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What's on at The Roadhouse

The students are back and gig season is upon us once more – find out what's happening at the Newton Street stalwart of live music and club nights

Published on September 17th 2009.

What's on at The Roadhouse

Back when the Northern Quarter was known just as that scruffy area around Oldham Street, certain establishments were already attracting music fans and bohos to this part of town. Night & Day was one, Afflecks was another, and The Roadhouse on Newton Street was a third. This club/gig venue takes it easy over the summer when the students head home, but steps it up again around about now with a busy line-up including top club nights Contort Yourself, Revolver, and Sex with Robots.

Gig wise, highlights for October are up-and-coming, electro-pop-punk act Bleachbaby who'll be launching their EP on Friday 9 October; Hot Rats, a covers band made up of Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey from Supergrass on Tuesday 13 October; and for pirate fans, Swashbuckle, a themed metal act who'll be emptying The Roadhouse bar of rum on Tuesday 6 October.

Listings for October

Thursday 1 October
Club night: Strange Fruit, 11pm – 3am, £5.
The seventh and eighth instalments of this dubstep night occur within the same month. DJ Rich Reason and friends are so popular that the night has doubled its efforts and gone bi-monthly.

Friday 2 October
Designer Magazine presents Unsigned Showcase, 7.30pm – 10.30pm, £5.
A selection of unsigned bands chosen by Designer Magazine.

Followed by club night Content with special guest DJ Rolando (Underground Resistance), 11pm – 3am, £8 advance (£10 door).A brand new night for discerning fans of underground house and techno music. Special guest DJ Rolando, a former member of Underground Resistance and the producer of global club hit 'Knights of the Jaguar', christens their Roadhouse debut.

Saturday 3 October
Live: The Boxer Rebellion plus guests, 7pm – 10.30pm, £9 advance
Promoters Golden Voice present dark, contemplative and highly melodic guitar-based rockers The Boxer Rebellion on the Manchester date of their UK tour in support of debut album Union.

Followed by club night Contort Yourself featuring guests Youth Attack! (DJ set), 11pm – 3am, £6. Innovative dance night Contort Yourself has paid host to memorable evenings in Manchester’s recent clubbing history, including sell out live shows from The Whip and South Central and blistering DJ sets from Punks Jump Up, Klaxons, and New Young Pony Club not to mention hosting the very first appearance of Gossip and CSS on the same stage. Now fortnightly, Contort Yourself brings Manchester the best in the new wave of electronic dance music via way of live artists and DJs from across the globe, with the resident DJs playing 'party' music spanning the genres, including cosmic, electro, disco house, acid, fidget, pop and rave.

Monday 5 October
Club night: Revolver, 10pm – 3am, £4
Selling out every night for the past six years, Revolver recreates the swinging Sixties and does it perfectly every Monday. Walking down the stairs at The Roadhouse you are transported back 40 years. The club is decked out with vintage oil projectors, drapes, fairy lights and projections of footage confirming that the Sixties was definitely the coolest decade that the world has experienced. DJs Darran, Coops, Paul and Steve keep it real with their ‘vinyl only’ policy and keep the dance floor grooving all night. From psyche to soul, pop to rock n roll, West Coast blues and rare grooves, the boys will have you singing your heart out as well as searching your local record shop for ‘that song’ the next day.

Tuesday 6 October
Live: Swashbuckle plus guests, 7pm – 10.30pm, £8 advance.
Hilarious, pirate-themed metal act Swashbuckle arrive at The Roadhouse to shiver the timbers of local longhairs on their headline tour in support of the Back to the Noose album. Ooo – arr me hearties, etc.

Followed by club night Sex with Robots, 11pm – 3am, £1. DJs Oscar Wildstyle and $$$ have been destroying parties around the UK for the past few years playing at the likes of Bugged Out, Liars Club, Club Pony, Moda and the Lock Tavern as well as Ed Banger and Vice parties. The duo have subsequently lit up stages with everyone from Boys Noize, Herve, Oizo, Kissy Sell Out, Para One, Mehdi and SebastiAn to Skinnyman, Kano, Westwood, Lethal Bizzle and DJ Semtex with their genre-blurring performances.

