The Ruby Lounge
J-Dilla Changed My Life
The Doctor’s Orders and Juicy present a night in tribute to the life & work of a true Hip-Hop genius, J-Dilla. For the third year in a row Manchester’s Hip-Hop community are coming together to celebrate the life and work of the one and only James J-Dilla Yancey.
This year they once again have the brilliant Detroit MC and friend of Dilla’s Phat Kat on hosting duties while some of the UK’s best DJs pay tribute to a producer that has influenced them all. With Spin Doctor mixing an all AV set, special guest Kidkanevil both alongside Manchester’s own Mr Scruff, Hoya Hoya, In The Loop & Juicy residents there is a phenomenal amount of talent on show tonight all giving up their time for free to raise money for the J-Dilla Foundation and Lupus UK. J-Dilla
Mr Scruff (Early Dilla Breaks Set)
Spin Doctor (Dilla AV Set)
Illum Sphere b2b Jon K (Hoya Hoya)
Jonny Dub (Hoya Hoya)
Agent J b2b DJ A-UP (In The Loop)
Mr E (TTD)
Oscar Wildstyle & Wiggie Smalls (Juicy)
Hosted by Phat Kat (Detroit)
9pm – 3am / £6 minimum donation
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB
The Manchester Label’s Brewed In Britain
Brewed In Britain is a compilation released by The Manchester Label to showcase the great talent we have in the great city of Manchester. The first of these compilations is indie/alternative based and has something in there for everybody! You can download and listen to the first ever Brewed In Britain compilation. Manchester’s newest generation of provocative, hard working alternative indie artists including Kingdom Lost, The Tapestry, Where’s Strutter, Mount Fabric, Trojan Horse, Sunny Sunday, Death To The Strange, Kill For Company and The Outreach Project by clicking the button The Manchester Label
7pm – 1am / FREE
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW
Sabotage 010 – The 1st Birthday Bash / Low Down Deep Album Launch
For their 1st birthday Sabotage bring us another massive lineup full of big artists doing the business right now! They have Taxman from Playaz making his Sabotage debut, Logan D and Evil B performing together for the 1st time in Manchester, man of the moment DJ Guv and the fully capable Sabotage residents courtesy of G13 & Hangar.
Room 1 – Sabotage vs Low Down Deep
DJs - Taxman, Logan d, Guv, Rowney & Propz, Sativa dub & Silent Type, Sabotage DJ Competition Winner
MCs – Evil B, Unknown, Logic, Diezel, Razda, Drillz, Haribo
Room 2 – Gen X vs Sabotage
DJs - Ironlung, Azyjay b2b Manuva, Salvage b2b Carbon, Tringy b2b Jammin, Dilla b2b Bundy, Swindla b2b Jabba
MCs – Drillz, Kamakaze, Rob P, Haribo, Gni, Reflex
11pm – 4am / £8 adv, NUS & before Midnight / £10 after
NQ Live (Formerly Moho) / Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1SH
The Castle Hotel
Now Wave presents Thumpers
8pm / £5
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE
2022NQ presents Citizen Kane
As February begins 2022NQ welcome one of New York city’s disco citizens to the basement for a rare Manchester appearance. Dennis Citizen Kane has been a seminal and iconic figure in contemporary dance music culture since his emergence in the mid 90s NYC downtown scene. A former disco and old school buyer for the infamous A1 records, Kane has been digging and collecting since his early teens in Philadelphia.
Kane has been a resident at such esteemed venues as APT, Cielo, Santos Party House and Love in NYC. He has played and toured worldwide for the past 16 years. With partner Darshan Jesrani (Metro Area) Kane is the co-resident of the Strobe Lodge loft parties, established in 2007 Strobe Lodge is an invite party where the duo control all aspects of the presentation, they and their loyal crew decide on the sound, lights, music and crowd, truly a purist family affair. Support for tonight’s event comes from El Diablo’s Social Club’s Neil Scott. Disques Sinthommes – Ghost Town
8pm – 1am (last entry at Midnight) / FREE
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ
Friends In Common with Glowing Palms
Common invite their favourite friends to play their favourite records. Expect to hear music you never knew you liked. Pop music played with sense and sensibility, country with soul, and maybe something that will make you dance.
9pm-2am / FREE before 10pm / £2 after
Common/ 39-41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1HW
Dots & Loops
Dots & Loops are back after the Christmas and New Year break and still going strong in their 7th year. 7 years in why change a winning formula so expect the usual shoegaze, alt-rock, indie, electronic, kraut, psych and of course a bit of pop to keep you going thru the night.
