Whats on at The Magnet
Latest from The Magnet
After 14 years of releasing free music on upitup.com, fuelled by a labour of love, we don’t want to stop. Its true what they say, the best things in Life are UPFREE!
The Complete Stone Roses are now one of the UK’s most well-known, most seen and most successful tribute bands.
Book tickets to see Vladimir’s Liverpool show!
One of Merseyside’s most exciting new bands will grace The Magnet for a headline show, expect rock n’roll in its purest form, loud noises, rowdy crowds and great songs.
With the release of fourth album Crown Posada, Smoove & Turrell cement their position as one of the UK’s most exceptional soul acts with their innate ability to deliver hard times social commentary in a dancefloor friendly medium.
Warning: this night will contain songs of protest, sung by members of the working class, that some listeners may find offensive…
Don’t miss The Jackobins rocking through Liverpool on their in demand UK tour! Tickets are on sale now!
Having released his first E.P. Communication and played over 150 gigs across the UK in 2016 Cal Ruddy’s unique style and hard work has made him into a household name around Merseyside.
The Zutons’ Abi Harding reveals new band AbiChan at Sound City emerging gig. This year Sound City has kicked off their 10 year celebrations a little early by showcasing some of Liverpool’s best new acts!
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.
Friends & Residents
Liverpool Craft Beer
In 2010, before craft beer was on the tip of everyone’s tongue, Liverpool Craft Beer Co. was steadily building their own brewing playground. Finding vessels from all over the country, designing our own tanks and having volunteers help us bring the brewery to life is a history we’re proud of. No big investment, no established market, no high tech brewing; just people wanting to come together and make something they’re proud of.
A dedicated independent printer in the heart of Liverpool. From a one-off hoodie through to a print run of 200,000 hardback books, we’ve got you!
Boss beers from Liverpool. Live yeast + the best ingredients = quality beer.
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.
James hosts a fortnightly show on Sessions Faction Radio where you’ll hear everything from Funk, Soul and Disco to House and Techno via Afrobeat, Jazz and World Beats.
Beaten Tracks DJs
Beaten Tracks are a Liverpool-based collective of DJs, promoters and afficionados who champion the rare, the dusty and the forgotten… expect funk, soul, reggae, Afrobeat, Latin, hip-hop, blues and jazz; leftfield beats and soulful enlightenment.
Paul lives between Liverpool and Berlin, bringing the late night warehouse techno vibe to the Fish Tank whenever he’s in session.
Gavin Kendrick is part of the Southport Weekender family, with a long history of DJing at the legendary gathering, and at its contemporary incarnation as SuncéBeat festival on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. A staggering record collection and deep musical knowledge make every set unpredictable and unmissable.
Adam 'Pooky' Speechly
The bohemian b-boy, the Wirral wonder, the Caucasian blunder…
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.