Future Known As is a series of monthly meet-ups for artists taking place across Manchester. For you if you want to:

  • Find your unique sound
  • Get to grips with new musical techniques
  • Link up with the Northern music scene

Each session is split into three parts:

  • Hear about another artist’s unique style
  • Explore how to apply their techniques to your work
  • Chat about your own approaches to making music

About this event

You don’t need that £1000 synth, hold off on that hot new drum machine; use what you’ve got.

Composer, turntablist and Afrofuturist explorer NikNak presents her unique approach to production and composition.


Tickets are free, with an opportunity to donate if you can.

We also have a small budget to cover travel costs. If you’d like to come along but the cost of travel presents a barrier, please contact [email protected].


Spirit Studios is 0.3 miles away from Manchester Piccadilly Station. If you're coming by bus, take the 192 bus from Piccadilly Gardens, get off at Ardwick Green Park and then follow these directions.

The venue has step-free access through the front door.

All rooms are accessible via a lift, including an accessible toilet on the first floor.

Safer Spaces

At all of our projects we aim to create spaces that are welcoming, engaging and supportive. Spaces where everyone is able to be themselves, but also where abuse and discrimination are not tolerated. Read our Safer Spaces Policy for more information.

Got questions?

Get in touch with our Project Coordinator Kinaya by emailing [email protected]. Or you can give us a call on 0161 546 5334. Please leave a message and we’ll get back to you.

Other Future Known As events

Culture and Identity with HUSK, LINTD and Samrai - 12 October

Commissions and Collaboration with All Trades, Prieste5s and AbuQadim Haqq - 10 November

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About the artists

Described as a "musical polymath" by Clash Magazine, NikNak is also a multi-disciplinary artist and music creative with many roles in the industry. As a DJ, NikNak has shared the stage with the likes of Mr Scruff, Lefto Early Bird, Ila Brugal, Jamz Supanova, Craig Charles, Om Unit, Jon1st, Grandmaster Flash and many more notable artists. Each NikNak set is expansive, unique, ambitious, genre-defying, and serves as a testament to her sponge-like musical knowledge. As an artist/producer, NikNak is the first Black Turntablist to win an Oram Award in 2020 and regularly pushes boundaries on what the turntables are capable of.


Supported by Spirit Studios and Eastern Bloc Records, with funding from Arts Council England, Youth Music, Manchester City Council, GMCA, Foyle Foundation and PRS Foundation as a Talent Development Partner (supported by PPL).