What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Saturday 11th March 2017

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Band On The Wall
The Excitements

It’s the Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender Launch Party at Band On The Wall with a Soul and R’n’B revival in the shape of The Excitements and The Suffers. Of all the bands of the last decade to come out of the so-called Soul and R’n’B revival wave, few – if any – reach the energy level and authenticity that The Excitements deliver both on stage and on wax. The spiritual heirs of the era of rollicking shouters and deep soul balladeers, the band has consistently delivered an array of 45s and LPs, and embarked on incredibly long tours all over Europe with an unmatched tightness and drive. Just as much influenced by classic rock & roll, country, Latin and Southern hip hop as they are the Stax/Volt or Muscle Shoals era, The Suffers are bringing a fresh approach to what they have coined Gulf Coast Soul. The large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice.

7pm – 11pm / £12 adv / £14 / BUY TICKETS
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

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Whiskey Jar
Unfazed 1st Birthday

Unfazed celebrate their 1st birthday in style by bringing Mason Collective to the intimate setting of The Whiskey Jar basement. The full line up is Mason Collective, Ryan Harris b2b Singy, Dan Partington and Le Frequence.

10pm – 4am / £3 adv / £5 / BUY TICKETS
Whiskey Jar / 16 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF


Matt & Phreds
James Bagnall

As part of their new Saturday early evening live music gigs, Matt & Phreds welcome James Bagnall to the club! James Bagnall is a classically trained musician, writing modern piano music with strong harmonies and intimate melodies. James will be performing music from his latest self released EP ‘Field of Sound‘ and his other solo music. Being a fan of the modern day take on classical music by James Rhodes, James is keen on the idea of classical and modern piano music being accessible, and not for the privileged few. Why should it not be enjoyed with a group of friends and a few good beers?

5pm – 6pm / FREE ENTRY
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Speakeasy Bootleg Band, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
Speakeasy Bootleg Band

Speakeasy Bootleg Band are purveyors of the “Finest Quality Bootleg Music Since Records Began…. Distilled & Bottled in New York and Chicago”, but consumed wherever finer things are appreciated. SBB play a heady mix of jazz, jive and Harlem swing, the vintage sounds of the Cotton Club and Birdland, the illegal drinking haunts of prohibition Chicago and countless rent parties, driving bass, explosive drums and sophisticated witty vocals. Join in the fun at Matt & Phred’s tonight.

9.30pm-1am / £5 / FREE ENTRY (Standing) with an NQCard
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester


Mint Lounge
Funkademia with Jack Tomson

This Saturday Jack Tomson 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.

This Northern Quarter stalwart sells out most weeks so you’re advised to either arrive early or purchase advance tickets.

10.30pm – 3am / £5 Adv /£6 / BUY TICKETS / Queue jump & 2-4-1 entry with an NQCard
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

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Stage & Radio
Arkitekt presents Dimi Wilson

Arkitekt brings Dimi Wilson to Stage & Radio, along with Arkitekt residents plus Distinct and Tekniq’s resident – Sciran. Dimi’s sets are inspired from his favourite artists such as John Dimas, Apolonia, Diego Krause, Djebali, Two diggers, Manooz, Cynthie and many more. The full line up is Dimi Wilson, Sion Scullion, Gwilym Owen, Sciran and Angus Rowlands.

10pm – 4am / £4 adv / £5 / BUY TICKETS
Stage & Radio / 43 Port Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EQ

Antics, Night & Day

Night & Day
Antics: The Streets Spezial

Antics continues it’s Spezial Series by celebrating The Streets to coincide with the 15th anniversary of Original Pirate Material. The show includes plenty of music from The Streets as you would imagine played out by the Antics DJs, plus a live show from Bernard & Edith, Goda Tungl and Britain preceding the DJs.

8pm – 3.30am / £5 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

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The Nest: Episode 3 – Jack Wickham

It’s time for The Nest : Episode Three and on this one at AATMA they have joining them Jack Wickham, Joseph Williams and Ethan McNamara, plus their residents will be getting things heated up at the free Pre Party over at Eastern Bloc Records . Absolute vibes all evening as always .. Be sure to get down!

11pm – 4am / £8 & 10 adv / £10 otd / BUY TICKETS
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Astral Tide, AATMA

Astral Tide

Occuring in the basement of Aatma, aka The Peer Hat, this gig features Astral Tide, The Jungfraus and Dollie Demi.

8pm – 11.30pm / £4
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

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The Castle Hotel
Paddy Steer

Tilted Fiction Promotions presents a fantastic evening of Leftfield electronica at The Castle Hotel featuring Paddy SteerCynthia’s PeriscopeO>L>A and Tooms.

8.30pm  / £5 adv
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

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Preload Radio Launch Party

Gino’s back on the air with his own unique take on how Saturday Night should start… Each week he will be chating with the movers and shakers of all forms of creativity the best and most eclectic selection of new music and the wit and wisdom of the Gino. All shows are open to come in and watch. To start the ball rolling the first show comes from the Big room at Gullivers where starting at five Gino will be interviewing The Inspired James Holt, G.O.D’s gift Chris Bridgett, The Hurt Rikki Turner and Trojan Supremo and producer Mike Benett. After that show is over the show begins with sets from James Holt, Tuareg ,Tao Of Gino, The E.P.I and more, followed by a disco until they get thrown out!

