What’s On in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 31st July 2015

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What's on in the Northern Quarter, Friday 31st July 2015, The Jackobins, Gullivers

The Jackobins

The Liverpool 5 piece (barely a year old) known as The Jackobins have wasted no time in generating a massive buzz on the live circuit. Tonight they aim to gain a few more fans as they come to Manchester to grace the stage at Gullivers where they are joined by support acts The Reveurs, Pavilion and Mayflower.

The Jackobins. Creative, anthemic and polished, they’re the Rolls-Royce of the unsigned scene.” – GIGSLUTZ

7.30pm – 11pm / £7 adv / BUY TICKETS
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Tommy Walker 3, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Red Laser with Tommy Walker 3

After a weekend of madness at the Magic Waves festival in Berlin Red Laser couldn’t handle such a massive bump back to normality so they are going to have a taster at Soup Kitchen to make them feel happy again. They thought that the best live act from the whole weekend was Tommy Walker 3 so they’re bringing him to Soup to recreate the madness. Also delivering that 3 day non stop vibe is Red Laser Records bossman Il Bosco, Synth warrior Starion and Tommy Walker’s favorite DJ on the planet Peter Mangalore.

10pm – 3am / £4 adv / More OTD / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

New York Brass Band, Matt & Phred's

Matt & Phreds
Manchester Jazz Festival – New York Brass Band

The NYBB boys are back at Matt & Phred’s to kick off the Manchester Jazz Festival in style! The band are North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired Brass Band. Hailing from the mean streets of York the band are part of a funky brass revolution that is sweeping the nation. Inspired by Rebirth, Soul Rebels, Youngblood and Brassroots, New York Brass Band pack a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns…nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Band. The band take its inspiration from contemporary New Orleans musicians but have a repertoire that ranges from Marvin Gaye to George Michael, from Cee-Lo Green to Stevie Wonder with some funky, gritty northern originals thrown in for good measure. If you are looking for a night to remember, this is the gig for you!

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

Phre The Eon, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
Phre The Eon

Experienced Indie rock funksters Phre the Eon fronted by Manchester born songwriter/guitarist Gary Phethean (the band name evolved from his surname), have been writing and performing together for almost a decade. With Bassist Burg from Warrington, Drummer Colin Ramage from Stirling (Scotland) and Guitarist Dave Conyard from Dundalk (Ireland) the bands reach of influence comes together to bring to life powerful and thought-provoking melodic rock. Although fans would suggest they don’t play live enough the band prefer to ensure these performances are not treated as just another gig, their aim to ensure their audience are part of a memorable event peppered with the latest Phre the Eon sounds. They continue to perform live and provide a multitude of free downloads via Soundcloud, including their most recent release the ‘Electronic Reign EP‘. For tonight’s show at The Ruby Lounge they were due to be supported by Kanteen but they have dropped out because they lost their bass player so I don’t know who it is now!

“Something pretty special” ~ BBC INTRODUCING

“God they are catchy, so bloody catchy!” ~ CHIMP MAGAZINE


7pm / £5
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

What The Fuzz, Night & Day

Night & Day
What The Fuzz?

An intense night to remember, or drink enough and forget (please drink responsibly), with 4 of the best bands from around the UK that are championing the mighty Fuzzy goodness. What The Fuzz at Night & Day tonight features Darma, False Advertising, Sewer Rats and Girl Bomb.

8pm – 11pm / £5 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Pacemaker, Night & Day

Night & Day

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

Top of the Pops 15, Mint Lounge

Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops ’15 with Jamie Bull / 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

Vibe Out Records Launch Party, Kraak

Vibe Out Records Launch Party

Vibe Out Records are holding their launch party tonight at Kraak which is a must for any true lover of hip hop music. Announced by King P in an interview with DJ Semtex on BBC 1Xtra, the event in Manchester will feature a cypher backed by a sixteen piece orchestra, as well as live performances from some of the most exciting new artists in the UK including King P, Decus and Brother Smokes. Vibe Out artists will be rhyming on stage, as the Abstract Orchestra play a selection of straight hip hop classics that you need to hear live! After the live performances, Liverpool’s DJ LSG will be spinning vinyl into the early hours. Head down and support a homegrown label with huge intentions, and make yourself a part of the movement!

11pm – 4am / £10 adv
Kraak / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Jazz on 3, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
Jazz on 3: BBC Introducing presented by Kevin Legendre

Kevin Legendre presents a showcase of four emerging jazz bands in association with BBC Introducing, which supports unsigned, undiscovered or under the radar musicians across the UK. All four acts have submitted their music via the BBC Introducing Uploader and been selected to perform by a team of BBC DJs including Jez Nelson (Radio 3) and Gilles Peterson(Radio 6 Music). Tonight they are NérijaAshley Henry TrioCameron Vale and Phaze Theory. To apply for free tickets to this event, please register at bbc.co.uk/showsandtours. from July 1. Please be inside the venue by 19.30 to avoid disturbance to the recording.

7pm – 11pm / FREE (but strictly ticketed)
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

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

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

Common Thumb


More details to follow

8pm – 1am / FREE
Common/ 39-41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW

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 Jonny Candon presents Tom Wrigglesworth, Scott Gibson & Alex Boardman 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.

Jonny Candon presents Tom Wrigglesworth, Scott Gibson and Alex Boardman

7pm / £16 / £8 Concessions / £19 otd / BUY TICKETS
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street /  Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