What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 20th May 2016

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Mike Bladen, Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel
Mike Bladen / Chris Hapgood / James Wyatt

Mike Bladen is a 26 year old singer/songwriter originally from Chester but now based in Manchester. Mike writes honest music using clever hooks and honest story telling with a melodic nod to past relationships with old friends, lovers and family played on acoustic sounding guitars with a solid percussive undertone and drenched in warming vocal harmonies. Armed with his band, Mike takes to the stage to tell stories you can’t help but relate to and by the end of his set, sing along to. He is joined at The Castle Hotel tonight by special guests Chris Hapgood and James Wyatt.

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

Mr Heart, Gullivers

Mr Heart / Super Fast Girlie Show

Gullivers host an explosive evening of noise with Manchester based Mr Heart, and Liverpool based Super Fast Girlie Show coming to town. Mr Heart screech, wail, and shudder through their live set. Their intensity of sound immerses listeners and keeps them guessing with interesting rhythms and a rollercoaster of dynamic. Flailing guitars give way to menacing beats and rumbling bass, whilst urgent vocals soar above the post-punk chaos. A band not to be missed (Salford Music). Sounds alright!

7.30pm / £5
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Dope DOD, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
Dope D.O.D. / Virus Syndicate

After a sold out show at London’s Barfly in March and two successful special guest appearances at the huge sold out Wu-Tang shows in London and Glasgow, Dutch hip-hop phenomenon Dope D.O.D. are set to return to further establish their name in the UK. Currently touring in Europe and the U.S, the duo will next finish work on their album and look forward to seeing their fans in 2016. This is a rescheduled date and original tickets remain valid. Dope D.O.D. are joined at The Ruby Lounge by Virus Syndicate.

7pm / £10
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Peepshow, May, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge

Peepshow returns to The Ruby Lounge with their Cabaret of Curiosities providing a feast for the senses. There’s Avant Garde and alternative entertainers from the darker side of life and live music to soundtrack your descent into debauchery. Expect a dark sexual circus from “The Future of Fetish“. As you’d imagine there’s a dress code for this – “Dress to Impress – the more flamboyant the better! No Jeans. No trainers

11pm / £12
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Son of Dave, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Son of Dave / The Church

Son of Dave releases his seventh studio album – this time, a collection of cover tunes, packaged up like the old K-Tel Super Hits compilations from the 1970s. A UK tour to accompany the album is of course the tradition, and his ever-growing all-ages eclectic fanbase will be there, rowdy and willing to participate. It’s certainly the best and most energetic one-man show you’ll find, with hardcore fans regularly travelling long distances to see him many times. Support comes from The Church, a non-stop party church service featuring the best soul, blues and disco tunes fronted by insane Pastor and Pentecostal pervert Rev. Michael Alabama Jackson. By the end you’ll be on your knees praying for more – think Sister Act on speed!
7.30pm / £12.50 adv
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Adapt, Makaton, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Adapt: Makaton live

For their second event of 2016 Adapt bring you Makaton performing live. Steve Bailey – aka Makaton – has been releasing influential, experimental and cutting-edge techno music since 1998 with all but three of his releases coming through his own Rodz-Konez operation, a label that’s released music by Regis, Inigo Kennedy, Female, The 65D Mavericks and Fumiya Tanaka. Underground and uncompromising to the core, Makaton’s music is consistently supported and charted by Jeff Mills, Surgeon, Dave Clarke and James Ruskin and other techno luminaries. Makaton’s exhilarating live set has seen him bolster the techno scene across the UK, Europe and in the US. Support comes from the Adapt DJs Oriel, NAAS, Shaun Cunningham & John Sneddon.

11pm – 4am / £8 adv / £10 OTD / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Quantic, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
Quantic (live) / Joe W

Quantic returns to the open road with a live band this spring and tonight ends up at a sold out Band On The Wall. Will Holland is known for his adventurous musical productions, and skill for marrying a variety of sounds with the modern dance floor aesthetic. On this tour, he will be joined by legendary Colombian drummer/percussionist Wilson Viveros, and Texas-born multi-instrumentalist and regular Quantic collaborator, Sylvester Onyejiaka on horns and keys, with additional special guests to be announced. Expect an evening of tropical rhythm, bass lines a plenty and inspiring music for all. That is of course if you’ve managed to get yourself a ticket!

8pm – 11pm / SOLD OUT
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

The Echo Rays, Night & Day

Night & Day
Local Showcase

Another Local Showcase at Night & Day tonight as they welcome headliners The Echo Rays along with support from Velettes and The Bad Trips.

7.30pm – 11pm / £6
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Electric Jug, Night & Day

Night & Day
Electric Jug – 2nd Birthday

Electric Jug brings the best in 60s, Rock & Roll, Psych, Britpop and Soul to your eardrums at Night & Day. They are promising some new surprises and plenty of the good stuff Electric Jug is known for and tonight it’s their 2nd birthday celebration so it should be a special night.

11pm – 4am / £4 adv / £5 otd / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Devils Jukebox, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
Devil’s Jukebox

Red hot ragtime, vintage viper jazz and scurrilous popular tunes from the twenties and thirties is where the Devil’s Jukebox lives. Described by the Yorkshire Times as “five piece vaudevillian sensations, playing an infectious brand of red hot ragtime“, as”a marvellous Tom Waits-esque cabaret” by the Guardian, and as “darkly surreal, sinister and bewitching” by Sandman Magazine, they’ve just released their third album ‘Sure is Righteous!‘. Expect a raucous night of rags, tangos, charlestons, and more…

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 Pop Curious? & 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

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Mike Wilkinson presents Funmbi Omatayo, Vince Atta & Tom Wrigglesworth 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 / BUY TICKETS
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 is Duncan Wallis who swaps vocals for vinyls as he steps away from his usual spot in front of the mic with the Dutch Uncles and goes it alone as he takes on the decks. Expect a mix of some new wave, indie and alternative tunes that are perfect for winding up for the weekend.

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