Islington Mill Studios


Spring Carbooty

Sunday 20th April: 1-5pm: FREE

We are hopping mad about the next Carbooty and can't wait to see you there!
You are invited to the next Carbooty on Easter Sunday, 20th April, 1-5pm.

CARBOOTY is a pop up event based in various places around Manchester and Salford. Currently residing at Islington Mill in Salford, CARBOOTY offers a platform for artists, designers, artisan makers and individuals to sell and showcase their wares whilst getting rid of their hoards. Anything and everything can be sold here at the events!

Like a good ol’ Car boot sale “Seek and yee shall find, wonderful things to open your mind”. We still have some stall spaces left so if you want to free your hoards just drop us an email at
See you there!

Carbooty Girls 

Factory Floor

Saturday May 3rd: 10pm-2am

Formed in 2005, Factory Floor have become renowned for their sound which - even after almost a decade - remains almost completely unique. Built around the cold heart of drum machines, synth and loops, the band spent much of their early years releasing a steady slew of singles, EPs and remixes that have only increased their renown. Often labelled as 'post-industrial', anyone who has ever experienced one of their staggeringly brutal live shows isn't like to forget it - and this special, late night show at Islington Mill is likely to top it all.

Reviews for their debut proved that the LP was more than worth the wait - Time Out awarded four stars, calling it "captivating from start to finish, visceral in the extreme", sentiments backed up by The 405 ("Factory Floor have created one of the best albums of the year", 9/10), Loud & Quiet ("the watchwords here are pristine cleanliness and a towering, stainless steel confidence", 8/10) and Mojo ("blurs the lines between human and machine and back again... very hard to argue with", 4/5).

Tickets available priced at £10 from Skiddle

Sounds From The Other City 10th Birthday

Sunday May 4th 2014 // 3pm-4am
Various Venues, Chapel St, Salford

Sounds From the Other City festival (SFTOC) is a celebration of new music and performance, uniting the cream of the national and international scene with some of the city’s finest independent promoters, collectives and club nights.

Happening regularly on the May Day Bank Holiday each year, SFTOC 2014 takes in a huge array of unusual places and spaces along Chapel Street, the historic centre of Salford and a stones throw from Manchester city centre. The festival has set up home in proper old pubs such as The Pint Pot, The Crescent and The New Oxford, to the beautiful St Philips and Sacred Trinity Churches, Salford Central Train Station as well as US, Islington Mill.

2014 will be the 10th anniversary of what has become one of Greater Manchester’s premier days out for lovers of new music and good times.

Once again we, at Islington Mill, play host to the central hub of SFTOC where you’ll start your day at the wristband exchange. In the main room we’ve host a fearsome triple-header of Dub Smugglers SoundSystem, Mind on Fire and El Diablo’s Social Club. That’s an all-day party from the get-go. Joining them in Gallery will be the SFTOC Social hosted by Bad Uncle and an army of friends, past and present. Joining the fun later on in the day will be Stop Making Sense and Work Them as they reprise the NYE madness in our upstairs room.

“Sounds has become one of the country’s foremost festivals showcasing new and emerging talent” Music OMH
“SFTOC itself is the truest representation of what manchester music is today’” NME

For more info justhead on over to the festival website.

Tickets are just £18 in advance and available online from Skiddle, as well as in person from Common (BF Free) & Piccadilly Records

Cowbell Radio presents Ivan Smagghe

Friday 9th May: 10-4am

After the success of our last several gig featuring the Alfos lads, Ewan Pearson and Craig Bratley, we are very proud to host Mr Smagghe. In the perfect surroundings of Islington Mill this is a hand in glove booking. As ever tickets will be limited with such a small venue.

Ivan Smagghe belongs to a top table of DJs that journalists like to lazily describe as “The DJ’s DJs”. Along with the likes of occasional partner-in-crime Andrew Weatherall, Ivan has the ability to play music like a raw conduit between his famously obscure records and the dancefloor’s strobe-soaked bodies, injecting something of himself seamlessly into the mix along the way.

His genre defying/defining production work originally in Black Strobe and now in It’s A Fine Line (who have recently finished Battant's second LP, As I Ride with No Horse) has connected him to and garnered the praise of (amongst others) James Murphy, Trevor Jackson, Ata, Optimo and the aforementioned Weatherall. All fellow crusaders in the fight to prove that electronic music can be so much more than a one dimensional soundtrack for a night on the lash.

