Archive for the ‘Venues’ Category

Pulse Cafe, Todmorden

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Todmorden Pulse Cafe
The Pulse Cafe in Todmorden is a great little cafe, with good vegetarian / vegan food, good coffee, and even an alcohol license. It’s open till 11pm most evenings, and has live acoustic acts on many nights. It also has a Sunday afternoon acoustic slot, which I really enjoyed playing.

It’s easy to get to from Manchester — there’s a direct train, or you can go by bus for slightly cheaper.

There are some good acts coming up there, including Josephine Oniyama on 23rd August 2009. It looks like all the gigs there are free.

The food and drink is good value, and the staff are really friendly. Definitely recommended if you’re in the Todmorden area.

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Tonight – Run, Toto, Run single launch at Kro

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

There’s a great gig tonight at Kro Bar, Manchester (Saturday 13th). The bands playing are:

Run, Toto, Run
The Jessie Rose Trip
Help Stamp Out Loneliness

I’ll be doing the sound engineering tonight. Really looking forward to the show! I think doors are 8pm…. just rushing off to load the equipment in now…


Venue Guide – Deaf Institute, Manchester

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Deaf Institute opened in 2008. Downstairs, it’s a really pleasant bar, with some crazy wallpaper. Upstairs, it’s a purpose-built music hall, with a lovely sound system and a reputation for putting on some really good shows.

There’s also a moody basement bar, which is used as the green room for the bigger shows.

It has two sister venues, both called Trof…. in the centre of Manchester is Trof Northern Quarter… then in South Manchester is the originalTrof Fallowfield.

Both the Deaf Institute and the Trof Northern Quarter venues have open mic nights on a Sunday night.

Songs for the Bath Tub at Kro – 12th June

Monday, June 9th, 2008


We’re moving a lot of our Songs for the Bath Tub nights from the Carlton Club to Kro Bar. The first of these is taking place on Thursday, 12th June. It’s going to be a really good, chilled night of acoustic music. You can buy tickets here: or you can join our facebook event here:

The show features: Chris Knowles, Steph Fraser and Fallen Leaves


M19 Bar Levenshulme

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

The M19 bar in Levenshulme hosts a whole range of music nights, including its regular Acoustic Fest sessions and the open mic night every Monday.

847 Stockport Road
M19 3PW
Tel: 0161 225 8359

Click here for a guide to other open mics in Manchester

The Castle, Oldham St

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Updated April 2009 The Castle closed for quite a few months last year, but has recently been bought up, renovated, and re-opened its doors. No word on any open mic as yet… here’s the page for the old Castle:

Sadly the Castle, Manchester, closed in 2008. The remaining bit of this post is kept for reference:


The Castle pub has a weekly open mic night on Mondays, run by Ollie Smith. It also has lots of other music going on throughout the week. It’s a small, initimate venue, with a few real ales – definitely slightly off the beaten track (a long way up Oldham St, beyond Dry Bar and Night and Day).

The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE
(Location map)

Tel: 07969 618357

Trof in the Northern Quarter

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Trof Northern Quarter opened in 2007 (building on the well-known Trof brand, which began in Fallowfield)

5-8 Thomas St Northern Quarter
Manchester, M4 1EG
United Kingdom

There’s also an open mic night here every Sunday – arrive as early as possible to get a slot! Sign up begins at 8pm, with the first act on at 8.30pm.

It’s worth checking out the: Trof Northern Quarter Open Mic Facebook.

Back in 2007, it was briefly home to my Songs for the Bath Tub series of acoustic nights on the first Tuesday of every month.

Location map for Trof Northern Quarter

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Bar amp, Sale

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Sale’s best music venue, with a lot of stuff going on – notably Acoustic Amp (see their myspace page), a bi-weekly acoustic night featuring Manchester’s finest unsigned artists.

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Bar Amp, Sale

Thirsty Scholar, Manchester

Friday, September 29th, 2006

The Thirsty Scholar is usually lively, full of musicians, and plays host to a good variety of Manchester gigs. It also has an open mic on Thursdays.

50 New Wakefield Street,

M1 5NP

Fuel, Withington

Friday, September 29th, 2006

The info on this venue was updated June 2009. Let me know any thoughts, additions, or feedback, in the comments below!

Fuel is a small vegetarian cafĂ© with a lovely atmosphere, and some brilliant events happening upstairs…

You can catch live music here almost every night of the week, and it’s host to a lively open mic night on Wednesdays.

Fuel is also where my very own Songs for the Bathtub nights began, in 2005. Those nights were themselves inspired by Quiet Night Out and Red Deer Club — both of which became the best events to see small-scale live acoustic music in Manchester, carving out a DIY scene that is still as strong as ever in 2009.

In fact, nights such as Hi, How Are You?, Pindrop, and Cloud Sounds, follow on in this tradition of low-key, acoustic events. Most are free, or donation-based. It’s definitely one of my favourite small venues in Manchester.

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Fuel Cafe Bar
448 Wilmslow Road Withington
Manchester, M20 3BW
United Kingdom

Joshua Brooks

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Manchester venue, tucked away near the BBC. It’s host to a great open mic night every Monday, and holds other music events, both upstairs and downstairs, the rest of the week.

Joshua Brookes
106 Princess Street
M1 6NG

There’s a list of other open mics in Manchester elsewhere on the site:manchester open mics

Night and Day, Manchester

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Night and Day is one of the best places in Manchester to catch new, unsigned bands, as well as some better known acts. There’s music to be heard here pretty much every night – plus some good DJs. Highly recommended.

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The Roadhouse

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Manchester’s much-loved music venue. It’s situated in the Northern Quarter, a couple of streets along from Night and Day, Dry Bar and Mint Lounge.

The Roadhouse puts on slightly bigger out-of-town bands, plus local acts, most days of the week. It’s also home to several great club nights, including Revolver and – my personal favourite – Norvun Devoltion.

Roadhouse Address

8 Newton St
M1 2AN

Contact Details – Telephone

Office (0161) 237 9789, Venue (0161) 228 1789


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Trof, Fallowfield

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Trof is a lively, studenty bar, nestling in the heart of Fallowfield, with lovely food, and a really friendly atmosphere. It’s usually rammed — especially in term time.

It’s a bit of a Manchester Institution, and this, the original Trof, has spawned three other venues — The Corner (which is right next door, on Wilmslow Road), Trof in the Northern Quarter, and the Deaf Institute (which is just off Oxford Road, near Sand Bar and Manchester Met uni)..

Trof, Fallowfield
Trof official site

Address: 2a, Landcross Rd, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6NA

Tel: 0161 224 0467

Trof Open Mic

This open mic is every Tuesday during term time, held in the big room upstairs. It’s always busy and bustling, with a good crowd – mainly students. People listen, though they also talk, which is kinda par for the course really. Definitely worth a look!

Address: 2a, Landcross Rd, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6NA

Music nights at Trof

Trof used to be one of the best music venues in Fallowfield — it hosted a huge range of nights, including North-South Divide, and my own Songs for the Bath Tub acoustic night.. The Trof Fallowfield open mic is still going strong on a Tuesday though – and it’s worth checking out if you’d like to play to a big, lively audience. It’s one of the better-known open mics in Manchester.