Wet Play’s Cybernetic Aqua-Lounge with Magic Touch live
Wet Play remember when Maria Minerva and Ital took them deep into their cybalearic sex lair, so for their latest adventure they’ve invited psychedelic house maestro Magic Touch to bring his sun-blushed dreamscapes of seductive house vibrations into their spiritual realm. Like label mates Ital and Maria, Magic Touch mixes the psychedelic ethos of San Francisco with the house movements of Chicago, Detroit and smatters the whole thing with a solid nod to the UK rave underground ie. the perfect formula for Wet Play!
Personally recommended to Wet Play by elite members of the worldwide nu-tech-house-wave scene, they are super excited to host Magic Touch with his live mix of San Fran Psychehdelia, Chicago House, French Filtration and UK Rave – Frantic lysergic disco, valium-induced rave and shed loads of hardware crunch, all making him one “cat” they couldn’t let slip through the net! On the night Magic Touch will have the support of all the usual Wet Play Pals. Wet Play
10pm – 4am / £5 adv / £7 otd
Kraak / 11 Stephenson Square / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1DB
Formation presents Northern Structures live
The inaugural instalment of the Formation series welcomes the Danish duo Northern Structures for their debut live event in the UK. Based in the Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen, Northern Structures, comprising of duo Troels B-Knudsen and Lasse Buhl, have been brewing up their own unique take on dark industrial techno since their inception on Adam X‘s legendary imprint, Sonic Groove. Producing 2 EP’s of the highest quality, their output has gained the attention of everyone from Regis to Milton Bradley and everyone in-between. Epitomising the true embodiment of quality over quantity in addition to their releases they have also gained recognition from their contribution to the popular Tea & Techno podcast series. Tonight’s Formation event also showcases the talents of Sonic Groove, Antidote and Setaoc Mass.
10pm – 4am / £5 adv / £7 otd
2022NQ / 20-22 Dale Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1EZ
Band On The Wall
Think outside the box! Boxstock 2012, the cigar box guitar festival, is a day-long extravaganza of making workshops, instrumental tuition, film and live performances from some of the world’s leading performers in this home grown-music scene that features these live performances on these incredible intruments. You can even make your own guitar and cajon to take home on the day!
This is music stripped back to the bare bones, raw and full of soul, using the simplest of home-made instruments, music with fire and passion. Performers on Saturday night (as part of Band on the Wall’s Beer ‘n’ Blues Festival which also features rare beers all night) include Dave Acari from the UK, Blackriver Bluesman and Bad Mood Hudson from Finland, and all the away from USA for his first time in the UK – Mike Snowden.
On hand during the day is The Godfather himself, ChickenboneJohn who will be leading players’ workshops. After touring Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium, Hollowbelly is back in the UK to show you good people the secrets behind his style and his sound, with his popular “Learn to Play The Hollowbelly Way” with the UK’s premier punk blues perfomer.
And making a welcome return is the “Make a Guitar for £15” workshop…yes for just a few quid you can make your own 3 string electric guitar and take it home with you. Last year’s session was a rip-roaring success so make sure you reserve a place early to avoid disappointment. Also, a new feature of Boxstock 2012, build your own cajon and learn the playing rudiments. Plus during the day there will be trade stands with guitars, amps and parts and much more for sale, with the opportunity to talk to the builders and get some advice and tips straight from the source.
Whether you are familiar with the scene or only know about the scene through people such as Seasick Steve and Jack White, a great time and a warm welcome is assured– come along and be part of this home-grown music revolution!
£30 all day including gig / Doors 11am
Beer & Blues Festival Boxstock Special with Dave Arcari / Mike Snowden / Black River Bluesman / Bad Mood Hudson / Babajack
Bringing the day long Boxstock 2012 to a close is this Beer & Blues Festival special as Boxstock 2012 joins forces with the Beer & Blues Festival to present a night of cigar box guitar blues played out on the simplest, craziest and baddest of instruments! This music is raw and full of soul, stripped back to the bones, played with fire and passion on simple, home-made, hand crafted guitars. All this drunk down with an incredible range of rare and delicious real ales served from the Picturehouse Cafe Bar before and during the gig.
Mike Snowden knows how to work a live show. He’s had a lot of experience. He started out playing bass some twenty years back, touring the US and Canada, and opening for legends such as The Indigo Girls, Joe Cocker, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, the Dave Matthews Band, and many more. After touring with ‘Band De Soleil’ for almost 6 years straight (with an average of 250 gigs per year), it was time for a break during which he stumbled upon a guy playing a cigar box guitar. He was hooked, and immediately embarked on this new direction. Mike quickly emerged as one of the scenes most influencial writers and performers, and has released 3 cds of original material, including his latest ‘Cigar Box Stomp’, mixed by legendary sound engineer Tom Tapley (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen).
