Ramona and The Firehouse is launching an in-house radio station this week as part of a huge new live entertainment program on the site, designed to champion and support independent musicians and artists across Manchester.

Beginning on Wednesday 26th January, ‘Ramona Radio’ will host a weekly radio show live from its Swan Street location – broadcasting a weekly party with guest DJs, waiters and the crowd live from the Tipi.

The first event in the new series will see legendary house selector Tristan Da Cunha take to the decks – bringing with him his extensive vinyl archive spanning all genres.

The Swan Street site will launch its own radio station. Image: Ramona and the fire station

Promising depth and breadth across a range of genres, house music fans can expect to hear rare gems and genre-defining cuts as part of Glastonbury’s Honorary Resident Set.

The radio show will be hosted by Jonjo, the music curator of Ramona and The Firehouse, and as part of the new schedule, entire sets will be broadcast live, supported by a new weekly podcast.

Following the launch of the Wednesday night radio show, the venue will host parties throughout the week as it launches its new program ‘The NIght Village’ – with other sets coming from Onipa, Dance Regular and Manchester art-rock band Everything Tout.

Ramona is launching her own radio station in Manchester, The Manc, this week
Image: Ramona and the fire station

Ghanaian/London Afro-futurist collective Onipa will bring their signature high energy to Ramona by fusing afrobeat, British jazz and electronic music for Thursday night. ‘Campfire Live’, while local champions Everything Everything are set to bring their usual mix of alternative and indie to Tipi later this week.

The performances will mark the start of a new musical chapter for Ramona, who has already made a name for herself channeling the techno culture Detroit is known for from within her sister restaurant bar, The Firehouse.

The twin location also hosts weekly ‘runway parties’ in its bar every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with dance crews acting as the stars of the show – with performances ranging from two-step garage superstars, Dance Regular, to the fashion-inspired flamboyance of House of Ghetto.

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Ramona is launching her own radio station in Manchester, The Manc, this week
Ramona Radio will launch this week. Image: Ramona and the fire station

Speaking about the new upcoming music program launching this week, Jonjo, Head of Music and Entertainment at Ramona and the Firehouse, said: “We have been curating UK-based indie electronic, jazz and world music for since we opened the doors.

“In 2022, we’re ready to step up a gear with our first bands from the continent, an upgraded sound system and the best artists and labels coming every week. And all for free – surely the best kept secret in town ”

On new late-night parties, music lovers can easily hop from venue to venue and soak up the atmosphere of both for free.

Ramona is launching her own radio station in Manchester, The Manc, this week
Image: Ramona and the fire station

Customers can also enjoy Detroit-style pizzas, a great collection of margaritas, and other inventive and beautiful dishes like their grilled chicken, truffles, Detroit wings, and ultra-cheesy garlic bread.

For more on upcoming music events, check out the full Night Village Launch Weekend schedule below.

Ramona and The Firehouse Night Village Kick Off the Weekend – Full Schedule

Thursday January 27:

Campfire Live @ Ramona presents Onipa
Arthouse – Dance Regular @ Firehouse presents The Broken Beat – Garage-Dance Crew

Friday January 28:
All All DJ Set @Ramona
Firehouse presents Vogue – House of Ghetto

Saturday January 29:
Supernature Disco + Joe Redmore (WHP) [email protected]

Sunday January 30
So Flute @Ramona

Sunday January 30
Mikey Don @Firehouse

Featured Image – Ramona and the Fire Station