Islington Mill Studios


Kevin Drumm

Thursday 24th July: 7pm

Annex Agency, Faktion & Gesamtkunstwerk present

This is Experimental instrumentalist, Kevin Drumm's DEBUT Manchester Performance. Drumm, the Sonic alchemist & Fearsome improvisor has emerged from Chicagos improvised music scene, in the 1990s he became one of the world's pre-eminent prepared guitar players. Since then his work has expanded to include electroacoustic compositions and live electronic music made with laptop computers and analog modular synthesizers.

Support comes from analog modular improv duo, Sam Weaver & Danny Saul, expect bountiful Computer-based digital processing And also support from Mill favourite Yes Blythe who will be presenting Sonic Transmissions. Using FM radio, tapes, EFX and a Multi-channel concrete speaker array. This will be the projects DEBUT Live performance

Tickets are £10 through paypal -
There is a very limited capacity for this rather special show.

Eccentronic Research Council ft Maxine Peake

SATURDAY 26TH JULY 2014: 7.30pm

The Eccentronic Revue show...
An Evening of Words & Pre-Digital Sonics with the 'ECCENTRONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL ft MAXINE PEAKE'
plus guests & DJs

The Eccentronic Research Council featuring Maxine Peake(Silk,Shameless etc) play a uber rare live show, performing select tracks from their first two concept albums '1612 Underture' & 'Magpie Billy & The Egg that Yolked’ with live guests & DJs.

£12 ADV + BOOKING FEE available from TICKETLINE & SEE TICKETS  and in person from Piccadilly Records


Friday 8th August: 10pm
plus Rick Nicholls // Johnny Abstract // Leon Mitternacht

A Brain Machine Radio presentation....

For the first outing of 2014 Brain Machine Radio will be playing host to the mighty Dopplereffekt. The mysterious duo will perform an intimate live show backed up by visual performance in the perfectly suited industrial setting of Salford's Islington Mill.

Tickets are priced at £10 / £12 / £15 and available from Resident Advisor

Cowbell Radio presents Daniel Avery, Craig Bratley & ALFOS

Saturday 9 August: 5pm-5am

What Cowbell say:
"Our Alfos nights have become the stuff of legend now, and not just from Manchester folk either.

Well we had a window of opportunity to book Daniel Avery but it fell at the same time as our next ALFOS was booked in. So instead of giving you a just one we are gonna have a twelve hour marathon starting from 5pm with the wonderful Craig Bratley thrown in for good measure.

We are not gonna tell you what all these guys have done as you already know, what we will say is tickets will be limited and this WILL sell out quickly. The courtyard will be open for several hours of sunshine before the night falls, although we have said this is a 5am finish we'll just carry on until we think it's time to stop.

This will be the talked about event of the summer in Manchester so don't miss out x"

What we say:
You better believe it, these guys know their shi* and this is going to be a belter

Tickets are £22 in advance and available from Skiddle

Afrocuban Percussion Workshops

Afrocuban percussion workshops and classes with Christian Weaver and La Timbala

Afrocuban Music Workshops - every three weeks on a Saturday, 10am-5pm
This new workshop series from La Timbala offers beginners and intermediate players an introduction to the instruments, rhythms and songs of the world of Afrocuban music. The workshops are ideal for players who would like to develop their technique and build abilities on a range of percussion instruments; congas, clave, cata, campana and shekere. The sessions take place every three weeks (Saturdays), from 10am till 5pm. They are open to anyone to attend without the need to book in advance. Sessions run every three weeks on a Saturday: (no workshop in April), May 31st. June 21st etc.
Cost £28 (full-time musicians and students £23).

Manchester Bata Group
Thursdays: 7.30-9.30: £8
This is a new, open-access group, organized by La Timbala Music and Dance, for the study of Bata music in the Cuban traditions of Matanzas and Havana. Classes are held every week on a Thursday evening 7.30 to 9.30 at Islington Mill (£8). The classes are open to anyone with an interest in learning the techniques and rhythms of this complex and sophisticated musical tradition. There is no need to book these classes. Find us on Facebook

La Timbala’s Rumba Study Group - every three weeks on a Saturday
This is a dedicated study group for intermediate and advanced players who would like to develop their skills and knowledge of Cuban rumba. The group is now in its fifth year. Workshops focus tightly on all aspects of playing and performing rumba; percussion, song and working with dancers. Students in this group also perform from time to time as Timberos de la Timbala.
This is a closed group for members only. Please make a direct enquiry (email: ) for more information about membership of this group. Find us on Facebook

For more information about any of the workshops and classes, or to register your interest, and for the requirements for membership of the rumba study group, please email

Regular classes at the Mill

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

Life drawing+ is a bit more than just life drawing. These sessions can be formal, so we have a life model posing in different length of time for us to draw, paint or respond BUT now and again we link with the art programme of Islington Mill or other themes in Salford and M’chester art and cultural scene, so we've got bizarre dada sessions, times where our models come to pose with their bikes, or we draw music. We also run master classes now and again run by professional artists. Expect the unexpected! To keep up to date with the goings on follow the life drawing+ blog


SCREENPRINTING: Join One69a for an afternoon and learn how to screen print your very own tshirt.

20th September, 8th November & 6th December: 1-4pm

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!


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