Islington Mill Studios


Gallery Show: MURNAU B

With support from Horrid + Ten Mouth Electron
Thursday 5th February: 19.00-23.00

Islington Mill gallery shows are all about supporting the DIY scene and giving emerging artists a decent and hospitable show to play as part of their tour.

Bringing Murnau B to Islington Mill is continuing an ongoing relationship with La Escocesa, where many Mill based artists have gone to Barcelona on residency and vice versa. Drummer Kike Bela is the director at La Escocesa and we are incredibly excited to welcome him and his band to play a show in Salford.

Murnau B. was born in 2005 as the personal project of Luis Rueda (The Little Cal Eril), a solo adventure continued until 2012. He was then joined by Càndid Coll (The Little Cal Eril , Zeidun) on bass and keyboard and Kike Bela (Le Fou) on drums.

The divers and different musical influences of the three musicians is united with a strong principles surrounding the ethics of the band;

Freedom; music as a virgin land, free of rules, where everything goes and everything is possible, even less restrictions.

Movement; Inspired Fluxus art, on the basis that nothing is static, everything is moving, and humans and their creations are not an exception. To move forward, for better or for worse, we need action. honesty ; no pose, nothing is studied, and everything is the result of a natural process.

These ethics really compliment the Mill ethos and completely embodies what these gallery shows are all about. This will be a great DIY show.

Tickets will be £3 OTD

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 Foam 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.

Yuri Landman Live Show and Lecture

Sunday 8th February: 19.30-23.00

Yuri Landman is a Dutch experimental musician and instrument builder who has made several experimental electric string instruments for a list of artists including Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Liars, Jad Fair of Half Japanese, Liam Finn and Laura-Mary Carter.

Yuri is coming to Islington Mill on the 6th February for three days to teach a series of workshops on how to build a variety of handmade instruments. Everyone who is taking part in these workshops will be performing live as part of the Orchestra concert.

Lecture 20.00-20.30
Solo concert 21.00-21.30
Orchestra concert with the participants 22.00-22.30

Tickets will be £5 OTD

Trailer Trash - 12th Birthday

Saturday 14th February: 22:00-06:00am

The renowned party celebrate thier 12th year and this line up rivals all others.

Performing on the evening are:



More details and ticket info to follow real soon.

Dope Body

A Fat Witch Presentation
Sunday 15th February: 17.00-22.00
With Lakes of Snakes, Super Luxury + Weirds

Fat Witch (Fat Out + Beauty witch) are very excited to bring Baltimore's fine export DOPE BODY to Islington Mill for the first time. If you were lucky enough to catch them at the Bay Horse last time, you'll be wetting yourself with anticipation to get your tickets for this one.

In support we have THE BOYS aka Lakes of Snakes - doom jazz groves including members of Naked (On Drugs), Our Man In The Bronze Age and Skulldozer

Also supporting are high energy neo psych 4 piece, Weirds. And there ain't no Sunday party without some Super Luxury


Tickets are £7 in advance and available from Fat Out Ticket Shop

Mugstar & Hey Colossus

with Support from Drunk In Hell & Ten Mouth Electron
Friday 6th March

FAT OUT TIL YOU PASS OUT and HELLO BASTARDS proudly present this fine evening of entertainment.

More Details to come, but you recognise these band names. Gonna be noisy, dirty, noisy and lovely.

Hey Colossus
Drunk in Hell

TICKETS are £8 and available from the Fat Out Ticket Shop

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

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.

14 March : 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

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).
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