January can be a bit dry with the holiday season hangover keeping people locked inside, and you may also have exams to be worrying about. Exams however, mean end of exam parties and that means their are some amazing nights to get yourself down to across the city. The end of this month is absolutely packed with some quality nights that are guaranteed to help you kick the new year of with a seriously good vibe.
House and Electronica:
Mint Lounge – Hi-Ku x Groove Kitchen
To close out last year and celebrate their 2nd birthday, Hi-Ku threw an absolute killer of a party. To kick things of this year they’re going right back to the basics and throwing a dead cheap party hosted by their residents. They’ll be teaming up with Groove Kitchen to give you a night that promises to be heavy on the good vibes and quality music. This is one of those no-brainers, if you’re free then you should one hundred percent get down and check this out.
Joshua Brooks – Thirdeye
Seb Zito (3 hour set)
Thirdeye have gone and done two things for this night, firstly, they’ve limited the capacity to 250 people and secondly, they’ve booked a 3 hour set. This is all in the hope of creating an intimate vibe with the emphasis clearly placed on high quality music. Intimacy is a lovely thing but a 3 hour set strictly necessitates that the DJ be talented and diverse enough to keep it on point the whole time. Seb Zito coupled with those beautiful Void speakers at Joshua Brooks, can absolutely do this. Expect a top quality night with a downright charming vibe.
Q Cavern – DogEatDog
Francesco del Garda
The Dogeatdog boys, with their apparent propensity for nakedness and a debauchery loving attitude, deliver parties that are fun. Then they go and book acts that completely supersede the fun. These guys throw a good party, grounded in quality music and topped with raucous energy. Even if they didn’t do this, it wouldn’t really matter because they’ve gone and booked Francesco del Garda. He is phenomenal, eclectic and talented.
Hip hop, grime and garage:
Dr Syntax (Live), Pete cannon (Live)
Before you get to excited, this is NOT a club night. This is a live show delivered by two of the finest in the game. If Dr Syntax and his melodic flow don’t get you excited, then nothing will. Certainly an event worth leaving the house for.
South – Lord of the Tings
Lord of the Tings is a blend of good, cheap fun and high quality music. With this booking their continuing that trend but perhaps ticking a few more of the music boxes, a definitive leader in the UK Funky scene, expect big things and on point track selection from Champion. Of course don’t forget the usual host of quality and good vibes from the Lord of the Tings residents.
Joshua Brooks – Transmission Funk
Happa, Randomer, Ansome (Live)
Still just 17 years old, Happa and his releases have already caught the attention of the likes of Loefah and Ben UFO, so this kid clearly knows what he’s doing. His style is still developing but expect some of the darker and grittier sounds to come through. With solid support coming in from Randomer and Ansome, this would be a solid night to hit if you finish exams on Friday and want to party through the whole weekend.
Unknown location – Selective Hearing
Phase, AND, Fundamental Interaction, Reflec
The kingpins of the Manchester techno scene right now, Selective Hearing have thrown some absolute belters over the past few months. This time they’re going back to a ‘secret warehouse’ and giving you a BYOB policy for a rave that will go on until the very wee hours of the morning. Phase will be playing a three hour extended set that should be an absolute techno marathon, rounding the night off, resident Reflec and Fundamental Interaction play B2B in what will be a relentless close to a hedonistic test of endurance.
Disco and Funk:
Club Academy – Fever 105
Greg Wilson, Benson Herbert, Ruf Dug
This is one for all you folk who finish exams a bit early, or for those of you just really can’t resist the Thursday session temptation. This is another 3 hour extended set and yet another one that will be well worth checking out. Given the more laid back nature of Greg Wilson’s sound, this is sure to go down well and it will undoubtedly be funky. His extraordinary crate digging skills will be on show during this three hour expose, if you’re free then I seriously suggest getting yourself down and enjoying a night of high quality disco.
Academy 1 – Stevie Wonderland (2nd Birthday)
After their massively successful party to close out 2014, the guys over at Stevie Wonderland have upped the scale and will be taking over Manchester Academy. They’ve gone the whole hog with this one and are throwing a roller disco party for their second birthday. With a roller rink and also a dancefloor to keep everyone happy whether adventurous skaters or dancers who like to play it safe. Breakbot is seriously on the rise right now, he’s definitely worth checking out and has just the right kind of vibe to make this a memorable night.
Deaf Institute – Horse Meat Disco
Lewi Scandal All sources indicate that the Horse Meat Disco team know how to throw a party. Disco is absolutely king for these guys and the parties feed of a vibe rooted strongly in the New York club scene from the 80’s and 90’s. This month they’ve got Lewi Scandal to tow to keep you entertained all night. Expect everything from classic disco to rare oddities to keep you going well into the night.
Soup Kitchen – Banana Hill x EAC
Al Dobson Jr, Sumochief, Cervo, Contours
This gets the award for event most likely to surprise you, it is also an event that looks extremely intriguing. The promoters themselves are promising a night filled with intimate Jazz, Hip-Hop and House from a selector whose sound is apparently a fusion of Jazz, Hip-Hop and House. This is a serious booking, you can tell its all about delivering some high quality music, if this sounds like your thing then get yourself down there.
Club Academy – Pangaea
Totally enormous extinct dinosaurs (TEED), Paul Woodford b2b XXXY, Dub Phizix, many more
It’s one of the three special times of the year that Pangaea rolls around. If you’re a student then all of your housemates ex-girlfriends and their new course mates will no doubt be attending. If you’re not a student you might be inclined to stay away, musically however, this really is going to be absolutely live. The quality is not up for debate, they have gone and booked some absolute gems. Highlights include TEED, Congo Natty and Riot Jazz. Plus so many more quality acts and rooms hosted by some of Manchester’s finest, and all of this under one highly decorated roof. It attracts the masses for a reason and you can tell its going to be a cracker yet again.
The Roadhouse – Rotation Policy
On Friday the 30th of January Rotation Policy welcome Australian collective Untzz for their first gig in Manchester. Widely appreciated for their bass heavy approach to house and techno, Untzz have quickly built up a reputation as one of the best labels in underground music. Don’t miss a rare chance to see them playing the UK, as Mic Mills and Babicka go B2B for a full 3 hours at the intimate Roadhouse venue.