Gallery 5: From The Archive: Fat City Friends

Mid-90's Manchester and Fat City was in its' ascendancy. Spawning the record shop, a successful compilation series, a Northern Quarter club-night, a record label. Then another. Very first time I heard Veba's vocal on Spellbound by Rae-&-Christian on the 'Central Heating' LP (Grand Central) in '97 I knew I was listening to both a force of nature & the next big thing to surface in Manchester's murky musical history

February '99 I went to see Rae & Christian Rizla Tour @ Manchester Uni, looking to break away from graffiti & move into music reportage here in Manchester. Happy with the outcome (for the 1st time, previous attempts had wielded disappointing results) that summer I talked myself & camera into Counter Culture @ Planet K to see Scratch Perverts. Still early days, nervous & inexperienced. Eardrum promoter Adam Russ invited me to the same venue again later that month to shoot boisterous LA hip-hop outfit Ozomatli. By the end of the night he had introduced me to the management and I became Planet K resident photographer

After Planet K closed I followed Fat City (around the corner in the Northern Quarter), down the Roadhouse steps into the basement club where riotous Saturday monthly Electric Chair had recently vacated (to Music Box, RIP) & where Friends-&-Family would then reign weekly for another 6 years!

ALL IMAGES ON-LINE ARE AVAILABLE TO BUY HERE IN VARIOUS-SIZED PRINTS
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 02.05.15 (a) portfolioaim / jon k / christian wood / peter jay / mark torkington / kwasi asante / mikey donFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 02.05.15 (b) portfoliomatt triggs / darren laws / martin brew / christian wood / kwasi asanteFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 24.04.15 portfolioqool dj marv / monk one / christian wood
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 04.02.06 portfolioevil ed / excalibah / tommy sparks / baby j / broke'n'english / shameless / tb / willowFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 14.05.05 portfoliomr thing / mikey DONFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 12.02.05 portfolioskitz / rodney p / mr tibbs / fallacy / mark torkington / kwasi asante
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 02.10.04 portfoliotommy evans / mark b / krispyFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 19.03.04 portfolioharry love / mystro / jon kFriends-&-Family @ the music-box 21.02.04 portfoliodaddy g / nicci cheeks / mystro
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 07.02.04 portfoliomadlib / j-rocc / monk-one / kwasi asanteFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 31.01.04 portfolio quantic / kwasi // real dollsFriends & Family @ the-roadhouse 18.10.03 portfolioupwards LP
ty + dj bizzniss (live)
/ christian wood
Friends & Family @ music box mcr 20.09.03 portfolioest'elle / mr thing / the nudgeFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 19.07.03 portfoliothe nextmen / dynamite mcFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 12.07.03 portfolioquantic soul orchestra
ft. alice russell
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 28.06.03 portfoliodj woody / christian woodFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 31.05.03 portfoliofunky fresh fewFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 10.05.03 portfoliothe en4cers
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 03.05.03 portfolioterri walker (live)Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 19.04.03 portfoliodj skully / martin brew / christian wood / kwasi asanteFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 15.03.03 portfolioross allen / kwasi asante / christian wood
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 16.11.02 portfolioedan (live)
insight (live)
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 02.11.02 portfolioa night on the rocks LP launch
j-walk (live) / the nudge
Aim (live) @ the Ritz, Manchester 20.10.02 portfolioaim / niko / kate rogers / spikey t / mark rae / veba
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 04.09.02 portfolioshortee blitz / martin brew / christian woodFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 27.07.02 portfolioyoda / darren laws / christian woodFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 13.07.02 portfoliomark rae / veba / christian wood
Friends-&-Family @ the roadhouse 04.05.02 portfoliodynamo productions / christian woodFriends-&-Family @ the roadhouse 06.04.02 portfoliospinbad / christian wood / kwasi asante / mark torkingtonFriends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 23.03.02 portfoliofila brazilia (live)
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 16.03.02 portfoliodual control / mark rae / christian woodFriends-&-Family @ sankeys-soap 28.02.02 portfolioaim hinterland LP launch /
souls of mischief / mark rae / peter parker / kwasi / spikey t
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 27.09.01 portfoliorun come save me LP
roots manuva (live)
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 15.09.01 portfoliothe unabombers / martin brew / kwasi / russFriends & Family @ the-roadhouse 08.09.01 portfoliomartin brew / christian wood / chris jamFriends-&-Family @ the roadhouse 28.07.01 portfoliothe nextmen / christian wood
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 14.04.01 portfoliobeatphreak (live)Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 07.04.01 portfolioawkward LP
ty + dj bizzniss (live) / krispy / riton / chris jam
Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 16.12.00 portfolioaim / mark rae
Friends & Family @ the-roadhouse 18.11.00 portfoliothe main event LP
fingathing (live) / riton / spikey t
Counter Culture @ planet k manchester 10.06.00 portfolioheavy loungin' LP / matt triggs /
the aboriginals (live) / dj as-if / mark rae / roots manuva
Counter Culture @ Contact Futuresonic 10.06.00 portfoliofingathing (live) / plus one / dj woody / janek schaefer
Counter Culture @ planet k manchester 11.03.00 portfoliorodney p + skitz / mixologists / nextmen / uk rocksteady crew / only child / matt triggsCounter Culture @ planet k manchester 13.11.99 portfoliojames lavelle / qool dj marv / mark rae / chris jamCounter Culture @ planet k manchester 12.06.99 portfoliothe scratch perverts / first rate / q'n'c (live) / mark rae / aim
Rae & Christian - Rizla Tour - McrUni MDH 18.02.99 portfolioRae&Christian -Live