Northern Quarter

Zipping around Ancoats and the Northern Quarter 1

I went out for a ride in the sun last Sunday, and recorded this trip through the back streets of the Northern Quarter and Ancoats. I’ve sped it up, to suit the bounce of the soundtrack I found for it.

Music- EDM Detection Mode by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (

Another fire in the Northern Quarter

Another fire in the Northern Quarter, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

This one is in The Twisted Wheel (aka Moho Live? I can’t remember). I can’t be the only person suspicious that this is the third in as many months.

Update The fire actually started in Paul’s Hair world, on the other side of the building from this pictue. One fireman died fighting the fire, and two teenage girls have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

An architecture wander around the fringes of Manchester city centre, and Captain America in the Northern Quarter

On the edges of Manchester city centre

I went for a wander a few streets over from the main drags today, starting at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, and found some very interesting stuff. Some of the potential locations made me want to write another film script, just so we could film in them.

I ended up in the Northern Quarter and got a few shots of fake shop fronts being put up on Dale Street to turn it into a little bit of 1940s New York.

Captain America set building on Dale Street

There are a load of pictures on Flickr.

Skyline Central

Skyline Central
Originally uploaded by spinneyhead.
I haven’t been up Rochdale Road for a while, so the new build apartment blocks there were something of a surprise for me. I had been looking for the Dojo Ecoshop, where I purchased a ladybird tower for the garden. I also stumbled across the “World Famous” Central skate park. Much more Tony Hawk and I may feel the urge to try it for real (and break lots of bones, I know).

Skyline Central has an interesting water feature and this rather funky sphere between the two main towers.

Burnt To The Ground

Burnt To The Ground
(Burn Baby Burn, Disco Inferno)


Burnt to the Ground (Burn Baby Burn, Disco Inferno), Sunday, 3rd June, is an impromptu live music event in the Northern Quarter’s Stevenson Square – Manchester’s positive reaction to the devastation of the Dale Street fire.

Manchester events agency, Ear the to the Ground, is organising the 5000 capacity street party bringing together Manchester’s creative talent at its finest – combining music and art to bring the community together to dance in the face of adversity.

The event will raise money for the businesses left homeless by the fire and various local charities including the Fire Services Benevolent Fund.