Bang Yard Party
Getting us all in the mood for the Bank Holiday weekend and the Northern Quarter Takeover, Bang are bringing us an afternoon (and evening) of musical pleasure outside Kraak.
3pm – 11pm / FREE
Will Not Be Televised present Verb T
Hosted by Manchester Hip Hop vanguard The Natural Curriculum, Kraak will be shaking to the sounds of Verb T (Four Owls / High Focus) with support from Mind On Fire DJs and a DJ set from Fish (Antisocial Music).
Verb T is a Hip Hop artist and producer based in London who has worked with most of the biggest names in UK Hip Hop including Jehst, Sway, Harry Love and many more. Verbs is an artist with a unique style and lyrical outlook embracing classic 90′s U.S Hip Hop as well as experimenting with new styles with his own production. Noted influences include artists such as Slick Rick, Al Green, De La Soul, and Jimi Hendrix.
In 2011 Verb T formed a group with artists Fliptrix, Leaf Dog and BVA MC, known as The Four Owls. The lead single ‘Not Like Before’ and following album ’Natures Greatest Mystery‘ have seen The Owls touring solidly in the UK throughout 2012. The new Verb T album ‘Morning Process‘ is due out September 2012 on High Focus Records.
10pm – 2am / £3
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB
Band On The Wall
Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra / DJ Irfan Rainy
An evening of electrifying party-till-you-drop Afrobeat from the incredible Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra. Dele Sosimi was musical director of the critically acclaimed Fela! at London’s National Theatre, and Band on the Wall is thrilled that he’ll be performing on their stage with his very own Afrobeat Orchestra as part of We Face Forward.
“Sosimi creates some of the most bewitching grooves in modern African music” ~ E Jazz News
“Elevates Afro-jazz unto a new realm” ~ Xtrax Magazine
From his early discovery as a 16-year old keyboardist by world-famous Fela Kuti, who brought him into his band Egypt 80, Dele rose to prominence as musical director of the 30 piece band during the 80’s and 90’s. Whilst at the helm he hatched a plan for a new more aggressive sound, featuring shorter songs and tighter arrangements with Fela’s son Femi Kuti. The result was the band Positive Force, with whom he toured globally for a decade, honing his craft and exploring all the richness of this amazing music.
“The most fluent Afrobeat you’re going to hear today” ~ Straight No Chaser
“The glorious interplay of scorching horns, pulsing electric piano and endlessly shifting rhythm section had the audience packed” ~ Daily Telegraph
Following the live performance, Irfan Rainy will be on the decks for a special DJ set ’til late.
Presented by Band on the Wall in association with We Face Forward - a season of contemporary art and music from West Africa, celebrated across Manchester as part of the London 2012 Festival. www.wefaceforward.org
8pm / £10 adv / £12 otd
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 5JZ
‘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 belongs to meandyou.
meandyou presents Fred P / Juniper
Lifelong New Yorker Fred P has been heavily assoicated with the recent revival of the city’s house scene. Alongside many of his American peers, he has helped turn the attention back on the city that helped shape the clubbing world as we know it. Although Fred has been part of the scene for more than 20 years, it’s his close connection with the likes of DJ Jus’ Ed, Levon Vincent, DJ Qu and Move D that have helped propel his name in more recent years on a global scale.
Acting under both Fred P and his alias, Black Jazz Consortium, Fred has crafted out an instantly recognisable sound, releasing on his own Soul People Music imprint, Underground Quality, Strength Music Recordings, Workshop and Mule Electronic amongst others. His dj and production styles are similar, focusing on smooth but driving future house and techno that infuses dark droning melodies, sharp percussion and infectious subbass. He is the master of all things deep, treading a careful balance between melancholy and grit that can hear him invent the most beautiful house next to some real lofi, modified contemporary technoid sounds.
We consider Fred to be one of the most important house djs and producers of recent years, and are excited that he’ll be playing for us at meandyou for the first time. Support on the night comes from resident Juniper who have recently finished the next release for Hamburg’s Smallville imprint along with the very talented Arnaldo.
10pm-5am / £7adv / £10 otd
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF
10pm-1am / FREE
Simple / G20-21 Smithfield Buildings / Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LA
Matt & Phreds
Freq Out: Featuring Frequently Asked Questions
Freq Out is a new urban soul night to hit Manchester featuring one of then 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! see you there.
9.30pm-1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
The Ruby Lounge
Caged Asylum – Summerslammed vs Crazy Crazy Nights
As summer comes to a head (did we actually have a summer?) Caged Asylum are slipping into their singlets, cracking out the steel cage and going all things wrestling. OOOHHHH YEAAHHHHHH! Putting the call out for all the Hulkamaniacs, Undertakers, Macho Maniacs, CM Punks and Ultimate Warriors, you are invited to come down to the Ruby Lounge to get your groove on with the lovely Divas of Death and show them just how much of a ‘Real American’ you are! Bringing the noise will be the real World’s Greatest Tag Team – the Heartbreak Kid himself, Real XS’s ‘Dynamic’ Dewsbury, together with resident Bushwhacker Mikee ‘El’ Diablo. As they are also hosting the Futureshock Wrestling Afterparty following their International Supershow at the RNCM later on the day, get your fancy dress on (cheap entry if you do!) and prepare yourselves for a real rock ‘n sock connection!
10pm / £6 / £5 in themed fancy dress
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
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.
Greensmoke Records presents Moshteam / K.O.T.T. / The Hustled
Bringing together the best in hip hop from the north and south of the UK. MoshTeam is Shotty Horroh, Briggzy, Illantant and Phil Edge, having already supported the likes of Slaughterhouse their heavy set always get the crowds jumping. K.O.T.T. hail from Portsmouth and is an alliance of multiple MC’S and DJ’s which throws back to old school hip hop, with a sound all of their own. The Hustled are just coming off the summer festival scene, where they played at CockRock 2012 , along with acts such as Zane Lowe and Tinchy Stryder. Be it with their dubstep tracks are their strait hip hop they always come to entertain the crowd.
11pm – 4am / £3
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Jon Kraus ~ Loose Change
Jon Kraus (Hoya Hoya / Fat City) presents ‘Loose Change’ at Odd Bar which sees Jon 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
Howl Sessions at Trof is brought to you by the DJs behind clubnight Remake Remodel and is a monthly bar session which is held in celebration of true alternative rock and roll, both old and new. Expect to hear BRMC,Black Keys, The Doors, The Stones, Nirvana…you get the idea!
9pm – 3am / FREE before 10pm / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Friends in Common with Eclair Fifi
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. This week’s ‘Friend’ is Eclair Fifi.
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
Funkademia with Les Croasdaile/ Jamie Scahill
This Saturday Les Croasdaile & Jamie Scahill take 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 Tony Burgess, James Cook and Dave Johns 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