The Ruby Lounge
BBC Manchester Introducing Live presents The Slow Readers Club + The Hidden Revolution + We Are Willow
Every last Friday of the month BBC Manchester Introducing Live presents a FREE show featuring a clutch of the finest new bands from hereabouts live on stage with a DJ soundtrack brought to you from BBC Manchester Introducing’s Natalie-Eve Williams and Michelle Hussey. The gig is recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester Introducing.
The Slow Readers Club are a Manchester based Indie / Electro band who’s output ranges from insanely catchy upbeat indie to angry, introspective downbeat ballads. Their music has drawn comparisons with Interpol, The Killers and Arcade Fire. The band includes three former members of Omerta who released three critically acclaimed and collectable singles and whose XFM live session earned them a top five place in the sessions of the year. Their eponymous debut album ‘The Slow Readers Club‘ is released on Monday 21st May and their second single ‘Feet On Fire’ is available now, exclusively at Piccadily Records.
“Awash with doves-ish sweeping melancholy with splashes of The Chameleons and Ian Brown’s solo work, the album’s 12 tracks evoke the palpable sense of a band suffocated by their surroundings, the bittersweet soundtrack of young men waiting for life to start broadcasting in technicolour.” ~ CityLife
The Hidden Revolution Formed in 2008: The Hidden Revolution’s music sure is full of adventure and escapism; frantic manic and menacing melodies, staccato fills, massive crescendos and twisted harmonics combine blissfully and amazingly gracefully with ethereal and ambient interludes to result in a fascinating and captivating modern form ‘ whilst maintaining a loosely commercial edge.
“The Hidden Revolution’s name is an apt one. What might seem like rock on the outside actually comes with a gently twisted heart, capable of sideswiping you as you sway along. They sound as if they have something mighty brewing. Who knows how big it could be if they manage to let it out.” ~ Chris Long, BBC Manchester
We Are Willow is the name of a Manchester collective formed by Chris Butler (one half of the Manchester duo ‘Butler Williams’). Chris’ plan was to release music in collaboration with friends and fellow musicians and the resulting ‘Part One’ with Kathryn Edwards made its live debut during a mini tour of Canada. It was released on the 14th of June and was picked as Piccadilly Records ‘Folk Record of the Week’. Both ‘Part Two’ with Simon Connor from Manchester band ‘Yields’ which made its live debut in Barcelona and ‘Part Three’ with Sam Lench of ‘Samson & Delilah’ out now and available from Piccadilly Records.
7.30pm / FREE
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Freitags presents ‘a night curated by CALM’
This is a very special ‘Freitags presents’ tonight as the night is curated by CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a registered charity that was set up to reduce the high rate of suicide amongst men under 35 which is the single biggest killer of young men in the UK. The night will see some of the Freitags favourites take to the decks alongside CALM DJs for a night filled with positivity, fun and good people! All of the profits on the evening will go to CALM so not only will you be able to enjoy a great night but also do some good while you do.
9pm-2am / FREE before 10pm / £2 after
Common/ 39-41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Matt & Phreds
Honeyfeet formed three years ago and are a five-piece band mixing old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Featuring five established musicians from across Europe comprising of vocals, double bass, guitar, saxophone, flute and drums, the ensemble are a mixture of New Orleans Jazz, Gypsy Folk, 60’s Psychedelic, Delta Blues, Sea Shanty’s and more. Signed to Debt Records the band are currently working on their debut album and are set to release their first single “Summerfly” and their first EP “Little Boat” this summer.
9.30pm – 1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
El Diablo’s Social Club
Friday night in the Soup Kitchen is a Garden Festival get together presented by El Diablo’s Social Club and features Maxxi Soundsystem, Futureboogie, Neil Diablo and Dave Walker. If you’re counting down the days before you head to Croatia this year and need a little sonic sunshine in the mean time then this is the night for you!
Last year Maxxi Soundsystem’s smash rework of Alexander O’ Neal’s ‘Criticize’ sent dancefloors on an epic joyride through electrofunk, classic house and 80s pop, all on one massive-selling twelve inch. Far from your average DJ tool, the track successfully blurred the boundaries between re-edit, remix and original production and garnered swift follow-up releases on NeedWant and Permanent Vacation. Since then, Maxxi a.k.a. Sam Watts has been stormin’ it up and down the country, whilst overseeing Brighton’s renowned Schtumm! parties with DJ partner Neal Lewis. You can download a Maxxi mix here: http://www.futureboogie.com/artists/maxxi-soundsystem
Over the last ten years the cast of the Futureboogie team has changed, but original members Joe90 and El Harvo are still holding things down, keeping all the plates spinning, and making things go bump in the night. At the forefront of the discerning disco scene, the list of parties they have put on, played at and danced at is as long as the list of international DJs and live acts that they have appeared alongside. Also an artist agency with the likes of Crazy P, Ashley Beedle and Quantic on their books, Futureboogie know everything there is to know about setting a dancefloor alight and keeping it blazing. You can download a Futureboogie mix here: http://www.futureboogie.com/mixes/El-Harvo/el-harvo-mix
10pm-4am / £8 Adv
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Band On The Wall
Soul:ution featuring Doc Scott + Marcus Intalex + Calibre + MC DRS
Tonight’s monthly liquid drum and bass residency welcomes Doc Scott and Soul:ution favourite Calibre alongside Soul:ution residents Marcus Intalex and MC DRS. Along with contemporaries such as dBridge, Doc Scott is world renowned for pushing a new sound – a fresh interpretation on drum & bass from new, unheard of artists from around the world. He has been pushing this sound alongside the more traditional progressive drum & bass to play what he calls ‘future beats’. Calibre is one of the most well respected drum & bass producers and DJs working today – credited for being a pioneer in the more soulful, melodic liquid style Soul:ution has become famous for promoting. With all this, plus of course Marcus Intalex [Soul:r] and MC DRS [Broke 'n £nglish] your night is sorted right through until 3am.
