Islington Mill Studios


Tim Shaw & Sébastien Piquemal: FIELDS

Wednesday 22nd April: 7pm
With Support from Kelly Jayne Jones & H.U.M

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).

H.U.M residency with Sam Weaver

Performance on Wednesday 22 April supporting FIELDS

We've got the pleasure of having H.U.M of ZamZam Rexords spending a few days here as part of a music residency with Sam Weaver, Monday 20th - Friday 24th April.

ZamZam Rec are a label based in Bristol, via France, Switzerland and Italy, created by Héloïse (H) and Olmo Uiutna and promoting their mystic exploretory music and sounds on cassettes and online.

"H.U.M occurred the first time, one earthly rotation ago on Virgina Woolf's estate… Wiltshire, UK… A festival… a Hermetic installation, a synergetic triangle formed and DEPARTED… The Sound of the Spheres… In successive breaths they re-formed and played gigs and sessions in London and Bristol tuning in to each other's sounds and harmonizing to each other’s vibrations. They dreamt up a series of tours and adventures and went to Switzerland for an Equinox ritual then > France and > back to the > UK and then on to Europe >>> Initiations, rites and magical conjurations were performed. They spontaneously develop telepathic sensing and heightened perceptions."


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 

Community Social // Quiz + Karaoke

Friday 24th April: 6-11pm

Islington Mill is going to be opening its doors the Friday night and in we have a classic 'night in the pub' planned for you. This is a FREE event where we want our neighbours and extended Mill family to join us for an evening of fun in our event space.

TASTY GRUB by Mother May





Saturday 25th April: 2pm - midnight

All day bass extravaganza bringing the best and loudest bass music to Manchester with a great line-up of local established DJs passionate about their bass, along with vegan food provided by the spectacular Teatime Collective.

local djs - vegan food - a small alternative market of stalls

Tickets £5 available from here 



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

Gum Takes Tooth + Guests

Friday 1st May / Gallery show

Might be a shorts and socks affair this one folks.....

The Lynch and The Bastard are combining their forces to bring you GUM TAKES TOOTH to The Gallery at Islington Mill. It's gonna be hella loud, hella sweaty and hella hella.

First support will be from CARRIERS.

"One man. One modular synth. Noise. Drone. Techno. Other."

lots of love,



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







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

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