Planet Wonk lands in Manchester for the first time tonight and their chosen venue is the Northern Quarter’s very own 2022NQ with Danny Mekanik & Kelvin Andrews aka Soul Mekanik bringing this particular blend of house sounds along with the support of Dixon Pickles.
wOnK is a “21st Century Acid House Explosion…with a difference”. With a history of over 25 years in the music industry, Staffordshire’s own sibling duo Danny Mekanik and Kelvin Andrews set about sharing their passion for music under the banner of their own label – wOnK. Since 2009, working organically and collectively with their friends, wOnK has grown into one of the most exciting underground house parties around. With a strong reputation & a growing crowd of followers, wOnK parties focus on quality sound, great music, fun, frolicks, peace, Love, dressing up & dancing, with beautiful projections and themed events. wOnK has a totally unique approach to socialising and is becoming a space for exposition and exhibition like nothing currently out there.
Themed dress and decor, limited edition collectable badges and special attention to detail, the atmosphere at wOnK is undeniably distinct in it’s indulgent merrymaking. If you haven’t been to a wOnK party yet . . . it’s time you experienced this delightful array of character, music and movement. Leave your ego at the door and bring your soul to the dancefloor, with a policy of ‘be nice or leave’ the spec is simple. pLAneT wOnK
10pm – 3.30am / £6 early bird / £8 adv / £10 on the door
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ
‘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. This week taking over the basement is Beat Boutique following Sundowners.
Sundowners / Danny Add / The Coral (DJ Set)
Sundowners are a five piece from The Wirral. They’re cooking up a musical melting pot of musical influences including Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Byrds and Tom Petty. They’re taking their time, writing real songs, putting on great gigs and capturing an audience all around the country. They’ve supported Cats Eyes in London, Faris loved them and Weller is into them too. There’s something otherworldly about them. Great tunes, great haircuts, what more do you need? Sundowners
Basement ~ 7.30pm – 10.30pm / £5
Beat Boutique featuring Marcel Vogel
It’s getting cold up North so Beat Boutique have booked one of the hottest properties on the DJ circuit world wide Marcel Vogel aka ‘the Bearded Lumberjack‘, who hails from rural Germany and chops soulful tunes as a profession with his highly acclaimed Lumberjacks in Hell label. After last months jam packed euphoria this is lining up to be another monumental night in the basement in the heart of the Northern Quarter.
Marcel Vogel lives in Amsterdam where he takes care of his label Lumberjacks in Hell featuring releases by the likes of Rahaan, Traxx and Red Greg and releases disco-edits under the alias Em Vee. He began DJing in the mid 90s with Hip Hop and House but inspired through heroes like Theo Parrish, Terrence Parker, Kenny Dope Gonzales & DJ Spinna, he developed into an eclectic DJ with a heavy taste for soulful Disco. Marcel’s influences shine through when he is behind the decks: the heat and energy of the Chicago Disco masters, the grittiness of the Detroit godfathers, the playfulness of Berlin’s freestyle jocks and the soulful tradition of New York Garage. Along with Marcel will be Resident Soul addicts Liam Q and Jonny Mangas.
Kitchen ~ 8pm – 1am / FREE // Basement ~ 11pm – 3.am / £8 adv / £12 otd
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF
9pm-4am / FREE
My Extraordinary / Erazer / Monroe & more
My Extraordinary bring their blend of British Rock to Dry Live on support of their brand new record ‘The World We Live In‘. With Anthony Scott Thompson (Vocals), Joe Anderson (Guitar), Roy Watson (Guitar), Dewey (Bass) and Martin Corkhill (Drums) making up the band they have been making music that has been garnering great praise from the likes of Kerrang! and Rock Sound. My Extraordinary
For tonight’s show My Extraordinary will be supported by Erazer, Monroe, Twisted Machines, Deaf FM and Purge.
