What’s On in the Northern Quarter ~ Friday 8th June 2012

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Band On The Wall
Mica Paris

Mica Paris, the legendary soul queen,and patron of Band on the Wall, returns to the venue where it all began for what promises to be one of the most sensational nights of the year. Performing at Band on the Wall on the back of the rerelease of her stunning debut album from the 80’s, ‘So Good‘ and her forthcoming album. Showcasing her incredible vocals, ‘So Good‘ spawned the single ‘My One Temptation‘ which became an international hit and established Mica Paris as a great new voice in soul music.

Mica Paris

Further international hits have followed including ‘Where Is The Love’ (with Will Downing), ‘Black Angel‘, ‘Stay‘and ‘Carefree. Over the years she has collaborated with many of the greats from all genres including David Gilmour, Prince, Jimmy Barnes and James Morrison to name but a few. She is also Patron of Band on the Wall (where she performed some of the earliest concerts of her career), and they are delighted to welcome her back for this extra special Band on the Wall Fundraiser Event night by one of soul music’s most-loved voices.  Mica Paris Website


As Mica is a patron and a great fan of the Band On The Wall she has agreed to do a very special ‘Meet and Greet‘ event before her concert from 7pm – 8pm on the venue’s mezzanine level. This event includes a free glass of wine and entrance to the concert as well. Tickets are limited to only 30, but the last time I checked they were still available, so hurry! Tickets are available on the Event page at Band on the Wall here

8pm / £17.50 adv / £19.50 otd
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 5JZ

Night & Day
Nick Howard plus special guest Hannah Trigwell

Nick Howard is a tea obsessed British Singer/Songwriter from Brighton who moved to New York six years ago with his guitar, suitcase and a lot of ambition. Dedicated to fulfilling his lifelong dream Nick spent four years balancing day jobs and night jobs and squeezed in shows, writing and recording when and wherever possible. He managed to break free in late 2009 with his debut album ‘Something To Talk About‘, songs from which were featured in dozens of TV shows and films and received airplay across radio networks in the US and in Europe. Since then, Nick has toured all over the world (he played 150 shows last year), has seen his songs break into the charts and has supported artists such as Lifehouse, Boyce Avenue, Gavin DeGraw, Counting Crows and Jack Johnson.

Described as ‘honest, emotional, thoughtful, melodic and catchy’ by some and ‘music that will enter one ear with ease, but will have trouble leaving the other’ by others, Nick cites a wide range of musical influences and life experiences when writing and performing. He calls out The Beatles as a lifelong musical inspiration alongsde John Mayer, Jason Mraz, The Script, Oasis and Coldplay Nick Howard Website

Opening the night will be singer-songwriter, Hannah Trigwell, a singer-songwriter from Leeds who has a massive YouTube fanbase, with her cover of The Script’s ‘Breakeven‘ even getting a Twitter mention by the band themselves. Combining soaring choruses and beautifully crafted melodies, Hannah has created her own brand of stripped-back acoustic-pop. Hannah was named ‘Best International Unsigned Act’ at the 2011 St. Helier Online Music Awards and her music has gained praise from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Lissie and Johnny Rzeznik (Goo-Goo-Dolls).  Hannah Trigwell Facebook

7.30pm – Midnight / £7
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN


The Ruby Lounge
CUD / City Reign / DJ Jeff Grainger (Dandelion Radio)

CUD are a British indie rock band formed in Leeds, in 1986. CUD consisted of Carl Puttnam; vocals, Mike Dunphy ; Guitar, William Potter; bass and Steve Goodwin; drums before disbanding in 1995 and then reforming in 2006 after the release of their Anthology. Though an indie rock band, their music incorporated elements of funk and pop. They were critically acclaimed throughout their career, supported the Pixies and recorded many sessions with the late John Peel. Despite several top 40 singles and albums, CUD never really broke through to a mainstream UK record-buying audience and remain as one of the most underrated bands from the British music scene in the last 20 years. The music press hated them, the fan’s couldn’t get enough of ’em!  CUD Facebook

City Reign

City Reign

The songwriting pair Chris Bull and Mike Grice met 4 years ago at a Ryan Adams concert,having both recently moved north from London. Having spent some years writing and playing in bands, the current line up named themselves after an Adams song, ‘City Rain,City Streets’. Their new EP, ‘Numbers For Street Names‘ is the culmination of 3 years of dedication and hard work, from the first days of teaching Glaze to play his £30 battered bass from ebay, rehearsing in the spare bedroom of their shared house, resulting in this comprehensive body of work. The record features songs spanning from their initial demo Daybreak EP to the closing track recorded a mere day before pressing the CD.  City Reign Facebook

7.30pm /  £12.50
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Naughty Panda

Dry Bar
Naughty Panda 4th Birthday with Lee Coombs / Mafia Kiss

For their fourth birthday party Naughty Panda are pulling out all the stops with a fantastic lineup of DJs; Lee Coombs (Thrust / LOT 49), The Hustle (Mafia Kiss), Breakthru (Old Skool’s Most Wanted), Phat Dadi (Subsonic) and Naughty Panda‘s own Chris K, as well as very special jungle decor courtesy of Illuminaughty’sVisual Architects‘. Not only that, but the event will be shown live across the globe!

