What’s On in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 4th January 2013

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Matt & Phreds
Nat Birchall

Saxophonist Nat Birchall remains one of the UK’s hidden jazz treasures, a spiritual, soulful saxophonist happily based in a quiet village in the Northern hills. Birchall who first came to the jazz world’s attention with 1998’s debut album ‘Sixth Sense‘, a burning slice of hard-bop, has more recently found acclaim for a series of fine albums on trumpeter Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana label; albums that have found the saxophonist and composer drinking deep from Coltrane’s well while bringing his own soulful conviction to the music. “My music is very simple, harmonically and melodically, so you have to play with as much conviction and soul as possible because there’s nothing to hide behind, just the truth of how you feel the music.” And for Birchall, his fifth album ‘World Without Form‘ is a further continuation of the music he has been developing for the past few years as he attempts to compose and play in a way that the results are a pure representation of the origin of the sound/idea, unencumbered by conscious thought or action.

Band Members include : Nat Birchall (Tenor and soprano saxophones, percussion), Corey Mwamba (Vibes, percussion), Adam Fairhall (piano), Gavin Barras (Bass) and Paul Hession (Drums).

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

Dry Friday Flyer New

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
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN


Be My Guest, Soup Kitchen, Friday

Soup Kitchen
Be My Guest with Simon Tonkinson

On a normal Friday Simon Tonkinson curates a two-floor musical marathon of beats to delight discerning music lovers and please the finest shape-shifters. In the Kitchen Simon and residents Annabel FraserMatt WardJason Boardman & Levi Love welcome a weekly guest whilst the Basement is handed over to various promotions. This week is a little different though and Simon is flying solo upstairs in the Kitchen. Will still be good though.

Kitchen ~ 8pm – 1am /  FREE
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF


Night & Day
2GTHR’s Local Showcase

What can I say about tonight’s event? Well it’s at Night & Day Cafe, starts at 8pm and goes on until 2am, is a local showcase presented by 2GTHR and will cost you £4 to get in and will feature Midnight Nemesis, Weatherbird, Suzie Does It and l’ordinateur (DJ Set).

8pm – 2am / £4
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

BOTW Exterior

Band On The Wall
Picturehouse Music Film Festival: Day 3

Tonight marks the end of a 3 day and night showcase of cult and classic music films and documentaries in Band On The Wall‘s Picturehouse Cafe Bar. Grab a drink, get something to eat and pull up a chair to enjoy some of the greatest music films ever made. This event takes place in the Picturehouse Cafe Bar and is FREE to get in.

Today’s Film Show Times

Picturehouse opens at Noon

1pm: Standing In The Shadow Of Motown (PG)
3pm: Chico & Rita (15)
5pm: The Making Of West Side Story (Unrated)
7pm: Babylon (15)
9pm: Control (15)

Noon onwards / FREE
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

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

Freitags at Common

Freitags with Benjamin Yourself

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 Benjamin Yourself.

9pm-2am /  FREE before 10pm / £2 after
Common/ 39-41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW

Odd Weekend

Odd Bar
Dom Zube

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


Excursions at Trof


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

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Christmas Barrel Of Laughs

MC Mickey D presents Alex Boardman & Damien Clark, & Jim Tavare for what would normally be The Frog and Bucket’s flagship Friday night show, Barrel of Laughs. The show normally goes on until 2am with one of the Frog’s resident DJ’s, but it’s show only tonight.

7pm / £10
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street /  Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