Funkademia New Year’s Eve 2016>2017
Funkademia New Year’s Eve 2016>2017

Well what a year 2016 has been at Mint Lounge. Not only are we Manchester’s longest running weekly club night, 21 years this year, but we’ve also welcomed two new resident DJs, Adam Unsworth (Audiowhores) and Peter Jay (Friends & Family) plus we’ve had record numbers through the Mint Lounge doors every Saturday night! Time […]

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Funkademia De la Sol
Funkademia De la Sol

So it’s our 21st birthday this year and we thought we’d do something a bit special to celebrate being Manchester’s longest running clubnight. In fact it’s probably the most exciting thing we’ve done since we kicked off 21 years ago in the old Boardwalk. We’re going to launch a Funkademia festival – Funkademia De la Sol. A long weekender of soul-funk in the sunshine of Ibiza in summer 2017.

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Broken Glass Manchester 1984
Broken Glass Manchester 1984

The Broken Glass Street Crew came together in the summer of 1983, busking in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre. During 1984 Manchester’s Broken Glass were the best-known breakdance crew in the UK, appearing on national TV programmes from the The Tube, to children’s “CBTV”, and even making a peak-time appearance on a Saturday night […]

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Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Mix
Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Mix

Our resident DJ, David Dunne has put together this great Earth, Wind & Fire tribute mix as founding member Maurice White sadly passed away on Thursday 4th Feb. Earth Wind & Fire have played a huge part in Funkademia over the past 20 years and not a week has passed without us playing one of […]

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Have your New Year’s Eve on us…
Have your New Year’s Eve on us…

We’ve had a fantastic year at Funkademia, each and every Saturday night has been bouncing! So as a thank you we thought we’d throw a little competition for our New Year’s Eve party… We’re giving you the chance to bring 3 mates to our New Year’s Eve party, we’ll make sure you jump the Q, […]

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funkademia new years eve
funkademia new years eve

What a year 2015 has been at Mint Lounge for Funkademia. We’ve welcomed two new resident DJs with Soul Jam’s Jack Thomson and Manchester legend Bucky, plus we have had record numbers through the Mint Lounge doors every Saturday night… Time flies when you’re having fun and we’re now fast approaching our 20th New Years […]

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funkademia 20th birthday at mint lounge
funkademia 20th birthday at mint lounge

November 1995 and Funkademia the club night launched on a cold and blustery Sunday night at the Boardwalk nightclub, Manchester. In an era where Madchester was at it’s peak and house music was dominating the City’s club scene – a night based round soul-funk-disco-hip hop music went against the flow and was something of a […]

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Si Forestiero returns for one night only!
Si Forestiero returns for one night only!

Si Forestiero has been DJing since 1986 and has played in some of the biggest clubs in the world from Manchester to Ibiza via Birmingham. He recently moved to Dubai but returns to Funkademia for one night only on the 8th August. Check out this classic mix from 2003 he did for us…

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Funkademia Music For Lovers
Funkademia Music For Lovers

Its Valentines night at Funkademia this Saturday, so we thought we would put together a quick top five funkademia love songs, straight out of the 4am erection section of the night. If we did a top 10 then of course we would have to include a bit of Barry White and Luther Vandross.     […]

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Win tickets to see Dimitri from Paris
Win tickets to see Dimitri from Paris

Our friends who run the very successful A Wing events up in Lancaster have kindly given us two pairs of tickets to see Dimitri From Paris who is playing up there on Friday 13th February. Supporting him will be Funkademia’s very own Jamie Scahill & Kid Blast… If you’ve not heard of A Wing then […]

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funkademia – new years eve 2014
funkademia – new years eve 2014

funkademia NYE – 2015 under a groove This New Year’s Eve we have decided to do things a little differently. We’ve had a pow-wow with our good friends at Mint Lounge (plus some helpful sponsors) and we’ve have decided to turn NYE on its head. 2014 has been our most successful year of our 19 […]

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funkademia new year’s eve
funkademia new year’s eve

This year we’re throwing a very special New Year’s Eve party! We’ll be announcing full details on Monday 1st December via our mailing list so if you want to be the first to know just add your email on our home page We can ensure you will not be disappointed and will want to be […]

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19 years under a groove
19 years under a groove

This weekend we celebrate our 19th Birthday at Mint Lounge, deep in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It was 19 years ago that our little soul-function began life on a rainy Sunday night at the legendary Manchester Boardwalk nightclub which was situated close to the Castlefield area of town. Our journey to become Manchester […]

