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

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

Retrosexual Silent Disco

Retrosexual is a new Silent Disco night which launches tonight right here in Manchester’s Northern Quarter at 2022NQ. In case you haven’t been a part of a silent disco before, here’s a little summary of what to expect; when you arrive at Retrosexual, you’ll be given a pair of wireless headphones. You flip between the three streams of music – loosely based on the 70s, 80s and 90s.

If you’re bored with one song, switch channels on your headset and hear something else. Getting lost in the music is all part of the fun. From time to time, stop, take your head phones off and listen to what everyone else is singing along to. There are three DJs play simultaneously, leading to a room full of uncoordinated dancing and competitive singing.

8pm – 2am / £7
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ

Friday 12:51, Dry Bar

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

Tubeway Days

Tubeway Days ~ Gary Numan Tribute Act

Gary Numan tribute act Tubeway Days are back to play in Manchester once again at Dry Live. The show will include a new lighting show (as always) and Tubeway Days will be playing tracks from Gary Numan’s Touring Principle, Teletour and Wembley shows, so expect to hear the likes of Cars, Down in the Park, We Are Glass, I Die: You Die, Films and many more! The band features main man Antony Barton (Synth/ Keyboards) alongside Ian Bourne (Drums), Neil Bourne (Bass), Jonny Phage (Guitar/ Keyboard) and Martin Navard (Vocals). Tell all your Numanoid ‘friends’ as this will be a night to remember!

7.30pm – 10.30pm / £6 adv / £8 otd

Franco & the Dreadnought

Franco & The Dreadnought ~ Last Man Standing Single Launch

Franco and the Dreadnought announces himself on the scene with his powerhouse voice and agile fingers with the goods and ability to pack arenas full of people waving their lighters in the air and singing along with every fibre of their being. He and his trusty sidekick, the Dreadnought, are bound to move the masses into musical bliss. Franco is no stranger to success and as a testament to the power of his musical ability, he was asked personally by Desmond Tutu to write a song celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. The Archbishop gave the song entitled ‘Inyaniso‘ (translation – “Truth”) as a gift to Mr Mandela for his 90th birthday.

Previously Franco was the songwriter and front man for International One, who signed a record deal with a subsidiary of Universal Records. Shortly after the label went under in the recession causing Franco to partner up with his acoustic guitar and embark on a solo career. Since then Franco and the Dreadnought have released a 6 track EP of well recorded demos which is currently being played on radio stations worldwide and gone on to celebrate a publishing / representation deal agreed in May this year with Respect Music.

Franco’s debut single ‘Platt Fields‘ was released in October 2012 as a charity single. The song was put out as a self release though still attracted lots of attention. Franco’s second single ‘Last Man Standing‘ is being released by Live and Dangerous records on Nov 26th. The label have commissioned 11 dance remixes by some big name producers (including J Majik and Wickaman). These remixes are currently being played in nightclubs nationwide and getting a great response and tonight you can help Franco celebrate the release at the launch party and toast to his future success.  Franco & the Dreadnought

11pm – 4am / £5
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Be My Guest, Soup Kitchen, Friday

Soup Kitchen
Be My Guest with Simon Tonkinson

Simon Tonkinson curates another two-floor musical marathon of beats to delight discerning music lovers and please the finest shape-shifters. In the Kitchen Simon and residents Annabel Fraser, Matt Ward, Jason Boardman & Levi Love (on monthly rotations) welcome a weekly guest whilst the Basement is handed over to various promotions, this week it’s Now Wave. All kicking off from 8pm with Simon Tonkinson in the Kitchen!

Kitchen ~ 8pm – 1am /  FREE 


Now Wave presents ICEAGE followed by D/R/U/G/S EP launch

Iceage are Elias Bender Ronnenfelt and Jakob Tvilling Pless, Johan Surrballe Wieth and Dan Kjaer Nielsen. Formed while at school in Copenhagen aged 12, they quickly became a vital part of the city’s heavy music scene. It doesn’t do any good to cite influences, rather, Iceage mixes punk, post-punk, Goth and hardcore as if they invented it. Now all between 18 and 19, they have created an album overflowing with youthful energy, a 12 track sprint, crammed into just 24 minutes, recorded in 4 days titled ‘New Brigade‘. It’s long enough to hit you in the chest, short enough to make you wonder what happened. It’s immediate, catchy and clever. Everything a debut album should be.The band can currently be found playing shows in every corner of America, sleeping on floors, bloodying noses and getting everyone from The New Yorker to VICE magazine very, very excited. Their shows are still notoriously physical, sometimes aggressive, often destructive and always fun. You may get pushed around. Deal with it! ICEAGE

7.30pm – 11pm / £7


Now Wave presents D/R/U/G/S EP launch party / Ghosting Season / Idiosync

Now Wave continues it’s Friday night takeover of the Soup Kitchen‘s basement with D/R/U/G/S playing live to support the release of the ‘Source of Light‘ EP on 26th November. The party continues deep into the night with DJ sets from Ghosting Season and Idiosync D/R/U/G/S

11pm – 3am / £5
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF


Night & Day
Lucero + special guests

Lucero is an American country-punk rock band (if you can believe those three genres can coexist!) based in Memphis, Tennessee. Tonight they arrive at Night & Day in support of their latest studio album ‘Women & Work‘ as well as a varied back-catalogue spanning the years. Women & Work, their 8th album, is such an exciting presentation of the band’s eclectic explorations that it makes their 14-year meandering path appear to be a straight line to this very record. Integrating horns, pedal steel guitar, all manner of keyboards, and even a full-on gospel chorus, Women & Work is a fully realized musical extravaganza. Women & Work is like Arcade Fire baptized in Joe Cocker and Leon Russell’s Mad Dogs, then warmed with Don Nix’s Alabama State Troopers.  Lucero

