What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Saturday 27th May 2017

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Weekend Listings - No comments
unfazed-presents-90s-rave, whiskey jar

***Please check with venues that gigs are going ahead***

Whiskey Jar
Unfazed presents – 90s Rave

Expect old skool dance classics all night long as Unfazed returns to the intimate setting of The Whiskey Jar basement for another 90’s Rave! They’ve put on a number of these events over the last 12 months and they have all completely sold out, so expect the same with this one! The line up is Ryan Harris, Seane-C, Kainalu and George Morley.

9pm – 4am / £3 adv / £5 otd / BUY TICKETS
Whiskey Jar / 16 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

Charlie Cooper, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
Charlie Cooper – Early Evening Session

As part of their new Saturday early evening live music gigs Matt & Phreds welcome Charlie Cooper, one of their favourite singer/songwriters to their early evening live sessions. Charlie Cooper writes vintage soul, updated perfectly, sung with deep and husky soul-pipes! Not only comparable with classic voices like Dusty Springfield and Shirley Bassey but also up there with modern soul divas Alice Russell and Sharon Jones, Charlie is a vocal force to be reckoned with. The songs emerge from another time, influenced by the classic songwriting and arranging of Bacharach and Hal David, accompanied by grooves akin to old school Stax and Motown. This paired down piano solo gig will showcase this talented artist in an intimate setting.

Superb talent and excellent musicality. Great charm and positivity coupled with that little bit of magic which all good performers have” – Jools Holland

5pm – 6pm / FREE ENTRY
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

Tarzan bros, matt phreds

Matt & Phreds
Tarzan Bros

After their sell out gig back in February, Matt & Phred’s can’t wait to welcome Tarzan Bros back to the club tonight! Tarzan Bros normally consist of 2 DJ’s / Vocalists and a Horn section but tonight they will perform as a full live band! Having over 8 years of experience performing live in the Funk, Soul, Reggae and Hip hop arena, Tarzan Bros create an explosive and dynamic complex in an atmosphere full of energy. Performing material from their latest releases as well as their remixes on other artists labels, Tarzan Bros always bring the heat with their super energetic sets and performance.

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

inspiration 3, stage radio

Stage & Radio
Inspiration 3

It’s the third edition of the inspiration sessions where a musical journey takes you into the 70s, 80s and 90s era of Soul, funk, Jazz funk, Boogie, Rare grooves and Club Classics. As requested the Djs are encouraged to explore the deeper side of the dance floor grooves. Inspiration 3 has legendary DJs Hewan Clarke, Dennis Dr D, Christian Elcock, Matt Blakk, Owen Douglas, Sefton, Leaky Fresh and DJ Swing as your musical connoisseurs at Stage & Radio.

10pm – 5am / £10 adv / BUY TICKETS
Stage & Radio / 43 Port Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M12EQ


Mint Lounge
Funkademia with Bucky

This Saturday Bucky 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

real mccoy lovers, night day

Night & Day

Saturday night at Night & Day starts with another Showcase, this time headlined by The Real McCoy Lovers with Urbantheory, The Lonely Valentines and Teef in support.

8pm / £6
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

cadillac, night day

Night & Day
Cadillac Clubnight

Cadillac is back at Night & Day with DJs spinning funk, disco, boogie, soul, groove from 11pm until the small hours of Sunday. For this one Beatphreak DJs will be on the ones and twos all night long.

11pm / £3
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

last hounds, aatma

Last Hounds

Last Hounds are out on their Old Dreams Tour which tonight finds them at Aatma. They are supported by Alaina Roar, Shark Bait, Bear Trap and Lost Light.

7pm / £6 adv / £7 otd
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

Sound City Poster -May 17, castle hotel

The Castle Hotel
Sound City Emerging…On Tour

Sound City celebrates 10 years by heading out on tour. Tonight they bring some emerging talent to The Castle Hotel in the shape of The Bongo Club, Clement Bazin and Your Illuminations.