Wednesday 7 OctoberLive: This City / Xcerts (co-headline show), 8pm – 11.30pm, £6.50 advance.
Just prior to going on tour in support of Eagles Of Death Metal, spiky hardcore/metal outfit This City undertake a co-headline UK tour with Scottish rock band Xcerts, who play in support of debut album In the Cold Wind We Smile, before heading off on tour themselves with Idlewild and then Funeral for a Friend.

Thursday 8 October
Live: The Utopians, The Systematics, I Am Three, 8pm – 11.30pm, £4.
Three great unsigned bands in the form of Leicester's indie hopefulls The Utopians, Manchester's own The Systematics and innovative, local acoustic and loops duo, I Am Three.

Friday 9 October
Live: Bleachbaby EP launch night, 8pm – 10.30pm, £5.
Electro-pop-punk five-piece Bleachbaby formed in Manchester in 2008. With echoes of Blondie / Transvision Vamp / Goldfrapp and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bleachbaby offer something gutsy, hot-blooded and enticing. The past year has gained them festival exposure, support slots with major UK acts and even a guest vocal appearance for Louise on the award winning album The Seldom Seen Kid by fellow Manc band Elbow. As the buzz continues to grow, Bleachbaby put the punk back into pop.

Followed by club night Hot Milk, 11pm – 3am, £5. Residents Irish Mash and Joey B plus their guests play the best in roots, dancehall and bashment (that's reggae to you and me). Tonight's fourth birthday Hot Milk features full live performance from Nucleus Roots.

Saturday 10 October
Live: Our Innocence Lost, 6pm – 9pm, £5, open to anyone above the age of 14.
Manchester metal band Our Innocence Lost will appear on this date with a new line-up.

Followed by club night Open Plan, 11pm – 3am, £5.The dubstep-spinning residents of the Open Plan club night did such a good job of covering for the absent Strange Fruit residents last month that they've been given their very own début weekend night.

Sunday 11 October
Club night: Norvun Sundays, 6pm – 11pm, £5.
Live music-centred club night with bands and DJs playing to an enthusiastic, local crowd.

Monday 12 October
Club night: Revolver, 10pm – 3am, £4.
(See description above.)

Tuesday 13 October
Live: Hot Rats plus guests, 7pm – 10.30pm, £10 advance.
The side project of Supergrass members Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey, Hot Rats may just be the best covers band you'll ever see at The Roadhouse. Like a house party at Supergrass HQ, the band offer their take on some of the favourite songs from Gaz and Danny's record collection, from The Beatles, The Kinks and The Velvet Underground to Sex Pistols, Roxy Music, Beastie Boys and The Cure. Very fun. Very exciting.

Followed by club night Sex with Robots, 11pm – 3am, £1.(See description above.)

Thursday 15 OctoberClub night: Strange Fruit, 11pm – 3am, £5.
(See description above.)

Friday 16 OctoberClub night: Cut Loose, 11pm – 3am, £7
House music, techno and digital disco from the Cutloose residents and special guests tbc.

Saturday 17 OctoberLive: Senser, Daywalkers, 7pm – 10.30pm, £10 advance.
Politically charged rapcore outfit Senser spent much of the mid Nineties building a fearsome live reputation on the free party and festival circuit alongside high profile support slots for the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Pregnancies, side projects and unworkable line-up changes forced the band away from the stage, but now they are back in their original line-up and are due to release new album How to do Battle. Support comes from Manchester's own rap meets metal combo Daywalkers, who are fantastic in the live arena.

Followed by club night Contort Yourself, 11pm – 3am, £6.Third birthday with guests Filthy Dukes (DJ set) – see full description above.

Sunday 18 October
Live: In The City music conference, 8pm – 1am, entrance tbc.
The Roadhouse is one of the official venues for this year's In The City music conference. Live acts to be confirmed.

Monday 19 October
Live: In The City music conference, 6pm – 9pm, entrance tbc, open to anyone above the age of 14.
Live acts to be confirmed.

Followed by club night Revolver, 10pm – 3am, £4. (See description above.)

