Band On The Wall
Bad Manners / The Minx / Martin The Mod
Lip up Fatty! It’s original rudeboys and ska legends Bad Manners live at Band On The Wall playing all their hits including Special Brew, Can Can, Lip Up Fatty, Skaville UK, Ne Ne Na Na Nu Nu and many more. Time to two-tone up and “busta blood vessel” on the dancefloor. Plus special guests The Minx plus DJ Martin The Mod will keep the party going until the early hours for this Band On The Wall fundraiser event.
Fronted by ska’s biggest and baldest rudeboy star Buster Bloodvessel, Bad Manners were one of the most most-loved two tone bands of the 1980′s with a string of hits. Their madcap, upbeat live shows made them international stars until they disbanded in 1986 when Buster went on to open a hotel in Margate famously called Fatty Towers, before reforming the band to the delight of their fans.
8pm / £20
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 5JZ
The Ruby Lounge
BBC Mcr Introducing Live presents Jessie Rose Trip / Folks / JP Cooper / Biederbeck
Every last Friday of the month BBC Manchester Introducing Live presents a clutch of the finest new bands from around our great city live on stage with a DJ soundtrack brought to you from BBC Manchester Introducing’sNatalie-Eve Williams and Michelle Hussey. As ever this gig will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester Introducing. In case you missed it these shows are FREE ENTRY so get there early to avoid disappointment! Tonight’s show features this fine set of characters – The Jessie Rose Trip, Folks, JP Cooper and Biederbeck.
The Jessie Rose Trip
The Jessie Rose Trip is a Manchester trio fronted by enigmatic sylph singer song-writer and musician Jessie Rose who, with her stunning soulful pipes and heavy blues guitar riffs, has won rave comparisons with everyone from Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix. Seriously catchy melodies and riffs are combined with the Trip’s stomping hip hop and rock influenced grooves to create songs which, once heard, you won’t forget. Their innovative sound and high energy performances have been gaining them an increasingly high profile fan base and reputation on the live circuit. Now signed with S-Curve Records for a worldwide deal it’s time to keep your ears to the ground and eyes to the skies as The Jessie Rose Trip begin their astronomical rise to the top! The Jessie Rose Trip
Bringing together classic song writing with emotive vocals and irresistible melodies, Folks were formed when guitarist and writer Michael Beasley hooked up with vocalist Scott Anderson. The two relocated to the US to record what would end up being their debut album, to be released in 2012. On their return to the UK the duo pulled together a full band with Thom Fripp (lead guitar), Harry Gumery (bass), Wil Akroyd (keyboards) and Elliot Barlow (drums). The group kept themselves busy in and out of the rehearsal studio, letting their tunes evolve before taking their music to the people. The band have already picked up two highly notable fans, Miles Kane, currently enjoying solo success as well as being one half of The Last Shadow Puppets and former Oasis leader Noel Gallagher. Noel was impressed enough to ask Folks to perform two songs when he sat in for Dermot O’Leary on the DJ’s BBC Radio 2 show and supports with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Miles Kane followed. Folks
Listening to JP Cooper perform, either alone or with his band, bears witness to an honesty, intensity and power evoked via the simplest of orchestration. His soulfully expressive unique vocal style, the kind that cuts through a room to hush a chattering crowd in seconds, is utterly bewitching. JP has been singing with Manchester’s finest gospel choir, The Manchester Sing Out Choir (nominees for the National Gospel Awards), for the last few years. An unusual training ground for an acoustic singer-songwriter you might think, but it’s one that has enabled him to develop an extraordinarily soulful warmth to his vocal whilst retaining a genuine folksy feel and has informed a real leftfield approach to his song writing. Although gigging constantly throughout 2010 JP found time to recorded & self-release 2 x 4 track EPs with nothing more than a few battered microphones and some aged recording equipment. This home-crafted approach is beginning to pay dividends. Selling out of over 500 copies of his bedroom recordings JP’s 3rd EP complete with full backing band and gospel singers is out now. JP Cooper
Formed above their pub, The Castle Hotel in 2010, 7 piece Biederbeck began to write while creating their own studio and rehearsal space. They then set about recording and self producing an entire debut album, ‘Out Of The Blue‘ before playing their first show at a sold out Ruby Lounge in Manchester on a rainy Sunday in May 2010. Including appearances at the inaugural Ramsbottom Festival, Rochdale’s Feel Good Festival and the Northern Quarter Loves You Street Party that summer saw the band gain support from the likes of BBC Introducing Manchester and Radio 1 and Sunday Best’s Rob Da Bank along with numerous local publications and radio stations. They finished 2011 with a sold out show at Manchester’s Academy 3 and with a new album of songs to record in 2012. Currently there is a new single and video, recorded and filmed in the same evening, streaming at biederbeck.co.uk and scheduled for release this summer to coincide with appearances on Ramsbottom Festival’s Main Stage and The New Band Stage at Bestival. ‘Out Of The Blue‘ is currently available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Biederbeck
Bring The Beat Back
From 11pm onwards the bands will have cleared the stage and it’s up to Natalie-Eve Williams and Michelle Hussey from BBC Manchester Introducing to take to the decks and play us into the early hours with a mix of soul, old school indie, rap, northern, mod, ska and house.
