Islington Mill Studios



A crystallisation of the Manchester scene as we see it. Promoting and pushing forward the musicians and sounds we see as important to document. We will opening up an online source of information and shop to pull together the many strands of sound that pass through our labels to make them available further afield.
Currently we stock : Tesla Tapes, Tombed Visions, Sacred Tapes, Ono, Samarbeta, Little Crackd Rabbit, Zamzam, OnoTesla. We hope to expand this collection to include more strands of friends labels and as our labels grow we will develop this online resource to support this network of music we feel it is important to promote.
Reasonable postage in the UK and combining postage for many labels important to us at this moment. Up to 4 LPs £3.50 flat rate. CDs £1.50


Friday 15th May: 10pm - 4am
£8 from skiddle







Video Jam

Friday 22nd May : 7.30pm

Video Jam return to Islington Mill for a 10 act programme of short films with a variety of live musical accompaniment. After doing a lot of large scale events over the past year the team go back to basics. Expect blind collaborations, happy accidents, humour and performance in all senses of the word.

Filmmakers: Matt Mead, Soda Jerk, Alexi Dmetriev, Jean Gabriel Periot, Ramona Sonderegger, Elena Adorni and Ben McNair, Adam Scovell, Alice Dunseath, Webb-Ellis, Simon Brooks and Chris Munger

Musicians: Akranes, Adam Leavy, Alex Cottrell, Sally Mason, Championlover, Elephant Blood (in collaboration with Christian Van Fields), MOTHER, Aldoush RH and Proto Idiot.

Video Jam is an ongoing series of unique, experimental events which seek to explore and re-examine the relationship between moving image and live sound. Each of their programmes feature a wide variety of contemporary short films of all genres, with a particular emphasis on experimental and independent moving image by emerging and professional artists alike.

Image from Video Jam at Islington Mill 2013 by Wall Fly Photography

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

Golden Teacher

Wednesday 27th May: 7:30 pm

Support from SILVERCLUB + Chew Disco DJs


Golden Teacher started life as a studio collaboration between Glasgow’s noise punk trio, Ultimate Thrush and Glasgow’s all analogue house duo, Silk Cut. The results of their collaboration turned the ears of all who heard them, not least Twitch who after one listen asked if he could release the project on Optimo Music label.

Recorded live, direct to tape at Glasgow’s legendary Green Door studios with minimal overdubbing and editing, the tracks feature various associates of the band contributing vocals and additional percussion.

Tickets £8 available here


High Hoops All Day Party

Saturday 27th June: 2pm - midnight

with Marcellus Pittman & WBEEZA (LIVE)

High Hoops brings a new and exciting concept to the Manchester party scene hosting a 10 hour all day party at Islington Mill. The line-up for this special interview includes House legends Marcellus Pittman Unirhythm and Wbeeza (live) alongside some of the finest Manchester residents including Means&3rd, KERRIE, Sian Bennett, JOY SOCIAL and Jack Mckeith. 


Tickets £10, £12 , £15 from here and MOTD 

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