Lemuria are a Buffalo, NY based trio made up of Alex Kerns (Drums / Vocals), Sheena Ozzella (Guitar / Vocals) and Max Gregor (Bass). They have two full length albums out, the most recent of which is ‘Pebble‘ which was released on Bridge 9 Records, and the first album was released on Asian Man Records. They also have a collection of 7″s and other random recordings as well, all of which you can link through to via their Facebook page. Lemuria
7.30pm – 10.30pm / £7
Dots & Loops
6 years after they started spreading their sounds around Manchester and here they are, at Kraak for the first time! The best Indie, Shoegaze, Alternative, Electonica, Kraut-Rock, Psych and so on, you can even expect at least a little dub and reggae too. It all starts at 11pm (Lemuria finishes at about 10:30pm, so maybe a little earlier) and finish at an unreasonable 4am. First guest DJs will be PLANK!
11pm – 4am / £3 before midnight / £4 after
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB
Matt & Phreds
Franny Eubank Blues Band
Franny Eubank – the UK’s finest blues singer and harmonica player is 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. Franny Eubank
9.30pm – 1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW
Band On The Wall
Diabel Cissokho / Carlou D / DJ Hot Pepper
Band on the Wall continues it’s series of We Face Forward concerts, featuring the cream of West African artists, with this very special live Senegalese double bill. Featuring Diabel Cissokho, who mixes traditional rhythms with upbeat African dance, plus Carlou D and his 7 piece band – the outspoken voice from Senegal’s hip hop generation. DJ for night is Hot Pepper spinning out the best African tunes before and after the live sets.
Part of the great line of Cissokho griots, Senegalese kora maestro Diabel Cissokho‘s virtuosity and versatility on the harp-like kora is astounding. Collaborating with everyone from Kandia Kouyate and Pee Wee Ellis to bluesman Ramon Goose – and even a long stint as Baaba Maal‘s kora player – Diabel’s ‘resonant voice and rocking kora style’ (Songlines) have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London’s Barbican. With his own four-piece band, Diabel draws on his rich musical heritage, blending bluesy West African melodies with an upbeat groove, guaranteeing to bring audiences to their feet! Expect this to be one of the musical highlights of We Face Forward‘s programme of internationally-acclaimed artists from West Africa.
An outspoken voice from Senegal’s hip-hop generation, Carlou D and his 7-piece band bring spiritual roots music, clean living and electric performances straight from Dakar’s ripe music scene. Carlou (like World Circuit stablemate Cheikh Lo) belongs to one of Senegal’s spiritual sects, the Baay Fall, and takes much of his musical inspiration from his spiritual guide, Cheikh Ibra Fall. Taking the essence of the Baay Fall philosophy, the outspoken qualities of hip-hop, and musical elements of jazz, soul, rap, and acoustic roots, Carlou D is an illuminating presence on stage – definitely make him one of Senegal’s next great musical exports.
Presented by Band on the Wall in association with We Face Forward - a season of contemporary art and music from West Africa, celebrated across Manchester as part of the London 2012 Festival. www.wefaceforward.org
8pm / £12.50 adv / £14.50 otd
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 5JZ
Night & Day
Warehouse Riots / Bee Jasmine / David Broomhead
Warehouse Riots are an exciting 4 piece indie band based in Manchester. The band features Vocalist/Guitarist Mark Maclean, Lead Guitarist Anthony Critchley, Bassist Andrew Maclean and Drummer John Maclean. The band formed a year ago in the wake Mark’s previous musical projects coming to an end. The band enjoy, and have been influenced by, music from a wide range of genres and eras but particularly like the sound of contemporary indie bands such as Tokyo Police Club, French Kicks and Phoenix. Warehouse Riots sound is characterised by lively rhythmic interplay combined with quirky and melodic vocal lines. Warehouse Riots
Tonight Warehouse Riots will be playing this fantastic free Friday night show with support from Bee Jasmine and singer-songwriter David Broomhead.
