Top Events Northwest 26 Mar-2 Apr: The Ladies Room, Threshold Festival + CG Open House

Zap by Simon Jay Catling | 26 Mar 2015
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Top Events Northwest 26 Mar-2 Apr: The Ladies Room, Threshold Festival + CG Open House


1. The Ladies Room

Stevenson Square, Manchester. Sat 28 Mar, 11am, prices vary here


As part of Wonder Women Festival and in celebration of Stevenson Square's historical meeting point for protest marches and political speeches, The Ladies Room presents a day of talks and performances across the square. Among those appearing are Helen Pidd, the first female editor of The Northerner. She'll be hosting a panel titled It's A Man's World. Meanwhile local poet Lauren Bolger hosts Whispers in the Parlour Room, which moves through different Northern Quarter venues, and includes talks as well as live performances by the likes of weird-rockers Ill and folk artist Tekla.  






2. Threshold Festival of Music and Arts

Various venues, Liverpool. Fri 27-Sun 29 Mar, times and prices vary here


Threshold returns to the Baltic Triangle for another weekend of home-grown talent stretching across styles and genres. Among those to watch out for are The Skinny New Blood alumna Natalie McCool (pictured), who presents new work alongside Silent Cities and DROHNE, while MOBO-winning hip-hop artist Akala is also one to watch. Read our full Threshold preview here.     


3. Open House

Federation House, Manchester. Thu 26-Sun 29 Mar, times vary, free


The trouble with taking over forgotten spaces and realising their potential is that other bigger, more commercial investors also then get to see said potential and fancy having a slice of it. So it is that after three years, Castlefield Art Gallery's pioneering New Arts Space, Federation House, will be closing its eight floors of studios and exhibitions to make way for new tenants. They won't go without a bang though: this weekend's Open House includes a host of exhibitions, such as work by Sunshinejack (pictured) as part of Launch Pad, a Manchester School of Art graduate show.


4. Dutch Uncles

The Ritz, Manchester. Fri 27 Mar, 6.30pm, £12.50 here


Where might Dutch Uncles be if they'd enjoyed the same major label cash injection that their peers and friends Everything Everything have enjoyed over the past few years? They've probably asked themselves that a few times, but Marple's finest are getting there by hook or crook regardless. Fourth album O Shudder is another refinement of their artful 80s pop-meets-Reich minimalism sound and this marks their biggest hometown show to-date. What's that about the tortoise and the hare? From the archives: Dutch Uncles vs Everything Everything.


5. Less Effect

Shipping Forecast, Liverpool. Fri 27 Mar, 11pm, £6 here


Non-genre specific party starters Less Effect continue their fine schedule of events in Liverpool with Numbers, Well Rounded and Crazy Legs man Deadboy bringing his box of dancehall with him for a night of daggering in the basement of the Shipping Forecast. In an extended Liverpool clubbing family affair, residents from both Dot. and Abandon Silence will also be contributing to proceedings on the decks. From the archive: we review Deadboy's HERE.


Taste of Tattu

An intriguing new restaurant and bar concept is coming to Manchester’s Spinningfields this May. Located on Gartside Street, Tattu promises to be anything but ordinary, focusing strongly on providing a unique sensory experience for its customers.

Tattu will offer Chinese cuisine with a contemporary edge, created and delivered by an expert culinary team recruited from some of London’s finest Asian restaurants.

For an exclusive chance to be among the first to try Executive Chef Andrew Lassetter’s innovative menu, sign up for the restaurant’s soft opening at and enjoy 50% discount on food between Mon 27 Apr and Wed 6 May.


6. Patterns

Deaf Institute, Manchester. Sat 28 Mar, 7pm, £8 here


Anyone who's followed Manchester dream-pop four-piece Patterns over the past couple of years will know that they don't really do straight-up hometown shows. From headlining in the upstairs reading room at the John Rylands Library, to packing out St Philip's Church for their debut LP launch last year, the group have always sought to give a sense of occasion. So it is that Saturday's live return comes with an as-yet under wraps visual installation courtesy of award-winning film-maker Sam Alder of Plastic Zoo. Read last year's feature on Patterns.


7. Chew Disco Vol. 13

Kazimier, Liverpool. Sat 28 Mar, 9pm, £5 here


The 13th installment of the ever excellent Chew Disco returns to the Kazimier and with it comes another lineup that oozes quality from top to bottom. Heading up proceedings are the latest quickly-rising names on the long-running, long-excelling Glasgow dance label Optimo, with Shift Work (pictured) dealing in high-octane electro stompers. Night School's DIY electro-punk Apostille and Italo-disco duo Happy Meals are also dropping in alongside an eclectic mix of DJs.


8. Sex Swing

Drop The Dumbulls II, Liverpool. Fri 27 Mar, 8pm, £Donation


An unholy union between members of Liverpool psych stalwarts Mugstar, Part Chimp's Tim Cedar and Dethscalator's Dan Chandler, early shows by Sex Swing in London have been gaining something of a fevered response. Finally it's the Northwest's turn to experience their psychedelic malevolence, with the group headlining top pop-up venue Drop the Dumbulls. They also play the Roadhouse in Manchester the following night – find their first studio recordings on SoundCloud.


9. Turn 2015

Contact, Manchester. Fri 27-Sat 28 Mar, 7.30pm, £9 (£5) here


One of Manchester's most prominent choreography organisations, Dance Manchester, return to Contact to co-produce the fourth annual Turn festival, presented by the venue and Word of Warning, with some of the region's most promising new dancers take to the stage over a weekend of performance. Among the highlights are Maelstrom Theatre, who create a 'DEFCON 1' situation for the average office worker, while the second night is topped by Malachi Simmons and Theo Fapohunda, who tell their tale through storytelling, hip-hop and capoeira dancing styles.


10. Nathan Barley Night

Islington Mill, Salford. Sun 29 Mar, 7.30pm, free


It's 2015: people are making ball pools for adults, you can eat your 'last meal' at a Death Row-themed restaurant and the opportunity to pay more than £3 for a bowl of cereal has become all the rage. Nathan Barley might've been written as a comedy but it's turned out to be a horribly prescient vision of what's actually going on right now. Sigh. Anyway, try not to think about that at Islington Mill's screening of the whole of Charlie Brooker and Chris Morris's superb series of the original East London hipster. 

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