What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 8th April 2016

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What's on in the Northern Quarter, Friday 8th April 2016, Endless City 2nd Birthday, Whiskey Jar

Whiskey Jar
Endless City 2nd Birthday

The Manchester Edition  Downstairs At The Whiskey Jar tonight Endless City is hosting a special party to celebrate all that is good in the Manchester underground scene. They will be thanking and welcoming old friends and new to celebrate a new milestone for the collective. Live DJ sets come from varied collections playing stuff a little bit different but still dancefloor ready, including Endless CIty DJs Etrea and Hamie Jouse, My First Moth Records DJs Neko Neko and Dave Fortune, Ben Lewis of Barking Man and some special guests.

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

The Marivaux, One-ep launch, Gullivers

The Marivaux ‘ep-one’ launch show

Following their success with single ‘Birds and the Bees‘ which was well received by BBC Introducing, 6 Music and has racked up nearly 20k views on youtube, The Marivaux will launch their ‘One – EP‘ which will be their greatest body of work so far. A band for 6 years, these four young men have honed their live craft to a level of excellence, playing to crowds across the UK and Europe the past few years. Possibly one of the longest serving and best Manchester underground bands – well worth checking out and tickets are expected to be in high demand. The full line up at Gullivers is The Clap It Offs, Cascades, In Quarantine We Trust, Tom Buckley and of course The Marivaux themselves.

7pm – 1am / £5 / £7 otd / BUY TICKETS
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Mothertongue, Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel
Mothertongue ‘Unsongs’ album launch

If you’ve read the title of this gig listing then you’ll know as much as I do; Mothertongue are releasing ‘Unsongs‘ and they are launching it at The Castle Hotel tonight!

7.30pm / £3
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

GodModule, Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge
God Module ‘Prophecy’ Tour

After 5 full length CD’s, 3 EP’s and hundreds of live performances around the world, God Module is still evolving into the monster it was meant to be. God Mod founder and mastermind Jasyn Bangert has brought his childhood dreams to life as musical nightmares. Aided live by various muscians, God Module take all the common Electro – Gothic – Industrial cliches and systematically tear them apart. They are unnaturally stitched back together again to create a constantly mutating soundtrack to the most fucked up horror film you will never see… your life! Check out the nightmare at The Ruby Lounge tonight.

7pm / £12
Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Chow Down, April, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Chow Down with Riz La Teef

Chow Down bring up the dubplate king, Riz La Teef, to make his Manchester debut at this party. For their return to Soup Kitchen they have Grizzle, Fallow and Craig Ad there in support of Riz.

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

Natasha Watts, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
Natasha Watts / Julie E. Gordon & more

Off the back of a hugely successful first album, Natasha Watts is back with a collection of beautiful soul stunners, working alongside Rob Hardt from Cool Million and Richard Earnshaw to release a second album. Don’t miss this opportunity to be one of the first to pick up her new album and hear her new songs on this UK Album launch tour which tonight comes to Band On The Wall. Support on the night comes from Julie E Gordon, an artist who shows effortless style and presence through her infectious stage performances and powerful vocal range. Keeping you dancing until the early hours are some of the North West’s finest tastemakers; compering the night is the legendary Colin Curtis, bringing the best in top import disco, funk, jazz and soul with Soul Central DJs Mike Stephens, Bizzy B and Paul Mac keeping you grooving all night.

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

Field Studies, Night & Day

Night & Day
Field Studies

2015 was a successful year for art-rock outfit Field Studies. Support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and John Kennedy of Radio X saw the band make numerous national festival appearances, including a slot on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury and an acclaimed appearance at Y Not Festival (described by BBC Introducing’s Emma Clifford as “spellbinding and incredible to experience”). In 2016 the young 4-piece return with a dark, enveloping new EP that sees them hone their atmospheric craft. The long-awaited follow up to their mesmerising debut ‘Celestial’ sees Field Studies explore more raw, bleak textures – the band self-recorded the EP over a long winter, almost exclusively at night, capturing the eerie environment of their frozen suburban recording space across 4 haunting tracks. Support for this show at Night & Day comes from Akranes, Danxia and The Vanity Project.

atmospheric indie-pop in the vein of WU LYF” – NME

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

Ether E, Night & Day

Night & Day
Ether E

Following the live acts at Night & Day earlier in the evening the fun continues with the Night & Day DJs. Expect music, music and more music from tonight’s DJ Ether E.

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

The Big Easy, Matt & Phred's

Matt & Phreds
The Big Easy

The Big Easy will be making their way to Matt & Phred’s on April the 8th to mark the release of their new album ‘This is Hip‘, which combines the sounds of early swing, jump-jive and New Orleans jazz. With their unique arrangements of classic tunes, The Big Easy bring to life the music of John Lee Hooker, Duke Ellington, Buddy Bolden and other giants of jazz and blues.

The Big Easy are an amazing group – their timing and sound is the best I’ve heard in a long time” ~ Festival goer, Inverurie Jazz Festival

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

Top Of The Pops 16, Mint Lounge

Mint Lounge
Top Of The Pops ’16 with Justine Alderman / 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 TICKETSQueue jump & FREE entry for NQCard holder & a guest
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

Beasts, AATMA

Beasts /  The Scenes & more

Scruff of the Neck presents a night jam-packed with bands performing live at AATMA tonight. Headlining the show are an atmospheric alt rock three-piece from London, Beasts. They are supported by The Scenes, Saturday Morning Cartoons and Noir Noir.

7pm – 10.15pm / £7 adv / BUY TICKETS
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Strict Desire 3, AATMA

Strict Desire #3

Strict Desire are back for a third instalment in one of their favourite backstreet rave dens, AATMA. They don’t hard sell or need gimmicks, all they want is simple, no frills drinking & dancing in a dark & dirty backstreet club, so that’s what they do – Expect classic, current & future leftfield weirdo disco, low slung electronic sleaze, chuggy dubbed out techno, cosmic bizarro italo & more! Strict Desire DJs playing songs one after another all night!

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

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Chris McCausland presents Jessica Fostekew, Erich McElroy & Steve Royal 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 Concessions adv / £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

New(ish) kid on the Tariff Street block, Pen & Pencil entertain drinkers on the weekends with a rotating selection of fine DJs.

9pm – 2am / FREE
Pen & Pencil / 57 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EJ

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

Oh, Word, Hula

Oh, word? with 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 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 launch a new night tonight, Fizz Face Friday, with Clint Boon at the helm. All the important details are on this post so get yourself over there.

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

Bump, Blue Pig

Blue Pig

BUMP! The party that sounds like someone making you the coolest live mixtape you ever got! With everything from hot funk, spandex bangers, hot tub soul, rump-shaking pop and more, Mof Gimmers and Mat Lake sling hidden gems and bona fide classics into the mix to give you an evening of irresistible rhythm & booze. Whether you’re into Michael Jackson or Yacht Rock, or stomping soul and the purest pop – come and drink, request and dance at The Blue Pig!

8pm – 1am / 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 atTrof 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

Weekends, 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 – DJ Stylus, Bad Osiris, DJ Klepto, Lee Majors, Darka, Adil Khanfu, Kev Swindells and Dom Kozubik.

9pm – 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

Frontier Friday, Kosmonaut

Frontier Fridays

Frontier Fridays has an eclectic DJ roster, pioneering new sounds and legendary party classics too and apparently is now “Officially the place to welcome in the weekend“! Dance Lady DanceDamien (Club Clique)Jon (Now Wave) and Frameworks will play on rotation.

8pm – 1am / FREE
Kosmonaut / 10 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

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