What’s On in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 23rd August

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What's On in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 23rd August

Matt & Phreds
Weekend Sun Music

Influenced by sample-heavy 90’s Hip Hop, with its rule-breaking blend of 60’s Soul and Funk and old danceable jazz, Weekend Sun blend old and new with influences varying wildly from early Duke Ellington and New Orleans jazz through to the Incredible Bongo band, Be-Bop and Tribe called Quest. Weekend Sun’s first demo-collaboration was given airplay on BBC 6’s Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul show back in Sept 2010 but it was the single’s B-side that brought Weekend Sun the most praise. With a second single in the bag in 2012 Weekend Sun are currently recording their debut album which is due for release in September and interrupt that process to come and entertain us at Matt & Phred’s tonight.

9.30pm – 12.30am / £5 / FREE with an NQ Card
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Ducktails, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen

Now Wave are back in the Northern Quarter and tonight present Ducktails, the dream pop side project of Matt Mondanile from Real Estate live at Soup Kitchen with support from Temple Songs. Ducktails are embarking on a World tour on the back of their latest album ‘Flower Lane‘. Firm favourites of BBC6 Music and many more this is dreamy, psychy, guitary, floaty pop at its best. Don’t miss this, you’ll kick yourself.

Basement ~ 7.30pm – 10.30pm / £10 adv / BUY TICKETS
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

meandyou 5, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
5 Years of meandyou with Ron Morelli / DJ Qu / Juniper / Roy Orbison

This party is a milestone as meandyou celebrates 5 years of bringing the finest parties to Manchester with Ron Morelli (L.I.E.S, NYC), DJ Qu (Strength Music, NYC) and residents Juniper & Joy Orbison, two guests that have provided recent highlights for the meandyou crowd, as well as two of their own collective. It’s been 5 years since meandyou threw our first season of parties at Manchester’s Palace Hotel, Melodies and Bookbinders, before settling at their new home, Soup Kitchen. They have always tried to stay true to their original vision of booking artists that they believe deserve a platform to perform within Manchester and the UK. This is going to be one hell of a party and is sure to be a sell out so get your tickets in advance or get there early!


Basement ~ 1opm – 6am / £12 adv / BUY TICKETS
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Amity, The Castle

The Castle Hotel

Wolverhampton born and Brighton brewed Amy Forrester started off by banging the drums after being influenced by Festivals at the age of 15. Once her Bobby Gillespie-esque drumming style had been honed, she taught herself guitar, discovered the art of looping and even created her own instruments. Not stopping there the one woman behind AMiTY decided to put all this together, taking the gift of mutli-tasking to a whole new level. Since the days of recording her debut EP in a spare room studio AMiTY partnered with Pledgemusic to raise the funds for her first solo tour and met her target in just three hours, which is one of the fastest ever met on the site. Now the eagerly awaited i AM AMiTY 2013 TOUR, funded by fans via PledgeMusic, comes to The Castle Hotel.

8pm / £5 otd
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

As Able As Kane, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
AAAK Album Launch Party + Rabid Pig / The Ascension / DJ Big Nick B

As Able As Kane (AAAK) start off their European tour right here in the Northern Quarter’s Ruby Lounge. Having formed in the summer of 1987 they have been around the block once or twice and supported some big name bands, most recently in 2012 Red Hot Chili Peppers in Eastern Europe. This tour will support their new album ‘Buildingscape Beat XXV‘ which marks the 25th anniversary of their first record release and tonight’s show will also feature the premier of their new video for single ‘Tough Luck‘. Tonight they will be supported by Rabid Pig, The Ascension and DJ Big Nick B.

7.30pm / £6
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Top Of The Pops ~ Mint Lounge

Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops ’13 with Gus Gorman / DJ Loz Newy (Poptastic)

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 / BUY TICKETS
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

Black Sonic Revolver, Night & Day

Night & Day
Black Sonic Revolver / Sound Marshals / Daddy Science / Liam McClair

Another legendary local showcase at Night & Day, this time featuring the wonderful Black Sonic RevolverSound MarshalsDaddy Science and Liam McClair. It’s only a fiver on the door for a night of decent entertainment and there’s even a cheaplist if you know how to get on it (check the bands FB pages)!

