What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 31st March 2017

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cassell-presents-blazar-featuring-del-30, whiskey jar

Whiskey Jar
Cassell presents Blazar

A showcase of musical talent awaits you tonight at The Whiskey Jar, with Cassell ready to bring you some of the industries hottest talent.Their first special guest comes in the form of a very very talented duo indeed, Blazar. The gentlemen in question are set for a very big year, featuring in the likes of Mixmag, Radio 1, Data Transmission and many other platforms, it’s safe to say that they certainly know what they’re doing when it comes to art of production. Their music comes with the support of many respected artists, with the likes of Eats Everything, Solardo and Radio 1’s Monki all backing their sound. Support comes from special guest Del 30.

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

tussle, ewan pearson, stage radio

Stage & Radio
Tussle with Ewan Pearson

For their first party of 2017 Tussle are back at Stage & Radio with one of the finest selectors around, Ewan Pearson. As a prolific remixer, producer & DJ, Ewan’s sets typically feature both heads down club tracks alongside more melodic cuts. Well received mixes for the likes of Fabric & Kompakt have solidified his reputation and secured gigs at clubs such as Panorama bar, Space & Rex club for well over a decade. A master of digging out those wonky late night records, he is the perfect guest to play the stripped back basement of Stage & Radio. Support on the night comes from Tussle residents Tom Wilkinson and Aiden Duxbury.

11pm – 5am / £5 earlybird / £9 adv / GET TICKETS
Stage & Radio / 43 Port Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EQ

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The Ruby Lounge
Plastic House

Scruff of the Neck are described as a collective “making waves we shouldn’t ignore” (Hattie Pearson, Radio X) and a ‘Super-cool imprint” (Manchester Evening News). High praise indeed, but it’s the bands they pick and the shows we promote that make the difference. Tonight at The Ruby Lounge they present to you Plastic House, Urban Theory, Sweet Release and Circus Wolves.

7.30pm / £6 adv / BUY TICKETS
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

euphony-w-jon-k-b2b-andrew-lyster, soup kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Euphony with Jon K b2b Andrew Lyster

Euphony returns to Soup Kitchen tonight with two of Manchester’s most renowned selectors, the OG don’s Jon K & Andrew Lyster. Both have been instrumental in spearheading two of the cities most acclaimed parties, Hoya:Hoya & _meandyou. For Euphony it’s an absolute pleasure and privilege to have the pair going b2b for them on this very special occasion! Warming things up will be Forbes most inspirational power couple of 2016, 24 Karat Kenz & Diamond Dobson!

11pm – 4am / £3 earlybird / £5 / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

jens lekman, band on the wall

Band On The Wall
Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman recently wrapped up a sold out solo tour of the US where he played new material live for the first time ever. As he preps a new album for 2017, he’s announced another run of headline dates, including of the UK and Scandinavia in March and April 2017. Tonight that tour brings him to Manchester and specifically to Band On The Wall where he is supported by special guest Michael Nau, with DJ Jamie Harrison keeping the vibes going after the show with a mix of indiepop, chamber pop, shoegaze, catchy indie and more.

7pm / £15 adv
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Ladies Darts night, night day

Night & Day
Ladies’ Darts Night

Ladies’ Darts Night will release their second EP ‘Tragedies, Comedies & Histories‘ at Night & Day Cafe tonight. Gaining a reputation for their unpredictable live shows after standout performances at Antics Clubnight & Independent Venue Week at Night & Day, Ladies’ Darts Night’s return to the popular Northern Quarter venue shouldn’t be missed.  Combining cutting (but darkly comical) lyrical observations of the everyday with catchy trip-hop inspired riffs for a wicked blend of irreverence & menace, the second EP from the band.

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

Electric Jug, Night & Day

Night & Day
Electric Jug with Jolan Lewis DJ Set

Electric Jug brings the best in 60s, Rock & Roll, Psych, Britpop and Soul to your eardrums at Night & Day and tonight they bring you a DJ set from Jolan Lewis.

