Chop Beats Forever, Sat 20 Jun 2015, 2pm-late, FREE with all profits going to Forever Manchester

Everyone’s favourite all-dayer returns this summer with a host of acts in store, including the city’s finest DJs and live bands, plus award-winning street food. All profits go to Forever Manchester, a charity which supports community projects across Greater Manchester. The event launched last year and was a massive smash, so head down early to secure your spot in the sun. This is also a chance to sample First Chop’s new gluten-free range of beers which are available by the bottle.

After Party for Manchester Brewery Expo, Sat 23 May, 7.30pm-1am, FREE entry

Come down the Chop for free entertainment after a grand old day exploring all of Manchester’s finest breweries. This is your one-stop-shop at the end of the day. You don’t need a wrist band from the event, everyone’s welcome to come on down and enjoy excellent beer, street food and top tunes until late.

Sounds from the Other City music festival, Sun 3 May 2015, 3pm-late, £20.

All day and night event on Sunday 3 May 2015 including venues up and down Chapel Street. Our stage includes Paddy Steer, Silverclub, Red Laser Disco, El Diablo’s Social Club and MANY MORE. You can drink all our beers and there will be street food. Tickets allow entry to all venues and after parties. It’s basically a really brilliant day.

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SOLD OUT: Now Wave presents Lapsley,  Sat 18 Apr 2015, 7pm, £8.

Cult artist, with impressively following, think London Grammar or XX. Classical background. 19 years old. Extremely talented. Expect to hear a lot more from this one.

Tickets: Sold out.

Hey! Manchester presents Honeyfeet + Alabaster, Sat 7 Feb 2015, 7pm, £6

Manchester’s finest ethio-trad, folk-hop & barrelhouse-pop exponents have the skill, charm and (frankly) tunes to pull it all together into a joyful, foot-banging sound. Evoking the afro-funk of Mulatu Atstake, the exuberant folk of Flook, and the blues of Junior Wells without ever sounding contrived or unoriginal, Honeyfeet have in Ríoghnach Connolly one of the most striking front-women on the scene at the moment. To quote City Life magazine: ‘Seldom has conspicuous greatness been more accessible’. Read more about it here. Jaunty, wise, beautiful Alabaster provide support. Have a listen here.

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Duke and the Darlings Single Launch, Sat 31 Jan 2015, 7pm, £5

Duke and the Darlings celebrate the release of their second single, ‘Middle, Man’, by taking over the Brewing Arm and filling it with guitar and hooks. Soaring vocals and huge refrains drive their new release mellifluous climax. Manchester alternative popstars, whose debut EP (2012) was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios. An infectious second EP, ‘Champagne of the People’, followed in March 2013, gathering acclaim from bloggers and scensters. Duke and the Darlings launched their third EP, ‘Irwellian’, to a sell-out crowd…in a brewery. They’ve supported Fatherson and Mutineers. Bitter Sweet Symphonies notes: “high-energy indie with an old-fashioned charm that carries their guitar-led songs and leaves you with an infectious grin on your face.” Support comes from from the cinematic Glasstides, the unmissable Russ Erwin and the sumptuous Jess Kemp.

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Henge play their first gig on Earth, Fri 30 Jan, 8.30pm, £5

Henge are a mysterious band about which few know much. Their first ever gig will appeal to fans of Sun Ra, Paddy Steer and many more. Quirky songs with rude bass, live drums and cosmic synths. The name, coined by the band for this genre is cosmic dross. Aftershow DJs complete the big picture.

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Talk Turkey, High on Hope acid house doc fundraiser, Sat 1 Nov, 8pm-1am, £5

Our next big event has been unleashed! ‘Talk Turkey’ is a fundraiser for acid house and warehouse party documentary, High On Hope. taking place on Sat 1 Nov, 8pm- late with early bird tickets only £5! This is a big night celebrating the scene that made up this film that’s soon to be released – and it’s one that you need to dress to SWEAT! DJs will be playing 100 percent vinyl in the form of Acid, House, Ol Skool, Rave, Techno & Hardcore. Look out for Russ Marland (Spin Inn/Out In The Sticks/Hacienda), Johnny Abstract, (Midnight Drive/Drama), Il Bosco (Red Laser / Wet Play) + the celebrated MIKEY D.O.N. While this night is for everyone over 18, the ORIGINAL FOOT SKANKIN’, PARTY ROCKIN’, WHISTLE BLOWIN’ PARTY ANIMALS that used to control the North West of England warehouse dancefloors ‘back in the day’ are most welcome. Book tickets:

