What’s On in the Northern Quarter ~ Saturday 16th March

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What's On in the Northern Quarter ~ Saturday 16th March

Wet Pelican / Orange Room

Wet Pelican invite you for a “night you’ll never forget” as they head to Kraak for the launch party for their latest recording ‘Dead Man’s Dance‘, and they’ve invited some friends along to party too! First up will be the shimmering guitars, massive bass riffs and four-to-the-floor powerhouse beats, topped off with 60’s vocal harmonies that are equal parts sneer and serenade from Melbourne made and Liverpool based Orange Room. They will be followed by a journey in to the psychedelic 60’s garage punk rock trashcan glamour world of The Electric Brains before Wet Pelican headline the show with an energetic set to leave the crowd dripping wet and thirsty for more!

Between the acts Thick Richard will be spitting some of his outrageous Manc poetry, crazy stand up comedian Seb Heeley will be MC for the night while Unique DJs will be spinning tunes to keep your toes tapping throughout the night and into the early hours. And of course no Wet Pelican event would be complete without Manchester’s very own, the amazing, the sexy, the exotic, the beautiful, The Hooping Harlots Wet Pelican

Wet Pelican Kraak

8pm – late / £5
Kraak / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Time & Space Machine Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
The Time & Space Machine / The Lucid Dream

Psychedelic head-melting special as Beyond The Wizards Sleeve shaman Richard Norris teleports his lysergic-soaked band project Time & Space Machine into Band on the Wall for a night of pure hallucinatory bliss-out. Also featuring full interplanetary DJ set from Norris himself and support from special guests The Lucid Dream.

When it comes to being a man of many talents, there are few to equal Richard Norris. DJ, producer, musician, A&R man, author and journalist, his is a career of many twists and turns which have always seen him at the forefront of pushing new ideas forward and championing diversity and innovation. 20 years or so ago he formed The Grid with Soft Cell’s David Ball and tother they went on to produce some on the biggest dancefloor fillers of the 90’s including the massive ‘Flotation‘. More recently, with Erol Alkan, he formed Beyond The Wizards Sleeve which brought the music community to their knees with their mixes of Goldfrapp, Franz Ferdinand, Tracey Thorn, Badly Drawn Boy, The Chemical Brothers and Simian Mobile Disco.

The Time & Space Machine is Richard Norris’ latest project – the physical incarnation and cerebral embodiment of everything gone before, featuring Hammond organ, guitars, bass, drums, vocal harmonies and additional full DJ set by Norris into the early hours this is going to be a massive synapse stretching night. Support from the glorious psychedelic nugget of a band – The Lucid Dream.  Time & Space Machine

8pm / £10 adv / £14
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Ultimate Power March

The Ruby Lounge
Ultimate Power

Ultimate Power is a night playing nothing but the greatest power ballads ever written, celebrated by the friendliest clubgoers around, creating a night of pure euphoria. Since launching in December 2010, Ultimate Power has rapidly replicated its enormous success in London and Brighton, becoming the hottest new club night in Manchester. After sell out event after sell out event, Ultimate Power is back at the Ruby Lounge, so come and witness the phenomenon or to find out more check out the website.  Ultimate Power

As high octane as it is infectious – it’s taking over the capital” ~ Time Out

The ultimate communal karaoke” ~ London Lite

Stupendously successful….a night dedicated to the glory of the Power Ballad” ~ Guardian

A fun-as-fuck communal club experience” ~ NME

10pm – 4am / £6
The Ruby Lounge / 28 – 34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Saturdays, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
‘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 basement over to a different promotion every week, and this weekend it’s meandyou with Vakula taking over the space.

Kitchen ~ 8pm – 1am /  FREE

meandyou Vakula Soup Kichen

meandyou presents Vakula / Juniper / Joy Orbison

For this party at Soup Kitchen the brains behind meandyou have invited Ukrainian DJ and producer Vakula to play alongside residents Juniper and Joy Orbison. This event will see Vakula’s much anticipated Manchester debut, giving us one of the first opportunities to see arguably the most talented individual of the new generation of house music practitioners and certainly someone who is globally considered the deep house man of the moment, and Ukraine’s most demanded musical phenomenon.

Surfacing in 2008, Mikhaylo Vityk AKA Vakula has created one of the most consistent and prolific discographies of recent times, covering a spectrum of sounds that blend rich atmospheres, jazz, soul & dub infused samples with classic US house and more experimental techno leanings crafting something very much his own.