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funkademia new resident DJ – Josimar
funkademia new resident DJ – Josimar

This weekend (25th Oct) we welcome our brand new resident DJ to the decks. Josimar is part of the all club conquering Lovedose crew and has been playing to crowds for over 15 years, he also produces under the MOTIF moniker and his first release is out now on Lovedose record label. He’s been coming […]

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funkademia takes over up in your grill this saturday night
funkademia takes over up in your grill this saturday night

The Northern Quarter’s pop up turbo street food event have invited us to take over the music this Saturday, 2nd August. Our resident DJs will be up in the crow’s nest entertaining the crowd with the finest funk, soul, disco and hip hop from 2pm – 10.30pm…and best of all its free entry… Read all […]

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Funkademia NYE Manchester – DJ SIMON FORESTIERO
Funkademia NYE Manchester – DJ SIMON FORESTIERO

  2013 has been a big year for you and Funkademia, a year you really made your mark & became firmly established within the dj roster, how did you originally get involved.. I remember coming to Funkademia as a punter in it’s early days in Manchester when I was a student and thinking ‘ I’d […]

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New Years Eve Manchester – 2014 under a groove
New Years Eve Manchester – 2014 under a groove

  2014 under a groove……………………………… 2013 has been another fantastic year for Funkademia. We reached the historic milestone of the grand old age of 18 so we can legally go to a club now. Who would have thought from that first night back in the Boardwalk we’d grow to become Manchester’s longest running clubnight! To […]

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Funkademia Comes Of Age
Funkademia Comes Of Age

After 18 years under a groove Funkademia comes of age.   In November 1995 promoter Dave Payne launched his fledging night on a cold & blustery Sunday night in the Boardwalk nightclub, Manchester. In an era where Madchester was at its peak and house music dominating the City’s club scene a night based round soul-funk-disco music […]

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The Funkademia Radio Show
The Funkademia Radio Show

In recent years we have been disappointed in the way commercial radio stations in Manchester have become less relevant to our city.

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Funkademia at Ramsbottom Festival 2013
Funkademia at Ramsbottom Festival 2013

Our merry band of DJ’s will be returning to Ramsbottom Festival on Saturday 14th September…

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INTERVIEW WITH JASON VEREKER
INTERVIEW WITH JASON VEREKER

This week Funkademia caught up for a chat with one of our longest serving resident DJ’s Jason Vereker who has been with since way back in our early Attic days in ’96.

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Stevenson Square Green Makeover
Stevenson Square Green Makeover

Here at Funkademia we think the Northern Quarter is quite a unique & special place

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Playmore Records Party with Redsoul & Groove Assassin
Playmore Records Party with Redsoul & Groove Assassin

To celebrate the 100th release, Playmore Records are taking over the back room on Saturday for a bit of a celebration.

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Funkademia’s Hip Hop week………………
Funkademia’s Hip Hop week………………

This week marks the 16th anniversary of the untimely demise of one of Hip-Hop’s greatest icons Biggie Smalls. So it got us thinking here at Funkademia Towers about all things Hip Hop and Rap and we decided to make it Funkademia Hip Hop week We are celebrating some of the great original Hip Hop & […]

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NHS Staff Discount at Funkademia
NHS Staff Discount at Funkademia

Mancunians of a certain age will remember with great affection the New Continental Club. The ‘Conti’ was located on Harper Street just off Princess Street and to say it was – lets say – basic is pushing it a bit.

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Trafford Lovething’s New Years Eve Party Starters
Trafford Lovething’s New Years Eve Party Starters

We caught up with Traffford Lovething ahead of the Funkademia New Years Eve event at Mint Lounge. Here are his ten tracks that are sure to get the party started on the biggest night of the year. Soul Funk and Love with a hint of Rock.

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New Years Eve in Manchester 2012 : NYE
New Years Eve in Manchester 2012 : NYE

We are fast approaching our 17th New Years Eve party in Manchester and NYE tickets are flying out. This New Year we will be at Mint Lounge for a big Northern Quarter NYE party.

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Funkademia NYE 2012>2013
Funkademia NYE 2012>2013

Funkademia takes over Mint Lounge on 31st December for its 17th New Year’s Eve party and tickets are now on sale.

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We are 17!!!
We are 17!!!

This Saturday the 3rd November we celebrate our 17th birthday and we want you there!

