With Winter setting in as the nights grow longer and Summer seems like a distant memory, a good night out provides comfort like a mug of mulled wine from the Christmas Markets (beginning 14th November). And boy, there’s a lot of them. Festivals are over so night clubs are reigning supreme. Check out the best of what Manchester has to offer:
The first rap act to sign to Seattle-based grunge label Sub Pop, these guys do nothing in the traditional way, as evidenced by their sound – a futuristic, psychedelic mixture of audaciously progressive beats and intricate lyrics.
Roadhouse – BPM
Sudanim, Miss Modular, Cyphr & Fraxinus
Welcoming the Her Records camp to Manchester, BPM have one of the most promising up & coming UK Record labels to showcase to BPM. With influences of Ballroom, Jersey, Grime, Bass & Dark energy infused in their productions, expect nothing but good vibes!
Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest)
A Manchester debut for arguably one of the most influencial Hip Hop artists ever to have risen. This is a night for music fans across the world, never mind the UK. Pairing this with the launch of a new underground 1000 capacity venue is an overwhelming prospect. [Not to mention Vent’s 24hour licence]. Phife will be delivering us an exclusive live rap performance of all the Tribe classics with a few of his own solos for good measure backed by brother in arms DJ Rasta Root.
Eastern Bloc – Love Dose
Taking a strictly vinyl approach, he is essential listening whenever his selections come to light and not one to confine himself, his mixes are rarely constrained to one style or even… genre. His sets see him constantly building, adding layer on layer to his sound that can punch as hard as his contemporaries yet plunge to depths that very few dare. These skills have already taken him to FABRIC, TRESOR, BERGHAIN and regularly to home town clubs REX and CONCRETE.
Soup Kitchen – Zutekh
Berlin based trio ItaloJohnson like to keep themselves to themselves. Despite this, the raw analogue music they have released on their own eponymous label has won them many fans in recent times. And it’s easy to see why, because it bulges with charm be it a loopy techno
banger, bouncy house cut or something more cerebral, exclusively released on vinyl 12′ and 10’s. As DJ’s their ears are as well attuned as they are in the booths of the most respected clubs in the world, where the three of them excel at lacing together pumping, dancefloor wrecking DJ sets over extended periods of time that lean on the best that house and techno has to offer. Nextup tip ***
Sankeys – Music Is Love
Derrick Carter, Djebali, Oli Furness
Derrick Carter, one of the finest out and out party DJs around, will be joined by accomplished Parisian Djeabli, the uniquely talented Wbeeza and hotly tipped up-and-coming producer, Mr Ks.
Antwerp Mansion – Nine Lives
T. Williams & Mosca
T.Williams fresh back from his American tour, who regularly headlines Red bull events and stages across UK festivals and beyond. His sets on the Boiler Room are amongst the greatest we’ve ever seen which guarantees Antwerp is gonna go off.
Gorilla – Stevie Wonderland
Lumberjacks in Hell (Marcel Vogel, DJ Rahaan, Jamie 3:26)
Stevie Wonderland are hosting the first ‘Lumberjacks In Hell’ label parties outside their native Amsterdam, bringing over label boss Marcel Vogel, alongside two of Chicago’s (and Lumberjacks’) finest exports – Rahaan, and Jamie 3:26 – for this event at Gorilla.
Xolo – Re:Discover
KON is many peoples’ dream selector and has always kept the art form of true digging as well as unearthing stellar, yet forgotten gems from all genres alive. From important work on BBE, to vast knowledge of the music, he keeps the standard and the bar raised high for all wax diggers, collectors.
Secret Warehouse – Selective Hearing
Lobster Theremin All Nighter (Palms Trax, Manse, Asquith)
Selective Hearing invite one of the hottest labels to emerge over the past 12 months, Lobster Theremin. In tow will be label golden boy Palms Trax (whose ‘Equation EP’ was one of the stand out tracks of 2014), Manse, label boss Asquith and resident Reflec, who will be releasing his debut EP on the label in the not so distant future. Nextup tip***
Regarded as one of the best DJs working today, Achim Brandenburg finally comes to Soup Kitchen!
Q Cavern – Dog Eat Dog
Sex Tags boss, curveball aficionado, genuinely deep digger and all round loose goose DJ Sotofett has been on our radar for a while. We’ve witnessed the Nordic wizard tear the roof off clubs all over Europe. Never dull, prosaic or predictable, Sotofett’s collection starts at classic house, then stretches endlessly in all directions.
Joshua Brooks – Groove Kitchen
Mo Kolours, Bambooman
Mo Kolours is a producer, singer and percussionist who has gained revere for an innovative and unique trilogy of EPs that mix soul, dub, hip-hop and various electronic styles with the Sega music native to Mauritius. Those who’ve heard his work, caught his Resident Advisor mix and any who were lucky enough to catch his show in the sunshine at Gottwood Festival will know this ain’t one to miss! Nextup tip ***
Joshua Brooks – Frontin’
Hipsters Don’t Dance
With a mix on Mixpak, a string of edits and their regular parties all over London, prepare to receive a lesson in all things Nigerian and Trinidadian!
The Roadhouse – EDL
The English Disco Lovers movement aims to reclaim and redefine the much hated EDL-acronym. They humorously subvert the three letters, drawing on the positivity of the Disco music genre and the history of Disco as a haven for minorities. The movement attempts to tackle Islamophobia and racism in an engaging and unusual way, by spreading a message of equality through music.
The Roadhouse – Community & So Flute
This is a unique event for the numerous generations of house, disco & techno enthusiasts within Manchester. Two of the Rainy City’s real underground dance music parties, Community & So Flute, combine once again, to bring you a very rare, intimate showing of one of the best loved artists around today- MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE. Nextup tip ***
Soup Kitchen – Jamz
Newham Generals, Elijah & Skilliam
Newham Generals take over the Soup basement, backed by Elijah and Skilliam playing all night long. Grime.
Gorilla (film screening)
Nas: Time is Illmatic
Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation.
Joshua Brooks – Dial Records
Roman Flugel, Adventures in Daydreams
Mainstay German house & techno imprint, Dial Records bring its label boss and one of the stand out artists on the roster, Lawrence & Roman Flugel to Manchester both playing extended sets. Expect everything from melancholy techno to euphoric emotive house. Support comes from rising talents Adventures In Daydreams.
Gorilla – El Diablo’s Social Club
Crazy P are back with a bang with their first live show in Manchester in 2 years. Showcasing some new material from their long awaited new album (due next year) as well as many much loved classics.
Rebel Bingo is essentially a huge live gameshow surrounded in a party atmosphere. It’s bingo re-imagined for a new generation. It’s not a game of chance. It’s a game of passion and skill. It’s loud and emotional. Play hard. Win big. Don’t bring your grandma.
Manchester Academy– Fever 105 & Rediscover
Horse Meat Disco B2B Hunee
We can’t wait for Grand Theft Auto inspired Fever 105 and second generation disco kings, Rediscover to join forces again for what is lined up to be a seriously special party. Needing no introduction, Horse Meat Disco & Hunee are going to be crate digging for their finest FUNK, SOUL & DISCO wax BTB for 4 of the grooviest hours of your life, if this doesn’t float your boat, what will? Nextup tip. ***