Lee Coombs

Lee Coombs has remixed for most of the worlds most acclaimed artists, such as Moby, Lamb and New Order, destroying the dance floors at festivals and clubs all over globe for two decades. In 2010 he added new strings to his bow when Absolut Vodka asked him to produce the soundtrack for their Absolut Night campaign. So impressed were they by Lee’s work they then requested him to provide further music for their 2011 campaign, Absolut Blank. Lee is now based in the USA, so UK performances are fairly few and far between so make sure you get down to Dry Live to witness this pioneering artist. Check out his website for much more, and links to more of his music;  Lee Coombs Website

Our other guests are DJ duo, The Hustle. You may be a little bit more familiar with one of half of the duo, in his production guise, Mafia Kiss. Possibly the fastest growing newcomer to the scene, his sound has being championed all over the globe, and with fans such as US legend, DJ Icey and Krafty Kuts, we will be hearing much more from him over the next few years. His work over the past twelve months has been held in such high regard that he recently won the Best New Producer award at Breakspoll International Breakbeat Awards. In support will be a guy who is becoming a bit of a legend on the Manchester circuit, Breakthru. Whatever event Breakthru is playing at, he is sure to smash dance floors with his huge energetic sets of Jungle, old skool house, and nu skool breaks. Meanwhile Phat Dadi and Chris K complete the lineup.

7pm / £4, £6, £8 adv / £10 otd
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Be My Guest - May

Soup Kitchen
Be My Guest

Simon Tomkinson 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.

8pm-3am / Free

Narrows - The Eve Of Invasion

The Narrows album launch party

The Narrows are a three piece band made up of David Battle, Phil Drinkwater and Adam Hynes, who make dark futuristic electro guilt pop and do it with drumloops, synths and loud guitars. In their career so far they have played T in The Park, FOM Fest and Eurocultured and headlined the O2 Academy2 in London town and The Ruby Lounge in Manchester (a much more important venue!). They have supported PVT, S.C.U.M and Gallops. All our music is available at –

On June 4th The Narrows debut album, ‘The Eve Of Invasion‘ was released by Cognitive Dissonance Records, and tonight at Soup Kitchen is the album’s launch party. ‘The Eve Of Invasion‘ is an album of dramatic scale and scope – an exploration of paranoia, destruction and the influence of corrupt authority in a dark, troubled modern world. It’s sounds range from seething electronica, shattering rock and haunting melancholia. You can hear the album here or find out more about the band on their website;  The Narrows Website

7.30pm-10.30m /  £5 Adv
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DF

Let Spin

Matt & Phreds
Let Spin

One of the Matt & Phred’s old friends, guitarist Moss Freed has recently announced the arrival of his new band and a Jazz Services supported UK tour to launch it upon the world. The band is called ‘Let Spin‘ and features himself alongside bassist Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland), saxophonist Chris Williams (Led Bib) and Fin Panter (Beats & Pieces) on drums all the way from Berlin.

Let Spin is a brand new musical collaboration which features original compositions from all four instrumentalists, from dark, brooding grooves to upbeat quirky riffs via folk-infused melodies and free playing. Between them, these individual players have played with the cream of contemporary genre-crossing UK bands, and this coming-together promises to be an electric meeting of their creative forces, and represents a fantastic opportunity for audiences to hear a cross-section of the current vanguard of the scene.” according to Jazz Services Moss Freed Website

Exciting guitarist Moss Freed leads his Radiohead-tinged outfit through moody, cinematic sounds that blur the lines between folk, rock and jazz with imagination and flair.” ~ TimeOut

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

Cantaloupe, Kraak

Cantaloupe / New Hips / FTSE 100 / Arts & Kraftwerk / Pooch

Bad Uncle Music present Cantaloupe, New Hips, FTSE 100, Arts & Kraftwerk and Pooch for your delight tonight at Kraak, just off Stevenson Square.

8pm – 2am / £4
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Freitags with F*&knFilthy presents

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 F*&knFilthy Presents.

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

Odd Weekend

Odd Bar
Bring On The Dancing Horses

Patrick mixes it up live in the cut with a selection of get down disco, get up house and off the wall pop to get your party started!

Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER

Pop 'til you drop

Mint Lounge
Pop ‘Til You Drop with Pasta Paul and David Walker

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 T.B.C. (either they haven’t announced it yet or that’s just a really cool name!) presents Caimh McDonnellCarl Hutchinson and Steve Shanyaski 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