What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 25th September 2015

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What's on in the Northern Quarter, Friday 25th September 2015, Liam McClair, Gullivers

Liam McClair ‘Honest’ EP Launch

Liam McClair launches his brand new EP ‘Honest‘ with a very special full band show at Gullivers tonight. This will be the first full band show for Liam, and after numerous radio plays from Xfm (RIP), BBC 6 Music, Introducing and more, this is not a show to miss. Support on the night comes from Robbie Cavanagh and his band, Jonny Woodhead and Tom Kwei (spoken word). ‘Honest’ will be available for purchase on the night, and you’ll be able to purchase the EP online from Monday September 28th from iTunes.

7.30pm – 11pm / £6 adv / BUY TICKETS
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Hurricane Hill, Three Minute Theatre

Three Minute Theatre
Hurricane Hill

Three Minute Theatre present a new play by North West playwright, Chris Leicester, from its successful run in London where it received critical acclaim.

“One of the best visiting productions we have had the pleasure to stage.” ~ Harry Denford, owner of The London Theatre, New Cross, London

7.30pm – 10.30pm / £7 Adv / BUY TICKETS
Three Minute Theatre / Afflecks Arcade / 35-39 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JG

The Chords Uk, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
The Chords UK (featuring Chris Pope)

The Chords UK is the current incarnation of Mod-Punk Mega Group The Chords who last played Manchester in 1980 and features original member Chris Pope. Chris is able to combine the past and present into what will prove to be a killer live performance still with the venom and passion of the 70s/80s shows but now also with the style and grace of someone that really has nothing left to prove. Tonight at The Ruby Lounge support will come from The Speed Of Sound and The Transmitters.

“As savage as (Pete) Townshend with toothache… Ace.” ~ Uncut magazine

“Loud, sweeping, righteous, and verging on the bombastic, it’s cut-the-crap stuff…it’s good to have him back.” ~ Record Collector Magazine

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

Samuel Kerridge, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Samuel Kerridge (live) / Dwellings (live)

Having released his sophomore LP in February on his brand new CONTORT label Samuel Kerridge is expanding his signature waves of drone and slow churning industrial techno with crushing guitar and gnarled vocals making his brand new live set heavier than ever! Catch it tonight in the Soup Kitchen basement along with support from Dwellings.

7pm – 10pm / £8 adv
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Dancers Wanted, FYI Chris, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Dancers Wanted for FYI Chris / Ruf Dug

September sees Ruf Dug welcoming FYI Chris to the Soup Kitchen basement. Super fresh talent from the incredibly fertile London suburb of Peckham, this pair of pals – both named Christopher – can usually be found behind the counter at Rye Wax, the record shop / party zone that has become one of the key spots in the SE15 revolution that’s been taking place over the last couple of years. Their partnership goes beyond the record shop, however, as they also have been jamming out some amazing house music, already notching up releases on hyper influential South London imprints Church and Rhythm Section where they’ve showcased a dusty, raw, beat-driven house sound that is just perfect for the smoky red den at the Soup Kitchen.

11pm – 4am / £6/7 adv / More OTD / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Martin Taylor, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
Martin Taylor

Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing, Martin Taylor possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence. Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, with more than 100 recordings to his credit. Completely self-taught beginning at the early age of 4, he has invented and developed a unique way of playing the guitar that is greatly admired, and often emulated, by guitarists all over the world. Tonight’s show at Band On The Wall is one not to miss.

“Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument.” – Pat Metheny

“He out-shreds all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it” – Jeff Beck

7pm – 11pm / £16.50 Earlybird / £18.50 adv
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Ryan Keen, Night & Day

Night & Day
Ryan Keen

It’s been a nonstop roller coaster ride for Ryan Keen since the release of his debut album Room For Light. Having already played over 250 shows before the release Ryan has added to that number with another sell out tour of the UK and two headline tours in Germany. He has also played massive shows across Europe with Sunrise Avenue & Tom Odell and the start of 2015 saw Ryan back on the road with his long-time friend Ed Sheeran as main support on the current leg of Ed’s European tour. Unfortunately Ed is unlikely to be joining Ryan for this show at Night & Day tonight!

7.30pm – 11pm / £7.50 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Pacemaker, Night & Day

Night & Day
Pacemaker Club Night

Two Weeks Running head to Night & Day Café for Pacemaker, a Rock ‘N’ Roll Club night. Not sure what you are going to hear at a rock and roll club night then have a little look at the poster or just take a risk and head down there…it’s free after all!

11pm – 3am / FREE
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Lazy River Jazz Band, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
The Lazy River Jazz Band

The Lazy River Jazz Band formed in the early 1970’s to play dixieland /swing style music from the 20’s, 40’s and 50’s. The Quartet has supported nationally acclaimed musicians including the legendary Nat Gonella and have been the guests of many celebrated musicians. The Band Includes: Geoff Billington (Trumpet, Flugel Horn & Cornet), John Pennington (Clarinet & Alto Sax), Roy Billington (Tenor Banjo & Guitar) and Dave Parr (Bass). The band will play music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller,Benny Goodman,and of the Charleston era.

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

Top of the Pops 15, Mint Lounge

Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops ’15 with Across The Tracks

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

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

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

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

H.A.M. Odd Bar

Odd Bar

Odd Bar introduces a brand new Friday night H.A.M. with some of Manchester’s best DJs playing the very best of old school hip hop & R’n’B. H.A.M. brings beats to the rhyme in the Northern Quarter every Friday starting from Friday 13th February 2015.

8pm – 2am / 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

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

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Lou Conran presents Rory O’Hanlon, James Meehan & Mark Nelson 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 / £19 otd / BUY TICKETS
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street /  Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJC