What’s on in the Northern Quarter ~ Saturday 29th April 2017

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Whiskey Jar
Hudd Traxx presents Iron Curtis EP Launch

Iron Curtis flies in from Berlin for his second Hudd Traxx gig at The Whiskey Jar to promote his forthcoming ‘Lights EP‘. The last time Iron Curtis played at the Whiskey Jar he blew the roof off and we expect this time to be no different. Support on the night from Hudd Traxx label owner Eddie Leader, Content & Hudd Traxx resident Lee Daley, and T Pot’s Adam Ross.

10pm – 4am / £8 adv / £More otd / BUY TICKETS
Whiskey Jar / 16 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

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Stage & Radio
Ghetto Child 1st Birthday

It’s about that time, 12 months in to something where you do the thing called a 1st Birthday Do! We’ve hit that landmark so let’s get to it and let you know what’s going down. A year to the day that Ghetto Child kicked things off with Norman Jay (MBE) at The Ruby Lounge they’ve got a big time disco don coming to town in the form of Mr Million Dollar Disco, Al Kent! They’ll be back at Stage and Radio for this 1st birthday celebration, with capacity limited to 120 to keep it nice and initimate. As ifIf that ain’t a present enough we’ve also got Manchester’s own Andi Hanley on the bill too. Resident Darryl Marsden rounds off the bill, so get ready for some bank holiday boogie business.

10pm – 5am / £9 adv / £12 otd / BUY TICKETS
Stage & Radio / 43 Port Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EQ


Matt & Phreds
James Bagnall – Early Evening Session

As part of their new Saturday early evening live music gigs, Matt & Phreds welcome James Bagnall to the club! James Bagnall is a classically trained musician, writing modern piano music with strong harmonies and intimate melodies. James will be performing music from his latest self released EP ‘Field of Sound‘ and his other solo music. Being a fan of the modern day take on classical music by James Rhodes, James is keen on the idea of classical and modern piano music being accessible, and not for the privileged few. Why should it not be enjoyed with a group of friends and a few good beers?

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

Dona Oxford, Matt & Phreds

Matt & Phreds
Dona Oxford

Doña Oxford is an extraordinary, soulful and passionate singer, songwriter and keyboardist who’s Old School, Soul vocals and her love of Rock & Roll piano infuses to create a unique sound many have compared to “Gladys Knight meets the Rolling Stones“. Known as the ‘Goddess Of Soul‘, Doña brings her sassy, soulful 6-piece band to Matt & Phred’s where Doña’s high energy, funky, groovy, gritty, and raucous sound will get the crowd on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

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

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No Beef Promotions presents Anti System

Tonight No Beef will be celebrating Doddy’s big 5 0! So put on your best dancing shoes and head on down! They have a fantastic line up for this gig at Gullivers including Anti System, Wolfbeast Destroyer, Riggots, Salvo, Death Zone, Tout Suite!! and Poisonous Cunt. Head down for good music, laughs and even some vegan Hot Dogs!

5pm / £4 early / £6
Gullivers / 109 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LW


Mint Lounge
Funkademia with Peter Jay

This Saturday Peter Jay 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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Night & Day
Then Thickens

Originally a personal project of Jon-Lee Martin’s, Then Thickens exploded into the noisy fivesome which stands before us in 2011. Support slots with Biffy Clyro, Echo & The Bunnymen, Mariachi El Bronx & The Computers have followed, with Simon Neil (Biffy) championing the band’s “dirgey pop” in the NME. Support for this show at Night & Day comes from Palava.

8pm – 2am / £6.50 adv
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

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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 – 4am / £3 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN

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Scruff of the Neck are described as a collective “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. This time out at Aatma they present to you Jekyll, December Flowers and Dandelion Rose.

7.30pm – 11pm / £6 adv / BUY TICKETS
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

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Menage a Trois Album Launch with Annabel Fraser

Menage a Trois have released their debut album Australia III ( Love is stronger than pride ) and to celebrate they are holding a late night party at Aatma. Special guest Annabel Fraser (NTS) will be keeping the party going all night long.

11pm – 4am / £5
AATMA / 11 Stevenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB

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The Peer Hat
Get Fucked

Abattoir Blues Records and Atomic Catfight present the lovely sounding event, Get Fucked, a day of rock & roll, good and filthy just as it should be with a stack of great bands and DJs for your pleasure. Gracing The Peer Hat (Aatma’s new basement venue) are The 99 Degree, The Jungfraus, Guts and Hopper Propelled Electric, plus a load more acts to be announced.

4pm – 2am / £5/7
The Peer Hat / 14 – 16 Faraday Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB funk-soul-party-ft-federation-of-the-disco-pimp, band on the wall

Band On The Wall
Funk& Soul Party featuring Federation of the Disco Pimp

Band on the Wall throws another of their famous Funk & Soul parties, featuring some of the hottest funk and soul acts on the UK scene right now, plus resident DJs keeping the vibe flowing til the early hours! Providing unstoppable grooves since 2010 the award-winning Federation of the Disco Pimp are Scotland’s premier exponent of modern funk. Combining elements of old-school funk, disco, psychedelic and jazz, this 7-piece band of Scots are legendary for their endless energy and blistering live sets. Joining them are The Allergies, plus Family Ranks will be performing live. Rounding out the lineup are resident DJs Jamie Groovement and Jonny Shire, who will be keeping the dancefloor bouncing til late!

9pm – 3am / £12.50 adv
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester

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The Ruby Lounge
Spear Of Destiny

Hard to believe but Kirk Brandon has now been leading Spear Of Destiny for over 30 years! The current live show pulls on songs from all 30+ years of SOD. The classic’s Liberator, Mickey, Rainmaker, The Wheel, Never Take Me Alive etc… are all found sitting closely alongside newer fan favorites such as Age of Unreason, Prison Planet, Judas, Lucky Man, Last Man Standing and of course a handful of songs from ‘31’. Head to The Ruby Lounge tonight to enjoy them in all their glory.

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

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The Ruby Lounge
Absolute Shite

The worst night of your life returns for a one-off blow-off. It’s been a while, and the stink has left the room so Absolute Shite thought they’d let one rip at The Ruby Lounge. Back with the Chesney, the Vanilla and the Hammer as well as the worst of the 90’s, noughties and whatever the hell you call the bit between then and now.

11pm – 3.30am / £3 adv / £5 / BUY TICKETS
The Ruby Lounge / 28 – 34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB

Frog and Bucket

The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs

MC David Morgan presents Christian Reilly, Dylan Gott and Paul Pirie 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. Tonight Nathan Burroughs takes to the decks from 5pm to get Saturday night started, from mixed genre, tempos, rhythms, house, broken beat and electronica. He’s followed by the long-awaited debut at The Pen and Pencil of DJ Paulette. Expect rare grooves, funk, disco, house, and techno. 

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

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Eastern Bloc
Ghetto Child 1st Anniversary 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 that duty goes to residents and guests of Ghetto Child to celebrate their first birthday (well the pre-party anyway!). 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

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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