7.30pm / £FREE
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE

scott lloyd, gullivers

Scott Lloyd

Scott Lloyd was born in Middlesbrough and moved to Manchester after university. His sound has been likened to folk artists such as Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Bob Dylan, with a nod to modern British acts like The Coral, Richard Hawley and Jake Bugg. He has played many venues across the UK including the Manchester Academy 3 a sell out full band show at The Castle Hotel, and tonight he returns to the Northern Quarter at Gullivers to launch his latest EP, ‘In The Garden‘.

7.30pm / £3 adv / £5 otd
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW

craig charles, exacters, band on the wall

Band On The Wall
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club returns to Band on the Wall with acclaimed DJ, actor, presenter and funkster about town Craig Charles manning the decks, plus special guests The Exacters live! The Exacters are “funky people” from right here in Manchester. For their debut single, ‘Ain’t Gonna Lie’ they drafted in some very special talent. Guy’s former Dojo Cuts bandmate, Roxie Ray, wrote and recorded the storming vocals for this enormous, floor-filling debut. Meanwhile, trumpet supremo Matt Burke arranged and produced the bruising horn parts on both Ain’t Gonna Lie and b-side The Ashes. Their mission for the future is simple: more uber-tight rhythms, mighty horns and formidable guest vocalists.

9pm – 3am / £18 adv / BUY TICKETS
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

jah-wobbles-invaders-of-the-heart, ruby lounge

The Ruby Lounge
Jah Wobble’s Invaders of The Heart

Over the past three decades or so, Jah Wobble has ploughed his own furrow as a prolific solo artist, as well as becoming a well-respected session musician, with a genuine passion for Eastern and Global music. The man born John Wardle began his musical journey when he met John Lydon and Sid Vicious in 1973. It was Vicious who not only nicknamed John ‘Jah Wobble’ after a drunken binge but also loaned him his first bass guitar. Lydon asked JW to join Public Image Limited (aka PiL) in spring 1978. Wardle’s distinctive ‘low end’ bass became the backbone of PiL’s pioneering sound. After its follow-up, the exploratory yet sinister soundscapes of ‘Metal Box’, Wardle became disillusioned by politics within the band and their reluctance to play live. He eventually split from PiL in mid-1980 and embarked on a prolific solo career. Join Jah Wobble’s Invaders of The Heart at The Ruby Lounge tonight.

7pm – 11pm / £15 adv / BUY TICKETS
The Ruby Lounge / 28 – 34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

tim-burgess-dj-set-howling-rhythm-tim-peaks-djs, ruby lounge

The Ruby Lounge
Tim Burgess – DJ Set

Following their show at Lancashire County Cricket Club supporting The Courteeners, head to The Ruby Lounge for a DJ set from The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess. Also spinning the tunes will be Howling Rhythm (60s & 70s funk, soul, motown, gritty rhythm & blues) and Tim Peaks DJs.

11pm – 3am / £6 adv / BUY TICKETS
The Ruby Lounge / 28 – 34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

soulution-mcr-marcus-intalex-lsb-blocks-escher, soup kitchen

Soup Kitchen
Soul:ution Manchester

Manchester’s longest running drum n bass night, Soul:ution moves to Soup Kitchen, putting their new sound system to the test. In charge of the music are Marcus Intalex, LSB, Blocks & Escher, Galvini and Sense MC.

11pm – 4am / £10 adv / BUY TICKETS
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC Ian Smith presents Paul TonkinsonRobert White and Charlie Baker 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

The Pen & Pencil Logo

Pen & Pencil
Saturdays at P&P

Pen & Pencil entertain drinkers on the weekends with a rotating selection of fine DJs.

9pm – 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

Eastern Bloc new logo

Eastern Bloc
Crossfade Instore

Established as a record shop for over 30 years Eastern Bloc is now a fully licensed bar open until 11pm with the occasional late license event. Some special local selectors as well as current and past staff members take the helm at the decks and provide your soundtrack, tonight is Crossfadein Instore with residents & guests. New soundsystem in full effect as well as a well stocked bar including a load of ales, lagers and bitter bottles from local brewer Cloudwater. Get involved!

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

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

Leo Menace, odd

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