As Vakula, and notably his Vedomir alias, he has released on esteemed labels such as Firecracker, Dekmantel, Quintessentials, Ethereal Sound, 3rd Strike, Unthank, and his own Shevchenko and Leleka imprints. His DJ style uses an equally varied palette as his production, meandering through more of his personal & abstract influences along with experimental house & techno and more direct four to the floor sounds a DJ who is willing to turn more unexpected corners than most, not following form and function but with a great talent to keep everything cohesive. His take on house music is heavily influenced by the rich history of the genre, with subtle jazz touches multiplied by unique and very personal attitude to sound design. Consequently Vakula became the first Ukrainian producer to hit the Resident Advisor series of podcasts with a mix consisting entirely of his own quality production.  Vakula

Kitchen ~ 8pm – 1am /  FREE / Basement ~ 10pm – 5am / £7 adv / £10 otd
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF

Ramalama March Night & Day

Night & Day
Ramalama with The Nankeens / The Delaplains / Minor Blues

Take a host of raw, unadulterated British indie-rock bands, put them in one of the region’s best-loved haunts alongside a truly talented DJ, add the city’s famously passionate crowd and you get…Ramalama. Launched last month at Manchester’s legendary Night & Day Café, Ramalama promises all this and more, by delivering quality and credible music to quality and credible people, in precisely the right space. Melding stone cold vinyl classics with live performances from rising stars, it’s set to become the latest essential monthly destination for any real musos in town. Tonight features the live talents of The Nankeens alongside The Delaplains and Minor Blues plus DJ Paul Langley on hand delivering a set of classics from early Oasis to The Happy Mondays and everything in between and around! £3 never looked such good value.

8pm – 2am / £3
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

Schwing Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds

Schwing’s sensational repertoire combines swing band and Italian classics with dance floor filling pop and soul, further complimented by the bands very own ‘big band’ versions of timeless pop tunes. Lead by the captivating pianist and vocalist, Anthony Kinsey, who blends the cool sophistication of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin with the contemporary style of Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr with a splash of classic Billy Joel, Schwing is made up of some of the finest and diverse musicians in the UK. From smoky jazz clubs to graduates of some of the finest music academies in the UK. These guys have and continue to work with artists ranging from the Nelson Riddle OrchestraGloria GaynorClaire TealCorinne Bailey RaeAtomic Kitten to West End smash hits Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas and the Magic of Motown.

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

Dry Saturday Flyer New

Dry Bar
Blue Saturday

DJ Tobin Lochrie brings a musical mash up of indie, soul and funk with a dash of Britpop and a pinch of 90’s house.

9pm – 4am / FREE

The Vanishing Act Dry Live

The Vanishing Act / Advice From A Caterpillar & more

A night of live musical talent at Dry Live tonight as The Vanishing act grace the stage with support from La Grange who have travelled from their native France, The Public Address and The Mothpopes.

7pm – 10.30pm / £3
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Acoustic Session Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel
Your Music presents Acoustic Sessions with Death To The Strange / Richie Syrett & more

A night at The Castle Hotel doing exactly what it says on the poster; Your Music presents Acoustic Sessions featuring Death To The StrangeRichie SyrettMatt Wolff BandJimi WadeSoul SaboteurLeigh FredaRobert JohnBen Dyson and Ric Sillitoe.

5pm – 11pm / £3
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

Niche NQ Live

NQ Live
Niche featuring Jamie Duggan / Nev Wright / Murkz and more

Niche returns to Manchester and more specifically the Northern Quarter for this not to be missed night of electronic music spread over 2 rooms. In Room 1 Jamie DugganNev WrightMurkzShaun Banger ScottEJApostleSubzPyper and Chef will be cooking up a storm, whilst the UKG, House, Electro, Jackin’ & Deep house of Room 2 will be provided by Brian MurphyGaz DanielPowerVital and Jody Denile.

11pm – 4am / £10 / £15 VIP
NQ Live (Formerly Moho) / Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1SH


Mint Lounge
Funkademia with Si Forestiero

This Saturday Si Forestiero 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.  Funkademia

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
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

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

Friends In Common

Friends In Common with Neil Atkins

Every Saturday night (apart from the 2nd of the month) Common invite their favourite friends to play their favourite records. Expect to hear music you never knew you liked. Pop music played with sense and sensibility, country with soul, and maybe something that will make you dance. Tonight’s special friend is Neil Atkins.

9pm – 2am / Free entry before 10pm / £2 after
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW

Odd Weekend

Odd Bar
Neil Scott / Abigail Ward

Take your pick from two floors of music for your entertainment tonight at Odd, with Neil Scott (El Diablo’s Social Club) upstairs taking us on a journey across modern tight night sounds from jackin’ NY disco to jump-up pop delights, whilst downstairs Abigail Ward (Manchester District Music Archive) offers up rare samples of midnight grooves and rhythm & blues blended with house and funk.

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

Saturday Social

The Bay Horse
Saturday Social

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 at Trof

Mondo Pop!

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”. This could be on, then again it might not be.

9pm – 3am / FREE
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Andrew Ryan presents Gary DelaneyAdam Stauton & Tanyalee Davis 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 / £10 Concessions
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street /  Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