The £10 challenge: Low-cost ways to enjoy soul-soothing music in Northern Quarter

By Oliver Rhodes

As the cold snap begins to freeze your fingertips, why not hurry to Manchester’s Northern Quarter and enjoy an evening of cockle-warming music?

With many of today’s songs categorised as ‘banging’ tunes, MM looks to soul-soothing grooves with our next spending venture without you having to break the bank.

Matt & Phred’s is reputed for hosting local and international jazz, but the club offers flavoursome variety with gigs including folk, gypsy, electro, salsa and swing.

As the live music starts when darkness falls, mid-week visits to the club may be unavailable for those with a busy schedule.

But don’t worry, because Matt & Phred’s stage entertaining weekend events which will correspond with the class and style of your dress sense.

Today, the funky venue presents Skamel – a young band mixing jazz, reggae and ska – with an entry fee of £5.

Too short notice? Next Saturday, modern jazz quartet Marley Chingus play with another equally small entry price.

However, be sure to book in advance – free of charge – as many people enjoy their weekends at the popular Matt & Phred’s.

For a drink to aid your relaxation, the club offers a variety of beer, spirits, hot drinks and some glasses of wine for the pounds and pennies rattling around in your coat pocket.

If you have change leftover, save the money for the next time you wish to be absorbed by live music.

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