What’s On in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 6th July 2012

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Matt & Phreds
Jon Thorne’s ‘Romita Beats’

Tonight at Matt & Phreds is a little bit special as Jon Thorne brings a new band to perform their debut gig, performing 3 sets of new original music composed especially for the night. This really is an exclusive for Matt and Phreds! The music is based around deep bass infused break beat, laced with texture and melody, featuring the amazing live drumming of Dave Walsh, the rich guitar work of Dan Hope, the lithe saxophone playing of Tim France and the programming and live bass of Jon Thorne.

Jon Thorne

Jon Thorne

Renowned as a passionate, energetic and highly skilled performer, Jon Thorne’s career as a double bassist and composer has spanned a broad range of the musical spectrum.

As double bassist in the acclaimed ground breaking electronica band Lamb, he has virtually pioneered the use of live double bass playing in electronic music. Since the group’s debut in 1996 he has recorded on five of their albums, toured thirty five countries in five continents and played at most of the worlds leading festivals including Coachella, Roskilde, Wechter, Glastonbury, Montreaux Jazz, North Sea Jazz and NYC Central Park Summerstage.

Jon has also recorded, performed and appeared on albums alongside artists as diverse as Robert Miles, Trilok Gurtu, Robert Fripp, Donovon, Gilad Atzmon, John Smith, Lou Rhodes, James Yorkston, Love Amongst Ruin, King Creosote, Sam Carter, Amos Lee, The Memory Band, Mr Scruff, The Accidental, Jesca Hoop and Martha Tilston.

Here’s a fascinating video interview of Jon spanning much of his career to date:

8pm – 1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Be My Guest July

Soup Kitchen
Be My Guest with Simon Tonkinson / Matt Ward / Active Child live

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, this week in the basement it’s Active Child playing live, followed by Matt Ward (Wet Play / Piccadilly Records) and Simon upstairs in the Kitchen.


Active Child

Active Child

Active Child is the project of Pat Grossi, resident of Los Angeles, native of New Jersey. Inspired by his days as a choir boy and epic nights as a member of the band Weight Room, Grossi combines his soaring vocals and crunching analogue synths with the honey drip drop of echoing harps. His sound is so wide-ranging that he has found himself touring with many notable acts of differing genres, including dubstep producer James Blake, dreamy synth-pop of School of Seven Bells and the indie-rock bands White Lies and White Rabbits. Active Child‘s debut album, ‘You Are All I See‘ is out on August 23rd via Vagrant records.

The grand, cinematic scope of Pat’s artistic vision is apparent on ‘You Are All I See‘, which owes as much to his wide array of influences as it does to Pat’s own knack for employing these influences in fresh, forward-thinking ways. With triumphant synths and shimmering, contrapuntal harp lines, songs like the title track and ‘Hanging On’ are reminiscent of Radiohead’s ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack‘ but improve upon that template with layered vocals not far removed from Bon Iver or even James Blake, who Active Child recently opened for on tour.  Active Child

7.30pm-11.30pm /  £8 adv
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

My Computer

Band On The Wall
My Computer plays Vulnerabilia / Pete King / Rod Smith / Frazer King

Manchester’s acclaimed indie-dance mavericks My Computer perform their lauded debut album Vunerabilia live at Band on the Wall. Considered by many to be a modern masterpiece, ‘Vunerabilia‘ seamlessly wove together Madchester and Brit Pop with folk, urban and prog rock influences. Incorporating blasting organs, guitars and vocoders with brooding acoustics, it heralded a major new talent had arrived on the Manchester music scene. Now celebrating the 10th anniversary of the album, a newly revitalised ( new album ‘Evil Spanish’ is pending release) My Computer, still featuring Andy Chester, revisit this remarkable signature album and perform it in its glorious entirety. Support tonight comes from Frazer KingRod Smith  and Pete King.

“The most original debut by a Manchester band since Squirrel & G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People….maybe even Unknown Pleasures.” ~ Uncut Magazine

“Andy Chester is the one of the top five British songwriters of the last 30 years” ~ The Guardian

8pm / £12.50 adv / £14.50 otd
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 5JZ

Dresden Band

Night & Day
Longevity Records Showcase featuring Dresden / Super 8 Cynics / House of Three Hands & more

Manchester based label Longevity Records present this showcase of some of the bands currently signed to the label. Longevity Records is an exciting DIY record label born with a simple mission:- to get quality new music released without the usual big budget restrictions!



Ryan Magee, Marc Hassall, Karl Adie, Simon Adams: Four musicians based in Manchester who write, record and produce electronic pop music that is epic in scale and ambition. Each note, each beat, is laboured over in a secret location with a care and precision that borders on the obsessive.

Super 8 Cynics

Super 8 Cynics

Since bursting onto the scene in January 2011, Super 8 Cynics have turned heads throughout their native North West and beyond. The four-piece’s combination of rock, pop and new wave has attracted fans from Madchester royalty Rowetta, to punk heiress Kimmi Ramone. With their first single just released (a Ricky Gervais cover of all things), a packed schedule of gigs and festivals over the summer, the band are looking forward to taking their pop-rock-new wave fusion sound all over the UK in 2012.

House Of Three Hands

House Of Three Hands

A chance encounter with Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles back in May 2011, while in Carlisle for the One Big Weekend, started the rumour mill for this great, yet unheard, band. Moyles liked them so much, the following morning the stand out track ‘Room 502‘ was played on his breakfast show to approximately 7 million listeners. Since this pivotal moment the Cumbrian threesome, now residing in Salford, have gone strength to strength sharing stages with luminaries such as Razorlight, Madness and The Mystery Jets, all in all the future is bright for these three young lads now due to release singles on Longevity Records.

7.30pm – Midnight / £3
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Friday 12:51, Dry Bar

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

 Freedom Of The City

Designer Mag presents Freedom Of The City / Daytona Lights / Eden / Mathew Petit / Big False Assembly

Once again Designer Magazine present a showcase of fantastic bands at Dry Live, tonight featuring as headliners Freedom Of The City who are ably supported by Daytona Lights (who have been all over Radio 1 and Hollyoaks recently), Eden, Mathew Petit and Big False Assembly. A great night of live music all for just a fiver.  Freedom Of The City

6.30pm / £5
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Freitags with Dave Rigby

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’s ‘friend’ is Dave Rigby.

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

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

 Pop 'til you drop

Mint Lounge
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

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 before 10 / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1EU

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Sally-Anne Hayward presents David HaddinghamSteve Day and Gary Delaney 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