Whats on at The Magnet
Latest from The Magnet
Broken Bow brings sludge metal pioneers, EYEHATEGOD, to The Magnet for their debut Liverpool gig!
RUBIX and Sol Rio welcomes legendary “Boys Own ” DJs Heller N Farley celebrating 25 years of Defected Records.
With a career spanning nineteen years and six full-length albums they are still one of the most relentless Death Metal outfits on the scene!
JC Villafan and Neil Noa head the bill for the return of Liverpool’s premier live music event.
A rare and original style of music developed in Liverpool and rooted in heritage from Senegal.
It’s the night our city stays up past its bedtime!
Yorkshire’s finest purveyors of whacked-out sounds Allusondrugs have announced a run of co-headline UK tour dates with fellow Leeds rock quintet and close friends Fizzy Blood.
A four piece alternative band from East Kilbride who formed in February 2013.
Ska • Soul • Rock & Roll • Reggae • Motown • Funk • Swing • Rockabilly • Jazz
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.