11pm – 4am / £3 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

The Plimp Souls, Matt & Phred's

Matt & Phreds
The Plimp Souls

Manchester born heavy-funk/soul band The Plimp Souls are brought together by one vision: To give Manchester a fresh blend of authentic raw funk. Their goal is to break the mould of the usual “Funk’n’Soul band” and play a live selection of the rarest covers & rawest originals compiled from the vaults of DJ Simon Ham’s (You Dig?) 45’s record collection. Tonight The Plimp Souls are digging deep into their vaults to bring an exciting selection of rare Funk & Soul to Matt & Phreds.

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


Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops ’17 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 TICKETS / Queue jump & FREE entry for NQCard holder & a guest
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

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Human Interest

Human Interest is a clubnight arranged, sporadically, by a bunch of friends who occasionally like to drink a few drinks, play a few tunes and have a little dance. The ‘collective‘ is comprised of people who are responsible for A Carefully Planned Festival, Dots & Loops, and Super Smash Hit Records. Their music tastes are varied and eclectic, but they generally try not to take ourselves too seriously and play whatever they think people will enjoy. Join them at AATMA tonight.

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

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The Castle Hotel
Holy Matrimony

Elephant Management a night of live music at The Castle Hotel, featuring headliners Holy Matrimony who Louder Than War describe as “A refreshing melodic, Electronic Pop trio with a swell of sound, punchy melodies enhanced by swirling synths, pounding bass lines and the sweetest of guitar riffs“. They are supported by Xtalk and The Alexines.

7.30pm / £4
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

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Embarking on a European tour, Lvl Up tonight find themselves at Gullivers.

7.30pm / £7.50
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Pete Otway presents Mark Nelson, Thomas Green and Steve Shanyaski 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 from 5pm until 8pm is Keith Jones from Trashorama who’ll be playing a pick n mix of disco, funk, soul, pop, re-edits, mashups, electro, electronic bleeps, chug, house, techno and more. There’ll be someone on from 8, just not sure who!

5pm – 2am / FREE
Pen & Pencil / 57 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EJ


Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc Residents & special guests

Tonight Eastern Bloc invite one of Manchester’s most well respected techno DJs Joel Sutcliffe for an intimate all night set. Joel is a regular at Eastern Bloc and a good friend of the shop and started his exploration into electronic music at an early age and by his late teens was an avid record collector and DJ playing at small underground events around Yorkshire inspired by his regular visits to seminal Leeds clubs Back II Basics and The Orbit. Joel’s Dj sets reflect this vision and his style is his own take on futurism, funk, energy and soul.

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

Lost in Tokyo

Lost In Tokyo
Tokyo Fridays!

Get lost with Lost In Tokyo‘s resident superstar DJ spinning Disco & Funk classics and topping it off with huge Hip Hop jams for all the kawaii cats to let loose to! There’s free entry as well as 2 cocktails for £10 every night of the week from 4pm – 10pm (excluding hard hitters). Dress well, dress code is smart casual.

5pm – 3am / FREE
Lost In Tokyo / 26b Lever Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DW

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

Ignition, Hula

Ignition starring 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 ex-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 have Fizz Face Friday, with Clint Boon at the helm. Clint, cheap drinks and great music; what more do you want?!

5pm – 4am / FREE before 11pm
Black Dog Ballroom / Corner Tib & Church Street/ Northern Quarter / Manchester, M4 1PW

DJ Leo Menace, Blue Pig

Blue Pig
Fridays with DJ Leo Menace

Head to The Blue Pig for Hip-Hop, RnB, House, Disco, Electro, Soul and anything that makes you get up and dance with Friday resident DJ Leo Menace. Mixing dancefloor filling classics, new gems and re-mixes, Leo is known for producing a unique, genre-hopping sound that’s seen him play in clubs, festivals, bars and parties all over the country, from Notting Hill Carnival in London to Tramlines in Sheffield and The Ritz and Sankeys in Manchester. Plus enjoy an all day Happy Hour with £5 cocktails (Noon-close) and £10 house wine & £3 Amstel pint (12-9pm)

9pm – late / 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 at Trof 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