The Ruby Lounge
Jake Mattison presents Golden Firs / John Stammers / Samson + Delilah
With a voice that can silence the rowdiest of crowds, Jake Mattison is someone whose experiences are worth listening to. His songs inhabit the sort of real life that includes love and loss and addiction and desire. Raised on a fairly lively Manchester estate, Jake started playing music at the age of 10 when he found a guitar in an abandoned cupboard and began to pick out tunes – the only recorded music he had access to was a tape that had Abba’s Forever Gold on one side and Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On on the flip. As a teenager Jake became obsessed with boxing, just as his granddad, dad and uncle had all done. He worked hard, was, “wiry with good reach”, he turned pro and had 43 fights with 38 wins, “which isn’t bad I suppose”. But by the time he was in his early 20′s Jake had already begun to lose interest. When his old friend Paul slipped him a copy of the Cocteau Twins’ Four-Calendar Café, boxing became a thing of the past “I lost myself in that totally,” he says. “It got me right back into music.”
Inspired, too, by the mid-60s Northern Soul of The Radiants, the early folk-soul albums of Terry Callier and artists such as Paul Simon, John Martyn and Nick Drake, Jake began to set out his stall as an artist and songwriter and whilst his influences are many and varied, there is no doubt that Jake is his own man. “Ultimately I would like to be written about respectfully and earn enough to live off,” Jake says. “I want to make good music, the sort of music that makes people go, ‘Wow!’ like I did as a kid, but I don’t want for much, I’m not a big car guy, or a big house guy. What’s important is to write your songs the way you want to write them and earn some till while do the right thing…”
“Writes wonderful, heartfelt songs… strung out in the ether somewhere between Tim Buckley and Michael Kiwanuka.” ~ Rob Fitzpatrick, The Guardian
“Imagine Adam Duritz from Counting Crows after a night gargling sand and you come somewhere close to the depth and richness of Mattison’s vocal. When this man sings about sorrow, you believe him.” ~ Clash Magazine
7.30pm / £5
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Band On The Wall
Mr Scruff ~ Keep It Unreal
Northern Quarter stalwart Mr Scruff brings his ‘Keep It Unreal‘ night to Band On The Wall tonight, serving up a huge melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, afrobeat, breaks, latin, and of course tea! For his monthly residency Mr Scruff will be at the decks for 6 hours, making the most of the incredible sound system at this famous Northern Quarter nightspot.
To get more of a feel for what’s to come from Mr Scruff check out his Soundloud page (http://soundcloud.com/mr-scruff) for some live sets and there’s lots more Mr Scruff on his website (http://www.mrscruff.com).
9.30pm – 3am / £11 adv / £12 otd
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Box of Tricks presents COUNTERCULTURECLUB
Box of Tricks launch its new late-night cross-art underground party COUNTERCULTURECLUB in the Northern Quarter’s 2022NQ creative space. A first for Manchester, the event will host a collection of independent music, spoken word, comedy, visual art, theatre and DJs.
Smashing the fourth wall, and bringing down the house, COUNTERCULTURECLUB will host a diverse collection of performance from Manchester’s independent arts scene. The line-up includes the award-winning performance poet Ben Mellor (winner of BBC Radio 4?s National Poetry Slam 2009), Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow (one-page plays from the very best emerging playwrights), illustration and film from art collectiveGeneric Greeting and local bands The Spiels and Sam Haine & the Bloodflames.
For more info and the full line-up check our previous post here.
7.30pm – 2.30am / £5 adv / £7 otd
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ
Matt & Phreds
Manchester Jazz Festival ~ Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra
A Leeds-based collective making big waves with their horn-heavy sound: championed by Craig Charles, this 9-piece rhythm and brass explosion mixes free jazz and Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat with ’70s space jazz fusion and James Brown-inspired heavy funk.
The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra formed in late 2007 when members of the Kidkanevil live show and First Word stalwarts Homecut began a series of late night afrobeat sessions at Leeds’ Sela Bar. It was out of these jam sessions that The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra was born, combining their love of afrobeat with their appreciation of the space jazz pioneers of the 70’s and the free jazz trailblazers of the 60’s, coupled with a hefty nod towards James Brown.