11pm-3am / £9 Adv
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
etc presents Underground Paris + Tristan Da Cunha + Stretford Dogs Club
This is a night for those real house heads in and around Manchester with 5 incredible DJs heading to Kraak. Underground Paris (My Love Is Underground) has been putting out some unbelievable releases from the likes of Brawther, The Groove Victim, Nathaniel X and Inner Sense and tonight the man behind the scenes, 23 year old Parisian music lover Jeremy, takes to the decks for one of his ‘fast-becoming legendary’ DJ sets.is & I’m running My Love Is Underground. Here’s a set from Jeremy live in Kiev to get you in the mood; http://soundcloud.com/underground-paris/underground-paris-live-in-kiev and Brawther’s ‘Dont Go’ which was released on the My Love Is Underground label.
Joining Jeremy on the night will be Tristan Da Cunha (Illusion, Back to Basics, Throwing Shapes) from Leeds, a name synonymous with the legendary Backtobasics parties and the U.k’s pioneering electronic label 2020vision recordings. Tristan has been playing and providing a wide selection of the hottest underground music for 10 strong years. His musical style is determined by the time and the place and draws influence from across the globe, seeing himself as a ‘musical chameleon’, taking pride in fitting the right music with the right place & people to create those special moments. Here’s a podcast Tristan did for Zutekh; http://soundcloud.com/zutekh/zutekh-podcast-003-tristan-da
Also on the night etc have Manchester DJ/ Label Owner / Promoter Extraordinaire Stretford Dogs Club and warming up on the night will be Tact recordings C/O Nick Burgoyne and Larry Jones.
11pm – 4am / £10 Adv / MOTD
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester
The Big Indie Showcase #2 with Greyscale + Loor A Los Heroes + Lovesick Delores + Tokyo Corner + MyLyricalMind
This Friday sees The Big Indie Showcase come to Dry Live featuring 5 acts playing their own style of alternative music. Greyscale are currently centered around Cheshire and are just stepping out into the world and combining our own material with Indie and rock influences and Loor A Los Heroes are a four piece indie/pop band from Newton-le-Willows formed roughly 8 months ago. Lovesick Delores are a 4 piece band from the Midlands while Tokyo Corner are a 5 piece band from Huddersfield and MyLyricalMind is a solo acoustic project by Matthew Wood started in september 2011 mixing the sounds of reverby acoustic guitar with reverby like vocals and personal lyrics.
Dry Live / 6.45pm / £5.00
Sub-Woofah! with Serum + Jinx + more
A big night of Jungle and DnB makes a stark contrast to the indie band showcase that precedes it at Dry Live with Sub-Woofah! presenting Serum, Jinx and a whole host of DJs including Anika D, Euphonique, S Man and Masterpeace.
The headliner tonight, Serum has combined hard graft and over 10 years of experience in DJing and production to rise from relative obscurity into being one of the most prolific of the new breed of dnb producers. His mix of vintage jungle and futuristic modern jump up has shown widespread appeal, with tracks being picked up by many of the scene’s biggest brands, such as Dread, Creative Source, Grid and Digital Soundboy and V as well as many of the scene’s freshest up and coming labels. https://www.facebook.com/serumdnb
Jinx has been making moves in the party scene since 1996 playing well established nights and festivals such as Breakthru, Babylon Dread, Eat Your Greens, Glastonbury Festival, Alchemy Festival, Big Chill Festival and many more. http://soundcloud.com/mr-jinx
11pm-4am / £5 before 12 / £7 after
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
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. This week Crazy P starlet Danielle Moore and Piccidilly Records favourite record slinger Dave “Pillow Talker” Walker take to the decks for your pleasure. www.poptilyoudrop.co.uk
10.30pm – 3.30am / £5
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Mat Lake and Mof Gimmers offer up a celebration of good time party vibes featuring an astonishing selection of hip hop classics, house party favourites, midnight movie selectors and block party anthems. Plus get down early for free house rum punch, but when it’s gone it’s gone!
9pm – 3am / FREE before 10 / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs
MC Dan Nightingale presents Danny Degan, Danny Ward and Dave Johns 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