The Ruby Lounge
LVLS / Francis Lung (Wu Lyf) / Veladrome
Formed in February 2012, hailing from Manchester, LVLS (Loveless in case you were wondering!) present a dark shiny pop wall of sound. Caught between stadium rock and pop acts such as Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, REM and Prince right over to the grittier less glamorous side of the 80’s and 90’s with the likes of Jesus and Mary Chain, The Replacements, My Bloody Valentine and most notably The Smashing Pumpkins. The band have spent the majority of their short existence writing, recording whilst also playing shows in Manchester and London, paving the way for what will be a prolific 2013. This show on the 2nd March 2013 at The Ruby Lounge will be the band’s 1 year and 1 day anniversary! Bring a card!! LVLS
For tonight’s show they are supported by Veladrome and Francis Lung, once of Wu Lyf. There’s respect to be had for a band that arrived, made their mark and disappeared whilst still at their creative peak, yet the positive that comes from the apparent split of WU LYF is the chance to witness the blossoming of the groups individual members. Francis Lung‘s sporadic solo sets are arresting in their nature, steeped in folk heritage yet possessing something intangibly unique. Francis Lung
7.30pm – 11pm / £4
After massive events throughout 2012 and at the start of 2013, Remake Remodel return to The Ruby Lounge for another Saturday night special. Those that know Remake Remodel know to expect alternative rock and roll from the likes of Tame Impala, Bowie, BRMC, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones……you get the picture! For a £3 guestlist text – 07920491455.
11pm – 3am / £3 adv / £4 otd
The Ruby Lounge / 28 – 34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1QB
Band On The Wall
Mr Scruff ~ Keep It Unreal
Northern Quarter stalwart Mr Scruff brings his ‘Keep It Unreal‘ night to Band On The Wall tonight, serving up a huge melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, afrobeat, breaks, latin, and of course tea! For his monthly residency Mr Scruff will be at the decks for 6 hours, making the most of the incredible sound system at this famous Northern Quarter nightspot.
To get more of a feel for what’s to come from Mr Scruff check out his Soundloud page for some live sets including his last set at Band On The Wall and there’s lots more Mr Scruff on his website. Mr Scruff
Due to the tremendous popularity of this event, and to avoid large queues, Band On The Wall hold back just 100 places on the door, and there will be no passouts, so get your tickets in advance or get there early!
9.30pm / £11 adv / £12 otd
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
The Castle Hotel
SJM presents Marika Hackman + special guests
Brighton resident Marika Hackman makes folk-pop music with depth, drawing from wide ranging influences which include Steely Dan and Led Zeppelin. With a full-length album coming this year, for now we will all have to make do with her mini-album ‘That Iron Taste‘, released on the 25th Feb, for which this evening’s performance is part of the promotional tour. Marika Hackman
7.30pm / £6
The Castle Hotel / 66 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE
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.
9pm – 4am / FREE
Mancunia presents Sons of the Stage / The North / Section 60 / The So & So’s
Sons of the Stage mark their return to the stage with a headline show in their hometown Manchester joined by some outstanding support from over the pennines. The North are a Psychedelic / Indie Rock & Roll band from Sheffield, Section 60 are making their Manchester debut for Mancunia Promotions having recently helped them pack the Plug in Sheffield for a special show back in September in their hometown. The So & So’s from Grimsby/Manchester also join the bill coming armed with a new album with tracks produced by and featuring Boz Boorer (Morrisey). To top it all off Mancunia have one of their favourite bands returning to play for them as a surprise headliner.
7pm – 10.30pm / £5
100% Old Skool
After our sold out launch event on Boxing Day 100% Old Skool are back with the biggest piano house & old skool anthems known to man! With DJ sets and live PAs from Pianoman to headline the night, elsewhere on the bill are Shaun Lever, Grimmy, Mike Tracey, Easty, Arron Menendez and Ryan Woods.
10pm – 4am / £10
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Night & Day
Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) / Woodpigeon / Butcher The Bar
After a string of bad luck that included a heart attack that set him back several months and the implosion of his band American Music Club, Mark Eitzel fortuitously found himself in the studio with celebrated producer Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Ron Sexsmith, Ben Harper), thanks to the generosity of a an old friend. The result is Eitzel’s finest solo album in over a decade, ‘Don’t Be a Stranger‘. Mark has released over 15 albums of original material with his band American Music Club and as a solo artist. The Guardian has called him “America’s Greatest Living Lyricist” and Rolling Stone once gave him their Songwriter of the Year award. Originally formed in 1983, American Music Club released seven albums before breaking up in 1995 and finally reuniting in 2004 for two more albums.