The Wave Pictures, Sat 25 Oct 2014, 7.30pm, £9

As big fans of Daniel Johnston, The Wave Pictures are happy to announce that they have recorded a tour-only album, The Wave Pictures Play Artistic Vice By Daniel Johnston, and will be playing songs from this release during a UK tour in October. In 2009 The Wave Pictures acted as Daniel Johnston’s backing band on a UK tour, during which time they played songs from throughout his career. And more recently in 2013 they played two songs at a tribute night at which Daniel Johnston headlined himself. Read more and book tickets here:

Liam Frost live, Fri 24 Oct 2014, 7.30pm, £11

Described by Elbow’s Guy Garvey as ‘the UK’s answer to Bright Eyes‘ and heralded in some quarters of the British music press as a Mancunian Bruce Springsteen, singer-songwriter Liam Frost has developed, across two critically acclaimed solo albums, into a well-cherished artist whose distinctive voice, songwriting and sincerity really set him apart. Read more & book tickets on Hey Manchester’s site

Jesca Hoop live, Sat 4 Oct 2014, 7.30pm, £10

Manc folkstress Jesca Hoop’s latest album, Undress, Undress sees Jesca take the original songs from Hunting My Dress back to basics with a live recording and collaborations with some of her favourite artists. Her collaborators were in some ways determined by Jesca’s course of travel. She hooked up with Willy Mason in LA, Iron and Wine in Atlanta (Jesca was touring with Sam and they recorded on her last night of the tour), Erika Wennerstrom in Austin, Texas and Guy Garvey in Manchester. Read more & book tickets on Hey Manchester’s site. 

Abandon live music party with Black Sonic Revolver + more, Sat 20 Sep 2014, 5pm-1am, £5

Acoustic music from Setting Suns, Shauna Mackin and Troubadour’s Grave followed by heavy & psych influenced sounds from Devil in My Bones and Hot Vestry. Black Sonic Revolver, headline with indie, new wave, and psychedelia sounds until late. Street food will be available as usual – vendors TBC – but our good friends include the Moocher and Honest Crust Pizza – so expect something special plus the chance to try the all new Extra Love Pale Mango Ale. Advance tickets here:

Extra Love Pale Mango Ale launch, Fri 12 Sep 2014, 8pm, £5

Here at First Chop, we want summer to live on. It suits us and we like its tropical flavours. We also like its chilled out reggae soundtrack. So, for the ultimate endless summer, we’ve teamed up with our favourite reggae-dub ten-piece, Extra Love, to create a beer that taste like the tropics. Extra Love Pale Mango Ale is a uniquely crafted beer, created using real mangos and a number of other top secret ingredients. The result is a warming, US-style pale ale that will have you swooning. The beer will soon be available in a number of venues around the UK, as well as at the forthcoming IMBC. To celebrate it’s launch, the Extra Love crew will be onsite to provide live entertainment with an extended live set. The skanking will continue late into the night, fuelled by lashings of Extra Love Pale Mango Ale, with Sir Robin Longshot (Deaf Institute’s Reggae Thursdays) on the decks. Extra Love Pale Mango Ale will be available nationwide after this. Follow us on Twitter @firstchopale for up to the minute details. For tickets and more info, click here.

Dogface Records Official Launch Night, Fri 6 Dec 2013, 7.30pm, £5

Featuring Richard Lomax, Forge On, Robert John Music and Paul the Doorman. Half proceeds go to Manchester Dogs’ Home.

Phil France Album Launch plus Denis Jones & Mr Scruff, Sat 14 Dec 2013, 7.30pm, £8 adv

We’re delighted that the Cinematic Orchestra’s Phil France will launch his debut solo album The Swimmer – with special guests Denis Jones and Mr Scruff – at the First Chop Brewing Arm, promoted by Hey! Manchester. As the principal collaborator alongside Jason Swinscoe in the Cinematic Orchestra, Phil France is responsible for some of the most heartrendingly beautiful music created in recent times. Co-writing, arranging and producing on the Cinematic Orchestra albums including Everyday, Man With The Movie Camera, Ma Fleur and also the triple-award-winning soundtrack for The Crimson Wing nature documentary, France’s skills have always extended beyond his bass-lines. More info:

First Chop Brewing Arm – Inaugural Brewery Social, Sat 25 Jan 2014

All Day All Night ’til 1am. Brewery tap / Live Music / Deejays / Beer Clash, Honest Crust Wood Fired Pizza and The Moocher.