8pm – 2am / £10
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN


The Ruby Lounge
Ultrasound / Camp Stag / Multiplier

They said it would never happen. And by ‘they’ I mean the band, their friends and anyone who had ever worked with them. But somehow, against all odds and several wads, Ultrasound are back. Back with a fresh attitude. Back with a new keyboard player. Back with a second album a ‘mere’ 13 years after colossal debut ‘Everything Picture‘ rattled the gills of the album charts. And back on fierce panda, launch pad for their debut ‘Same Band‘ single the first time around. You really couldn’t make it up, but make up they have. Witness their first tour since the ‘heady’ days of 1998!  Ultrasound

Support on the night comes from Camp Stag and Multiplier.

7.30pm / £8
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Manchester Jazz Festival

Matt & Phreds
Re-Live MJF 2012

Tonight Matt and Phred’s host a special evening to reflect on the many wonderful performances seen at the Manchester Jazz Festival this past July. They have a great evening lined up, including live music from ‘mjf introduces’ debutants Mercury and the fabulous Alice Zawadzki.


Mercury build the excitement and the beauty of improvised music into more modern feels and musical languages without losing the sophistication of compositional techniques, resulting in a whirling sound that sits somewhere in the space between contemporary jazz and popular music, and reflects their love of indie and electronica.

With new bass player “Barras” the full line up is now Tom Thorp (Saxophones), Dan Brew (Guitar), Gavin Barras (Bass Guitar) and Jim Molyneux (Drums).

Alice Zawadzki

Alice Zawadzki’s ‘Songs From Around the World‘ takes us on a journey across continents, bringing beautiful and uplifting jazz inspired by music from Africa, Greece, Poland and Scandinavia. Much of Alice’s music is inspired by this exploration, with songs in several languages, as well as having influences from John Coltrane, Steve Coleman, Joni Mitchell and Savina Yannatou. These diverse influences are brought together cohesively and with innovation by some of the UK’s finest talents.

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

Twinkle Brothers

Band On The Wall
Twinkle Brothers / Channel One Sound System

Band on the Wall continues its reggae season with the reggae party to upstage them all featuring a full live concert by the fabulous Twinkle Brothers plus the world famous Channel One Soundsystem featurin’ Mikey Dread keeping the good vibes and high times flowing into the early hours.

The Twinkle Brothers (Norman and Ralston Grant) are one of the best known original Jamaican reggae bands. Working with some of the seminal producers over the years including Lee “Scatch Perry”, Duke Reid and Bunny Lee, their much-loved songs include Give Rasta Praise, Beat Them Jah, Jah, Let The Music Play, Unemployment, Since I Throw The Comb Away and Faith Can Move Mountains. Always staying true to the foundations of their roots reggae sound and Rastafarian beliefs, their live show has given them global recognition, Norman Grant as the energetic front man dancing and singing alongside his congas drives any crowd and supported by a tight musically rich band.

Channel One Sound System are one of the world’s best known dub reggae sound systems. Running for over 30 years, Channel One built up their reputation as one of the main sound systems at Notting Hill Carnival, now they play out every weekend all over the UK and Europe. Channel One is made up of selector Mikey Dread playing roots reggae and consious steppas, the sound is completed by MC Ras Kayleb.

Channel One and The Twinkle Brothers enjoy a close working and personal friendship. This tour is the idea of Mikey Dread who has long wanted to tour the sound system alongside the Twinkle Brothers.  Mikey has been playing the Twinkle Brothers’ riddims since the start of the sound system in the 80s, with some of the Twinkle Brother’s tracks becoming signature Channel One tunes, such as Jahovia, Africa (Mikey’s favourite) and Never Get Burn.

8.30pm / £15 Adv
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

 Black & Blue

Black & Blue

Black & BLUE bring their first event to Manchester and it’s an event packed full of talent and entertainment in the Northern Quarter’s Kraak. Spread over two rooms, featuring an art exhibition, performances, readings, live bands and even a conceptual dining experience there really will be something for everyone! Black & BLUE is a radical new publication for poetry, drama, prose and all kinds of creativity. Check out more details on their website where you can also find out about how you can contribute;  Black & BLUE

Room One
Open Mic Poetry Readings
Visceral – Spoken Word and Hip Hop
Gymnast – Live music
The Quarry Lads Skiffle Group – Skiffle!
Plus some late night synth music by a couple of traveling orthodox priests

Room Two
Erotic cuisine that is also conceptual art by Couleur Cafe.
An exhibition of some wonderful art based on the Black & BLUE manifesto

9pm / £5
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB


Freitags at Common

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 taking to the decks is ESqueezy.

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

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
Bring On The Dancing Horses

Patrick mixes it up live in the cut with a selection of get down disco, get up house and off the wall pop to get your party started.

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


Pop 'til you drop

Mint Lounge
Pop ‘Til You Drop

A year into its existence and at its new home of Mint Lounge, PTYD DJ’s continue to provide a plethora of music spanning decades of quality pop from hip hop to indie, disco to rock, r n b to acid house, steering well clear of the cheesier side of the charts. Digging deep into their libraries, resident DJ’s from the camps of Crazy P and El Diablo’s Social Club (the original founders of the night), alongside other local heroes and don’t knows, hope to take you down a musical memory lane and have you firmly routed to the dancefloor.

10.30pm – 3.30am / £5
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

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
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1EU

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Jonathan Mayor presents Danny McLoughlinJohn Gavin and Eddy Brimson 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 / M4 1LJ