Dave Arcari is perhaps more well known to a lot of regular blues afficiandos, but his left of field approach is right in the home-grown music zone. Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via seven internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases. With more than 100 UK dates a year plus regular shows in Finland, Estonia, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Canada, Arcari is one of the hardest gigging live artists on the circuit.
Jukka ‘Black River Bluesman’ Juhola & Andy ‘Bad Mood’ Hudson play their blues in the deep woods and frozen swamps of the muddy Black River Delta, way up North in cold Finland. Their unrefined, electric blues have been compared to the rough sounds of the Mississippi Hill Country artists as well as to anything between Deltahead and Black Keys, or psychoblues and garage. Finland’s alternative blues hero Jukka has literally played all over the world: from Brazil to Nepal, from Thailand to Russia. He’s travelled the American South and jammed with the late great Mr. Tater The Music Maker. Expect a masterful set tonight.
BabaJack are fast becoming a firm favourite on the folk and blues festival circuits, both here in the Uk and further into Europe. Its easy to see why – Infectious riddims, a refusal to be labelled and a heady mix of African Drums, Wine Box Guitar and Harmonica. Trevor Steger (acoustic, resonator & winebox guitars, and harmonica) and Becky Tate (African drum, cahon, stomp & vocals) have been nominated for two British Blues Awards this year, for Best Acoustic Act, and Bec for her cahon and stomp in the ‘other instrument’ category. Bec will also be leading the daytime cahon building workshop, in which you will be shown how to build one from a kit, then she’ll teach you how to play it before you take it home!
7pm / £12 adv / £9.60 CAMRA card holders
Band On The Wall / 25 Swan Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
9pm-4am / FREE
Designer Mag presents Metal On Metal with Gorehead / City of the Ghost & more
Metal on Metal is fast becoming the most talked about Metal night in Manchester. Featuring the very best in local metal this is one night you come for the music. Tonight’s lineup is Gorehead, City Of The Ghost, Bury The Memory, The Electric Mafia and more to be confirmed. Fancy a listen or just finding out some more, check out the links…
7pm – 10.30pm / £5
Rowney Birthday Bash Payback with Rowney & Propz / Macky Gee & more
11pm – 4am / FREE before Midnight / £2 after
Dry + Dry Live / 28- 30 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
The Ruby Lounge
B.I.Z.Z.Y. B Birthday Bash
Seems like tonight is something of a birthday bonanza as tt’s that time again to celebrate one of Manchester’s best & well known DJ’s Mr B.i.z.z.y B. If you missed last year’s party held at Ruby Lounge it was truly a night to remember & they are proud to be hosting his party yet again. DJ’s on the night are Robbie Bee (Unity Radio), Mista Stretch (Love 90′s R&B), B.i.z.z.y B (Unity Radio & Birthday boy!), Kenny B, Xfade (Peace Fm, Love 90′s R&B), Moet Chandon (P.I.C Crew, 90′s Ragga). The night is hosted by Mellow & Saji B with a live P.A. from Mr Benz aka Killa Benz.
10.59pm / £5
The Ruby Lounge / 28-34 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Matt & Phreds
Salute to Satchmo
Salute to Satchmo, as the name suggests, play the music of Louis Armstrong from the early days of the Hot 5 & 7 through to the All Stars.The band have been together since 1998 and are Darren Lloyd playing the Trumpet (and occasionally singing), Duncan Winfield on Trombone, Carl Barnett on bass and Glen Cartlidge on Banjo and Guitar. Salute To Satchmo
9.30pm-1am / £5
Matt & Phreds / 64 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
‘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.
Soup Kitchen / 31-33 Spear Street / Northern Quarter / M1 1DF
Moho Live continues its new regular Saturday night, Club Moho. During the night, in the Main Room, Jorge will play anything and everything commercial; pop, indie, dance, rnb, dance, you name it, Jorge will play it. While in Room 2 Glen from Coup De Ville hosts spinning old skool hip hop and electro. It’s £5 in all night (unless you find one of their flyering team and get a FREE ticket) and there are some drinks specials too for those looking for some value from their night out.
11pm – 4am / £4 Adv /£5
Moho Live / Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Jon Kraus (Hoya Hoya / Fat City) ’Loose Change’ at Odd Bar. Jon will be 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
Mondo Pop! with Mof Gimmers
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”.
9pm – 3am / FREE before 10 / £1 after
Trof / 8 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester
Every second Saturday of the month Common give their ‘Friends’ the night off and hand over the night to Pumping Iron (although I’m sure they are friends too!). Expect a night of Nu Cosmic Italio, Vintage Avant Garde Disco and Lo Fi Rhythmic Punk Funk – What more could you ask for!
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
Funkademia with Dave Redsoul
This Saturday Dave Redsoul 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. 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 Jonathan Mayor presents Steve Shanyaski, Rory O’Hanlon and David Longley 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