Category Archives: Manchester


Preview: Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest) in Manchester for Vent opening 7th Nov

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It’s not often new spaces manage to get someone of such legendary stature on their first night, but Manchester’s been taken aback by the announcement of Phife hitting town on 7th November.

Vent delivers 3 months of Fridays from its own base, a once mill & now deserted club.. With a 24 hour licence, 3 floors and room enough for 1000, we can unleash Manchester’s potential.‘ – Minshull Street is the best I can get for the location from Skiddle – keep an eye out for an official announcement of where the space is!


live performances from:

phife dawg [a tribe called quest]

+ dj rasta root [smoking needles]

+ probot the mighty [acid city records]




hector moralez [apollonia, we the brand]

tommy largo [mushroom jazz, great lakes audio]

jamie trench [tsuba, viva music]

david glass [circus recordings, roush]

jade cox [im a house gangster, robsoul]

oliver drops [departure, vent

DANNY BECK [Ibiza Rocks, Vent]

DAN J & MIKE O’MARA [Huddle]

LARRY JONES [Oddisco, Vent]



Groovement chased up Oliver Drops to see what the dealio is…

You guys have got Manchester all abuzz with this gig, seemingly coming out of nowhere – what can you tell us about the people behind Vent?
Well, Vent started as more of a side project aimed at bringing big performers to small and unusual spaces. Some friends had one of those old Victorian houses in Withington with a huge basement area. It was actually two rooms with a connecting corridor and it immediately sent our minds spinning. Brick walls, good headroom, soundproof, it was a perfect space for a party.
It took a few weeks of painting and mud shovelling with some flooding and more painting but we opened on schedule with a full house, Funktion One and the main man Tristan Da Cunha. And it’s just evolved ever since, with our last party hosted by Nightmares On Wax in an old cutlery factory in Sheffield.


What will make Vent stand apart from other venues?
We’ve got a 24 hour licence, which we intend to utilise, but aside from that we’re not sticking to any formula or trend. We’re putting together line ups of all skills and generations. We’re kind of taking the house party rules to a club.


So, let’s talk Phife – whose genius idea was that?
Who’s not a Tribe fan?


What are your favourite Tribe tracks and why?

Ah so many. 8 Million Stories just gets me every time. The lyrics are unreal, so much attitude.
‘Just last week my girl was stressin me, now her best friend be undressin me’
What a Dawg. But then, ‘now that i got that out my system, watch me stab up the track as if my name was OJ Simpson,’ is one of my favourite lines.
So The Hop has to be up there but God Lives Through, Check the Rhime all of them. Q is my favourite engineer and Phife my favourite rapper, so it’s win win.


The opening party is also a showcase for We The Brand – what’s your association with these guys and what can you tell us about them?
We The Brand is Hector Moralez‘s baby and I’ve loved Hector’s music for a long time. Then after we booked him earlier this year at The Night Kitchen, he blew the lid so it would have been counter productive to not get him back. And it so happens he’s one of the loveliest passionate guys i’ve ever met, and has even insisted on coming over to promote Vent three weeks early.


Any clues as to forthcoming events?
TBA – 28th Nov //
Matador, Philip Bader & Di Chiara Brothers 5th Dec //
TBA – 12th Dec.
But we have a lot more up our sleeve, some great collaborations and partners to yet announce. And watch out for NYD.


What are your hopes for the future of Vent?
We don’t know, we like to change. Let’s see where it takes us.
Buy your tickets for Phife (quick!) at Skiddle
Keep up with Vent over at their website.
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Manchester: eMC {Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin} @ Band on the Wall, 27 Oct


The Show was a classic late 2000s album, flying under the radar of many despite the super-combo behind it and mostly as a result of the four not following it up until the release of EP/mini-album The Turning Point earlier this year.

Don’t miss your chance to catch this heavyweight crew, with support from Houston’s K-Rino and DJsMore Bounce, and remember: Mondays are the new Fridays.