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Northern Quarter Gig Venues
Northern Quarter Gig Venues

We like to break out of our disco daze sometimes and witness some live music so we’d thought we’d give you a run down of our favourite places to watch live music in the Northern Quarter

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Funkademia returns to Ramsbottom Festival
Funkademia returns to Ramsbottom Festival

Ramsbottom Festival returns on the 14th, 15th & 16th September and Funkademia will be back hosting the Saturday Silent Disco.

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New Funkademia Artwork by Stan Chow
New Funkademia Artwork by Stan Chow

Our latest poster and flyer has just hit the streets, image by Stan Chow.

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Trafford Lovething presents….
Trafford Lovething presents….

Artist, musician and Funkademia DJ, Trafford Parsons, launches his own exhibition ‘Something wicked this way comes’…

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Win cameo tickets…
Win cameo tickets…

Cameo are coming to Manchester and you can go and see them for free. We have a pair of tickets to give away for the show that is happening on Sunday 15th july at The Ritz…

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Suburbia salutes funkademia…
Suburbia salutes funkademia…

Suburbia in Hale welcomes us to take over their beautiful club on Friday 27th April

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Funkademia DJ Competition
Funkademia DJ Competition

On Saturday 11th Feb the Baby Funk room will be taken over by 4 of the North West’s finest up & coming DJ talent. One of them has the chance to win a main room Funkademia set…

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funkademia skiddle podcast
funkademia skiddle podcast

Funkademia are the first guests of 2012 on the Skiddle.com Weekends Matter podcast

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Happy Christmas from Funkademia
Happy Christmas from Funkademia

Merry Xmas from us all at Funkademia and a massive thanks for your support in 2011…

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Trafford lovething talks about george clinton
Trafford lovething talks about george clinton

We caught up with Funkademia resident DJ Trafford Lovething, to talk about George Clinton and the influences he has had on his life…

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New Years Eve in Manchester, NYE Event 2011
New Years Eve in Manchester, NYE Event 2011

New Years Eve in Manchester is a great night. This year Funkademia is spending new years eve at our Manchester home, Mint Lounge, right in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter on Oldham Street. NYE 2011 / 2012.

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funkademia the movie
funkademia the movie

We’ve been working hard to pull together a video to show off Funkademia and here it is. Enjoy it, like it and please share it….

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Win Tickets To See George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic in Manchester
Win Tickets To See George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic in Manchester

George Clinton has played a pivotel musical role at Funkademia so we were honoured to be asked to provide a DJ to support him when he bring’s his parliament funkadelic band to the HMV Ritz on Thursday 1st December.

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Disco Mums Interview & Mix
Disco Mums Interview & Mix

The Disco Mums will be making their Funkademia debut this Saturday. They will be taking over the Baby Funk room to help us celebrate 16 years of Funkademia and we had a chat with them to find out all about them…

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Graeme Hawley Exclusive Interview
Graeme Hawley Exclusive Interview

This Saturday night we celebrate being 16 years old with the sounds of Graeme Hawley in the main room. We caught up with Graeme for an exclusive chat…

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kid british this weekend
kid british this weekend

Kid British return to Funkademia this weekend after smashing the dancefloor back in May.

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funkademia at pin-up
funkademia at pin-up

On Friday 21st October we take over the Pin Up bowling lanes in Spinningfields for a one off special event. Our Funkademia resident DJ’s will keep you musically entertained whilst you enjoy bowling, cocktails and milkshakes.

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Dance Lady Dance
Dance Lady Dance

This weekend we welcome the debut DJ set from 3 girls who call themselves, Dance Lady Dance.

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2-4-1 at Funkademia
2-4-1 at Funkademia

We’ve hooked up with WICI (Women In The Creative Industries) and we now offering their members 2-4-1 entry to Funkademia any Saturday night.

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Tony Wilsons recent anniversary
Tony Wilsons recent anniversary

A brilliant poem by Mancunia poet Mike Garry about Tony Wilson

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A crazy week in Manchester – Riots.
A crazy week in Manchester – Riots.

Heed the message behind the classic 1989 rap track Self Destruction by the Stop The Violence crew.

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Sunday Summer Sessions at Revolution Deansgate Locks
Sunday Summer Sessions at Revolution Deansgate Locks

This Sunday and every Sunday for the next six weeks we will be at Revolution Deansgate Locks for the Funkademia Summer Sessions.

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Festival News, Scotland to Lancashire Via Cheshire
Festival News, Scotland to Lancashire Via Cheshire

We finish our journey at the Ramsbottom Festival but before that we are making stops at Wickerman in Scotland and Cloud 9 in Cheshire.

