What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 26th August 2016

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Doodle's Fifth Birthday, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Doodle’s Fifth Birthday

It’s Doodle‘s 5th birthday, so this one promises to be a little bit special! They’ve thrown some fantastic parties over the years, but because they’ve reached this milestone, they’ll be pulling out all the stops. After Andy Hart in May, they’re welcoming another Melbournian in Griffin Jones, AKA Francis Inferno Orchestra. With releases on a variety of well respected labels and having smashed the Boiler Room twice, his productions and DJing skills are highly sought after. As part of the celebrations, they have a pre-party at Eastern Bloc and then they’ll be partying at Soup Kitchen until 6am. Get involved!

11pm – 6am / £8 adv / More OTD / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Young Mountains, Gullivers

Young Mountains ‘Cannula’ EP Launch

Tilted Fiction Promotions are proud to present Young MountainsCannula‘ EP launch. Young Mountains will be returning with their unique mix of angular art rock and post punk. They will be performing tracks off of their sophomore EP, a free copy of which will be given on the night to anyone and everyone with a ticket for this Gullivers show. Support comes from PlayactingO>L>ARoBoTaLiEn and Hen Party.

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

Jody Wisternoff, Whiskey Jar

Whiskey Jar
Jody Wisternoff

Head to the Whiskey Jar for an intimate Bank Holiday summer party with Jody Wisternoff live along with resident Luke Warren, all hosted by Club Tin Tin. Don’t leave it too late to show as there’s no entry after 1.30am.

10pm – 4am / £10 adv / BUY TICKETS
Whiskey Jar / 16 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

Pride at PLY

Jamie Bull / Gina Breeze

PLY is taking Pride off the beaten track, throwing a bank holiday blowout and welcoming two of the city’s most well respected DJ’s to the decks. Jamie Bull, who was crowned DJ of the year in 2015 by Manchester Evening News’ City Life, is joined by DJ and producer Gina Breeze. Part of Manchester/London queer clubbing institution HomoElectric, Jamie’s tastes in disco perversions know no bounds. Fellow HomoElectric resident Gina Breeze kick-started her career as a resident at SpeedQueen and has since gone on to play at Glastonbury, Parklife and more. The party also marks the official Manchester launch of Absolut Mix – the limited edition Absolut vodka bottle being launched this summer in association with Pride. There will be an exclusive Absolut Mix cocktail available on the night with £1 from every sale being donated to George House Trust.

8pm – late / FREE
PLY / 26 Lever Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DW

Eric Bischoff, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
An Audience with Eric Bischoff

Tonight at The Ruby Lounge, hosted by Kenny McIntosh, Eric Bischoff will be interacting with fans, answering the questions you most want answered about his experiences in the wrestling business. You can learn the full story of how Nitro was born, the formation of the New World Order, his dealings with Hulk Hogan, signing the Ultimate Warrior, his role in bringing Bret Hart to WCW, how his shock signing with WWE came about, and his involvement with TNA. Nothing is off limits, as Bischoff lifts the lid on his fascinating career. A must for any pro-wrestling fan.

7.30pm / From £20 adv
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Rahaan, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
Ghetto Child presents Rahaan

For their 3rd instalment Ghetto Child welcome to Manchester a true disco master and prime party starter all the way from the Windy City, Rahaan! As someone who has been collecting disco and house records since the 80s he is undoubtedly one of the best disco DJs in the world today and regularly spins at some of the hottest spots in Europe as well as holding down a residency at Chicago’s famed Smart Bar. Support for this show at The Ruby Lounge comes from Ghetto Child resident Darryl Marsden plus more guests TBA…

11pm – 4am / £8 earlybird / £10 adv / BUY TICKETS
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Macka B, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
Friday Night Reggae presents Play a 45 ft Macka B

Friday Night Reggae returns with Play A 45, another night of deep reggae tunes that will shake the foundations of Band on the Wall, featuring long-time Band on the Wall favourite Macka B and very special guests. As aways the venue will be transformed with visuals to inspire, reflect and entertain. This night is about good vibes and big tunes.

9pm – 3am / £8 adv / BUY TICKETS
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Billy Bibby, Night & Day

Night & Day
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles

Former Catfish & the Bottlemen guitarist Billy Bibby returns with his band The Wry Smiles for a special summer headline show at Night & Day Cafe. At present, Billy’s musical career is taking on a new direction as he seeks to forge his way in the industry as frontman of a project showcasing his own songwriting. Bolstered by his early successes, Bibby recently auditioned and recruited a backing band to help put some flesh on the bare bones of the acoustic start he’s made.

8pm – 11pm / £7 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Pacemaker, Night & Day

Night & Day
Pacemaker Clubnight

Two Weeks Running head to Night & Day Café for Pacemaker, a Rock ‘N’ Roll Club night with a special guest DJ slot from Cupids. 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!

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

Franny Eubanks, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
Franny Eubank’s Blues Band

Franny Eubank, the UK’s finest blues singer and harmonica player returns to Matt & Phreds. Manchester’s one-man blues explosion, Franny plays Harmonica and sings the original Chicago Blues, delivering knockout performances with his band and winning the admiration and acclaim of audiences and musicians alike. Fuelled by the blues of Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson and fired by the Devil himself, Franny’s Harmonica and deep, soulful vocals have set crowds dancing and rooms alight with a blue flame night after night after night. Be sure to book a table to get the best seats as Franny’s gigs sell out!

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

Top of the Pops Summer 16, Mint Lounge

Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops ’16 with Martin Glynn / 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

Soul Station, AATMA

Soul Station

Tonight at AATMA it’s Soul Station, a late night groovy ride with non-stop 70s era Soul Train classics.

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

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Jamie Sutherland presents Matt Rees, Sam Avery and Tom Wrigglesworth 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

Pen & Pencil entertain drinkers on the weekends with a rotating selection of fine DJs. Tonight manning the decks in the early slot from 5pm is Chris Massey with a set consisting of everything from house, disco, “jolly techno”, boogie, afro and much more. Chris is followed by DJ Dan Wainwright who will be mixing up some smashing tunes to get the groove going in the Northern Quarter. Expect a mix of house, disco, soul and psychedelic vibes ’til 2am.

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

Eastern Bloc

Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc Residents & special guests

Established as a record shop for over 30 years Eastern Bloc is now a fully licensed bar open until 11pm with the occasional late license event. Some special local selectors as well as current and past staff members take the helm at the decks and provide your soundtrack. New soundsystem in full effect as well as a well stocked bar including a load of ales, lagers and bitter bottles from local brewer Cloudwater. Get involved!

6pm – 11pm /  FREE
Eastern Bloc / 5a Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DN

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

DJ Swindells, Blue Pig

Blue Pig
DJ Swindells

After a short stint with The Pig as a DJ they have decided to hand over the decks to a professional, none other than Northern Quarter favourite DJ Swindells who starts his new residency at The Blue Pig tonight. Expect a musical adventure filled with soul, funk, hiphop, disco, reggae, afrobeat and downright party tunes! Plus of course The Pig has an all day ‘happy hour’ on a Friday so that should help keep the night going!

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

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 – Stylus, Bad Osiris, Klepto, Darka and Murkage Dave, with the odd special guest thrown into the mix too.

10pm – 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


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