After a bit of a break, Pop Curious? return and for this outing they are taking over Kraak on Stevenson Square for an evening of amazing Pop Music… played loud. They are going to play anything and everything that takes their fancy from the world of Pop, singles, album tracks, B-sides and the choice of artist is a veritable who’s who of the Pop world.
On the night there will be DJ sets from Thom Docking & Gary Williams (Drunk At Vogue), The Gregling (Off The Hook) and Christopher Dresden Styles (Pop Curious? / The Imogen Styles). Get ready to Pop!! Pop Curious?
11pm – late / £5
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB
Band On The Wall
The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club featuring The Haggis Horns live
The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club returns with the internationally acclaimed Haggis Horns live plus presenter, DJ, actor and funkster Craig Charles manning the decks ’till the early hours with the planet’s funkiest tunes. 100 TICKETS NOW ONLY AVAILABLE FROM VENUE BOX OFFICE ON THE NIGHT. GET DOWN EARLY!
The Haggis Horns
The Haggis Horns combine heavy breakbeat funk, hip-hop, soul and afrobeat with jazz to stunning effect. They’ve been at the forefront of the UK funk scene since they came to people’s attention after the release of the legendary album ‘Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds‘. They have two funk-fuelled albums under their belt, ‘Hot Damn!‘ & ‘Keep On Movin’‘ (First Word Records) and they have been rocking crowds the world over for years winning fans with their distinctive northern funk sound combining ass-shaking breakbeats, afrobeat, soul and hip-hop. The members of The Haggis Horns have performed with the likes of Jamiroquai, John Legend & The Roots, Amy Winehouse, Morcheeba, Roots Manuva, Lou Donaldson, Elbow, Nightmares On Wax, Dennis Coffey, Adele, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Robbie Williams, Duran Duran, Craig Charles Presents The Fantasy Funk Band, The Cinematic Orchestra, Martina Topley-Bird, Kano, Estelle, Lily Allen, KT Tunstall & Snowboy, to name just a few!
Now a 5-piece based around the nucleus of Atholl Ransome on saxes/flute/ perc/vocals and Malcolm Strachan on trumpet/flugelhorn/perc/vocals, they have enlisted the help of Dan Goldman (aka JD73) on keyboards and Moog bass to add a new depth to the sound of Luke Flowers on drums and Ben Barker on guitar/vocals, complementing the power and finesse of the horns. Guaranteed to get the dance floor jumping – this is a band at the top of their game and we promise you one of the best Funk & Soul club nights ever! The Haggis Horns
9pm – 3am / £13 adv / £15 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 Beat Boutique featuring John Morales & Jamie Bull.
Beat Boutique featuring John Morales / Jamie Bull / Liam Q / Jonny Mangas
When the Legendary Producer, Mixer/Remixer and DJ’in Pioneer for the Soul n Disco scene across the world for over 3 decades John Morales say’s he’ll fly from NYC to play Beat Boutique in the Basement of Soup Kitchen in the heart of Manchester in front of 200 Soul n Disco lovers, the guys behind the night got rightfully excited, and so should you!
John’s has worked with so many artists over the years including Jocelyn Brown, Inner Life, Universal Robot Band, Musique, Bumblebee Unlimited, Rolling Stones, Dan Hartman, Shalamar, Odyssey, Aretha Franklin.. the list goes on.. Spinning records in clubs such as Pippins, Bentleys, 1018, Limelight and Studio 54! His highly acclaimed M&M Mixes are now on Volume III which is soon to be released. John Morales
If that wasn’t enough excitement for one night, they went and asked one of our favourite UK DJ’s to come join the ranks: Jamie Bull. It was at Leeds polysexual mecca Speed Queen where Jamie first gained notoriety for his eclectic disco and house sets. His residency there for five years for a flamboyant crowd provided him with a platform upon which he was able to develop his skills at dance radio network Galaxy FM. He became the producer and resident spinner for their Galaxy Anthems show, helping ravers in semi-retirement to relive those hands in the air moments once again. These days Jamie is synonymous with his residency at Manchester’s HomoElectric: A non-stop exotic disco for twisted sleazy people. He has played alongside Horse Meat Disco, Roisin Murphy, Crazy P, Maurice Fulton and Disco Bloodbath.
