Wednesday 9th April 2014


It’s party central this Easter with the first of our 10th birthday celebrations, our Record Store Day collaboration with Piccadilly Records, plus Eighty Six are taking their tunes to the terrace over at The Beagle where you can sample their tasty new menu.

We’ve also got an IMBC ticket and food announcement as well as spreading the love with Tusk Journal and Manchester Print Fair.

See you through the window!

Mr W.Badger

Caroline Dowsett & Alex T Frazer
Sailing Through The Trees

Thanks to everyone that came to the launch of Caroline Dowsett and Alex T Frazer’s exhibition ‘Sailing through the Trees‘ on Thursday. The work has now been revealed to the public and prints are flying out pretty quickly. It’s one of our most mixed media exhibitions yet with risographs, lino-cuts, gold leaf paintings, original ink drawings, woodwork and a screen print with one off’s and limited edition runs.

Pop into the bar to have a look and we’ll be publishing some wonderful photographs of the exhibition soon.

Record Store Day
Saturday 19th April

Common have teamed up once again to host Piccadilly Records‘ official Record Store Day live event in our very comfortable surroundings.

Presenting to you a whole musical feast of live bands, disc jockeys, music lovers, great beers, super vibes and tasty food all in the honour of great music and the adoration of one the best record shops in the North West!

Specially hand picked bands will play live before your very eyes and record label peoples will be spinning large bits of plastic into the early hours to celebrate the event they call Record Store Day, come join us.

+++ LIVE

2pm – 6pm
Songs For Walter, Withered Hand, Nev Cottee, Dinner Party and special guests Holy Mountain

+++ DJs

In between and before the bands
Jason Boardman (Aficionado) and Duncan Sime (Red Deer Club)

6pm – 9pm
KBeard (Box Bedroom Rebels)

9pm – 2am
Piccadilly Records Staff

10th Birthday
Sunday 20th April

Our 10th birthday celebrations kick-off by taking us back, way back, to Haxan’s beginnings, bringing Sean Canty from Demdike Stare to where it all began. We will also be looking to the future with current Haxan-ite Michael Holland inviting Yong-Yong from Lisbon, Portugal via Glasgow to rework your idea of a Sunday evening.

Yong Yong have been classed as the new sound of the future in 2014, drawing comparisons to both Hype Williams and SALEM. With records on Michael Kasparis super cool and forward thinking Nightschool Records, Yong Yong will most likely be playing party selections from their Portuguese homeland.

Sean Canty was one of the original instigators of Haxan back in the day when he started it with Miles Whittaker, the pre-Demdike Stare days of playing records for the joy of it. Sean and Miles picked out everything from Andy Stott, MF Doom to Beyonce for The Guardian’s Harangue the DJ a few weeks ago and Sean will surely have test pressings and unreleased stuff along side worldwide crate finds from his overseas travels.

Indy Man Beer Con
Tickets on sale now

Tickets for IMBC went on sale on the 1st April had have been selling like hot cross buns on an Easter weekend. Saturday night’s session SOLD OUT last weekend and the others are not far behind. Over the weekend IMBC also announced a Beer Matched 4 Course Meal with Jackie Kearney aka Hungry Gecko limited to 30 places per sitting.

Jackie Kearney was a top 4 finalist in BBC One’s MasterChef 2011. She has been developing her experience and reputation through pop-up dining events, a vegetarian fine dining club and pursing her Asian street food venture in her iconic trailer, Barbarella. Her food passion lies with Asian street food and vegetarian dining, inspired by her extensive travels across Asia with her husband and twin children. Jackie’s ambition is to raise the bar in vegetarian and street food dining. She aims to create food that is exciting, delicious and thought provoking

More info and tickets for the meal can be found HERE:

Eighty Six
At The Beagle

The Beagle throw their first ‘party’ of 2014 and who better to host it than our best bros Eighty Six. Jeff O’Toole, Jif, TC and Rob Bright will be gracing us with a stupendous Easter Sunday shindiggery.

Not content with going it alone they have invited some friends along from over the Pennines, Joe & Craig from ‘Outlaws Yacht Club‘ to join them. As well as running one of the finest bars in Leeds, they’re also great DJs too

Joe and Craig were last in Manchester following Justin Robertson at The Electrik’s End of Year Riot where they played an absolute blinder. They don’t just play records either, they also make their own in their Joe’s Bakery Band. You’re in for a right treat.

Sunday 20th April / 4pm until midnight – FREE

Manchester Print Fair
& Tusk Kickstarter

Happening across the road at MADLAB this Saturday is Manchester Print Fair, a free independent art & design event that celebrates all manner of printed design, from artist’s books and zines to posters and postcards and t-shirts and tea towels.

Hosted over 2 floors Manchester Print Fair includes some of our absolute faves: Catherine Chialton / Caroline Dowsett / Aliyah Hussain / Laurie Maun / NOUS Magazine / SAVWO / Textbook Studio as well as launching The Print Room; a new printing workshop from artist Sarah Hardacre who will offer free screen printing on the day of the fair.

Another member of our extended family, Tusk Journal, are looking for your help to assist them in releasing the new volume of the magazine by asking you to donate to their Kickstarter project. Rewards include handwritten letters, tote bags and limited edition signed prints. Go on, help a brother out.


Thursday 10th // Stop Making Sense
9pm until 2am – free

Friday 11th // Pumping Iron
9pm until 2am – free before 10pm / £2 after

Saturday 12th // Friends In Common with White Pepper
9pm until 2am – free before 10pm / £2 after


Wednesday 16th // Common Knowledge
7:30pm until 10:30pm – free

Thursday 17th // Stop Making Sense
9pm until 2am – free

Friday 18th // Well Future with John Powell Jones
9pm until 2am – free before 10pm / £2 after

Saturday 19th // Record Store Day
9pm until 2am – free before 10pm / £2 after

Sunday 20th // Common 10th Birthday special
4pm – 1am – free

REMEMBER to use your ‘shiny orange members card’ to get 10% off selected drinks all day every day (t&c apply) – lost your card? drop us an email with your name and address – thanks.

Elsewhere In Manchester

Thursday 10th // The Takeaway an exhibition by Stanley Chow at CFCCA – 6pm

Saturday 12th // Delia Derbyshire Day at International Anthony Burgess Foundation – 7:30pm

Thursday 17th // Records an exhibition by Video Jam at Soup Kitchen – 6pm

Friday 18th // BUOYS, Groves and Tribal Fighters at Kraak – 7pm