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

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Mr Wilson's Second Liners, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
Manchester Jazz Festival – Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

It’s the first night of the Manchester Jazz Festival and Matt & Phred’s open with the incredible Mr Wilson’s Second Liners. Never has Matt & Phred’s felt more like a cross between a New Orleans Dive mixed in with the hey day of Manchester’s infamous Hacienda night club. If you missed the 90’s in Manchester, Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners will take you back to an era now sorely missed by almost every Mancunian who raved! Quintessential New Orleans meets 90s club classics. In New Orleans, funerals are celebrated in style, with noisy brass bands processing through the streets. The main section of the parade is known as First Line, but the real fun starts with the Second Line, those who follow the band to enjoy the music, marching with the musicians and twirling parasols or waving handkerchiefs. Welcome to Second Lining. This is going to be another top night!

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

Rhythm Section, Eastern Bloc

Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc Residents & special guests

Manchester’s Hidden Spheres have got a new release coming out on Rhythm Section (RS012) so they thought it would make sense to celebrate the occasion with an instore party at Eastern Bloc, with their finest selectors. Rhythm Section will be bringing along the latest represses, some back catalogue entries, new merch, and a heap of RS012. Playing records throughout will be Hidden Spheres, Bradley ZeroContoursMali b2b Anu and the Eastern Bloc Records Resident DJs. New soundsystem in full effect as well as a well stocked bar including a load of incredible Ales, Lagers and Bitter botles from local brewer Cloudwater. Get involved!

4pm – 11pm /  FREE
Eastern Bloc / 5a Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DN

Beaut, Gullivers


Charlie Hammond’s debut solo-show comes to Gulliver’s off the back of a successful scratch at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in March, and a series of theatre and comedy events in Manchester in the past year. You may have seen him as a Forlorn Ghost, a solo-synchronised swimmer, or as a Very Important man. Originally from the shire of Worcester, Charlie escaped for a while to study with Philippe Gaulier, master-clown and creator of idiots & has also worked closely with Giffords Circus.

7.30pm / £4
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Madhatter's Tea Party, Whiskey Jar

Whiskey Jar
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Unfazed, Forge MCR & NotNormal Events present The Mad Hatters Tea Party. Join them on a magical journey down the rabbit hole for the best underground music in Manchester. The Whiskey Jar will be transformed into a trippy wonderland with crazy decor. As usual they will have Manchester’s finest house & techno DJs pumping out the grooves as well as an abundance of free fancy dress hats on entry.

10.30pm – 4am / FREE adv & b4 11pm / £3 11pm-Midnight / £5 after Midnight  / GET TICKETS
Whiskey Jar / 16 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

Disco Illusions, Prince, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
Disco Illusions – Celebration of Prince

Disco Illusion dedicate their night at Night & Day to a musical genius! Join them in celebrating Prince by grooving the night away to his funkiest of tunes along with the usual Disco Illusions experience; the best future Funk, shakin’ Soul and delicious Disco to keep you boogieing all night long.

11pm – 3am / £3 adv / £5 otd / BUY TICKETS
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Meat Free presents XDB, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Meat Free presents XDB

Meat Free welcome Metrolux label head XDB back to their favourite intimate venue, the Soup Kitchen basement. Germany’s XDB has been DJing since the early 90s, and after years of working in a record shop, he launched his Metrolux label in 2006. He sees his music heading in a direction that ranges from deep and soulful house to raw, analogue sounding dub techno. Support comes from Belfast’s Twitch DJs.

10pm – 4am / £10 adv / £12 OTD / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Big Boy Bloater, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
Beer ‘n’ Blues Weekend – Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs

It’s that time of year again when Band On The Wall gear up for a full weekend of Beer ’n’ Blues. They present the finest artists the UK’s blues scene has to offer together with a 20 pump bar featuring brews from local breweries. Making his name early on as an icon with the six-piece R&B the Southside Stompers, Big Boy Bloater has proven himself to be one of the finest guitarist and performers of his generation and has drawn praise from his contemporaries for his powerful voice and dynamic and instantly recognisable guitar style.

7.30pm – 11pm / £10 adv / BUY TICKETS
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Psyblings, Night & Day

Night & Day
Psyblings -Where’s Your Moon launch party

Merging psychedelic rock, garage, punk and blues with a general smorgasbord of weird, Psyblings are releasing “Where’s Your Moon?“. The sound is raw, the shows are gritty and they are playing down at Night & Day tonight to celebrate the release. Support comes from Thing, Mr Twisted and a few others yet to be announced.

A band that Manchester has been calling out for! Full on vocals and intense dirty guitar with undertones of brilliance… LOVE THEM” – BBC Introducing Manchester

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

Wet Dreams, Cramps Special, Night & Day

Night & Day
Wet Dreams – Cramps Special

Tonight at Night & Day The Cramps will be weaved into the foundations of Wet Dreams to bring you a night full of the “sleaziest, dirtiest experience surf & cramped terror”

11pm – 3am / £3 adv / £5 otd / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Top of the Pops Summer 16, Mint Lounge

Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops ’16 with 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

Cosmic Daisy, AATMA

Cosmic Daisy

Cosmic Daisy were a band formed in Manchester in the late 1990’s. They recorded a new single in 2013 in memory of their dear friend Juleigh Collins & tonight at AATMA all proceeds from the door are going to The St Kentigerns Hospice, St Asaph & proceeds from the sale of the single are going to Marie Curie. The band have also decided to upload their back catalogue for you to listen too or download & every penny they make will be going to the hospice. The band would like to make it clear that they “are not reforming”. Support comes from The Holy Dead, Landslide and Black Sonic Revolver.

8pm / £TBC
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Phil Ellis presents Dave Williams, Tim Renkow & Dane Baptiste 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 with Thom Jackson / Damien Johnstone

Pen & Pencil entertain drinkers on the weekends with a rotating selection of fine DJs. On the decks for the early session from 5pm is Thom Jackson with an eclectic mix of surf, garage, pop punk, rock n’ roll, grunge and old school hip hop with some American Rock thrown in for a hint of adolescent nostalgia. In the late slot from 8pm is Damien Johnstone of Club Clique fame with a mash up of disco, nu-disco and indie pop.

5pm – 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