Buy tickets from BOTW 


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Manchester: Flying Lotus performs You’re Dead live @ Albert Hall

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You’re Dead seems to have divided Fly Lo’s fans a little, but there’s no arguing that this will sell out and a live interpretation of the album is a definite pull.

Get tickets. Facebook event.

Here’s my chat with him from a few years back, when he hit the Mint Lounge (GLK is up first).

Interview: THE GASLAMP KILLER / FLYING LOTUS // APR09 by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud


Groovement supports Shabazz Palaces with From The Kites Of San Quentin


I played with these guys last time they hit Manchester (at the Deaf Institute) and am well chuffed to be supporting once again. Here’s a little pre-gig moment from last time…

You also get the majestic awesomeness of From The Kites Of San Quentin showcasing brand new material.

Grab your tickets here!


Manchester this week: Sharon Jones, Youngblood Brass Band, Pounders for Palestine, The Herbaliser, The Filthy Six

A very busy week for soul, funk and hip hop (and beyond…)  heads this week in Manchester! Peruse below…




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Punk-influenced hip hop heads YBB originated the ‘riot jazz’ flex a few years back, and have toured the world relentlessly parading their sound.

We’re supporting as In The Loop (DJ A-UP and myself with Bedos on the mic) so hit me up for £10 tickets by email – j @ groovement co uk.





Words can’t express how hyped I am for this one! If you don’t know, god damn well get to know.






Full band show in the intimate surroundings of Club Academy – expect a focus on music from their most recent work, There Were Seven. Fingathing’s Peter Parker on DJ support!




A massive line up for this one, in aid of MAP (Medical Aid for Palestine) – grab a ticket at Just Giving by donating a minimum of a fiver, or donate on the door. Expect all flavas!!



Also on Saturday, Craig Charles’ monthly Funk and Soul Club sees soul jazzers The Filthy Six at Band on the Wall.



Mind On Fire celebrates 10 years this weekend

MOF10If you have an ounce of culture in your bones and you live in Manchester, you’ve more than likely encountered Mind On Fire in the last ten years. This weekend sees them run free events to celebrate! More info below and on the Facebook event… 

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“10 Years Of Mind On Fire.

To celebrate Mind on Fire reaching the ripe old age of ten, we’ve invited some of our favourite guests and supporters from throughout the years to come and join the party. We’ll have giveaways, goodies, ping pong and party hats and and we’ve made it all free to attend. So come and raise a glass and shake a leg as Mind on Fire celebrates 10 years in the game. There will be cake.”

Saturday 18th October 2014
2pm – 9pm – Soup Kitchen
9pm – 4am – Twenty Twenty Two

Sunday 19th October 2014
10pm – 3am – The Liars Club

Free Entry


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Manchester Palestine Fundraiser 25 October: Pounders for Palestine


A veritable smörgåsbord of talent will be supporting this fundraiser for Palestine on Saturday 25th October.

The party will be held at 1 Primrose St, Ancoats (fka Bassment) in Manchester, all in aid of an organisation called MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians). Check their work out here.

MAP is saving lives in Gaza through delivering health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement. They have been working in Gaza for over 20 years and have a permanent team on the ground there. They were ready to immediately respond when attacks escalated on the 7thJuly. MAP was the only UK aid agency to respond to the attacks in Gaza for the first five days of the Gaza crisis.

The MAP team in Gaza has delivered more medical supplies to the hospitals than any other organisation – thanks to MAP supporters.

Tickets can be obtained here:


ONRA in the UK & Ireland – October 2014


My man Onra is back on these shores for a few dates, kicking off this Friday at Gorilla  Manchester for Coded Rhythm’s second birthday with Nightmares on Wax.

First release tickets are NOW SOLD OUT, but you can grab second release (must arrive before midnight!) here.

He’s got his MPC workout flex on, so make sure you make the effort – particularly to the Manc one, with Nightmares on Wax too, OOFFF!

May I also recommend the ever amazing Tuesday Club in my home city of Sheffield for guaranteed good vibes – get tickets here for that, also with DJ Marky!

Have a look at some people shuffling around Onra in this Boiler Room vid: