What’s On in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 31st August

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Stretch Local, Night & Day Cafe

Night & Day
Stretch Local presents Martin Brew / Francis Wooff / Julie Wills / Dan Soulsmith

Stretch Local is a season of fortnightly club nights taking place at the Northern Quarter’s renowned Night & Day Cafe. The nights, presented by Northern Groove, aim to provide a regular platform for Manchester and North West based DJs. A departure from their previous ‘Stretch Disco‘ nights, Stretch Local will allow the DJs more freedom to play what they love, but always “stretching musical boundaries”. Tonight’s Stretch Local presents the talents of Martin Brew, Francis Wooff, Julie Wills and Dan Soulsmith.

Martin Brew (Fat City / J-Walk)

Through numerous productions, and hundreds, if not thousands of spellbinding live DJ sets, Martin Brew has contributed to many a Manchester soundtrack; be it on a night out, or on a stereo/ iPod. With releases on Fat City, Pleasure Music, EastWest and Peacefrog, Martin’s music has reached far and wide. Stretch Local look forward to a true cosmic brew!

Francis Wooff (That Amazing Thing!)

From basement to attic, Francis can rock a joint! In fact, from castles, boats, village halls, hill tops, basements, pub back rooms, to your living room, Francis can host a party and it will be amazing! Since 2000 Francis and co. have been putting on That Amazing Thing! and through a commitment to far-ranging musical flavours, with forward thinking house music at the core, their parties continue to conjure a unique atmosphere and community spirit – whatever the surroundings. Check out this ace studio mix that Francis has recorded exclusively for Stretch and head over to the website for more….  That Amazing Thing!

Julie Wills (Disco Mums / Red Laser Disco)

Part of Disco Mums – Manchester’s original housewife mafia DJ collective – Julie spins 100% vinyl classics from Funk and Soul to Disco and House. Fresh from playing Electric Elephant and The Magic Loungebout expect some warm vibes from this disco lady.  Disco Mums

Dan Soulsmith (Stretch / Northern Groove)

Stretch resident Dan will be warming things up with some slow jams to set the tone.

11pm – 3am / £2 Adv / £3
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Dave & Ansell Collins, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
Dave & Ansell Collins / King Cosmic Sound DJs

A major coup for Band on the Wall as they present the first ever Manchester concert by the legendary Jamaican reggae duo and their band. Dave Barker and Ansell Collins were working for producer Lee “Scratch” Perry in Kingston in the late 1960s before they joined forces in 1971 to produce the massive reggae single ‘Double Barrel‘. Released by Techniques Records, part of the Trojan Records label, it topped the Jamaican and UK charts in March of that year and remains a firm dancefloor favourite among reggae fans across the world. Check out this video of their Number 1 performance on Top Of The Pops (and stick around to the end of the video for some awesome dancing, that’s how to end a show!)

The follow-up release, the similarly styled ‘Monkey Spanner‘, enjoyed the same international success. After cutting an album, Collins and Barker parted company to pursue individual careers with Collins becoming a much in demand session player and Barker became resident in the United Kingdom where he sang with several soul groups before the pair reunited again. While they’ve played the odd gig in London, this will be the first chance reggae fans will get to see this much-loved pair performing all their hits with full band in Manchester. Don’t miss this!

8.30pm / £17.50
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 5JZ

Be My Guest August, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Be My Guest with Garth

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 welcomes a weekly guest whilst the Basement is handed over to various promotions. Be My Guest this Friday is with Garth (Folk / Sweet Sticky Music). All kicking off from 8pm with Simon Tonkinson in the Kitchen!

8pm-3.30am / Last entry 2am /  FREE
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Matt & Phred's Neon

Matt & Phred’s
Inspector Gadjo Quartet

The Inspector Gadjo Quartet infuses Electric Bebop with the spirit and fire of modern Gypsy and Latin Jazz. Original compositions and a fresh approach to standards have gained the group a healthy following, with appearances at some of the U.K’s top clubs and festivals as well as regular BBC radio play listings and features. The trio are no strangers to Matt and Phred’s with regular electrifying performances over the past twelve months, but now they bring a higher level of energy with the addition on Casey Greene on Sax, Flute and Clarinet.

Founder member and guitarist Will Barnes has performed with the likes of Gary Potter, Frank Vignola and John Etheridge as well as taking mentoring from the world renowned musician Martin Taylor. Drummer George Jackson initially cut his teeth on big band swing before embarking on a successful session career where he worked with many bands and artists including Roy Harper, Steve Hogarth and the bass player formally known as Gordon Sumner. Bassist Tommy Mills has a wealth of experience playing Jazz, Bluegrass and Zydeco with some of the U.K’s top touring acts across The UK and Europe. Casey Greene has toured extensively travelling to The Monterey Jazz Festival, venues in the U.S.A., Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Middle East, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland and Spain. In 2004 Casey emigrated to the UK and imediately started performing on a professional freelance basis.

“A hugely enjoyable evening of swinging jazz with the quartet maintaining a high degree of musicianship throughout. Barnes’ bebop flavoured approach to Django Reinhardt’s music makes a refreshing change to the usual “Hot Club” style copyists” ~ Ian Mann, Jazzmann.com

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

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

Four Short Of A Miracle, Dry Live

Designer Magazine present Four Short Of A Miracle / Dead Retinas / Without Andrew / By Crimson Light / ZSilent Z

Four Short Of A Miracle are a pop punk/hardcore 5 piece, who are one of the biggest upcoming bands in the scene. They’ve made a name for themselves through various shows around the country, as well as countless festival appearances. This year they have released their first ever music video which has brought their YouTube hits to over 30,000. They are also set to play Guilfest’s RockSound stage for the 2nd year running – sharing the stage with Gallows. After releasing their 1st EP at a sold out launch show at The Palace, Aldershot, they’re set to hit the road for the hard again – following their Headline Tour in October 2011 their fan base increased massively with fans so eager for FSOAM to get back on the road, promising a fantastic stage show, with a sound so tight it can’t be missed!  Four Short Of A Miracle

7pm – 10.30pm / £5

Sub-Woofah vs Murder, Dry Live, August

Sub-Woofah Vs Murder with Euphonique / S Man / Masterpeace / Joe V / Showdem / Muel & more

As the end of Summer (did we actually have one this year?!?) draws nearer Sub-Woofah get ready for the student onslaught with a pre-freshers free party. They’ve teamed up with the Murder residents for a friendly battle night, so expect some big sets from all involved including Euphonique (Unity Radio / Sub-Woofah), S Man (Unity Radio / Sub-Woofah), Masterpeace (Unity Radio / Sub-Woofah), Joe V (DRSS / Murder), Showdem (Unity Radio / Murder) and Muel (Murder) with MCs GNI (tbc) & Frisko. To top this off there are some drinks deals to get you in the swing of things for this night of Drum & Bass / Jungle / Hip Hop / Grime.

11pm – 4am / FREE b4 Midnight / £3 after
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Freitags with Craig Campbell

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 Craig Campbell.

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

PTYD Club Tropicana August

Mint Lounge
Pop ‘Til You Drop Club Tropicana Special

For one Friday only Pop ‘Til You Drop transforms itself into an 80’s paradise; the theme, ‘Club Tropicana‘. Hear music from the decade when Thatcher ruled the land but quality pop ruled the airwaves. Wham, Human League, Prince, Madonna, The Cure…and the beat goes on. Dig out your espadrilles and 3/4 length white trousers as there’s prizes for best Beachwear fancy dress!

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

Block Party, Trof

Block Party

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

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Mick Ferry presents Pete JohannsonJason Patterson and Dan Nightingale 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