mix of House, Disco, Techno, Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz… basically any music with Soul. Jonna has also been one of the driving forces behind City Fly Records & helping it grow from a small club night into a global record label ‘championing the best in house music’, releasing music from the likes of DJ Nature, Fred P, Andres, Kez YM, Simbad, Lay-Far, Red Rack’em and Basic Soul Unit, and releases by Tim Toh & Kez YM both received DJ Mag’s highest rated ‘Money Shot’ house releases in 2015.

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

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

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