11pm – 4am / £3 before Midnight / £4 after
Kraak / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB
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
The Montoyas / Vinyl High / Remote Control Universe / Taylor & Leigh
It’s another great night of live music at Dry Live tonight as Designer Magazine presents The Montoyas, Vinyl High, Remote Control Universe and Taylor & Leigh
The Montoyas return for their long awaited comeback gig after a 9 month break writing new material for a forthcoming release so tonight gives you a chance to hear the debut of some new material. The Montoyas
Vinyl High state their influences are Oasis, The Beatles, The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Smiths and The Who, os if they are making music like their influences you have probably got a decent idea of what they are going to sound like. Vinyl High
Remote Control Universe are an Alt Rock Band. The Three piece consists of Caitlin (Guitar and Lead Vocals), Maddy (Bass and Backing Vocals) and James (Drums). Remote Control Universe
Taylor & Leigh‘s blend of Nu-Folk-Country Blues is soulful and blisteringly hot. Heather has the voice of an angel with the power of a hurricane while Alex’s guitar playing simply takes your breath away. Taylor & Leigh’s song writing is prolific to say the least, they already have three albums available on iTunes – Cut to the Bone – Two Steps ahead of the Hangman – and the latest Throw them to the Wolves. Taylor & Leigh
6.30pm – 10.30pm / £5 adv / £7 otd
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
Be My Guest with Simon Tonkinson
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 and residents Annabel Fraser, Matt Ward, Jason Boardman & Levi Love (on monthly rotations) welcome a weekly guest whilst the Basement is handed over to various promotions. All kicking off from 8pm with Simon Tonkinson in the Kitchen.
Kitchen ~ 8pm – 1am / FREE
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF
Band On The Wall
Wall Of Sounds Artistic Director Series featuring Snarky Puppy
Band on the Wall is delighted to welcome back Snarky Puppy to work alongside some of the UK’s most exciting new musicians to create a special one off concert as part of the Wall of Sounds Artistic Director Series. The concert is the culmination of a project which has seen 3 members of the Texas / New York ensemble - bass player and band leader Michael League, drummer Robert ‘Sput’ Searight and keyboard player Bill Laurance – leading a 5 day intensive residency to create new material with the specially selected artists.
For those who don’t know this incredible band – Snarky Puppy have in recent years gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. The 3-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group (“Best Jazz Act” 2008, 2009, 2010) fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience.
“Snarky Puppy is one of the most inventive in sound and funk since Maynard Ferguson’s fusion years.” ~ The New Face of Jazz
This unique residency programme is delivered by Brighter Sound with Band on the Wall to offer emerging and mid-career musicians the chance to work with professional artists who are creatively and professionally exciting, and who have a depth of experience to share. The series previously saw 12 UK musicians working with The Unthanks in 2012 and more events are planned for the future.
7.30pm / £10 adv / £15 OTD
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Matt & Phreds
Jade Harris with The Chris Flaherty Quartet
Expect a vocal performance that effortlessly oozes character and soul, complemented by silky guitar tones and a tight, grooving rhythm section tonight. Chris and Jade first met at a Jazz jam session in July 2012 and have since been working together in numerous line-ups, rapidly creating a name for themselves on the northern jazz circuit. Chris Flaherty is a jazz guitarist whose latest venture is an album of all original music composed for a 12 piece band with live dates coming soon featuring some of the North’s finest musicians (Dennis Rollins, Rod Mason, mark Chandler, Richard Hammond, Wayne Pollock…..)
For this gig, Chris is joined by Martin Davies (Drums), Sam Vicary (Double Bass) and Wayne Pollock (Keys) to support Jade Harris (Vocals) in creating some modern takes on all-time favourite standards.
9.30pm – 1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW
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
A crash course in ampersand genres at Odd… Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll and Funk & Soul all on the essential curriculum from our ‘teacher’ Dom Zube (Kill It Kid).
8pm – late / FREE
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER
Top Of The Pops ’13
Started on the 11th of January, there is a new look to Friday nights at Mint Lounge right here in the heart of the Northern Quarter on Oldham Street with the start of Top Of The Pops.
Following in the footsteps of Pop ‘Til You Drop, Top Of The Pops will be keeping with the tradition of providing a fantastic selection of music to kick start your weekend with their resident DJs play an “explosive extravaganza” of dance floor gems, long lasting classics & party starters “guaranteed to make you dance yourself ditzy”! Top Of The Pops
“From Beyonce to Blondie, to The Killers & Jackson’s Thriller with healthy measures of guilty pleasures…we love the nightlife!”
10.30pm – 3.30am / £2
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE
Trof take us on 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
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1EU
The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs
MC Dave Williams presents David Longley, James Cook & Tom Stade 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 Concessions
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