What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 5th May 2017

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karnival, stage radio

Stage & Radio

Drawing inspiration from groundbreaking South American Performance company De La Guarda, Karnival is a night of inspired performance and incredible music. A totally immersive clubbing experience. Headlining Karnival’s 7th birthday, in the beautifully intimate space of Stage & Radio, will be none other than Justin Robertson. Supporting Justin is a cast of Manchester’s finest – firstly, Principle resident for El Diablo Social Club and To Rack & Ruin head honcho, Neil Diablo, will be spinning an intoxicating cocktail of house and disco. They will be joined by Karnival’s resident Tacet while hosting the upstairs bar area, friends of Karnival, Micron, will be supplying the tunes. They will be ably supported by new Karnival resident, Ten:10. If that isn’t enough, the Karnival performers will be there in force ensuring everyone gets a slice of the ethereal, a bite of the surreal and a trip into the unknown. Their aim is simple…to make sure you have one of the best nights of your life.

10pm – 4am / £10 adv / GET TICKETS
Stage & Radio / 43 Port Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EQ

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Whiskey Jar
Loose Lips

Keeping to their rave’s new-found cultural and historical themes, Loose Lips are getting Napoleonic whilst jamming out to some amazing Hip Hop, electro, footwork & techno! On the 5th May, 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, the former French ruler who once ruled an empire that stretched across Europe, died as a British prisoner on the remote island of Saint Helena in the southern Atlantic Ocean. So Lord Tusk, Kerrie, T-Scale and Paxman are playing in the basement of The Whiskey Jar. Makes sense I guess!

11pm – 4am / £5 adv / £7 otd / BUY TICKETS
Whiskey Jar / 16 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

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The Ruby Lounge
The Sex Pissed Dolls

The Sex Pissed Dolls exploded onto the scene mid-2014. They are a 5 piece all girl band playing Punk, Ska and Dirty Rock music. Energetic, Edgy, Outrageous. Call them what you want but it’s certainly a show like no other. With songs by The Jam, Sham 69, The Clash, Nirvana, The Specials, The Buzzcocks, Blondie and of course The Sex Pistols themselves. All done with The Dolls twist so head down into The Ruby Lounge to check them out.

7pm – 11pm / £12 adv / £15 / BUY TICKETS
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

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Soup Kitchen
The Comet Is Coming

Soup Kitchen present the return of Mercury Music Prize nominees The Comet Is Coming. The Comet is Coming is the soundtrack to an imagined apocalypse. In the aftermath of widespread sonic destruction what sounds remain? Who will lead the survivors to new sound worlds? Who will chart the new frontier? In a warehouse somewhere in London 2013 a meeting would take place between three musical cosmonauts. They would pool their energies to build a vessel powerful enough to transport any party into outer space. Shabaka Hutchings, Danalogue and Betamax. Together they chart a path based on the encoded language of Sun Ra, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and the BBC Radiophonic Workshops from which the band’s name emerged. It is after the end of the world, the stage is a spacecraft, the mic is an accelerator. Brace yourself for The Comet is Coming. Support for the show comes from Ata Tat.

7pm – 10.15pm / £12.50 adv / BUY TICKETS
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

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Soup Kitchen
Zutekh presents Craig Richards

Zutekh return to Soup Kitchen tonight with a very special All Night Long set from Craig Richards!

11pm – 4am / £15 adv / BUY TICKETS 
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

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Band On The Wall
The Travelling Band

It’s been a bittersweet rollercoaster year for The Travelling Band with not one, but two founding band members leaving suddenly either side of a 17-date UK tour celebrating ten years on the road together. Having quite literally regrouped, the widely respected Manchester based band are now ready to launch their new line up at Band on the Wall. Presented by Sideways Saloon Records and longtime collaborators Hey! Manchester, this special one-off evening will see the band playing new songs from their forthcoming (inevitably delayed) 4th studio album, due for release in the summer. The party won’t stop there with special guest DJ’s sets seeing this incredible night through until 2am.

7.30pm – 11pm / £12 adv / £14
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Sollo, night day

Night & Day
N&D Showcase

Another Friday night brings another Showcase event to Night & Day. Tonight’s show is headlined by Sollo with Blaylock, Years Young and Jade Jones in support.

8pm – 11pm / £6
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

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Night & Day
Beat Chics Clubnight 1st Birthday

The Beat Chics will be spinning the best records from the 1960’s for what is now a monthly night at Night & Day, happening on the first Friday every month, and has now been happening for a year, hence their birthday celebration tonight. Vinyl only. Expect: 60s Girl Groups, Garage, 60s Pop, Northern Soul from an all vinyl set.

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

The After Hours Quintet, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
The After Hours

The After Hours are a 21st Century anomaly; a collective of loveable rogues hell bent on redefining live dance music. Weaving the sounds of 1920’s New Orleans jazz, sizzling swing and bouncing balkan brass with thoroughly modern dance styles, The After Hours have created a uniquely exciting take on Electro – Swing. The After Hours have been razzing Matt and Phred’s for a few years now with their 1920’s ‘Hot Jass’ sound; but they’re gonna step it up all the way this time with a 3 set journey from Jass to Electro Swing!!

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

poet junkies, aatma

The Poet Junkies

More marvellous music to mesmerise and mystify at Aatma tonight with headliners The Poet Junkies supported by A Band Called Jack, Solsara and Happy Animal.

7pm – 11.30pm / £4
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Ray Bradshaw presents Bethany BlackRob Mulholland 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 / £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.

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

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

Eastern Bloc new logo

Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc Residents & special guests

Established as a record shop for over 30 years Eastern Bloc is now a fully licensed bar open until 11pm with the occasional late license event. Some special local selectors as well as current and past staff members take the helm at the decks and provide your soundtrack. New soundsystem in full effect as well as a well stocked bar including a load of ales, lagers and bitter bottles from local brewer Cloudwater. Get involved!

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

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

Juicy Black Dog Ballroom NQ 300

Black Dog Ballroom

Juicy takes over Black Dog Ballroom NQ every Friday night! They’ll be dropping the best Hip Hop, R&B, UK Garage, Funk, Soul & Bashment jams all night long – all party, no buls**t!

9pm – 4am / FREE before 11pm / £3 after
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

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