Mark’s live set consists of a mixture of songs from his rich catalogue, including selections from American Music Club as well as newer material. Mark’s touring band will consist of piano, bass, and drums in the classic lounge style, but he also plans to “bring the chaos” in the form of his electric guitar. Renowned for his self-deprecating sense of humour, Mark’s live shows are always unique and unpredictable in the best possible way.
Tour support comes from Woodpigeon, led by Mark Andrew Hamilton. To date, Woodpigeon have released three studio albums, and a number of EPs to critical acclaim, and Hamilton has worked with over 70 collaborators both on record and in live performance. Live, Woodpigeon is often a solo project incorporating loops and layered vocals. The band’s sound has been compared to Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Camera Obscura, Simon & Garfunkel and Belle & Sebastian amongst others. Band leader Mark Hamilton’s main lyrical influence is The Kinks.
Local support comes from Butcher The Bar. Signed to Morr Music (Múm, Amiina, Telekinesis) they make subtle pop songs reminiscent of label-mates Seabear, but also of indie-pop greats such as The Lucksmiths. The band recently toured with Death Cab For Cutie and Allo Darlin’.
8pm – 2am / £14 adv
Night & Day Cafe / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN
Matt & Phreds
A band who mix old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Featuring established musicians from across Europe comprising of Vocals, Double Bass, Guitar, Sax, Flute and Drums. The talented ensemble are a mixture of New Orleans Jazz, Gypsy Folk, 60’s Psychedelic, Delta Blues, Sea Shanty’s and more! Signed to Debt Records, the raucous Honeyfeet are phenomenal in stature and sound alike! Evoking the afro-funk of Mulatu Atstake, the exuberant folk of Flook, and the blues of Junior Wells without ever sounding contrived or unoriginal, Honeyfeet have in Ríoghnach Connolly one of the most striking frontwomen on the scene at the moment. Tonight she will be backed by the pounding rhythms of David Schlechtriemen, the rattling guitar of Ellis Davies, the howling harp and blues vocals of Rik Warren and the unique melodical sax of Gus Fairbairn.
9.30pm-1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Bounce Heaven in association with Bounce Nation
Bounce Heaven joins forces with Bounce Nation to bring you the Manchester’s biggest ever bounce event which features the second part of the now infamous Scratch battle ‘Monsoon & Dream Wurx Vs DJ Greenie’. Part one was one of BH’s most viewed videos on youtube and to date was part of the biggest selling CD pack so expect big anthems and scratching galore. Adding to this event is a joyous and sad occasion for both Bounce Heaven and the Bounce scene in general as MC Finchy is migrating to Australia so this will be his last ever performance for BH.
DJs: Monsoon & Dreamwurx VS Greenie, Jamie Agar (Maximes), Pete Daley (Monroes), Krafty DJs (Vibealite – UK Hardcore Set), Cheese (Sopranos) and Fred Swift (Infected Records)
MCs: Finchy, Viper and Jonak
11pm – 4am / £8 adv
NQ Live (Formerly Moho) / Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1SH
‘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 basement over to a different promotion every week.
Kitchen ~ 8pm – 1am / FREE
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF
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. Funkademia
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
Mint Lounge / 46-50 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Black Dog Ballroom
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
Diamonds Are Forever
It’s a night of 70’s Glam Rock tonight down at Cord. And why not? What can you expect? Well how about a bit of T-Rex, Bowie, Slade, Elton John, Roxy Music, Sparks, Sweet, Mud, Suzie Quattro, Mott The Hoople and more… If that’s your bag I’m pretty sure there won’t be anywhere else in the Northern Quarter with this kind of soundtrack so you’d better get yourself to Cord!
8pm – 1am / FREE
Cord / 8 Dorsey Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LU
Friends In Common with Robert Parkinson
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 Robert Parkinson.
9pm – 2am / Free entry before 10pm / £2 after
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
Neil Scott (El Diablo’s Social Club) / Matt Ward (Wet Play)
Odd now offer up 2 floors of audio pleasure and this week upstairs they have Neil Scott taking us on a journey across modern tight night sounds from jackin’ NY disco to jump up pop delights, while downstairs Matt Ward serves up a downpour of aqua-disco, lost pop, house and hydro-funk.
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”. This could be on, then again it might not be.
9pm – 3am / FREE
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
The Frog & Bucket
Barrel Of Laughs
MC Mike Wilkinson presents Andrew Ryan, Alex Boardman & T.B.C. 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 / £10 Concessions
The Frog & Bucket / 102 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LJ