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funkademia summer listings
funkademia summer listings

Do you want to know what’s happening at Funkademia over the summer?

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15 years ago today
15 years ago today

15 years ago today the Manchester bomb went off and changed the face of our city forever.

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win tickets for cloud 9 festival
win tickets for cloud 9 festival

Funkademia will be playing the closing set at Cloud 9 festival on the 6th August and we have a pair of tickets to give away.

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kid british at funkademia
kid british at funkademia

Next Saturday night we welcome the coolest kids on the block at the minute, Kid British.

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funk & football
funk & football

On Saturday May 28th Man Utd play Barcelona in the Champions League Final. You can watch it live at Mint Lounge and get free entry into Funkademia.

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Manchester shines to New Yorkers
Manchester shines to New Yorkers

Manchester has always had an affiliation with New York and it seems now instead of the majority of Manc’s going over to NYC to visit they are also being encouraged to come and see us.

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Kid British & Graeme Hawley – 28th May
Kid British & Graeme Hawley – 28th May

Funkademia is very proud to welcome Kid British and Graeme Hawley for a bank holiday special!

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Cee Lo Green – Bright Lights
Cee Lo Green – Bright Lights

We have been playing Gnarls Barkley Crazy which featured the vocals of Cee Lo Green since its release in 2006 in one form or another.

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free funkademia iphone app
free funkademia iphone app

Do you have an iPhone? Do you want to keep up to date with all the happenings from Funkademia as well as getting exclusive offers? Just download our new app for free.

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Manchester , A Better Place To Live Than London
Manchester , A Better Place To Live Than London

Funkademia DJ, Terry Christian, says Manchester is a Better Place To Live Than London. Do you agree?

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Who’s playin’ at funkademia?
Who’s playin’ at funkademia?

This is what’s happening over the next few weeks at Funkademia at Mint Lounge, Manchester…

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Ste Spandex Debut – 19th February Mint Lounge
Ste Spandex Debut – 19th February Mint Lounge

We met up with Ste Spandex for a pint in The Castle to have a chat about his world and what the Funkademia faithful can expect when he takes over the back room this Saturday night.

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What’s happening at Funkademia?
What’s happening at Funkademia?

Here’s what’s going on over the next few weeks at Funkademia….

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5 Minutes with DJ Simon Forestiero
5 Minutes with DJ Simon Forestiero

Good for the Soul recently caught up with one of the hardest working DJs in the North West, Mr Simon Forestiero. Simon definitely plays music that has soul, and what an all round nice fella he is too.

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NYE officially sold out
NYE officially sold out

We’ve now sold all our advance tickets for our Funkademia NYE party tonight however we have a handful of returns from flu\snow\travel which we will sell for them on the door.

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2011 under a groove
2011 under a groove

Our final Funkademia of the year takes place this New Years Eve at Mint Lounge. All the resident DJ’s are lined up to provide a proper hands in the air New Years knees up in the main room with our Northern Funk team grooving into 2011 in the back room.

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Funkademia & Skiddle Xmas Party
Funkademia & Skiddle Xmas Party

This Saturday we officially welcome Xmas with not one but two Xmas parties!

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fc united at funkademia
fc united at funkademia

Here at Funkademia we like to think of ourselves as a little independent Mancunian operation, another little independent Mancunian operation who we have a lot of time for is FC United of Manchester

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Funkademia NYE 2010 Graffiti, Manchester
Funkademia NYE 2010 Graffiti, Manchester

Check out how we got our NYE graffiti on a shop on Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter, Manchester.

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Northern Quarter wins ‘Great Neighbourhood’ award
Northern Quarter wins ‘Great Neighbourhood’ award

The Academy of Urbanism has named the Northern Quarter as Britain’s best neighbourhood beating Belfast & Glasgow to take the top spot at an awards ceremony on the 19th November.

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Manchester new years eve – NYE 2010 tickets selling fast
Manchester new years eve – NYE 2010 tickets selling fast

This New Years Eve Funkademia Manchester are pleased to announce that we will be taking over our Saturday night home, Mint Lounge Nightclub in the Northern Quarter Manchester for NYE 2010.

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Terry Christian bares all for Funkademia
Terry Christian bares all for Funkademia

Prior to his Funkademia gig this weekend we caught up with Terry Christian at home whilst he was cooking his Wednesday roast for the family and had a chat about funk, clubbing, Manchester, that London, celebrity and a bit of politics. Sadly he burnt his roasties!

