What’s On in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 1st June 2012

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Liftmen Poster, BotW

Band On The Wall
Finders Keepers Summer Party featuring The Liftmen / Sam & The Plants / Finders Keepers & New Manchester Review DJs

New Manchester Review and Finders Keepers Records team up to bring you a ‘psyched-out freakish’ summer party, featuring two of the Finders Keepers/Twisted Nerve label’s finest artists The Liftmen and Sam & The Plants live, plus Finders Keepers and New Manchester Review DJs Andy Votel / Doug Shipton / David Orphan / Luke J Murray [Finders Keepers / Twisted Nerve] and Simon Webbon [New Manchester Review / Abstract Groove / Band on the Wall] spinning a mix of international psych, funk, freak-rock and rare grooves exclusively on vinyl until the early hours.


The Liftmen

Formed in the mid-noughties in an industrial lift, The Liftmen have been fixtures of Bristol’s musical subterranea ever since, nurturing their artful and lyrically elusive song constructs for guitar/bass/drum/voice. The Liftmen are Neil Smith; vocals/guitar, Rasha Shaheen; bass/vocals and Jamie Whitby-Coles; drums/organ/vocals. Celebrating the release of their brand new LP on Twisted Nerve, ‘Luftwaffe Pond’The Liftmen are taking inspiration from bands like Gang Of Fourand The Bush Tetras, while at points presenting an almost jazzy serenity recalling the Chicago school of the nineties, yet just as often this is gleefully ruptured by fuzzed-out motorik detours and Deerhoof-like thrusts of sonic overdrive. To find out more, check them out here;  The Liftmen

Sam & The Plants

Sam & The Plants, another fine artist in the Finders Keepers stable, are an inspiring acid/psych folk outfit who create otherworldly folk music reminiscent of tripped-out film soundtracks such as The Wicker Man and Valerie & Her Week of Wonders, as well as the avant-garde folk artists of the 60s including The Incredible String BandJohn Fahey and Pentangle.

9pm / £7 adv / £8 otd
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Deafen The Creatures

Night & Day
High Kite Media presents Brouhaha / Deafen The Creatures / Yarbo

High Kite Media bring 3 acts for a fiver to Night & Day Cafe tonight featuring the sounds of Brouhaha, Deafen The Creatures and YarboBrouhaha are a 7 piece musical troupe who  have been impressing audiences with their truly unique style of brassy soul mashed with protest folk and sassy Ska.  Yarbo was born in the industrial suburbs of Cheshire and is a new songwriter on the scene. After spending 2010 -11 writing with Manchester based Northern Song Collective (NSC) and his former band Paraffin Oil Shop, Yarbo is now focusing on his own musical works.

Deafen The Creatures

Deafen The Creatures

Deafen The Creatures are an up and coming acoustic electronic band from Widnes, Liverpool and Manchester who were formed in February 2011 and effortlessly combine the traditional nuances of delicate male/female vocals, acoustic guitars and piano with the modern approach of ambient synths and driving electronic beats to create vast intertwining soundscapes. The band are made up of Kieran Joyce; Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, Elinor Alicia Gray; Vocals (MOJO Magazine’s New Voice 2011), Daniel Finney; Piano and Programming and Chris Paton; Electric Guitar.

If you like the sound of them, you can download their EP for free (it’s really rather good!) over on their website;  Deafen The Creatures Website

Last year I had the privilege of helping judge the MOJO Glenfiddich New Voice Finals, the resounding winner was the lead singer from tonight’s guest group Elinor Alicia Gray…Great as she was, it turned out Deafen The Creatures is even greater, exceeding the sum of its parts.” ~ Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

7.30pm – 10.30pm / £5
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN


Dry Bar
Designer Mag presents Sixound / The Auditeurs / Transition Baby & more

With Designer Magazine it’s all about the music and tonight at the first of their Jubilee Weekend double headers it’s no exception. Headliners Sixound are a dubstep duo from Manchester and will be delivering an incendiary end to the night – which serves to warm up folk for the 4AM aftershow upstairs at Dry Bar while The Auditeurs have played for Designer Magazine twice before now, never failing to impress and bring to mind Maximo Park and The Futureheads. Transition Baby, Arrested In Moscow and The Northern Scene start proceedings off making a ticket to this a £6 well spent.

Sixound In For A Penny


Sixound are a duo from Manchester, Josh and Aaron, who are Producer/DJs. They produce Dubstep/ElectroHouse music, and their unique sound has been on the forefront of Manchesters clubs and bars. Sixound bring distinct catchy beats and flowing dubstep tracks that will suit everybody (well maybe not your parents unless they are particularly cool!). Check out the track below and if you like it there’s plenty more on Soundcloud  Sixound Soundcloud and you can give them a like over on Facebook  Sixound Facebook

 The Auditeurs

The Auditeurs

The Auditeurs are an unsigned Mancunian band who have recently released their EP/Demo and are currently busy gigging around the manchester music venues! The band are made up of Lee Bebbington; Guitarist/Vocals, Johnny Hearldon; Guitarist/Backing Vocals, Jordan Powell; Drummer and Connor Griffiths; Bass Guitarist/Backing Vocals.  The Auditeurs Facebook

