5 of the best funk and soul nights in Manchester
Craig Charles 6 Music/ Photo BBC/Dean Chalkley

Every UK city worth its salt has at least one clubnight playing funk and soul music.

It’s not hard to see why, it’s a fail-safe option for any night out – if you can’t dance to James Brown, you can’t dance to anything. Simple as.

Here’s our guide to the best Manchester has to offer.

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

Craig Charles might be more famous for Red Dwarf, Coronation Street, but he’s at his best when it involves music. The Funk ‘n’ Soul Club is a spin-off of his highly-regarded BBC6 radio show, packing the crowds in every month at the award-winning Band On The Wall.

Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street, The Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JZ, 0161 834 1786 – more info


Ask anyone in Manchester for their favourite clubnight, let alone their favourite funk and soul night, and odds on Funkademia will get a mention. For good reason; it’s been going strong for over twenty years with a rotation of some of the city’s most-respected DJs. And don’t fret, the age range of the crowd is as varied as the music policy, which takes in bits of Hip Hop and disco alongside savvy re-edits of the classics.

Mint Lounge, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE, 0161 2281495 – more info

Howling Rhythm

The Howling Rhythm DJs head down a grittier route for their wildly successful monthly nights at the Ruby Lounge. As well as the bigger hits, you’ll find them throwing rhythm and blues and rare soul into the mix too. Catch them on a special night and you could find a live brass band wigging out onstage.

Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1QB – more info


New to the city’s club scene, SoulJam night popped up at the end of 2014, providing a much-needed midweek night out for lovers of nostalgic 4/4 groove. Held on Thursdays, the crowd is more studenty than at most nights, though the tunes are anything but.

Mint Lounge, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE, 0161 2281495 – more info

Different Strokes

And now for those who kept the faith. Long long ago, when ‘rave’ was just a word from an old Buddy Holly song, sharp-dressed kids were dancing throughout the night to obscure music, fuelled only by backflips and soft drinks. These Northern Soul All-Nighters continue on to this very day, often featuring the original clubbers (though backflips are sometimes followed by a trip to A&E). You’d usually need to go on an arduous journey to the back of beyond, aka Chorley or Stoke-On-Trent, for the truly authentic experience, but thankfully Different Strokes brings the spirit of the Twisted Wheel back to the city centre with their much-loved but sporadic events at the Nag’s Head.

The Old Nags Head 19 Jackson’s Row, Manchester M2 5WD – more info

More Manchester nightlife tips:

5 of the best indie nights in Manchester
10 of the best club nights in Manchester
10 of the best bars in Manchester
10 of the best live music venues in Manchester

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