The Northern Quarter Takeover is cosmopolitan festival style, multi-venue event where Scruff of the Neck and friends showcase brand new artists one night in the city’s cultural hub, the Northern Quarter. Although all shows can standalone and act independent of one another (with their own headliners, support artists and individual tickets), the yearly event is planned to logistically allow a ‘gig-hopping’ approach whereby it is possible to watch part of all performances!

The mission and ethos of Scruff of the Neck is all about ‘finding the best bands first’, but sometimes it can be a challenge for all the Manchester team to see all artists live as there are only so many days in a year! The vision for the event is to make it physically possible for one person to watch multiple artists in one night.

Future events will have a collaborative approach with other industry, with individual venue takeovers by other music companies with a unified approach to curation of each show under the umbrella and ethos of the whole event.

Fan access can be gained to each event individually at just £10 for a ticket however there are a small number of ‘Access All Shows’ tickets available for £20 for those ready to get their steps in.

Last year, the Northern Quarter Takeover was a huge success with 700 tickets sold out across all 6 venues right in the heart of Manchester's cultural hub.

Not only did Scruff of the Neck put on 6 shows in one night, we invited our artist community to our office for an afterparty late into the early hours...

Location and Venues

  • The Peer Hat
  • Aatma
  • The Castle
  • Lost Cat
  • Band on the Wall
  • Gullivers
  • 33 Oldham Street
  • Off the Square