 Transition Baby

Transition Baby

Transition Baby are 4 lads from Audenshaw / Denton, James Cotterill; Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Joe Dobes; Lead guitar, Vocals, Dan Arrowsmith; Bass and Andy Forshaw– Drums. They make music!  Transition Baby Facebook

Arrested In Moscow

Arrested In Moscow

Arrested in Moscow formed at the start of 2011 as a group of guys trying to create a “fresh” sound but after several successful gigs in 2011 they took winter to overhaul their sound completely. Now they take inspiration from the more complicated drumming patterns from other genres and combining them with their mixed sound as well as adding of Synths with their new member Joe Heaton, whilse the bass and guitar parts have more of a rythmical edge. The band, made up of Joe Heaton; Vocals/Synths, Andrew Woodhouse; Guitar, Aaron Simkin; Percussion and Chris Bland; Synth/Bass/Flute/Piano/Recorder/Penny Whistle/Harmonica, are gigging hard and preparing to record their first EP.  Arrested In Moscow Facebook

 The Northern Scene

The Northern Scene

The Northern Scene are an indie/rock band formed around July 2010 by a group of young lads, Jordan Skelly, Cameron Ryan, Luke Cooper, Ryan Critchlow and Colm Carroll.  The Northern Scene

7pm / £6
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Be My Guest - May

Soup Kitchen
Be My Guest with Abigail Ward

Simon Tomkinson curates another two-floor musical marathon of beats to delight discerning music lovers and please the finest shape-shifters. This week Simon is joined by Abigail Ward.

8pm-3am / Free


1 Redlight Presents DVS1 & David James (aka Trus’me)

1RedLight, David James new project, comes to Soup Kitchen with a very special night with DVS1 and David James himself taking to the decks, and a very special start time; 11:59pm!



DVS1, or Zak to his friends continues to move floors with a combination of deep musical knowledge, unparalleled enthusiasm, and a vinyl collection of more than 10,000 records. Zak never maps out his sets ahead of time, opting to craft sets spontaneously from within the context they are intended for. He does this the old-fashioned way; with bags of wax carefully assembled from his massive record collection. As a producer, DVS1 makes music that is simple, effective and captures the feeling of the moment. The sound DVS1 creates is described as stripped down & raw to the bone, the sounds are that of purism & clarity, everything you need in a techno record is present. Hypnotizing electronic structures, mind bending chords and soul! You can check out his work over on Soundcloud  DVS1 Soundcloud

David James

David James (aka Trus’me)

Label owner of Prime Numbers and creator of Disco/Deep House/Detroit influenced choice cuts, Mancunian music head, Trus’me, has seen tremendous success since the release of his debut LPs ‘Working Nights‘ and ‘In The Red‘. Now, taking on a fresh persona as David James, he explores a different electronic path focusing on his unwavering passion for Techno. His love for electronic music which stemmed from Disco/Deep House sees an inevitably, natural progression to Techno with previous releases on Prime Numbers receiving support from the likes of Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Derrick May and more. You can listen to more of Prime Numbers‘ releases on their Soundcloud  Prime Numbers’ Soundcloud

11.59pm-5am /  £5 Early Bird / £7 advance / £10 on the door 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Sarah Smith

Matt & Phreds
The Sarah Smith Trio with guest John Dover

The Sarah Smith Trio play gypsy jazz keeping the spirit of the music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli alive. The band features Sarah Smith on Violin, Tim Smith on Rhythm guitar/Vocal, Remi Harris on Lead guitar + guest player John Dover on Bass. As well as making many television and radio appearances, Violinist Sarah has been a session musician for the BBC. She has toured Europe extensively, as well as Canada. Sarah was awarded “Best Young Performer” by N/C Magazine. As a member of Inspector Gadjo, she won first place at an International Gypsy Jazz Festival in 2009. Sarah has performed with some of the world’s top Gypsy and Swing jazz musicians, including Gary Potter, Frank Vignola, and Martin Limberger Sarah Smith Trio Website

9.30pm – 1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Drunk at Vogue

Drunk At Vogue: Party Number III

The House of Popular Disco is back for the first in their long, hot summer of parties. Party II filled Kraak with the most dressed up of the messed up in Manchester. Party number III mixes Mancunian cheek with Manhattan chic with a night of disco, pop, house and ‘dancefloor surprises’. Drunk At Vogue are; James Sizen Bell, Greg Thorpe, Thom Docking and Gary James Williams.

10.30pm – late / £4
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Freitags with Esqueezy

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 Esqueezy.

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

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

Odd Weekend

Odd Bar
Dom Zube

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!

Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER

Pop Til You Drop Punk Special

Mint Lounge
Pop ‘Til You Drop

Nobody is complaining about the 4 day Bank Holiday, nor the following 3 day working week, certainly not Pop ‘Til You Drop! They are kicking the long weekend off on the Friday with a nod and a wink to the celebrated anti Royal musical culture, Punk. Expect to hear The Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, David Bowie, Siouxie and the Banshees…and their favourite Pop music from through the decades too.

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

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
Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Johnny Candon presents Sally Anne HaywardPeter Otway and Dan Nightingale 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