Resident DJ’s and Promoters Liam Q & Jonny Mangas as always will be knocking out sets throughout the night sending the crowd into a Soul fuelled frenzy and joining the dots to this beautiful picture..
10pm-5am / £8 adv
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF
Matt & Phreds
C-City are a four-piece instrumental combo from Merseyside who will “tip you up and shake you out of the nostalgia-mare where revivalist palpitations are mistaken for the pulse of progress”. This quartet are, however, students of jazz, rock, punk, fusion, and electronica, glued to the glory and joy of Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington, Miles Davies, Magma, Can, Beefheart, Zappa and Joe Harriott. Having studied what has gone before, they fuse it with something inspired, something new, to create the unique post-punk jazz-rock sound of C-City. C-City
9.30pm-1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
The Ruby Lounge
Established in the U.K. around 1995, Higher-on-Maiden are the Worlds original and finest tribute to Iron Maiden. Over 17 amazing years they have appeared in over 15 countries (in Europe and Asia). Higher-on-Maiden are the only tribute band in the world to have actually played together on stage with Steve Harris, Adrian Smith, Nicko McBrain, Paul Di Anno & Blaze Bayley. Now in 2012 Higher-on-Maiden are going as strong as ever. Higher-On-Maiden
8pm / £8
Caged Asylum – Back To School
Manchester’s leading Rock & Metal club Caged Asylum celebrates 2012 in style with 11 special nights and tonight, appropriately perhaps with lots of people returning to university, is the turn of ‘Back To School‘! Join DJ Mikee Diablo and guests for some serious partying where fancy dress is always optional but always encouraged, and the usual dress code is slick & stylish casual and all things Rock & Metal, as risqué as you dare!
The playlist features the biggest names in metal ranging from classics such as Pantera and Slayer, the new school sounds of Trivium and Killswitch Engage and crossover rock from Queens of the Stone Age and Rage Against The Machine – all given a thunderous sheen by a killer 40k sound system. Drinks are great value and the vibe easy going and unpretentious, and did I mention there’s a lap-dancing lounge? Expect some St Trinians style naughtiness from the Angels Of Death! Caged Asylum
11pm / £6
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.
Designer Magazine presents Halfway To New York / Gold Jacks / Silver Lining & more
Designer Mag consistently put on great shows and tonight’s gig looks to be no exception. Featuring Gold Jacks, Silver Lining, Fidel & The Castros, Wilson and headliners Halfway To New York, you get all this entertainment for just a fiver. That’s better value than Tesco’s! Tonight’s headliners, Halfway To New York burst onto the UK music scene last autumn with their debut single ‘Out of Time‘ amidst a cascade of critical media acclaim, and followed this up with an even more impressive musical serving in the form of their debut EP, ‘Treading Water‘, released on 21st May. Earlier this year they flew to LA for a series of meetings and showcases to industry moguls including CAA and Warner Bros and are currently in negotiations with a major US agent for a support tour back in the US. Throw in a recent sell-out gig at The Barfly, London and an appearance at Hard Rock Calling and Halfway To New York look set to become a highly formidable indie/rock force across both sides of the Atlantic. Halfway To New York
6pm – 10.30pm / £5
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Abigail Ward & Steven Perry
Leap about to Abigail Ward & Steven Perry as they spin a blistering blend of lost pop, Northern soul & house on seven inch and righteous rock ‘n’ roll.
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 John Stammers
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 John Stammers.
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
Funkademia with Trafford Parsons/ Myk Nolan
This Saturday Trafford Parsons & Myk Nolan 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 John Warburton presents Silky, Adam Staunton and Andy Wilkinson 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