7.30pm – midnight / FREE
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
Be My Guest with G KUT
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 G KUT! G Kut plays turntables in Silverclub & is part of Mind On Fire and will offer a panoramic selection of Soul, Funk, Breaks, Beats and all things grooving! 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
The Ruby Lounge
British Sea Power present Krankenhaus Mankenhaus + guests Toy / DJs Marc Riley + Duncan (Dutch Uncles)
Earlier this year, BSP decided to revisit and develop the Club Sea Power nights they had built up in Brighton at the start of this century while attempting to try out new songs for their next LP, so they set up a monthly residency at the Haunt in Brighton.Each night featured a full BSP set plus wonderful and varied supporting artists and DJs. Krankenhaus was born.
Krankenhaus included among other things, brass bands, an amazing Japanese Queen tribute band, Keith Allens very own Fit Les Olympic opera with a cast of 2, the first ever gig by the now hotly tipped Savages, Y-Niwi (Wales’ finest surf band), Palma Violets, Bo Ningen and the bonnie bastirt poetry of the great Jock Scot. Jock has, of course, worked with everyone from The Clash and Ian Dury to Vivian Stanshall and Belle & Sebastian. He is now happy to declare himself The Voice Of British Sea Power while acting as master of ceremonies at Krankenhaus.
Krankenhaus DJs included Marc Riley, Shaun Keveney from BBC 6 Music, SAS Dirtyman and the revered celto-Vorticist princeling Simon Price. These guest DJ slots incorporated Price is Right spoofs, Boney M Rasputin bearded lady dancers, mass ice lolly giveaways, competitions and prize giveaways. British Sea Power
7.30pm / SOLD OUT
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
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
Designer Mag presents Goodlife / Mohawk Radio / The Laneys / Keith / The Cold Few
Designer Mag bring us another fantastic night of new bands at Dry Live.
A brand new Manchester band who recall the plad-shirted spirit of ’92. Reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, early Lemonheads. Eamon Rooke (Guitar/Bass/Vocals), Dan Small (Guitar/Bass/Vocals), Dan Jones (Drums). Goodlife
Catchy songs, great guitar rifts, all fronted by powerful female vocals, Mohawk Radio began in Bermuda with lead singer Mia Chambray. In July 2012 Mia moved to Manchester bringing the name Mohawk Radio with her. Wet behind the ears, in a hope of launching a new band Mia responded to an online advert and met Kevin Haywood (drums) who then introduced her to Sean Frankland and James Gregory (bass and lead guitar) and, like a phoenix from the ashes, Mohawk Radio was alive again. Mohawk Radio
An all female band with a new vibe consisting of four northern girls, down to earth with a gritty style. Nicki Hughes (Vocals & Lead Guitar), Gem Louise (Lead Vocals), Sophie Melia (Drums) and Michelle Cunningham (Bass). The Laneys
Keith are a young, up and coming Indie rock band from Bolton with catchy and exciting tunes. They are currently in the process of writing and recording their first EP. Brad Skittrall (Bass, Backing Vocal), Chris Moss (Lead Guitar, Keyboard, Kaosillatorist), Josh Melling (Lead Vocals, Lead & Rythm Guitar, Kaosillatorist), Nick Higson (Drums) Keith
The Cold Few
The Cold Few are a band from Marple, Manchester and we have been writing a lot of our their music, however play a few covers in their sets too. With many influences; Radiohead, Modest Mouse, Biffy Clyro, Death Cab For Cutie, Pulp, This Town Needs Guns, you get some idea of what they might sound like, however they always try to make their music fresh and original. Joseph Tummon (Vocals/Guitar), Olly Freeman (Guitar), Jack Caldwell (Bass) and Sean Rogan (Drums). The Cold Few
7pm – 10.30pm / £5
Transmission with Morriarty / Malice / Doug C / VJ Maddis
11pm – 4am / FREE
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
Freitags with ESqueezy
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 ESqueezy.
9pm-2am / FREE before 10pm / £2 after
Common/ 39-41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
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
Dom Zube mixes the feel good sounds of the century with the noise of an over-turned disco bus playing disco, rhythm n blues, rock n roll, funk, reggae and tropical filth!
8pm – late / FREE
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER
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.
10.30pm – 3.30am / £5
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE
Taking an Excursion through Hip Hop, Pop, Funk & Soul, expect house party vibes and R.Kelly after midnight. “Beats that are hard, beats that are funky. It could get you hooked like a crackhead junkie”.
9pm – 3am / FREE before 10 / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1EU
The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs
MC Barry Dodds presents Jason John Whitehead, Sam Gore and Steve Royle 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