What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Saturday 1st April 2017

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Stage & Radio
Beyond A Rhythm meets No Bad Days

It’s another family affair at Stage & Radio! Beyond A Rhythm will be hosting their family party with what is their favourite little label hailing from the capital, No Bad Days. While starting life as a party and then a radio show and now having evolved into a label haven for undiscovered underground artists that have been lurking around dance floors. Hollick will be packing his records and taking the journey up north to be with us. Also, Rhythm Section regular and now No Bad Days junior release Z Lovecraft will be accompanying Hollick on the night.

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


Matt & Phreds
Back Chat Brass

Having battled it out with Twisted Tubes in the first ever Brass Battle at Matt & Phred’s back in October, Back Chat Brass are back tonight for their premier gig at M&P’s. BCB features 8 of the North’s best musicians from some of the best bands who have graced the M&P stage, (New York Brass Band, Portmanteau). With a nod to their roots in Pop, Funk and Hip Hop, Back Chat Brass bring all your favourite songs to life. With five tireless horns, hammering percussion and bone shaking bass; this all star lineup brings the best of brass for a show to rival all others.

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


Mint Lounge
Funkademia with Les Croasdaile

This Saturday Les Croasdaile 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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The Hubbards

Scruff of the Neck are busy in the Northern Quarter this Saturday with 3 gigs on in various venues. The collective are described as “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. The first of the three shows is this one at Gullivers which features headliners The Hubbards, supported by Jake McRae and Seegulls.

6.30pm – 11.45pm / £6 adv / BUY TICKETS
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

Cavana, night day

Night & Day

Gig number two for Scruff of the Neck is this one at Night & Day. Headlined by Cavana, support comes from The Claremonts, Caroline and The Manalishi.

7.30pm – 11pm / £6 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

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The Castle Hotel

Making it three out of three is the Scruff of the Neck gig at The Castle Hotel, which features In Sulks, The Indigo Project and headliners Affairs.

7.30pm – 11pm  / £6 adv / BUY TICKETS
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal, Band On The Wall

Band On The Wall
Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal

British electronic music producer and DJ, Mr Scruff, comes to Band on the Wall for Keep It Unreal. As a DJ, Andy Carthy aka Mr. Scruff plays across the board, flitting between soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz, reggae, latin, African, ska, disco, house, funk, breaks, soundtracks and loads more. As a producer, he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour. His cartoon drawings illustrate gig flyers, record sleeves and CD covers, and usually, accompany him at gigs as live animated visuals.

10pm – 3am / £12 adv / BUY TICKETS
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

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The Ruby Lounge

In a world full of bankers, hipsters, fanatics and politicians Courtesans are the equivalent of suicidal unicorns on smack, they are the jelly babies full of boiled bovine bones that children devour joyfully, they are the duck down you sleep on providing comfort that turns into memories of the last minute its original owner was alive. Their songs might make you feel like a diabetic on thirty doughnuts blended with the bittersweet feelings of a prisoner on death row having his favourite last meal.” If that all sounds good to you then you should be at The Ruby Lounge tonight as Courtesans launch their ‘Better Safe Than Sober‘ EP alongside some yet to be announced special guests.

7pm – 11pm / £10 adv / BUY TICKETS
The Ruby Lounge / 28 – 34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

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The Ruby Lounge
Remake Remodel Tame Imapla Night

Find your Innerspeaker, feel the { { { currents } } } n’ get some Solitude and Bliss as Remake Remodel‘s Tame Impala night returns! There’ll be an hour of Tame Impala from Midnight & more throughout the night alongside some RR classics, plus Tame Impala art installations, trippy visuals, free posters and face painting.

11pm – 3.30am / £4 adv / £6 / BUY TICKETS
The Ruby Lounge / 28 – 34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

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Soup Kitchen
Nathan Fake

Norfolk born and bred heir to the UK electronica throne Nathan Fake has kept fans of fuzzy-edged
synths and pounding acidic techno beats alike guessing ever since his debut release at the tender
age of 19. And now, having just reached his 29th birthday milestone, he is back with exuberant new
album main event ‘Steam Days‘, branded his “best work to date“. Tonight he is appearing under the Now Wave banner at Soup Kitchen with some special guests.

7.30pm – 11pm / £10 adv / BUY TICKETS
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF

Kiss Me Again, Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Kiss Me Again

In what will be their 9th party, Kiss Me Again have got some very special guests from across the Pennines to get you moving. Love Muscle has been running in Leeds for just over a year now at Wharf Chambers and having paid a couple of visits themselves and been blown away they truly think you’ll love them and are beyond excited to hear them in the Soup Kitchen basement. Kiss Me Again is a monthly LGBT+ night in Manchester dedicated to “bringing a broad spectrum of sounds and good times to queerdos and everyone else in one of the world’s finest basement, Soup Kitchen“.

8pm – 1am / £3 early / £5 adv / BUY TICKETS
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF

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It’s time for the third annual Madonna & RuPaul’s Drag Race pop disco…get ready for another Dragonna! Expect to dance to loads of Madonna (old and new), plus some of the best songs released by the former contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race (including the greatest ‘lip sync for your life‘ tracks featured on the show), interspersed with the finest modern pop music around! There’s free Madonna & Drag Race pop star face masks, lyric posters, feather boas, cowboy hats, wigs & sweets on the door (all first come, first served)! Hostessing courtesy of Miss Tilly Skreams & music from ever-present DJ, Christopher Dresden Styles.

11pm – 3.30am / £7
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

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Eastern Bloc
I Love Acid 10th Anniversary Pre-party

Eastern Bloc host the official pre-party from the I Love Acid 10th Anniversary party happening later tonight at Hidden. The instore line up is Posthuman, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and Jon Dasilva. and there will be some exclusive ILA stock for sale in the shop.

6pm – 11pm /  FREE
Eastern Bloc / 5a Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DN

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Pete Otway presents Mark Nelson, Thomas Green and Steve Shanyaski 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

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 from 5pm.

5pm – 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

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