Tuesday 20 October
Live: In The City music conference, 6pm – 9pm, entrance tbc, open to anyone above the age of 14.
Live acts to be confirmed.

Followed by club night Sex with Robots, 11pm – 3am, £1.(See description above.)

Thursday 22 OctoberLive: Hijak Oscar, Cut Glass Accent, Dismal Disillusion, 8pm -10.30pm, £4.
York-based Hijak Oscar have had plenty of attention since appearing on one of those hideous live band, talent competitions on TV, the sort that criminally dragged Alex James away from isolation on a chuffing cheese farm. They wisely 'did one' before its conclusion, their Tom Waits-inspired blues offerings perhaps a bit too credible for a show like that (Jo Wiley was also a judge). They appear in support of new, second album Blacksheepmoneybox. Support comes from North East heavy rockers Cut Glass Accent and Manchester's own Dismal Disillusion, who are a local band, naturally, and not a statement on this fine city.

Followed by club night The House That Dub Built, 11pm – 3am, £5.Roots, dub, jungle and dubstep from these heavy bass boys and their guests.

Friday 23 OctoberLive: Dan Clews, Andy Chandler, 8pm – 10.30pm, £5.
Fantastic folk-edged guitarist Dan Clews plays tracks from his debut solo album, partially recorded at Abbey Studios with Giles (son of George) Martin. Support comes from talented Stockport-based singer Andy Chandler.

Saturday 24 October
Live: David R Black plus guests, 7.30pm – 10.30pm, £5.
The Roadhouse welcomes back former Purple Effect singer Dave Naylor and his band for the third or fourth time this year.

Followed by club night Roots B4 Branches, 11pm – 3am, £5.Resident DJs Chris, Tom and Diesler play latin, deep house, hip hop soul and disco alongside their guests.

Sunday 25 October
Live: My Passion plus guests, 6pm – 9pm, £6.50 advance, open to anyone above the age of 14.
Following a terrific summer touring, including several high profile festival dates, Gothic-tinged metal act and youth favourites My Passion undertake their own, highly stylish headline tour.

Monday 26 October
Club night: Revolver, 10pm – 3am, £4.
(See description above.)

Tuesday 27 October
Club night: Sex with Robots, 11pm – 3am, £1(See description above.)Wednesday 28 October
Live: Portugal. The Man, 7.30pm – 11.30pm, £6 advance.
Portland-based indie band Portugal. The Man make brilliant, epic pop songs that have soul stirring choruses, but are just that right side of weird that you'd have to call them an indie (as opposed to a pop) act. They undertake one hell of a global tour this year in support of new album The Satantic Satanist. Very good it is too.

Thursday 29 October
Live: Nowhere Again, The Winding Sheet, The Souvenirs, 8pm – 11.30pm, £4.
Manchester-based Nowhere Again combine grunge and garage rock to an impressive standard considering their relatively young years. Doncaster chaps The Winding Sheet and feisty indie pop band The Souvenirs provide support.

Friday 30 October
Live: Zwicky Records showcase, 6pm – 9pm, £5, open to anyone above the age of 14.
A showcase night for Zwicky Records, a new Manchester label finding and promoting musical talent amongst 13 to 19-years-olds in the city.

Followed by club night Beat Bazaar Bash, 11pm – 3am, £5.Breakbeat, hip hop, dubstep, soul, funk and reggaeton from resident DJs Backdraft, Veba, DiemondED, Chris Jam and Ra-Man, representatives of Manchester based label and club project Beat Bazaar.

Saturday 31 October
Club night: Hoya Hoya, 11pm – 3am, £5.
Hoya Hoya is the club night from the crew behind Sketch City, Manchester's interactive art and music monthly. Residents Jonny Dub and Ryan Hunn play an eclectic selection of broken beat, dubstep, deep house, techno, bashment, soul and reggae.

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AnonymousSeptember 17th 2009.

DJ Rolando at the Roadhouse?!! Wow!! This will be amazing!!

emma graceSeptember 17th 2009.

I saw Hot Rats at Bestival...can definitely recommend. They were lots of fun.

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