11pm / £5
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Finders Keepers & Bird present The Eccentronic Research Council & Maxine Peak / Jane Weaver / Andy Votel / David Orphan / DJ Luke
The Eccentronic Research Council is a new project featuring members of Sheffield’s finest purveyors of outsider electronic non pop – Kings Have Long Arms, I Monster, The Chanteuse & The Crippled Claw and features the voice of Maxine Peak. This special event marks the launch of their LP and also acts as a warm up show for Festival Number 6 and the 400th Anniversary of the Pendle Witch trials. On the night Jane Weaver will be performing a live re-scoring of Eiichi Yamaoto’s Belladonna while DJ’s Andy Votel, David Orphan and DJ Luke will entertain throughout the night.
The Eccentronic Research Council ~ 1612 Underture
On the 20th August 2012, the ERC release their concept record, ‘1612 Underture‘, a 14 chapter sound poem based on the mistreatment and memory of the Pendle Witches who were executed in Lancashire, England, on 20 August 1612. Although the nucleus of the album is based on historical events, The Eccentronic Research Council identify an uncanny relevance to our current political and social climate – perhaps things haven’t changed so much in 400 years. To illustrate this the album’s dialogue bounces between an unspecified contemporary time zone and the events leading up to August 1612, contrasting fictional/factional occurrences around various Pendle Witches whilst being routed by a modern day travelogue to Pendle as seen through the eyes of a Catholic nun and priest. On this musical journey we encounter 1960s feminist poetry, mythical news stories, a synthesiser folk duet and the raising of a dead witch via a ouija board to curse all that is bad about the Jubilee Year.
7pm – 1am / £6
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ
Black Bee Soul Club with Young Liam / Ben Hindley / Bucky
This month’s Black Bee Soul Club brings together another fantastic DJ line up! First up is one of Sheffield’s hottest talents, Young Liam, who will be bringing a cultured blend of funky Cleethorpes stompers and underplayed classics. Back for another slice of the action is Wigan’s Young Souls supremo Ben Hindley, fresh from the filming of ‘Northern Soul the Film’ and armed with an arsenal of Casino inspired sounds. Finally it’s Manchester nightlife mainstay Bucky who is known for his extensive musical knowledge, talent behind the 1s & 2s and as such he has graced almost every pair of steel wheels this wonderful city has to offer. All will be playing the very finest in 100mph stompers and oldies with a hint of floor packin’ classics supported by the Black Bee residents Paul Bailey, Sam McEwen and Iwan Roberts for a night of 100% Northern Soul.
10.30pm – 4am / £3 adv / £5 otd
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB
Be My Guest with Mikey Wilson
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. Be My Guest this Friday is with Mikey Wilson! All kicking off from 8pm with Simon Tonkinson in the Kitchen!
8pm-3.30am / Last entry 2am / FREE
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF
Matt & Phreds
A five-piece band mixing old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Honeyfeet features five established musicians from across Europe comprising of Vocals, Double Bass, Guitar, Sax, Flute and Drums. The talented ensemble are a mixture of New Orleans Jazz, Gypsy Folk, 60’s Psychedelic, Delta Blues, Sea Shanty’s and more! Signed to Debt Records, the raucous Honeyfeet are phenomenal in stature and sound alike!
9.30pm – 1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW
Night & Day
Stretch Disco Official Launch Party
Stretch Disco, brought to you by Northern Groove. start their fortnightly party which brings a regular, rotating crew of Manchester’s finest DJs with this launch night, the “biggest party of the summer – well, until the next one, at least”. The Stretch music philosophy is thus: “The emphasis is on creating a musical vibe and atmosphere of that classic period when ‘Disco’ meant a club that just played good music to make you dance. A time when ‘House’ didn’t just mean four-to-the-floor, but was the music in the house, at the club, selected by the DJs, whose only limitations were their great musical taste and selections. A place where people trusted the DJ. The Stretch policy is flexible; in the music we play and the DJs we book.” If you like the sound of that, then get yourself to Night & Day.
11pm – 3am / £2 Adv / £3
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
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
Underscore Management present Follow You Home / Leopards / We Were Kings / Deaf FM
Follow You Home was formed on a cold and frosty night in December 2010 in Derby by school friends Rich Davis (bass) and Nick Ayre (guitar/vocals). Keen to make their dreams of performing melodic, punk-tinged music that tells it how it really is into a reality, the duo recruited Rich’s brother Mikey (guitar) and mutual friend Tom Bradshaw (drums) and quickly started the hunt for a singer who would complete the final piece of their puzzle. Pretty soon after those initial rehearsals, they met pink-haired uber-vixen Kayley Busby and the four knew they have found the perfect person to front Follow You Home.
Musically speaking Follow You Home draw inspiration from guitar-based bands (as you might expect from a bunch who were born just a stone’s throw from the spiritual home of rock that is Castle Donington) and while they all have a passion for various genres, the likes of Alexisonfire, Brand New, Alkaline Trio and Bayside in particular spur them on to make a noise all of their very own.
Following the success of the bands debut single ‘Once Upon a Lie‘ they came storming back in November 2011 with the 4 track EP ‘Save Yourself‘ with the titled track being played regularly on Kerrang TV, Scuzz TV, Kerrang Radio and BBC Introducing. The band released follow up video ‘Playing With Fire‘ in Feb 2012 which bulldozed its way onto Kerrang TV with regular play. Follow You Home
7pm – 11pm / £6
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
Freitags with Benjamin Yourself
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 taking to the decks is Benjamin Yourself.
9pm-2am / FREE before 10pm / £2 after
Common/ 39-41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
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
Dom Zube mixes the feel good sounds of the century with the noise of an over-turned disco bus playing disco, rhythm n blues, rock n roll, funk, reggae and tropical filth!
8pm – late / FREE
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER
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
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
The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs
MC Barry Dodds presents Danny Deegan, Phil Ellis and Mickey D 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