Islington Mill Studios


Sound without Vision

Wednesday 25th March: 7pm

'The 'Sound without Vision' project is designed with the imagination in mind. Sat in darkness, the audience will experience music from around the world and be immersed in each culture with food treats. The project aims to eliminate any preconceptions a listener might get from looking at the performer before they have played. Its main focus is on the audience’s ability to participate mentally and create vibrant imaginative images using only sound, smell and taste. Come and immerse yourself in different cultures for our short concert, what will you imagine?

Seats are limited so please email your name to



Friday 27th March: 10pm - 6am

Gesamtkunstwerk aims to bring a new kind of electronic night to the North West with the focus on sonic exploration with music from the experimental, bleeding edges of today’s diverse and genre-defying scene.

Broken Bone (LIVE)
Casper Electronics (LIVE)
Gesamtkunstwerk residents

Tickets £7 available from Skiddle, £10 OTD

Open Circuit: Casper-electronics (Peter Edwards)

Casperelectronics - Build your own electronic sound gadgets with the OMSynth (Open Modular Synthesizer) MiniLab.
Sunday 29th March

Following his performance at Gesamtkunstwerk12 on 27th March, Open Circuit welcomes back Peter Edwards who will be running a workshop at Islington Mill. The workshop covers the basics of designing and building your own custom electronic noise machine. By the end each participant will have a personalised instrument to take home that they have designed as well as the skills and hardware necessary to continue exploring. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginner to the experienced engineer. All materials are provided, however feel free to bring anything along you would like to use.

Tickets are £90/£40 deposit to secure a space (limited to 10 places) purchased here

TV PARTY! Nathan Barley

Sunday 29th March: 7.30pm

Calling all Bad Uncles and Geek Pies! This Sunday TV PARTY! bring us a trashbat special, screening all episodes of Nathan Barley! You should come dollsnatches, Charlie Brooker and Chris Morris' 2005 creation will be screened IN ONE SITTING in our club space, well coincimental! Well weapon!!! Well futile!!!! Well bum!!!!! Triple size!!!

Keep it foolish! The rise of the idoits is upon us.

Bitch 'n' Monk

Tuesday 31st March

Gallery show supporting the independent DIY music scene.

Bitch 'n' Monk - Wayward soprano and screaming flute duo from London and Colombia.

Negra Branca - Marlene Ribeiros of Gnod's melodic and tonal dreamscape solo project

Mahakali - First performance of a new project from Louise Woodcock, Rachel Goodyear, Amy Morgan, Jen Wu, Lauren Bolger + Emma Thompson

Tickets £3 OTD

Fat Bastard Cock Fest

Friday 3rd April: 15:30-02:00

Louise Woodcock, Fat Out and Hello Bastards bring you an experimental all dayer at Islington Mill.

Its Good Friday so how about getting a Good shafting from some lovely Fat Bastards at a COCK FEST? Some legendary artists such as ex-Factory Records Minny Pops, and also a heartfelt tribute to their label mates.


Bad Guys // Minny Pops // Luminous Bodies // ILL // Locean // Joyce Divison // Warm Widow // Kelly Jayne Jones  


Guts for Garters KARAOKE & DJ's

TICKETS are £6 + £1 booking fee available from the Fat Out Ticketshop 



Sunday 5th April: 7.30pm
A pop-up dining event in Islington Mill's gallery space

4 course menu designed by SSK, accompanied by 'Composition' a live performance by Aliyah Hussain & John Powell-Jones. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements before booking to make sure we can accommodate you.

SSK (Gareth Baty) made his name in East London, hosting pop-up restaurants, supper clubs, and catering large events, before going to work for the likes of Jason Atherton and Mark Hix.

Composition is an ongoing collaborative project that explores the relationship between sound and the visual using drawing, traditional print techniques, amplification and sound manipulation. Developed by Manchester based artists John Powell-Jones and Aliyah Hussain the work takes the form of performances, recordings, publications and workshops.

