This Saturday sees the launch of High Bank, a new club night run by local residents Samename and DJ Croww, aiming to bring new, raw talent to a city which is so diverse in ways not only limited to music. With Manchester’s musical history making record books and with bands more famous than the most famous football team in the world (coincidentally, also from Manchester), this is a night which will be welcomed with open arms. “We want High Bank to be a place where people can experience different kinds of club music, some of which don’t have a proper platform currently or that haven’t been represented in our city before.”
With their reputation for boundary-pushing productions – see the genre-defiant edit recently released by Samename of Madonna’s ‘Skin’ (not Madonna’s skin but her song called ‘Skin’) – the childhood friends explain “[High Bank is] an outlet for us to experiment in a small intimate space on a strong system, create and curate our own line ups and bring people who wouldn’t usually come to England or Manchester.”
Heavily influenced by ballroom, traxx and grime, these boys know their music. With a focus on underground club genres from all over the world, be it footwork or Jersey club from the US, Cumbia and Dembow from South America or grime from closer to home, they aim to scour the globe to bring world-class artists to the rainy city.
For their debut event they’ve invited Richelle, co-founder of Belgian label Pelican Fly known for their releases by the likes of Cashmere Cat, Sinjin Hawke, Samename and more. They’ve clinched a rare live set from the producer.
£4 early bird tickets are now sold out, but there are a limited number of £5 tickets available on Skiddle.