Individually they have been lucky enough to perform with the likes of Yarah Bravo, Gilad Atzmon, Jehst, The New Mastersounds, The Haggis horns, Kidkanevil, Homecut, Kissey Asplund and Ty, to name a few. Their debut single, a blazing cover of Jimi Hendrix classic ‘Crosstown Traffic’ was played on national radio with much success! The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra
10pm-1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
9pm-4am / FREE
Designer Mag presents Metal On Metal #5 with Hellbound Rebels / Skies Turn Black & more
Designer Mag presents a night that is fast becoming the most talked about Metal night in Manchester; Metal on Metal. Featuring the very best in local metal talent, this showcase of 5 of the North West’s finest is a night where you come for the music and just the music. Tonight’s showcase is headlined by Hellbound Rebels with Skies Turn Black, Chaos Reigns, Jack’s Not Smooth & Of Pain And Salvation.
Hellbound Rebels are four hard-working, hard-rockers from the North-West of England. The band formed from the ashes of Warrington metal band Abyss when Dan Fido (Guitar/Vocals) and Jack Hamnett (Bass) sought a new sound. Adam Hulse was installed as lead vocalist after a handfull of intense practice sessions and was quickly followed by Steve Erskine on drums who was throwing the dice one last time. Fan favourite track ‘Vulture‘ was born out of these early sessions as HBR quickly built a diverse and strong set through hard-work and heartache. ‘Vulture‘ is sure to be the bands breakthrough track and Adam describes it as a “bitter anthem for the disillusioned masses.”
A mix of influences that branches over several genres is held together by a collective sense of wanting to break out of a working class rut. Adam sneers at a failing system as he delivers melodic vocals over waves of crunching guitar courtesy of Dan. Jack’s metal, bass rumblings and Steve’s heavy handed beats only add to the overall sense of tension within their dark sound.
The band have a growing reputation as an energetic and entertaining live act and have a proven record of surprising crowds with their showmanship and effort. Hellbound Rebels
Skies Turn Black
This new unsigned metal band from Manchester write original music consisting of groovy riffs, blasting drums, rumbling bass and aggressive vocals. They are Jamie Boddington Jordan (Guitars, Vocals), George Turner (Guitars, Vocals), Danny Hallows (Bass, Vocals) and Adam Jones (Drums, Vocals). Skies Turn Black
Out of the ashes of Wayward Child, The Deceived and Mine Is The Ground came Chaos Reigns. A 4 piece Manchester bands with an emphasis on catchy melody, heavy riffs and obscure time signatures, this Prog-Punk / Metal Band are made up of Liam Berry (Lead Vocals / Guitar), Thom Collins (Guitar / Vocals), Jim Chappell (Bass / Vocals) and Auz Fletcher (Drums / Vocals). Chaos Reigns
Jack’s Not Smooth
Jack’s Not Smooth is a band based in Manchester, put together by 4 simple members whose style is remotely pop punk with some metalcore and dubstep/electronic elements. They are currently working on songs, live performances and recording and are made up of Dildo (Vocals, Guitar, Programming), Sweetie (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Toast (Bass, Backing Vocals) and Shabaz! (Drums, Percussion). For the stories behind the nicknames and more about the band check out their Facebook page. Jack’s Not Smooth
Of Pain And Salvation
6.30pm – 10.30pm / £6
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
‘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
The Flatliners are a punk rock/melodic hardcore band from Richmond Hill and Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Since their formation in 2002, The Flatliners have been a growing influence in the Toronto punk/ska scene as well as other areas of the Greater Toronto Area. They are currently signed to Fat Wreck Chords and Stomp Records (Canada). After releasing the ska-punk tinged ‘Destroy to Create‘ (Union Label Group) in 2005, the band evolved into a harsh melodic machine with 2007’s ‘The Great Awake‘ (Fat Wreck Chords), completing their transition into a vital modern punk unit with the ‘Cynics‘ 7” (Fat Wreck Chords) in late 2009.
For their latest release in 2010, ‘Cavalcade‘, The Flatliners once again teamed up with long-time producer and friend Steve Rizun, recording sporadically between tours in their hometown of Toronto over the course of 2009. Seeking to immortalize the last year of their lives on the road, the end result is easily the band’s finest hour; it’s the sound of a band hitting their stride musically and finding their voice lyrically, exploring the idea of unity through disconnectedness, of positivity in uncertain times. They’ve grown up on record and in front of a crowd of like-minded punks. They’ve made sacrifices to keep the wheels of their van on the road, and Cavalcade is the reward. It really is, as the band says, “a call to arms to all who travel throughout the world on the wings of their creativity.” The Flatliners
6pm / £10
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) gives us ‘Loose Change’ at Odd Bar as he 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 Mof Gimmers
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 to Pumping 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 Jon Busstop
This Saturday Jon Busstop 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 Dan Nightingale presents Steve Gribbin, John Lynn and Steve Harris 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