“The lads huge choral hooks and 30 Seconds To Mars like – melodies fuse effortlessly with gentle electronics and rocky dance beats” ~ Kerrang! Magazine
6pm – 10.30pm / £5
Beany Sessions 2nd Birthday with Oil Furness / Aura & more
Beany Sessions is 2 years old and to celebrate they are putting on a special show tonight at Dry Live. They’ve come along since they started all those years ago in a student house in Sheffield, and the last 2 years have seen them getting better every session they put on. For tonight they have a stellar line up of Oli Furness, Aura, Mike O’Mara, Rikki Humphrey and Larry Jones. Beany Sessions
The Beany manifesto is “one of acceptance and continual partying. They don’t care who you are, what music you’re into, what you wear, or whatever you get up to when your home alone and no one is about! As long as you want to party, have a good time, make new friends and most importantly dance yourself into an early grave. Good music, even better people and an atmosphere you won’t have experienced before!”
11pm – 4am / £4 adv / £7 otd
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
The Ruby Lounge
Caged Asylum presents Outraged and ‘Clowns On Parade’ Birthday Bash
Outraged are a tribute to Rage Against The Machine. The band was formed in 2011 by vocalist Gregg Dyas, guitarist Paul Ralph, bassist Craig Lewis and drummer Dana Fieldhouse, a group of close friends and musicians with the music of Rage Against The Machine flowing through their veins. With RATM being such a big influence to every member of the band it was easy for them to say yes when asked if they would like to form a tribute to them. From the moment they stepped into the studio, set up the equipment, plugged in their guitars and played the first chord to Killing In The Name they knew they had something special.
If you have a ticket to Outraged you will also get entry to Caged Asylum taking place after the show until 4AM!
7.30pm -4am / £6 adv
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Wet Pelican / Foreign Hands / The Logicals & more
Wet Pelicans are very happy to be launching their single at Kraak Gallery in Manchester’s Northern Quarter tonight, and would like you to join them. They will be supported by bands Foreign Hands and The Logicals alongside local comedian Sebastian Heeley, poet Thick Richard and will have entertainment from Hooping Harlots. If that isn’t enough entertainment for you, there will be DJs on throughout the night and into the early hours!
8.00pm – Doors Open
8.45pm – Compere Sebastian Heeley
9.00pm – Thick Richard
9.45pm – Foreign Hands
10.30pm – The Logicals
11.15pm – Hooping Harlots
11.30pm – Wet Pelican
12.15am – Guest DJs until close
8pm – late / £4 adv / £5 otd
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB
Band On The Wall
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club featuring James Taylor Quartet
100 TICKETS LEFT, ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR, ON THE NIGHT. GET DOWN EARLY IF YOU WANT TO GET IN!
A massive night as The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club returns featuring the internationally-acclaimed titans of funk The James Taylor Quartet plus BBC R6 DJ and actor Craig Charles manning the decks ’till 3am with the planet’s funkiest tunes.
The James Taylor Quartet (aka JTQ) are one of the world’s most-loved funk bands whose sizzling blend of stewed up, Hammond organ-grinding 60s boogaloo beats, acid jazz and soulful funked up grooves have made them one of biggest live bands out there. One of the biggest party nights of the year – see ya at the front!
9pm – 3am / £15 adv
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Matt & Phreds
Fresh Dixie Project
Fresh Dixie Project are 5 young gents from the South East, pumping out the most hard-hitting, chin-scratching, toe tapping tunes you ever did hear. With a mix of re vamped standards and fresh original material, these boys will break down even the most reluctant of dance floor goers. Expect vocal acrobatics, punchy drums, chunky guitar, piano twinkles and a sax on fire! Fresh Dixie Project
9.30pm-1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Night & Day
Ramamlama presents Section 60 / The Fourth Circle / The Deadbeats
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 Section 60 from Sheffield alongside The Fourth Circle and The Deadbeats 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 – 3am / £3
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
Funkademia with Trafford Lovething
This Saturday Trafford Lovething 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.
10.30pm – 3.30am / £5 adv /£6
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Jon Kraus presents Loose Change
Jon Kraus (Hoya Hoya / Fat City) presents his search for ‘Loose Change’ at Odd Bar. Jon 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
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
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Friends in Common with White Pepper
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 White Pepper.
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs
MC Jonathan Mayor presents Danny McLoughlin, John Gavin and Eddy Brimson 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