7.30pm / FREE
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

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The Ruby Lounge

Poizon are Europe’s premier tribute to the “Glam, Slam, Kings of Noize” – Poison and recreate the sights, sounds, and all round entertaining rock atmosphere that America’s biggest arena rock band did back in the 90’s. The original Poison have sold over 30 million records worldwide. The band have also charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one single, ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’ Whether you loved them back in the day and you’re reliving those crazy nights out, or you’ve just discovered them thanks to the resurgence of ‘Hair’ metal, POIZON will show you how to party at The Ruby Lounge tonight.

7pm – 11pm / £8 adv / BUY TICKETS
The Ruby Lounge / 28 – 34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

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The Ruby Lounge
Twisted Sin

Twisted Sin -The Rock, Metal & Lap Dancing experience, returns to The Ruby Lounge tonight. Join them for a night of debauchery, Twisted Sin style.

7pm – 11pm / £8 adv (inc ticket to Poizon) / £5 adv / BUY TICKETS
The Ruby Lounge / 28 – 34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

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Soup Kitchen

Scruff of the Neck are described as a collective “making waves we shouldn’t ignore” (Hattie Pearson, Radio X) and a ‘Super-cool imprint” (Manchester Evening News). High praise indeed, but it’s the bands they pick and the shows they promote that make the difference. This time, in the Soup Kitchen basement they present to you Bayonet, Five Days North and Polar States.

6.30pm – 10pm / £7 adv / BUY TICKETS
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF

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Soup Kitchen
Wax – James Brown Special

Resident Wax DJ Simon Ham will be joined by the fabulous Stutter & Twitch DJ’s from Manchester’s very own Stutter & Twitch Records. They will be whipping up a storm bigger than Doris in the Soup Kitchen basement, taking you on a special journey though the wonderful world of James Brown funk & soul that should not be missed! Wax prides it’s self on being a vinyl only night that takes you on a deep excursion in to the world of real Funk, Disco, Boogie & Soul. You won’t hear a mix of records like this anywhere else in town and guaranteed you’ll be busting to throw down your moves and get some dance floor action. Good vibes & good times guaranteed!

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

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Phil Ellis presents Danny Deegan, Chris McAusland and John Hastings 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 / £20 adv / £15 adv concessions / £More otd / BUY TICKETS
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street /  Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ

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Sans Pareil Presents…

Sans Pareil invite you to an evening of music and dancing at Texture, where they’ll be joined by some of the residents of Manchester’s best club nights in order to raise money for JustLife charity. DJs on the night include Anco (Ossia/MAYDAY), Dan Ali (House Of Wax), De La Crème (Below The Surface), Strange Riddims and Analect (Boogie Nights Manchester).

10pm – 3am / £5 adv / £7 / BUY TICKETS
Texture / 67 Lever Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester 

NoHo Bar, Northern Quarter

Saturday 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

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Pen & Pencil
Saturdays at P&P

Pen & Pencil entertain drinkers on the weekends with a rotating selection of fine DJs. Tonight manning the decks from 5pm is Nathan Burroughs with mixed genre, tempos, rhythms, house, broken beat and electronica, followed from 8pm by Marco Giannini bringing his love for all things disco and eclectic.

8pm – 2am / FREE
Pen & Pencil / 57 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EJ

Lost in Tokyo

Lost In Tokyo
Tokyo Saturdays!

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


Eastern Bloc
The Nest: Episode Three Pre-party

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, tonight it’s the turn of The Nest residents to warm up for their party at Aatma later. 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

PB&J Saturday Sessions, Blue Pig

The Blue Pig
PB&J present Hip Hop/Funk/Soul/R&B Saturday Jams

The Blue Pig has a brand new Saturday residency with PB&J collective bringing you the best hiphop, funk, soul and R&B known to man at their Saturday Jam sessions. Seriously good booty-shaking tunes and good times to be had in the NQ.

8pm – 1am / FREE
The Blue Pig / 69 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1FS

Neil Smallridge Black Dog

Black Dog Ballroom
Neil Smallridge

Every Saturday Neil Smallridge spins the beats ‘Down at the Dog’ as he blends and bends the genres, smoothly flowing between house, disco and hip hop, with queues around the block every week.

10pm – 4am / FREE before 11pm
Black Dog Ballroom / Corner of Tib & Church Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1PW

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Odd Bar
DJ Leo Menace

Head to Odd 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.

8pm – late / FREE
Odd Bar / 30-32 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1ER

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 Bar Sessions, Trof

Juicy Bar Sessions

Juicy DJs provide the soundtrack to Saturdays at Trof from 9pm. Expect classic R&B, party hip hop, funk & of course DISCO! If you fancy grabbing one of their mixtapes get yourself over here.

9pm – 3am / FREE before 10pm / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

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.

9pm – 4am / FREE
Twenty Twenty Two / 20 – 22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