A Carefully Planned Festival
2022NQ is serving as something of a central hub for one of the Northern Quarter’s calendar highlights; A Carefully Planned Festival #2. Featuring 100 bands in 6 venues throughout the Northern Quarter (2022NQ, Gulliver’s, Soup Kitchen, Nexus, Kraak and The Castle) this is sure to be a live music lovers dream….apart from the nightmare of working out who to see! To help with that night mare the good people from ACPF have even put together a ‘Clashfinder’ which you can get by pushing the button; ACPF Clashfinder You can also just have a look at the lineups here and if you haven’t already got yourself a ticket you can get them on the day at 2022NQ.
2pm – late / £15 otd for weekend tix / £8 for single day
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ
‘Saturdays’ at Soup Kitchen with Jon K / Swing Ting meets Hoya Hoya // A Carefully Planned Festival #2
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. In the Kitchen tonight is Jon K (Hoya Hoya) while in the basement it’s Swing Ting meets Hoya Hoya following live performances for A Carefully Planned Festival.
A Carefully Planned Festival
3.30pm – 10pm / £5
Swing Ting meets Hoya:Hoya
Two heavyweight promotions Swing Ting and Hoya:Hoya meet for the “First Leg” of what one can only guess is likely to be a colaborration that sees further ‘legs’ in the future. For this first outing they have a special guest in the form of Brackles from Rinse FM with Illum Sphere, Jonny Dub, Joey B, Samrai and Platt alongside the original Mr Fox.
Kitchen ~ 8pm – 1am / FREE // Basement ~ 10.30pm – 3.30am / £5 before Midnight / £6 after
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF
Band On The Wall
The Sunburst Band / DJ Andrea Trout
Band on the Wall brings you a night of pumping disco and funk beats bathed in a summer haze as the mighty Sunburst Band perform live. Produced by dance music pioneer Joey Negro (Jakatta/Hedboys), and touring on the back of their acclaimed new album ‘The Secret Life Of Us‘, they feature members drawn from the higher reaches of funkdom with vocals by ex-Raw Stylus soul queen Donna Gardier and The Elektrons’ Pete Simpson. Followed by one of Band On The Wall’s famous funk parties featuring DJ Andrea Trout spinning out the soul, funk and disco until the early hours.
The Sunburst Band
Donna Gardier – Vocals
Pete Simpson – Vocals
Tony Remy – Guitar
Julian Crampton – Bass
Alex Bennett – Keys
Frank Tontoh – Drums
Nick Cohen – Effects
8pm / £15
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
9pm-4am / FREE
Dusty Pop presents Mamma Freedom / The Brakes / Bring The Soul / Reva / Wilson
Dusty Pop put on another great show, this time headlined by the undeniably talented Mamma Freedom. Likened to a split personality, they knock you out with one hand, while picking you up with the other. It’s like watching a storm flatten a building, with anger and fury one minute, then seeing the sun break through the next. It morphs from chaotic to calm in the beat of a drum. A lethal combination of heavy, moody, hard driven, beat laden funk rock, and hip-hop and soaring, warming, uplifting soul with raunchy blues. Mix in a heavy Sly and & the Family Stone 70′s funk influence, Zeppelin / Black Crowes – style drive, soaring cinematic strings, and powerful harmonies weaved together by producer Alexander Johnston using his unique production styles and wall of sound, and delivered by singer/brother J, whose gravel driven, velvet tinged, soul soaked voice scales effortlessly through the range of life’s emotions. Having gained global reputation as one of the best new bands, they are selling out venues, playing to capacity crowds and sending them home happy with a tight, explosive live show. You can get a preview of all the tracks on their soon to be released debut album over on their soundcloud, and here’s a track to get you started;
7pm – 11pm / £10
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
The Ruby Lounge
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 / £6
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Matt & Phreds
Freq Out: Featuring Frequently Asked Questions
Back by popular demand at Matt & Phred’s after an amazing gig at the club back in May, Freq Out is a new urban soul night to hit Manchester featuring one of the busiest session bands on the urban soul scene, Frequently Asked Questions. This fresh and original live act features the production talent of DJ Mentat as well as the uber talented Shezar (sister of chart topping producer Labrinth), not to mention the instrumental skill which makes up the live band. After winning several nationally recognised awards for their music (as well as being in the running for a Mobo award this year) and having recently enjoyed national radio airplay, this band are wowing every audience that gets to hear them. This night will guarantee you nothing less than quality urban soul music and good vibes!
9.30pm-1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Abigail Ward (Manchester District Music Archive) raises the roof with a blend of smoky jazz, swinging film scores, symphonic soul and thunderous afrobeat.
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
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.
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
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. 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 Phil Ellis presents Steve Shanyaski, Noel James and David Longley 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