Blacklights single launch party with Tone Puppets / White Heath
Local Manchester band Black Lights are holding the launch party for their new single ‘Enemy’ tonight with a live set and support from White Heath, Tone Puppets and more. The party will continue into the early hours with the Platinum DJs taking control from 11pm.
Acoustic Act tbc – 8.00 – 8.20
White Heath – 8.30 – 9.00
Tone Puppets – 9.15 – 9.45
Black Lights – 10.00 – 10.50
Three young guys from Manchester, two classically trained musicians and a young man with a voice to die for, have in the space of nine months, formed a band and written a full set of effortlessly beautiful songs that will make your heart soar. Jamie McCool (vocals), Jack O Connor (guitar) and Howard Eastwood (piano) are Black Lights and they are creating a big buzz around Manchester. Not yet in their 20′s, this precociously talented group demonstrate the city’s ability to produce music that has the rest of the country green with envy.
7pm / £8 (includes free limited edition copy of new single ‘The Enemy’)
Platinum presents Tour with Jamie Askew / Deep Trouble / Richie Hall / Sinuous
A night of deep house / techno / disco from one of London’s fastest growing underground labels and promotions hosting guests from Cocoon, Saved Records, Rejected and many more. Tonight on the decks are Jamie Askew, Deep Trouble aka Tim Bower, Richie Hall and Platinum‘s own Sinuous.
11pm / £5
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB
Band On The Wall
Manchester Carnival Reggae Extravaganza
Peace FM’s top DJs and their friends present a Manchester Carnival Reggae Special playing the best reggae tunes from 10pm onwards into the early hours. Get ready to enjoy the razzmatazz and excitement of the Manchester Carnival as they carry on the party with the best reggae sounds from the 80′s and 90′s and the latest dancehall played by Peace FM’s DJs Jodice, Miss B and Miss Wirewaist. The night also features an incredible stage show featuring Sprangy Rankin, Gee Q, Badrass, Mr Marvellous, Empress Asher and many more and the show is hosted by Peace FM 90.1′s Sam Brown.
10pm / £10
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
9pm-4am / FREE
Designer Mag presents Metal On Metal #6 with Silent Victory / Viocide & more
Metal on Metal is fast becoming the most talked about Metal night in Manchester. Featuring the very best in local metal this is one night you come for the music. Tonight’s lineup is Silent Victory, Viocide, Osiris, Dread Your Last Day and Araxa.
Silent Victory is an original melodic rock band from the Northwest. Heavily influenced by classic rock of the 70’s and 80’s, they have a unique style of their own – it’s really hard to say exactly who they sound like, even the guys in the band will each give you different opinions! Tony Rimmer (Lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars and vocals), Russell Kelly (Lead and rhythm guitars), Geoff Vickers (Drums and backing vocals) and Martin Greenwood (Keyboards and backing vocals). Silent Victory
Hailing from Manchester, England, Viocide is a 4-piece thrash band with influences from all over the heavy metal spectrum. Starting out as a cover band in their early days at school, they have now progressed to writing their own material and leaving a mark on heavy metal! Ben Alexander (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Adam Coughlan (Guitar/Backing Vocals), Billy Townsend (Bass/Backing Vocals) and Tom Hughes (Drums). Viovide
Formed in 2008, Osiris are a 4 piece heavy metal band from the Leigh area. Due to the many different influences of each member of the band, they believe they have a unique sound ranging from both extremes of the metal genre, the core of which is heavy, consisting of death metal roots and heavy breakdowns, to melodic choruses, both instrumentally and vocally. Keith Turner (Lead Guitar), Lee Sullivan (Guitar/Lead Vocals), Nick Harney (Bass/Backing Vocals) and Jake Daly (Drums). Osiris
Dread Your Last Day
Formed in November 2011, Dread Your Last Day are a 5 piece hardcore act from Manchester. With the band’s combination of punishing instrumentals with the vocals to match and a blistering live performance, the band are set to hit the Manchester Hardcore scene hard over the next few years with inspiration coming from fellow UK hardcore bands such as Last Witness and Your Demise aswell as American bands like For The Fallen Dreams and Chelsea Grin. The bands sole intention is to have fun doing what they do and to turn their dreams of becoming touring musicians into a reality. Dread Your Last Day
Araxa are a metal band from The North West of England, formed in March 2012. Their line up consists of Zoe Gale (Vocals), Dan Cole (Guitar), Rob Davies (Guitar), Thomas Gale (Bass) and Bryan Calcutt (Drums, Percussion). The band first started when Rob, Bryan and Dan’s old band collapsed. They then decided to start another one but this time with a Female vocalist. With the help of Zoe’s brother on bass guitar, they created Araxa. Araxa
6.30pm – 10.30pm / £5
Big Tings Promotions presents Kings Of Dub with Freedom Masses/ Hytal Bosrah
A night of Reggae and Dub from Manchester’s very own Freedom Masses and Birmingham’s Hytal Bosrah.