£20/£25 Tickets available here

Moon Duo Live: Album Launch

Wednesday 8th April: 20:00-midnight
Support from HORRID + DJ FITZ

Now Wave are excited to present Moon Duo Live at the launch party for their new album 'The Shadow of The Sun'. at Islington Mill.

Running from 8 til' late the unveiling of 'The Shadow of The Sun' will feature a full live performance from Moon Duo plus support from mysterious Manchester sack headed super group Horrid, as well as DJ Fitz.

TICKETS £10 +booking fee available from See Tickets

White Hills

Thursday 9 April: 7.30pm

A Fat Witch Presentation

White Hills newest and most energized recording to date is bursting with raw energy packed into their most concise songs to date. Fear not long time White Hills fans, there is still loads of killer guitar work and fuzzed out psychedelia on Frying on this Rock. Their highly sought after and deluxe vinyl editions as well as the super limited CDR and 7” releases have made them a band who get talked about as much in reviews as they do on social networks. Their boundless live performances, especially the higher profile ones at ATP New York, Supersonic and several Roadburn Festivals, or their dates with the Flaming Lips and Sleep have established White Hills as one of the most talked about space rock bands currently performing. Do not miss this show.

Support TBC

Tickets are £5 and available from SeeTickets

Joanna Gruesome + King of Cats

Friday 17th April: 8pm

Dissonant wimp music made by Alana, Owen, Max, Georga & Dave, alias Joanna Gruesome. In May the Cardiff band release their second album Peanut Butter on Fortuna Pop! 

For their Islington Mill gig they will be supported by King of Cats. The DIY band have been under the emo/indie radar for a while, touring the UK and America, releasing rare and very desirable 7”s. 

Tickets are £8 and avaliable from Skiddle

Record store day @ Islington Mill

Saturday 18th April: 7.30pm - 2am

A celebration of independent labels and promoters in Manchester and Salford in coherence with Record Store Day which celebrates independent record store all over the world.

Manchester/Salford have an impressive array of independent labels and promoter whose year round releases and live shows are vital to keeping the independent music scene alive. Although record store day is a great annual event and a worthy celebration, it is really important to keep supporting independent labels, promoters and bands all year round in order to strengthen this DIY way of promoting, releasing and making music.


Live music from:

Carla Bozulich chosen by Fat Out Till You Pass Out

Petrels chosen by Bad Uncle Music

Kyōgen chosen by Sways Records

Brahma-Loka chosen by Interstellar Overdrive

Giant Swan chosen by Grey Lantern

Stalls from Sways Records / Ono Tesla / Cheesus Crust Records (more TBC)

Tickets £5 OTD


Tim Shaw & Sébastien Piquemal: FIELDS

Wednesday 22nd April

Sébastien and Tim explore mobile technology as a medium for sound diffusion. Audience members can join in by simply connecting to a specific website with their mobile phone, laptop or tablet. The connected devices become an array of speakers that the performers can control live, resulting in an omni-directional sonic experience. This piece provides an alternative method for sound spatialisation as well as offering new ways in which audiences can engage in sonic works. Fields has been performed in Helsinki, Berlin, Athens, Lisbon and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw has worked internationally as a professional composer, performer, sound designer and researcher. His practice incorporates diverse approaches to sound collection and processing, and includes creating immersive and site responsive sonic installations.

Sébastien Piquemal

Sébastien Piquemal is a computer engineer, obsessively exploring the artistic capabilities of machines. After working several years as a full-stack web developer in Helsinki, Finland, he decided to dedicate himself fully to making music. Since then, he has been an active contributor to the open-source software community, leading various projects such as WebPd (Pure Data patches running in the web browser).