You can catch Ivan subverting the masses on any given weekend, all around the world but catch him on May 9th in the intimate surroundings of the Mill.

Limited tickets available priced at £10 earlybird, £12 full from Skiddle

Fat Out Fest

May 23/24 & 25: Various Times see Fat Out Website for details

Fat Out Fest returns to Islington Mill this May 23rd; a three day festival over the Bank Holiday, celebrating independent creativity, blurring the boundaries between music, performance, art and film in an interactive and multi-disciplinary experience. With thanks to the Arts Council, the festival has been awarded a Grant for the Arts.

It will be the our most collaborative effort to date, with four handpicked collectives chosen to curate two further stages, making this edition the most diverse yet. Opal Tapes, Video Jam, Gizeh Record and Tombed Visions will be curating their own dedicated spaces throughout the weekender, as well as a fully interactive sound installation by Action Beat and collaboration between visual artist KHOM and local musicians.

Fat Out curate the Club Space:


Yoga Room curated by Opal Tapes on Saturday 24th May
"Stephen Bishop – aka Basic House – is the founder of Opal Tapes, a label that has been on a stratospheric rise in the collective conscious of the dancefloors wet arts in the past two years. Using the proponents of dance music as site for experimentation, each Opal Tapes release inhabits a dazzling array of austere influences and palpable textures (from dub to musique concrete), smudging these boundaries into entirely new sites of sonic art and ferric beauty that massages the head as well as the hips. Needless to say, Mr Bishop stage will surely have one of the most anticipated line-ups of the entire festival."

Fifth Floor curated by Video Jam on Saturday 25th May
"Described as “one of Manchester’s most innovative nights”, Video Jam is an ongoing series of unique experimental events that seek to explore and re-examine the relationship between moving image and sound. We collect together a programme of short, silent films of any genre, by professionals and amateurs alike and pair each with a different musician or sound artist with the intention of composing an original score. This ‘blind collaboration’ culminates in an event which screens every film with its own accompaniment performed live"

Yoga Room curated by Tombed Visions on Sunday 25th May
"Tombed Visions is a Manchester based cassette label specialising in sound art, ambient music, experimental electronics and improvisational music. For the labels stage at this year’s Fat Out Fest, founder David McLean has handpicked a vast array of likeminded musicians, both local and national, inviting them to collaborate with each other in a series of exclusive and never before seen concerts. The musicians have been specifically grouped together to create an arresting and engaging programme of musical events which will be all be recorded for release and aims to offer a living, breathing representation of the labels aspirations. From mind bending improv to calculated, electro-acoustic experiments, Tombed Visions’ stage aims to showcase the fringes of contemporary independent music."

Fifth Floor curated by Gizeh Records on Sunday 25th May : The Eternal Return Arkestra of Gizeh
"A four hour continual improvised performance featuring up to 20 musicians at one time in the haunting and desolate loft space at Islington Mill. Each hour will be lead by a different group or artist, varying the theme from where the journey begins. The performers will gather to form a circle in which the audience is invited to come inside and experience the individual elements of sound that will make the whole."

Weekend Tickets available from Skiddle priced at £30. individual day tickets also available

Hookworms: The Lost Weekend

Friday 30th & Saturday 31st May: Times TBC

Wot God Forgot & Grey Lantern bring you a very special show.

On Friday 30 and Saturday 31 May they present: Hookworms - THE LOST WEEKEND! The best UK band of the last 10 years will be curating a special 2 night show at Islington Mill.

Hookworms will be playing both nights, as well as 'curating' the rest of the lineup, so expect loads of great bands that will be getting announced in the next week or two. These will be the bands first shows in about 5 months, so expect a bit of a party.

FRIDAY Tickets priced at £8.50 and available from See Tickets // SATURDAY Tickets priced at £9.50 and available from See Tickets
Limited Weekend tickets available for £15 and available from either link above.

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: March 8th, March 29th, (no workshop in April), May 10th, 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.

22nd March: 1-4pm
26th April: 1-4pm
31st May: 1-4pm
28th June: 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: Saturday 15 March: 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: Saturday 29 March & 5 April : 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