What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 22nd April 2016

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What's on in the Northern Quarter, Friday 22nd April 2016, Spaceheads & Paddy Steer, Gullivers

Spaceheads & Paddy Steer

Hot on the heels of a successful tour of Portugal, Germany and Switzerland, Andy Diagram and Richard Harrison, aka Spaceheads, are playing what promises to be a spectacular night of both electronic wizardry and psychedelic visual effects at Gullivers. Diagram, best known for his trumpet playing with Manchester icons James, plays through a series of electronics, with loops and effects, building up layers of breathy noises, rhythmic sounds and general weirdness that you wouldn’t normally believe could come from a trumpet and then playing magical melodious tunes, utilizing echo and wah-wah pedal over the top – all controlled from a mobile phone attached to the trumpet by, of all things, a fish slice! He is accompanied by long-time musical partner Richard Harrison, whose percussive trickery includes use of bits of tin can, bottles, sheets of metal and most bizarrely, a pair of squeaky toy pigs! But the Spaceheads experience isn’t just an aural treat – they are accompanied by Rucksack Cinema, whose live mixing of video images, from black and white films of steam trains, 1920s space films and clips from classic movies combines with images of the universe, spinning stars, psychedelic swirls and blocks of light and colour projected around the walls, floor and ceiling of the venues they play, turns the whole show into a complete mind blowing audio-visual experience not to be missed. They are joined by Paddy Steer and Mal Dino.

7.30pm – 11pm / £5 / BUY TICKETS
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

The Spitfires, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
The Spitfires / The Barmines

The Spitfires are a bold and brash band who were raised on The Clash, The Jam, The Specials, The Smiths and Arctic Monkeys. Their energetic and powerful live performances have already seen them play over 250 shows and with their growing fan base and reputation it’s no surprise that the band came to the attention of Paul Weller and The Specials who both personally invited them along for support slots in the past 12 months. Selling out gigs up and down the country without the support of an agent is no mean feat and in turn has made The Spitfires one of the best live bands that many want to see. Take your chance to see them when they play The Ruby Lounge tonight with support from The Barmines.

A snarling proletarian polemic against the daily grind” ~ Classic Rock

Gaining more and more friends with their stunning live shows” ~ Fred Perry Subculture

7.30pm – 10.30pm / £10 adv / BUY TICKETS
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Beach Baby, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Beach Baby

South London indie-pop four-piece Beach Baby head out on their debut headline tour and find themselves at Soup Kitchen tonight, with support from Willie J Healey. Beach Baby’s transatlantic, sensory take on slacker-pop was brought together via Athens, Dorset and Sheffield. They met in the musically-rich halls of Goldsmiths, where co-vocalists Ollie and Lawrence placed an advert looking to flesh out their then-folk-driven duo. Future bassist Iraklis turned up dressing like a 50s freshman (and swiftly got the gig), before the addition of drummer Shep rounded off the dreamy mix of sounds that would define Beach Baby. And it’s this quintessentially British take on the glamourized post-college experience – the frustrations and thwarted fantasies that might actually await you – which underline Beach Baby.

7pm – 10.15pm / £6 adv / BUY TICKETS
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF
Global Roots Soundsystem

Soup Kitchen
Global Roots Soundsystem with Thris Tian & JVC

After two sellout parties Global Roots Soundsystem returns for the third instalment in their quarterly residency at Soup Kitchen. Tonight Dark & Lovely Global Roots and Banana Hill team up once again welcoming Boiler Room founder Thris Tian and Banana Hill DJs Cervo & JVC, now flying under the name of Global Roots Soundsystem. As usual expect sounds old & new from around the world; flamboyant afrobeat from Accra, life-affirming Turkish disco, guttural Detroit techno, deep afrohouse sounds of Durban, percussive madness from Lisboa, Norwegian jazz-house, lush UK neo-soul and everything in between.

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

BC Camplight, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
BC Camplight

Hey! Manchester and Now Wave present Philadelphian turned Mancunian BC Camplight (Brian Christinzio) at Band On The Wall. BC was banned from the UK last January on the eve of releasing what should have been one of the most celebrated records in recent years. ‘How To Die In The North‘ was praised as a bold maniacal psych masterpiece which showcased Christinzio’s singular twisted talents for genre-melding songwriting and psychoactive production. However, the country-less Christinzio was forced to watch the ill-fated campaign deteriorate from the sidelines following his expulsion from his home and most supportive territory. Despite continuing to tour in America and mainland Europe, Brian felt the spirit of the record left him when he left his beloved adopted home town. But now the former War On Drugs live member turned rogue cult figure is coming home. Anyone who has seen BC Camplight on stage will tell you this prodigious live experience should not be missed…but if you’ve left it until now to get a ticket you’ve left it too late as this show is unsurprisingly sold out.

7.30pm – 11pm / SOLD OUT
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Five Days North, Night & Day

Night & Day
Five Days North EP Launch

Five Days North are launching their debut EP this April and to celebrate they are hosting an EP launch at Night & Day tonight. They are joined for this special night by Young Monarch and Larkins. Ticket price includes entry to the gig and a download of the EP.

8pm – 11pm / £3 (with free download)
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Ether E, Night & Day

Night & Day
Ether E

Following the live acts at Night & Day earlier in the evening the fun continues with the Night & Day DJs. Expect music, music and more music from tonight’s DJ Ether E.

11pm / FREE
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Alligator Gumbo, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
Alligator Gumbo

Alligator Gumbo are an exciting 7 piece, Leeds based swing band featuring the authentic line up of clarinet, violin, trumpet, trombone, accordion, steel guitar, double bass, and washboard. They play New Orleans Swing / Jazz from the 1920’s era with songs made popular by the likes of Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Ella Fitzgerald, performed in the traditional style of upbeat tempos, entertaining improvisations, foot-stomping swinging rhythms, and rowdy group singing. Sounds like a great night ahead at Matt & Phred’s.

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 Mark Scott & 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

Freakout Honey, AATMA

Freakout Honey

Getting the night off to a great start at AATMA tonight are the “7 piece citrus guava and the excellent mouth jiving on the death roll” that is Freakout Honey. They are supported by The Showers and Night Palms.

7.30pm – 10.30pm / £5
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Sublow 2, AATMA

Sublow 2

Sublow 2 is a Manchester based Grime/Dubstep/Bass night which tonight features LZ, Malevolent, JFO, Kong & Atilly. They will be keeping you entertained all night at AATMA with heavy hits.

11pm – 4am / £5 adv / BUY TICKETS
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Phil Ellis presents Ian Smith, Garrett Millerick & Steve Harris 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

New(ish) kid on the Tariff Street block, Pen & Pencil entertain drinkers on the weekends with a rotating selection of fine DJs. Tonight, swapping vocals for vinyls, Duncan Wallis 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

Bump, Blue Pig

Blue Pig

BUMP! The party that sounds like someone making you the coolest live mixtape you ever got! With everything from hot funk, spandex bangers, hot tub soul, rump-shaking pop and more, Mof Gimmers and Mat Lake sling hidden gems and bona fide classics into the mix to give you an evening of irresistible rhythm & booze. Whether you’re into Michael Jackson or Yacht Rock, or stomping soul and the purest pop – come and drink, request and dance at The Blue Pig!

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