Thursday 23 April

support by BLACK LUNG

KAYO DOT bring avant-goth, progressive experimental doom from Brooklyn NY. to the Mill. Formed in 2003 by Toby Driver after the break-up of Maudlin of the Well, the band released their debut album Choirs of the Eye that same year. Over the years, Kayo Dot has been signed to a number of different record labels, Tzadik, Robotic Empire, Hydra Head before taking to Kickstarter and pre-orders to crowdfund their albums, as to be free of record label interference.

Plus post-black metal worship of the natural world by Botanist. The songs are told from the perspective of The Botanist, a crazed man of science who lives in self-imposed exile, as far away from Humanity and its crimes against Nature as possible. In his sanctuary of fantasy and wonder, which he calls the Verdant Realm, he surrounds himself with plants and flowers, finding solace in the company of the Natural world, and envisioning the destruction of man.


Tickets £8 from Fat Out 

Sounds From the Other City 2015

Bank Holiday Sunday May 3rd: 2pm (wristband), 3pm (Activity)
Various venues, Chapel St, Salford

Sounds From the Other City returns for an eleventh year. Taking in a whole host of venues up and along Chapel St, Salford. Working with some of the regions finest musical purveyors. Following on from last years Birthday celebrations where ALL THIS happened, you want to make sure you dont miss out on 2015!

This year Islington Mill will once again play host to new music specialists, Now Wave. Along with our pals and long term supporters Comfortable on a Tightrope taking us position in the Gallery Space. There will be courtyard banter, food and tunes along with the wristband exchange on the 1st floor and the usual array of goings on! PLUS the OFFICIAL After Party for the festival.

More details on Venues, line up and Artwork will all be released in the coming weeks and months. Keep an eye on the festivals Facebook page for up to the minute info.

Tickets are £20 and available to buy from Skiddle

Video Jam

Friday 22nd May : 7.30pm

We are thrilled to have Video Jam back at Islington Mill in May. Acts to be announced very soon. A classic Video Jam programme of short films with a variety of live musical accompaniment. Expect blind collaborations, happy accidents and some surprises along the way.

Tickets £3 OTD

Ensemble Market Party

Saturday Sunday 22nd & 23rd May

Record Fair - BBQ - Live Art - Vintage + After Party with Killapitch

With summer finally round the corner, we are planning an all day event held on the second bank holiday weekend in May in the courtyard of the Angel Pub.

There will be Record stalls, Vintage & Arts/Craft stalls, Live Art, a yummy BBQ done by the Angel, some very special Sunglasses on sale, a very talented face painter, and of course it wouldn't be Ensemble without MUSIC!!

For the full list of acts including Annabel Fraser, Rick Nicholls, Michael Holland, Macca PLUS Killapitch check out our facebook event


Tickets from here

 EARLY BIRD £7/£9 (entry to both events) 

OTD:Day event - £5, Night event - £9, Both - £10

Cowbell presents 'Kill the DJ' // Ivan Smagghe & C.A.R. (live)

Friday 6th November: 10pm

Massively chuffed to be bringing some seediness back to Islington Mill with a Kill The DJ showcase. The incredible C.A.R will be performing live followed by label head honcho Ivan Smagghe Djing into the very early hours. This promises to be memorable folks so don't miss out, genuinely can't think of a more fitting Manchester venue for this live show.





March 1st 22nd / April 12th / May 3rd 24th / June 14th / July 5th 25th 26th

10.30am - 5.30pm

A new series of open-access workshops and rumba parties with La Timbala Music, Dance and invited guests. These workshops focus on different aspect of Afrocuban music, covering a range of musical styles, from ‘songs and rhythms of the orishas’ to ‘Cuban popular music’. They are run by Christian Weaver, percussionist and ethnomusicologist, with invited guest-tutors including; Santiago (Chaguito) Garzón, Gerardo de Armas, and Arturo Martinez.
Every second month following the workshop the bar will open and an extend session with a ‘rumbon’. Performances by Timberos de la Timbala and other Afro-Latin music groups; open rumba; invited guests; and rumba dance classes and performances.

