Ramona is launching its own radio station in Manchester this week

Whole sets will soon be streamed live, supported with a new weekly podcast hosted by Ramona and The Firehouse’s very own music curator, Jonjo.

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 24th January 2022

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

Kicking off on Wednesday 26 January, ‘Ramona Radio’ will host a weekly live radio show from its Swan Street venue – broadcasting a weekly party with guest DJs, servers and the crowd going ‘On Air’ live from the Tipi. 

The first event in the new series will see legendary house selector Tristan Da Cunha take to the decks – bringing his expansive genre-spanning vinyl archive along with him.

The venue on Swan Street will launch its own radio station. Image: Ramona and The Firehouse

Promising depth and breadth across a range of genres, house music fans can look forward to hearing some rare gems and genre-defining cuts played out as part of the honorary Glastonbury resident’s set.

The radio show will be hosted by Ramona and The Firehouse’s very own music curator Jonjo, and as part of the new programme whole sets will be streamed live, supported with a new weekly podcast.


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

Image: Ramona and The Firehouse

The Ghanian/ London-based afro-futurist collective Onipa will bring their signature high energy performance to Ramona fusing Afrobeat, UK Jazz and electronic music for Thursday night’s ‘Campfire Live’, whilst local champions Everything Everything can be expected to bring their usual blend of alternative and indie to the Tipi later this week.


The performances will mark the start of a new musical chapter for Ramona, which has already made a name for itself by channelling the techno culture for which Detroit is known from within its sister bar restaurant, The Firehouse.

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

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Ramona Radio will launch this week. Image: Ramona and The Firehouse

Speaking on the upcoming new music programme launching this week, head of music and entertainment at Ramona and the Firehouse, Jonjo, said: “We’ve been curating independent UK-based electronic, jazz and world music since we opened the doors.

“Moving into 2022 we’re ready to take things up a notch with our first bands from the continent, an upgraded sound system and the best up and coming acts and labels every week. And all for free – surely the city’s best kept secret” 

At the new late-night parties, music lovers can easily flit between the two venues – soaking up the atmosphere in both, free of charge. 

Image: Ramona and The Firehouse

Guests can also enjoy Detroit-style pizza, a killer collection of margaritas plus other inventive and beautiful dishes like their chargrilled chicken, truffle tots, Detroit hot wings and ultra cheesy garlic bread.

To find out more about the upcoming music events, check out the full programme for the Night Village launch weekender below.


Ramona and The Firehouse Night Village Launch Weekender – Full Programme

Thursday 27th January:

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

Friday 28th January:
Everything Everything DJ Set @Ramona
Firehouse Presents Vogue – House of Ghetto

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

Sunday 30th January 
So Flute @Ramona

Sunday 30th January 
Mikey Don @Firehouse

Feature image – Ramona and The Firehouse