8pm – 2am / £3 cheaplist / £5 otd
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Drunk At Vogue Fire Island, Kraak

Drunk At Vogue: Fire Island Party

“We were all best buddies. We played together, we partied together, we adored each other, we danced with each other…”

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Fire Island was the ultimate gay party paradise. Short shorts, Muscle Marys, Beach all day, disco all night. For one night only, Drunk At Vogue leaves the city far behind and transports you back to that paradise in its glorious heyday of disco music, sunset vibes, dancefloor freedom, life, love and long nights. Plus if you need a break from the dancefloor take some time out to vote in their Mr Fire Island Contest. It’s free to enter and only a pound to cast your vote, so be bold and remember: ALL bodies are BEAUTIFUL on Fire Island. All proceeds will go to a very good cause.

10.30pm / £6
Kraak / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Dry Friday Flyer New

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
Dry Bar / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

After Work Social 2022NQ

After Work Social

Friday night at 2022NQ is all about the After Work Social, a get together for makers and creators, a place where you can eat, drink, mingle & play with like minded people. Enjoy the selection of draught, craft and Belgium beers alongside a fine selection of wines, spirits and their very own Urban Picnic. They also have free ping pong, a place to hang your art and they will even let you choose the music although they will have DJs on rotation playing vinyl grooves. Those DJs are Russ (Vinyl Exchange), Richard (Oi Polloi), Leggit (The Beat Club) and Glyn (More Bounce)

4pm – late / FREE
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ

Free Gig Friday, Bay Horse, August

Bay Horse Pub
Free Gig Friday

The Bay Horse Pub have decided that putting on a free gig every second Friday of every month just wasn’t enough and therefore EVERY FRIDAY should be known as “Free Gig Friday” from now on, and frankly that sounds like a fantastic idea to me. Free live music on a Friday night, unheard of! Tonight’s FGF features Velocets and Mammals. The show starts at 9pm and did we mention that it is FREE.

8pm-1am / FREE
The Bay Horse Pub / 35-37 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1NA

Stu Richards Black Dog WhoSaidWhat?

Black Dog Ballroom

Resident DJ Stuart Richards hosts WhoSaidWhat? every Friday at Black Dog NQ between 10pm and 4am. WhoSaidWhat? offers a night packed full of disco, funk and house with a few breaks along the way and even some hip hop and reggae to mix the night up a little.

9pm-4am /  FREE before 11pm
Black Dog Ballroom / Corner Tib & Church Street/ Northern Quarter / Manchester, M4 1PW

Well Future, Common

Well Future with Savwo

Common’s Friday night is Well Future. With a stronger emphasis on the music you hear, they bring us a whole host of harmonious guests. Musical confidants, past, present and future. Tonight taking to the decks is Savwo.

9pm-2am / FREE before 10pm / £2 after
Common/ 39-41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW

Odd Weekend

Odd Bar
Ranen (Triangular) / Patrick Ryder (Piccadilly Records)

Two floors to choose from with a DJ apiece. Ranen has been doing wonderful things for a while now, belying his years. He’ll be coming to Odd‘s decks and bringing musical bombs of house, disco, trap, hip hop and everything else to make your body dance and get filthy. Mr. Ryder meanwhile mixes it up live in the cut with an all wax selection of get down disco, jump up house and raw funk power.

8pm – late / FREE
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER

Trof Friday Melting Pot

Melting Pot

Trof drops us into the Melting Pot for an evening of elevating sounds with smooth soul, disco, hip hop, rock ‘n’ roll, reggae and old skool just some of the genres getting in the mix. A lively set of ingredients for an even livelier night.

9pm – 3am / FREE
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1EU

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Jonathan Mayor presents Steve Harris, Rob Heeney & Tony Burgess 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