11pm – 4am / £3
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Matt & Phreds
A gypsy jazz ensemble comprised of 10 members playing everything from accordion to clarinet. The music pays homage to the likes of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli whilst still sounding fresh and original. After storming sessions in the past Matt & Phred’s couldn’t help but invite them back for more. The music is simply brilliant, popular with both newcomers and the most discerning of their punters alike.
9.30pm-1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Night & Day Cafe
Hello Lazarus / The Imogen Styles / The Mannequins
Hello Lazarus come to Manchester for their first Night & Day show ably supported by The Imogen Styles and The Mannequins.
Hello Lazarus are an explosive alternative rock trio from South West England and are fantastic flag bearers for emerging British rock talent. Hardworking, they have gigged tirelessly and released 2 EP’s over the last year which have received radio play on BBC Introducing and Kerrang! Not just a studio band though, Hello Lazarus have learnt the art of putting on a great performance and supported the likes of The Xcerts, Tellison, Flood of Red, Tubelord, Vessels and more. 2012 is going to be an exciting year for the guys having just released their latest EP on Scylla Records and with other UK/European dates in the pipeline for the coming months. Watch this space for a band tipped by Red Hot Velvet that “could be Biffy Clyro at their best“.
”deliciously fluid leads, razor-sharp rhythms and a penchant for soaring epics… ones to watch, for sure” ~ Rock Sound (7/10)
“pop-punk choruses with belting vocals, offset by guitar and bass that drop weighted, metal influenced riffs” ~ Big Cheese (4/5)
“a command and expertise about whatever style they slip in too… could be leading them somewhere very exciting” ~ Kerrang! KKK
8pm – Midnight / £5
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
‘Saturdays’ at Soup Kitchen
The guys at Soup Kitchen have gone for a simple solution when it came to naming their regular Saturday night event and consequently it will be called… er… “Saturdays”! The night will exhibit friends and local talents in the cavernous surroundings of their underground dancing den. They have DJs on rotation in the Kitchen and hand the cellar over to a different promotion every week.
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF
Moho Live continues its new regular Saturday night, Club Moho. During the night, in the Main Room, Jorge will play anything and everything commercial; pop, indie, dance, rnb, dance, you name it, Jorge will play it. While in Room 2 Glen from Coup De Ville hosts spinning old skool hip hop and electro. It’s £5 in all night (unless you find one of their flyering team and get a FREE ticket) and there are some drinks specials too for those looking for some value from their night out.
11pm – 4am / £4 Adv /£5
Moho Live / Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Jon Kraus (Hoya Hoya / Fat City) ’Loose Change’ at Odd Bar. Jon will be delving between the seats to create a colorful montage of Saturday night drinking music, tackling a healthy mix of Disco, Boogie, House, Afro, Brazilian, Psych, Kraut, Garage, Blues, Ska, Reggae & Soul.
8pm – late / FREE
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER
The Bay Horse
The Saturday Social takes place every Saturday in the wonderful surroundings of The Bay Horse Pub. A soundtrack of the weird, wonderful and well known, from the old to new, Funk to Punk, Disco to Indie, Folk to Pop, all played on lovely crackly vinyl. Your DJs for this aural journey are Craig Johnson and Ian Scott.
8pm – 1am / FREE
The Bay Horse Pub / 35-37 Thomas Street / Manchester / Northern Quarter / M4 1NA
Mondo Pop! with James Morton
Mof Gimmers shares his love of outlandish pop music at his weekly, Saturday night musical variety show, Mondo Pop! Spinning soul, funk, disco, pop, rock and more from across the ages, expect cheeky cover versions of songs you know and songs you haven’t heard for ages, but wish you had. Good vibes and dancing to be had ’til late! “Dancing on tables encouraged”.
9pm – 3am / FREE before 10 / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Every second Saturday of the month Common give their ‘Friends’ the night off and hand over the night toPumping Iron (although I’m sure they are friends too!). Expect a night of Nu Cosmic Italio, Vintage Avant Garde Disco and Lo Fi Rhythmic Punk Funk – What more could you ask for!
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
Funkademia with David Dunne
This Saturday David Dunne takes control of the decks at Funkademia, which takes place every Saturday to a consistently full house, feeding a friendly crowd with a diet of pure unadulterated soul-funk with the dj collective taking you on a journey through four decades of the very best soul, funk, electric disco and hip-hop with a touch of smooth r&b and some big house classics. www.funkademia.net
This Northern Quarter stalwart sells out most weeks so you’re advised to either arrive early or purchase advance tickets.
The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs
MC Mick Ferry presents Mike Newall, Marty McLean and Sean Meo for The Frog and Bucket’s flagship Saturday night show, Barrel of Laughs. The show goes on until 2am with one of the Frog’s resident DJ’s.
7pm / £17
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