Islington Mill Studios


Freedom from Torture All Dayer

Sunday October 19th, 3pm

Join Freedom from Torture for a day of live music

An impressive line-up of bands will be joined by performers, poets, face-painters, and much more entertainment for our day-festival this October.

Last year we held a similar doo at Antwerp Mansion and raised an impressive £700 for the charity thanks to the amazing bands that played for us. Last year it was a zombie theme . This year we are going for "Sunday Best" so think twiddly moustache's, tweed, flowered dresses and the like. Prize for best dressed!

This year we have food, raffle, craft stalls, face painting.....and...

MATT PANESH, back from Edinburgh Fringe and touring Russia the Monkey Poet blasting out his stuff between sets

THE THINGS, if you dont already know- a band who supported Buzzcocks, shared a drummer with them, and have just reformed. A phenomenal live act!

JOHN PAUL MORAN from Rapid Pig, doing a live impromptu set with the chronically smart DENIS JONES
HUGO KENSDALE and his lovely band
the ever amazing and legendary PADDY STEER 
FELIX from Felix Hagan and the family is doing a dashing solo set
the creative and mind blowing 2 KOI KARP
the magical BINGO HARRY
The RHYTHM METHOD's unique blend of rock, blues, funk and folk
the beautiful, ethereal and talented MARC CONSTANTINE
and lastly the Fantastic singer songwriter BECCA WILLIAMS, who writes a crazy good song about Manchester, called Devil on my Shoulder .

Come on down, get yourself some good scran and beer, whilst listening to the fantastic sounds of Manchester!

Tickets are £5 in advance and available from the Freedom from Torture Website

All proceeds will go towards Freedom from Torture's work with survivors of torture.

Sines & Squares

Friday 24th October, 8.30pm - midnight
Part of Mantis Festival
John Chandler // Lu Katavist // Richard Scott

For the opening night of Sines & Squares… Open-Circuit & Novars Research Centre present an evening of live electronic music from three diverse artists currently exploring the modular synthesiser as there main performance tool…

John Chantler (ROOM40) Works primarily with modular synthesizer systems. His own take on generative minimalism and surface stasis can be heard on his 'Automatic Music' series as well as his latest release 'Even Clean Hands Damage The Work'

“A highly synthetic, highly textural, yet deeply melodic work of experimental electronics that seemingly crosses the divide between nature and electricity.”

John is also producer at London’s Cafe OTO and is responsible for programming the venue’s internationally renowned concerts.

Cologne based Lu Katavist (Smalldeath) focuses on improvised live-electronics, controlling a modular system with the Haken Continuum Fingerboard.

Richard Scott (Ini.itu.) is a composer and free improvising musician working with analogue modular synthesizers and alternative controllers such as his own self-designed WiGi infra red controller developed at STEIM, the Buchla Thunder and Buchla Lightning.

Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 OTD for more info and ticket links head to the facebook event

Build Your Own Workshop Crusher with Tom Bugs

Sunday 26th October, 1pm-5pm
Part of Mantis Festival

Tom has taken his iconic BugCrusher effect and produced a brand new design that can easily be built by beginners and teaches a lot along the way. Not only will you come away with your own self-contained Analogue Sample-Rate Reducer (with 9V power and 1/4” jack sockets to process your guitar, synths, etc.) but also you’ll be introduced to electronic components, soldering techniques and the building-block approaches which feature so heavily in Tom’s devices.

The workshop will be followed by an evening concert of modular synthesis and is suitable for any level of experience from beginners onwards, and any age from 14 (younger if accompanied).

Spaces are limited and the ticket price is just £55 including entry to the evening’s program. All components and tools are provided. For more information and to book tickets check the website

The 2 Bears

Wednesday 29th October, 7.30pm

The 2 Bears set out on tour in support of their second studio album 'The Night is Young' due for release on the 13th October.

The 2 Bears are Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Raf Daddy, formed in 2009 they produce original material amalgamating various styles including 2-step, house, hip-hop and soul and has been described as 'pop-hip-house' (Resident Advisor) and 'liquid-bmore-house-step" (Mixmag)

Tickets are £12.50 in advance


Friday 31st October 2014: 7.30pm - LAST ENTRY 23.30


We are opening up the whole Victorian building and with so much history your bound to meet a few heads from the beyond!


Playing Live spook riddled sets in the club space will be Locean, Mistoa Poltsa, Trianglecuts, Machine Woman and The Death of her Money with DJ Nick Farrimond spinning a selection of horror film soundtracks before and between acts.

The Gallery space will see an interactive installation by Trianglecuts & Mill artist Rachel Goodyear

Up on the Fifth Floor there will be ghost tours round our haunted Victorian Mill as well as a final chance to see the ARC installation.
Then lastly, between midnight and 6am we will be screening a series of films picked by Jamie Robinson to make you quiver under your duvet including:

PLUS Live film scores from Yes Blythe and Sam Weaver

And of course dressing up is encouraged if not VITAL!

Tickets are £3 ADV from Skiddle

Zombie Pride

Saturday 1st November: 10pm - 4am *LAST ENTRY 23.30*

Manchester's fiercest Halloween party returns to Islington Mill!

Get drenched in blood and dance till yr dead, fierce ghouls and party monsters!

Zombie Pride is hosted by Tranarchy and this year they are very excited to announce very special guests and our ghoul friends from Liverpool ZOMBINA AND THE SKELETONES! They'll be coming straight outta the crypt and into yr heart mixing garage punk, 60's girl groups and surfabilly. Don't miss this creepshow!!

PLUS Live performances throughout the night from the Tranarchy party squad!

Sing your heart out with Guts For Garters Zombieoke 10-12!

Rave from beyond the grave with Tranarchy residents, plus special guests to be announced! Check out this mix to get you in the mood.

Tickets £5 adv available from WeGotTickets and will be £6 OTD

Spooky Carbooty

Sunday 2nd November, 1-5pm

Carbooty (Northern Art Carbooty's little sis) will be making its final appearance for the year here at its home, Islington Mill, on Sunday 2nd November, 1-5pm, 2014.

For Halloween weekend 'Spooky Carbooty' will be offering up a range of original art and craft but also bringing back the vintage and pre-loved goods. Everything must go! As always there will be cracking food and drink on offer and without a doubt the Wewiora Project sisters will be roping in the family to come up with a bit of halloween themed fun to throw into the mix.

The last Carbooty of 2014.... Seek and Yee Shall Find Wonderful Things to Open Your Mind

For more info check out or contact
Twitter: @carbootymcr

Necro Deathmort

Saturday 8th November: 7.30pm - midnight
with support from Ghold // Skulldoser

The first of a FAT WITCH presentation: Dwelling within the fittingly polluted surroundings of London's eternally grey haze, AJ Cookson and Matthew Rozeik (aka Necro Deathmort) have only been conjuring up their funereal amalgamation of abrasive industrial beats and lurching drone for a mere five years now, yet over the course of three records, their music has endured more warped mutation than many bands could muster in an entire decade. With the ability to veer seamlessly between dub-infused electronica, pounding sludge and experimental noise - often within the space of just one song - their music is as intriguingly fresh as it is furiously grim.

A bit like walking through an unlit labyrinth with no actual exit: claustrophobically hellish, yet you're constantly on edge to see where the next turn will take you.

Check out their new EP here

Support comes in the trusty form of Ghold and Skulldozer

Tickets are £5 adv from Fat Out and more on door

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

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

Other Events coming soon...

Pot Luck Film Night - Thursday 16th October, 6pm

Xmas at the Mill - Thursday 27th November

Ordre Etern: Gallery Show - Monday 1st December

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

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