Islington Mill Studios


GB (Gifted & Blessed)

Saturday 22nd November: 10pm - 7am *LAST ENTRY 23.30*
Support from Johnny Abstract b2b Rick Nicholls // Leon Mitternacht // Leon Paddock // Luna

G. Reyes-Whittaker aka GB, The Abstract Eye, The Reflektor, Julian Abelar and Frankie Reyes has been producing music for well over a decade, with a tendency to use pre 84' hardware and an emphasis on Analogue Synthesis, GB as he's well known has created his own distinctive sound in the world of underground electronic music.

There are a limited amount of £8 tickets available from Resident Advisor and tickets will be £12 OTD

Christmas at the Mill

Thursday 27th November: 5-9pm

Christmas at the Mill returns this November 27th offering a unique selection of handmade gift ideas for those in search of something a little more original this year. Now in our seventh year, as always Christmas at the Mill is filled with one off special gift ideas made by an array of artists all based here at Islington Mill.

As always the BBC Philharmonic will join us setting a wonderful ambience as you browse the stalls, tucking into festive treats homemade by Food by Kim, whilst glugging down one too many glasses of delicious mulled wine. This year we also have a special performance from the Northern Quarter Boys Choir.

When the hectic bustle of the Christmas Market gets too much, come along to Christmas at the Mill, warm up and you will definitely leave having ticked some names of your Christmas shopping list. With an array of stalls spanning from ceramics, screen prints, fashion, records and more you are assured to find that perfect gift.

This year there will be stalls from:

Christopher Bethell
One 69a
Sally Gilford
Moderate Twat Kissa
Andrew Brooks
Kate Dunstone
Lisa Lorenz
Don’t Bitch Stitch
Callum Higgins
Jen Wu
Crack Pot
Mariel Osborn
Cannon Hussey Residents
Food By Kim
And more TBC

This event is completely FREE

Broken Grey Wires presents LIVE WIRES

Friday 28th November: 17.00-02.00

Broken Grey Wires is an ongoing investigation into art and mental health by developing a dialogue with other leading contemporary artists.

Part 1 will bring together all the research material and findings through a website platform. It will be a place of resource, and eventually an evolving reflective catalogue around the outputs (physical shows/workshops) that will also serve as an archive and promotional device for the overall project. As it precedes the second phase (physical exhibitions) it will allow us to anchor the overall project both nationally and internationally.

Part 2 and 3 will be two exhibitions in leading institutes. Along with the artists involved I envisage that the exhibitions will enhance our experience and knowledge of mental health. All artists involved will share their experiences, whether it is of their own mental health issues, or from their understanding gained during study or knowing friends/family with mental illness. The key aim will be to make mental health situations such as my own and others more tangible to people in similar positions, albeit from a research led contemporary art perspective.

The launch of the website, part 1 of the Broken Grey Wires project, will take place at Islington Mill on Friday 28th November.

Live performances from SILVERCLUB and Ed Barton and the Baby Men.
PLUS the first 'Broken Grey Wires introducing...' exhibition featuring the works of Lizz Brady, Mike Chavez-Dawson and David Shrigley.

Shield Patterns

Saturday 29th November, 8pm

Shield Patterns, the Manchester-based duo of Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox, create intense, infectious and incredibly detailed dark-pop music. Debut album ‘Contour Lines’ was released in June via Gizeh Records and has gathered heavy praise from the press including a five star review from The Skinny magazine.

There is a resolutely unique sound to the music Shield Patterns make. A lush, fragile and rich soundworld… like falling - slowly, gracefully, and not without hope, but still falling; a white shape in the darkness tumbling downwards.

Tickets are £3 early bird // £5 ADV and available from See Tickets


Monday 1 December: 8pm
Support from Coàgul & Druss (DJ)

Ordre Etern is formed by the members of ex psychedelic noise band Qa'a, Víctor Hurtado and Yarei Molina, and Gnod members Chris Haslam and Paddy Shine. Hurtado also has projects and has collaborated with artists such as Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten) and Nurse With Wound under his solo moniker Huan.

In this project they modify drums and guitar to ressemble metallic percussions and debris and together with timpani and soviet synthesisers create a desolate mechanical nightmare. The music is guided by visceral vocals sung in Catalan and Spanish that portray dystopian themes and reflect on the duality of human nature. The band are presenting their first album which premiered at Sónar festival in Barcelona last June.

Coàgul is the musical moniker of visual artist Marc O'Callaghan. With synth, vocals and bells he creates minimalist industrial music which at the same time seems medieval, almost rural, with chants and proclamations of lyrics from dark esoteric poems in Catalan

For more information see the Event Page
Tickets are £4 on the door - arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Soft Machines

Saturday 6 December: 22.00-05.00
Live Event Inspired by William S Burroughs

The event marks the start of celebrations in the Greater Manchester surrounding the William S Burroughs Centenary. This event brings together some of the most exciting artists and musicians in the region to work together to tread previously unexplored territories inspired by the ethos, work and vision of Burroughs. This event will be an initiation into an ongoing project which will culminate in a series of events over the next six months to year, and possibly beyond.

Expect live visual and sonic cut-ups between dance, DJ's, music & sound with Dream Machines, film and live experiments in a ritualistic orgy of the senses.

The core of Burroughs insight we see to be sexuality, hedonism, ritualism and the esoteric; these will all be explored. His work seems so poignant in this time when our institutions and governments are being called into question and what that means for us.

