Whats on at The Magnet
Latest from The Magnet
We’re throwing a bank holiday party like no other! Ram the dance inna any session! Reggae classics all night long! 10pm – 6am. Free entry!
Based over the water, The Isrights have been steadily building a reputation locally, taking their solid live show on a number of excursions to Liverpool, last year filling the O2 Academy in a sold-out headline show.
Creating the perfect blend of melodic hooks, technical musicianship and progressive song structure, NGOD are a band whose talents are only matched by their consistency to impress.
Toy go back on the road later this year for some UK & EU tour dates, including here in Liverpool!
The term ‘genre defying’ is one that is thrown around casually yet definitely applies to NYC underground trio Show Me the Body who visit Liverpool for the first time in mid-August.
XamVolo is currently working on his debut album with Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange producers; Paul Phamous and Malay.
The legendary Sink Soul Club returns on 21st August for the next Sunday Soul Session at our historic basement club.
The 10-piece outfit combine the inspiration that they took from the tradition New Orleans brass band signature with improvised jazz, a decidedly punk ethos and strong hip-hop component.
The Liverpool Funk & Soul Club returns after a brief Summer break with the legendary 8-piece cohort of horn-blowing brothers.
A Unique Venue
About The Magnet
Founded in 1958, the Magnet holds an illustrious and iconic place in Liverpool’s musical history. Originally, the street level bar was called the ‘Rumblin’ Tum’ and the basement the ‘Sink Club’. It was one of the city’s first black music venues and entry was by way of a numbered sink plug on a short length of chain which proved membership.
Freddie Mercury first played with Brian May in a band called Ibis at the Sink Club and there seems to be very few bands and performers that at some point in their careers haven’t graced the dark red stage. Following a brief period in the early 90’s as a tapas bar, the venue was extensively refurbished and re-named as The Magnet in 1998. A couple of years later, the main room was extended and the sound system upgraded to include a world class Funktion One. The Magnet as we now know it was born. In the past decade, the venue’s line ups have read like a who’s who of contemporary and classic black music artists, including memorable appearances from Roy Ayers, Louie Vega, Gilles Peterson, Gregory Isaacs, Horace Andy, Todd Terry, Jazzy B, DJ Spinna, Karizma, Mr Thing, D-Styles, People Under The Stairs, Groove Assassin and Wolf Music.
Upstairs, residents spin disco, boogie, soul, funk, Latin, Afro and house music all night long…
The Magnet boasts a long list of accolades including ‘Best Bar in Liverpool’ – The Guardian March 2008, ‘Best Bar’ – The Itchy Guide, and sits proudly at No 29 in the Best Bars in the World – GQ Magazine 2007.
Residents & Friends
Adam 'Pooky' Speechly
The bohemian b-boy, the Wirral wonder, the Caucasian blunder…
Bear Growls plays disco, funk, house and all things soulful. Recently supporting Greg Wilson, Giles Peterson and The Reflex, he is one busy bear!
Kole’s range extends across House, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Rare Groove and Soul. He is heavily rooted in the underground Liverpool music scene & without him, it wouldn’t be what it is today.
Beaten Tracks DJs
Jessica played her first gig whilst she was still at school at the legendary Magnet in Liverpool. Music is integral to her life, always searching for sounds that span the world and somehow putting them together to understand more the lineage of music. From Fela Kuti to the Pharcyde, from Erykah to Big Mama Thornton to Kenny Dixon. From Ethiopia to Detroit to Brazil and all over.
Underground Soul, Disco, Boogie, House, Rare Groove and Balearic belters get an airing across sets inspired by 25+ years of record collecting, DJing and countless nights on the dance floor from Blackburn to Barbarellas.