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funkademia 15th birthday
funkademia 15th birthday

Funkademia celebrates its 15th birthday on Saturday 6th November at Mint Lounge

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exclusive kid british interview
exclusive kid british interview

Kid British make their Funkademia DJ debut on the Oxjam night on the 23rd October, we had an exclusive chat with them….

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gareth brooks chats about his return to funkademia
gareth brooks chats about his return to funkademia

Skiddle caught up with DJ Gareth Brooks ahead of his appearance at Funkademia vs Oxjam on the 23rd October, to talk Hip Hop, bedroom DJing, and working in the RAF.

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graeme park chats to funkademia
graeme park chats to funkademia

We had a quick chat with Graeme Park prior to him making his Funkademia debut on the 25th September.

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funkademia manoeuvres this weekend
funkademia manoeuvres this weekend

This weekend you have a 2 reasons to get your Funkademia fix. Not only are we are Mint Lounge on Saturday but we are travelling down the M66 to the market town of Ramsbottom on Friday night.

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funkademia in september
funkademia in september

One Summer Under a Groove has been a blast so far with a huge debut from Gareth Brooks in July and major sets from Dave Haslam, David Dunne & Jason Vereker. Graeme Park makes his disco debut at Funkademia on 25th September…

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celebrate our 1st anniversary & win…..
celebrate our 1st anniversary & win…..

On Saturday 4th September we have been at Mint Lounge for one whole year. To celebrate we are giving away some great prizes to thank you for helping us to throw some of the best parties in our 15 year history.

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phil beckett returns this saturday
phil beckett returns this saturday

This Saturday, the 7th August we welcome to Funkademia the Rock n Roll bar’s ‘Phil Beckett’

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One summer Under a Groove – DJ Gareth Brooks
One summer Under a Groove – DJ Gareth Brooks

This summer we’re taking a bit of a twist on all things musical for One summer Under a Groove. Five of our favourite djs asked to give us their take on all things disco. Here are five reasons why Gareth Brooks is a must-see this weekend.

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funkademia returns to wickerman festival
funkademia returns to wickerman festival

Funkademia is very please to announce that we’ll be returning to the Wickerman festival on the 23rd & 24th July

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funkademia in july
funkademia in july

With the first half of the year over in a flash we continue to pull out all the stops to make your night the best ever every Saturday at Mint Lounge. We really do thank every person that passes through our doors on the night.

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Win The herbaliser tickets…
Win The herbaliser tickets…

The Herbaliser are coming Manchester’s coolest underground club, Moho Live on Tib Street and we have 10 pairs of exclusive tickets to give away

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neil scott returns to funkademia
neil scott returns to funkademia

This weekend we have Les Croasdaile and El Diablos Neil Scott in the main room, both very popular with the Mint Lounge massive.

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funkademia in june
funkademia in june

We have some special DJ treat’s for you in this month we like to call June…..

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Dave Haslam comes to Mint Lounge
Dave Haslam comes to Mint Lounge

Many people from Manchester and beyond will associate Dave Haslam with the Hacienda, no surprise there as he did play at the venue over 450 times. However he should really need no introduction to regulars of Funkademia and Mint Lounge

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Skiddle is 9 years old
Skiddle is 9 years old

Skiddle is 9 years old on Sunday 2nd May and to celebrate they’re having a party at Jacksons Warehouse in Manchester with your favourite Funkademia DJ’s playing.

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Sugarhill Gang come to Manchester
Sugarhill Gang come to Manchester

The 25th May see’s the one & only Sugarhill Gang come to Manchester to play an exclusive gig at Moho Live. They’ve been a major part of the Funkademia musical diet over the last 15 years and the full Funkademia crew will be on the dance floor to celebrate their 30th anniversary here in Manchester.

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Set in Stone this weekend
Set in Stone this weekend

After making their Funkademia debut on NYE we welcome back the Set in Stone DJ’s this Saturday night. Keeping with the theme of anything goes in the back room expect a good mix of tunes with a serious house flavour.

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Funkademia V Nish Nash Nosh…..
Funkademia V Nish Nash Nosh…..

Love is definitely in the air this weekend as we welcome Manchester’s King of the Disco Mr Neil Scott for his Funkademia debut, and a bit of a Nish Nash Nosh reunion. Neil is of course no stranger to Mint Lounge, he spent four years as the resident selector for Nish Nash Nosh each and […]

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