Matt & Phred's Manchester

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Matt & Phred’s – Envelope-pushing jazz

Don’t switch off at the word ‘jazz’. Don’t. Do. It! At Matt & Phred’s, jazz doesn’t equal a stage jammed with toe-tapping guys in penguin suits, tranced-out on elevator muzak of their own making.

Matt & Phred’s is and has been for a number of years that nobody can agree on, a steadfast beacon on Manchester’s music scene. It provides a platform for musicians, established and new, to champion the spirit of innovation and re-invention the city is famous for. Touring outfits and international bands are also regularly on the bill.

This red-interiored twilight hotspot is not only a venue completely unique to Manchester, it’s also a place where the boundaries of jazz are stretched to the limits and downright disobeyed. Here, jazz can be a band from the Welsh valleys playing Kanye West covers, it can be an Asian hip-hop duo rapping over a piano riff and it can even be nine guys blasting out power ballads on brass.

Most events are ticketed due to Matt & Phred’s compact size, but all are priced modestly and there’s plenty for those on a budget. Monday night is free entry and open mic night, with happy hour giving the gift of 2-for-1 cocktails and a free pizza when you buy two drinks. Make sure you book a table in advance, as the place fills up fast, even on Mondays.

Abandon your jazz assumptions at Matt & Phred’s famous neon-lit door and step inside for some true musical innovation.

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Details about this spot



Tib Street 64, Manchester

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Thu 18:00 - 01:00, Fri - Sat 17:00 - 02:00


Avg. gig ticket: £ 5


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)