What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 17th June 2016

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Avec Sans, Night & Day

Night & Day
Avec Sans

Enigmatic new London-based duo, Avec Sans have unveiled the title track ‘Heartbreak Hi’ from their debut album released 3rd June 2016. A truly instantaneous record, ‘Heartbreak Hi’ fuses Avec Sans’ distinctive electro-pop sound with the relatable narrative that they are quickly becoming recognised for. Anchored by tapping electronic instrumentation, their latest offering marries twinkling synth melodies with irresistible hooks ensuring Avec Sans’ sound remains consistently on-point and fresh; a rare quality in the modern music landscape. Support at night & Day comes from Villiers and Zoo.

“The pair have built up quite a reputation as ‘ones to watch’… with more interesting production touches and melodic hooks than most bands can muster in a career.” – The Guardian

7.30pm – 10.15pm / £7 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Electric Jug, Night & Day

Night & Day
Electric Jug – Stone Roses After Party

In case you hadn’t heard The Stone Roses are back and Electric Jug are happy to announce a lemon-flavoured Jug special at Night & Day! Come watch the love spread as they bang the drums and celebrate Ian, John, Mani & Remi’s homecoming! There will be trippy visuals, shiny curtains and nice people!

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

Roxy Musique, Gullivers

Roxy Musique

Roxy Musique is the definitive tribute to Roxy Music, the most influential band of the 1970s. Roxy Musique put on a two set show with set one being a blistering musical tour-de-force focussing on the early cutting edge material from 1972-75 that inspired such major acts as the Sex Pistols, Duran Duran, U2, INXS, Chic, Siouxsie and the Banshees who have all cited Roxy as their primary influence. Hits in set one include Virginia Plain, Pyjamarama, Street Life and All I Want is You. Set Two is based around the second half of the band’s career and features wall to wall hits including Angel Eyes, Same Old Scene, Oh Yeah, Jealous Guy, Avalon and More Than This. A definite must for Roxy Music fans at Gullivers tonight.

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

Twisted Dolls, Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel
The Twisted Dolls / Electrify

Grace, Luke and Jess, The Twisted Dolls bring a unique blend of upbeat rock n roll, mixed with deliciously catchy hooks and fuzzed out riffs. Always playing a storming set, dressed to impress, with music you can’t help but want to strut to. Check them and their support, Electrify, at The Castle Hotel tonight.

8pm – 11pm / £4 adv / BUY TICKETS
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

The Long Cut, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
The Longcut: 10 years of a Call & Response

Playing their debut album in its entirety The Longcut will be joined on stage by friends and collaborators old and new. This one off event will include some very special guests, selected DJs and a full audio visual experience that will accompany the set. Support at The Ruby Lounge comes from K-X-P.

7pm / £8
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Club Deviant, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
Club Deviant

Joining Club Deviant at The Ruby Lounge tonight is the beautiful electronic brutality of ESA. ESA’s sound is always a hard one to pin down. Taking influences initially from rhythmical noise acts, the overall structures have developed and integrated countless influences from the broad spectrum of alternative and extreme music. The tone of ESA is harsh and oppressive, dripping with destructive and corroded grooves whilst still emanating sub conscious melodies and a strong sense of spirituality. Special guest for this show is DJ Vlrk of Grendel.

11pm – 3.30am / £10
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Banana Hill, Jayda G, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Banana Hill with Jayda G

Banana Hill return to their favourite basement with another Manchester debut – this time Canadian rising star Jayda G graces Soup Kitchen with a 3 hour set in her first visit to the tropics of Northern England. Her DJ sets tie together her broad influences – deep jazzy house sounds of Detroit, funk, soul, low-slung disco and much more. Music to warm your insides and move your feet! The full line up is Jayda G, Cervo and JVC.

11pm – 4am / £3/5/7 adv / More OTD / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

The Breath, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
The Breath / Shunya

The Breath is Stuart McCallum (ex-member of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly and McCallum’s fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers. Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene they mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Connolly’s soulful vocals are interwoven into the electronic fabric of McCallum’s distinctive soundworld. In turns hypnotic, lush, powerfully raw and raucously punchy, their songs entrance, uplift and break your heart as The Breath conjure a kaleidoscope of sound that perfectly frames Connolly’s raw songs and soul cleansing vocals. Supporting them at Band On The Wall tonight are Shunya.

7pm / £10 adv
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

The Castaways, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
The Castaways

The Castaways, led by trombonist Mel Howard (formerly Freedom Masses & Creation Roots amongst many others), brings you Ska, Rocksteady and a touch of Reggae fused with more than a little Jazz. If you love the music of the Studio One days from the likes of the Skatalites, Don Drummond, Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals and many more, you’ll love The Castaways! Catch them at Matt & Phreds tonight.

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

Top Of The Pops 16, Mint Lounge

Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops ’16 with Jamie Bull / Gus Gorman

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 4th Birthday, AATMA

Black Bee Soul Club 4th Birthday

Manchester’s Northern Soul and Funk juggernaut Black Bee Soul Club turns 4 years old tonight. Best get your best dancing shoes on! Special guests at AATMA are David Abbott and Twisted Sisters who will be joined by residents and founders Liam Beckett, Michael Davies, Anthony Davies and 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
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Barry Dodds presents Jonny Awsum, Windsor & Daliso Chaponda 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
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street /  Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ

Eastern Bloc

Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc Residents & special guests

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. 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

Stone Roses Pre-Show Party, Pen & Pencil

Pen & Pencil
Stone Roses Pre-Show Party

Pen & Pencil continue their series of pre-show parties for the big hitters at The Etihad with a Stone Roses party. DJ for this special event will be Wingman from Capital FM and there are deals for all ticket holders, including 25% off food and £3 spirit & mixers.

Noon – 8pm / FREE
Pen & Pencil / 57 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EJ

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 for the early session from 5pm – 8pm it’s the turn of Souled Out resident DJ Tim Lawton followed by Sam Flanagan who’ll be blending and mixing Indie music with elements of hip hop, rock, drum and bass, dance and everything in-between.

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

Pig Is A Dj, Blue Pig

Blue Pig
Pig Is A DJ

Well this is something to behold, a DJing pig! Well clearly that’s not actually what happens at Pig Is A DJ at The Blue Pig, you actually get to pick the tunes and ‘pig’ plays them. Head in, grab a drink and enjoy your favourite tracks on a Friday night.

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