There will be a range of DJ's from Guts for Garters mix of disco, ragga, metal and funk; Paradox's Lauren Bolger spinnin' hip-hop and rave; to Gesamtkunstwerk's psychedelic nasty but nice techno for just deserts. A mash-up of sonic and visual delights all round.

The list of artists performing on the night include:
Sam Weaver (Gnod), Lauren Bolger (Locean, Paradox), Wally Van Middendorp (Minny Pops, Factory Benelux), Rachel Goodyear, Helen Shanahan (ILL), KHOM, Gwen Osmond (Trianglecuts), TheNiallistLouise Woodcock (2 KOI KARP), Matt Dalby, Neil Von Francis (2 KOI KARP, Terminal Cheesecake), Gordon Watson (Terminal Cheesecake), More TBC.

There will be a pot luck dinner for those who want to hear more about the project at the Regents Trading Estate at 7.30pm. The main event will take place at Islington Mill from 10pm.

Project and event initiated by Louise Woodcock.
Tickets are £4 on the door.

Charles Hayward presents Anonymous Bash

Friday 12 December: 7.30pm

Samarbeta are incredibly proud and excited to announce the first release on our label, which is a result of our first residency that took place in May 2014 at Islington Mill with Charles Hayward, This Heat, Monkey Puzzle Trio.

This event will be the official launch party of Anonymous Bash where the record will be performed LIVE in its entirety.

The musicians who are performing Anonymous bash live are Charles Hayward, Paddy Shine (Gnod), Chris Haslam (Gnod), David Mclean (Tombed Visions, Naked on Drugs), Jefferson Temple (Locean), Marlene Ribeiro (Negra Branca, Gnod) Louise Woodcock (2 Koi Karp, Womb) and pulling it all together at the helm is Sam Weaver (Open Circuit).

As well as Anonymous Bash LIVE, there will be also be one off performances from the other musicians who appeared and collaborated with Hayward on the record. The musicians return to Islington MIll for a 3 day residency leading up to the launch where they will develop some new works with one another which they will perform live on the night.

Anonymous Bash will be released on December 8th on 180g 12” LP in 2 Editions:
150 limited edition includes a DVD, risograph booklet and download code.
350 standard edition both includes a DVD & Download Code
Both versions are available for Pre-Order now and will also be available at the launch.



New Years Eve: Wednesday 31 December: 22.00-08.00
Islington MIll & Fat Ron's Twat on Fire presents ...

Islington MIll, Fat Out Til You Pass Out, Neuron Pro Audio, Moderate Twat Kissa and Mind on Fire proudly bring you THE BUG ft Flowdan, the main mutation of producer Kevin Martin (King Midas Sound).

Tickets are available from Fat Out & Skiddle:
Super Fan - £15 - SOLD OUT
Dead Keen- £20
On it - £25

Support acts and more details to be confirmed shortly.

Other Events coming soon...

Horrid Record Launch: Gallery Show - Sunday 30th November

Dub Smugglers Christmas Party - Friday 19th December

More information on all of the above events is coming soon....

Yuri Landman DIY Instrument Building Workshops

6th-8th February 2015

A new 2 day series of instrument building workshops with a performance at the end.

Fri Feb 6th - 19.00-23.00 - Electric Kalimba workshop, £75.
Sat Feb 7th - 12.00-16.00 - Home Swinger & Triochord workshop. HS costs £110, Trio £45
Sat Feb 7th - 19.00-23.00 - Wood on Faom workshop, £35
Sun Feb 8th - Lecture, Solo performance, and Orchestra performance with the participants of the workshops.

People can register and get more information by mailing
50% of the fee must be paid in advance to get a confirmation for participation.

The Quickstep Kalimba Workshop features an electric version of an African instrument called Kalimba. This electric variant is handy to plug in any amp and to use at live performances. The tuning is adapted to the 12 tone common in Western music, but can be adapted to the traditional tunings as well if desired. Watch this video for more information.

The Home Swinger is a simplified version of the Moodswinger designed to be easy to assemble and play. It does not feature the slick finished design of the Moodswinger, but is exactly the same sounding instrument. Yuri Landman presents a 4 hour long Do-It-Yourself workshop whereby participants will leave with a finished Home Swinger instrument as well as a strong understanding of its structure and workings. The difficult soldering part will be taken care of by Yuri. Participants require no special skills and the difficulty of the process has been compared to building a piece of IKEA furniture! Watch this video for more information.

The Triochord is an enhanced version of the monochord/Didley Bow. All strings are tuned in unisono giving an excellent natural chorus effect. This instrument workshop is very cheap compared to the other workshops and therefore highly suitable to organise at music education centres and conservatories. The instrument features a common Western logarithmic scale as well as a scale of harmonics. Watch this video for more information.

Six wooden bars glued on foam that go to one mono output, but also to six separate outputs individually. The benefit of these multiple outputs is that you can add all kinds of individual flavors to each bar. For instance on bar one a reverb, on bar two a delay, on bar three a ring modulator, on bar four a flanger, etc. Watch this video for more information.

The day after the workshops Yuri Landman will play his musical compositions with the group of builders and create an ensemble performance. The participants play two musical compositions, starting in a minimal structure one by one, with each introduction creating more sonic complexity and volume, resulting in a “wall of sound” crescendo comparable with the drone works of Sonic Youth or the symphonic guitar compositions of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca.

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.

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