Tickets £35 / £30 if you register in advance / £26 for pre-registered full-time musicians, members of the Rumba Study Group, and students. Entry £3 to parties if you haven't been to the workshop. All welcome!

Info on how to register as well as a full break down of the course here


Regular classes at the Mill

DRAWING+: Mondays | 7pm to 9pm | £6 (£8 for tutored master classes)

Drawing+ is more than life drawing.
See the kind of sessions we do by visiting our website
Everybody's welcome. Just turn up. We are on every Monday 7-9pm at Islington Mill's club space. Bring your own materials and 6 quid and, if you want, bring your own drinks. We'll provide with the glasses.

SCREENPRINTING: Join One69a for an afternoon and learn how to screen print your very own tshirt. (1-4pm: 14 March, 11th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July)

Using silk screens, water based inks and hand cut stencils, you will have the opportunity draw and screen print your own designs or use our ready made designs to create your very own bespoke tshirt. You will also have the option of printing onto a tote bag instead if a tshirt isn’t your thing. We provide everything you need including designs but if you would like to bring your own, please make sure they are in a simple silhouette format which will enable you to cut them into a stencil with a craft knife. Included in the cost is 1 tshirt or tote bag and you will have the opportunity to print further items during the session should you wish to do so.

Due to the popular nature of the workshops, BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL! For for further information, please contact

For further information, please contact

 £17.50 for 1 person, £30 for two!

SIGN WRITING and FOLK ART one day workshops from Beccy Roberts, a professional sign writer and folk artist with more than 30 years experience . Cost Courses cost £120 (day) -  For more info please contact or visit

One day SIGN WRITING WORKSHOP (Sunday May 17th, Saturday July 4th, Sunday September 20th)
Designed to introduce complete beginners to the Traditional Art of a Sign Writing. Hand painted signs have been in decline since the early 90's when vinyl sign graphics were introduced. However recently there has been a resurgence towards the traditional craft skill of hand painted signs.
This course will cover all the basic traditional techniques from simple brush control, different brush strokes and paint mixing to letter forms, shadowing, lining, highlights and layouts. - Each student will create a small sign of their own design to take home with them.

All materials will be provided.

One day FOLK ART COURSE (Saturday May 16th,Sunday July 5th, Saturday September 19th)
Designed to introduce the complete beginner to the traditional art of decorative folk art painting. A craft skill which has been practiced all over Europe for may centuries. Modern examples of decorative folk art can still be found on the British waterways amongst the narrow boat community. This course covers brush skills, and paint mixing, simple traditional English folk art designs and patterns. - Each student will design and decorate their own plant pot to take home with them.

All materials will be provided. 


Poster Printing Workshop: Next Date TBC: 11pm to 4pm: £30
Mono host a Risograph workshop where participants will learn how the Risograph works, what is possible and see loads of printed examples. We will then spend time creating artwork for the Riso process which will be printed as a 10 x A3, 3-colour edition (which you keep). On the day you can bring a computer if you want to work digitally, if not the artwork making process would be analogue (mark-making / cut and paste). The workshop is set up to be creative, fun and experimental.
£30 per person to book reserve online at Eventbrite

Zine Printing Workshop: Next Date TBC : 11pm to 4pm: £80
Over two Saturday's MONO will be hosting their first Risograph Zine Printing Workshop limited to only five places. Hosted by John Powell-Jones (SAVWO) and Textbook Studio who run their own creative practices alongside the print studio MONO at the Mill, you will have a chance to experience their working practice and studio culture.
You will learn all about the Riso process, design your own sine, lay out your own design and then spend time printing at the end of the sessions you will go away with a knowledge of Riso and 10 x 12 page riso zines. For much more information see the Mono Website.
Priced at £80 per person there will be refreshments and a light lunch thrown in on both days. To book reserve online at Eventbrite