Spring has sprung! Or it will be springing, at the end of the month. And what a month it is, with more events than you can shake a well-tuned stick at.
Once again like we did last month, the events will be organised into rough genres, with sections for house, techno, grime/bass, disco and ‘other’. If you know of anything which we may have missed, feel free to leave an event link with a short description in the comments section below.
Quick selection: Murlo/Deadboy (Lord of the Tings), Daniel Avery (Soup Kitchen), 6th Borough Project (PTFP x EDL), Clouds (Transmission Funk), Sun Ra’s Arkestra (Gorilla) and K.O.G. & the Zongo Brigade (Banana Hill).
Friday 6th March
Joshua Brooks – Zutekh
Famed for their all day, summertime courtyard parties, the Zutekh boys have been consistently bringing out the big guns with recent guests including ItaloJohnson and Underground Paris. On Friday they host Hessle Audio’s mate Midland for an extended set which is (pretty much) guaranteed to slay the dancefloor and more than deserving of the Joshua Brooks Void set-up.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067868363229093
Deaf Institute – Arthouse
The guys behind the legendary FreeRotation festival welcome renowned crate digger and genre spinner Arnaldo, most notable for his fabulously European moustache and eye-popping selection of vinyl for their third birthday celebrations.
Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613174152239058
1 Primrose Street – HIKU
DJ Fett Burger B2B Telephone, Jon K
Scandinavian tag team on the decks for an extended set, supported by Manchester DJ-about-town and Hoya:Hoya resident Jon K for a set which will be as unpredictable as the English weather. DJ Fett Burger, along with his brother DJ Sotofett and co-founder of Sex Tags record label has achieved almost cult-like status among the music circles with the label and his own productions. Telephones is by far a ‘DJs’ DJ’, supported by the likes of Pirns Thomas and Gerd Janson. Get on down!
Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/510014149141037
Soup Kitchen – Project 13
DJ Funk, Means&3rd, ACRE
Project 13 welcome Dance Mania stalwart DJ Funk from across the pond, for the first time in five years. Expect Chicago trax aplenty and the first 40 people through the doors will be handed a download card containing 42 tracks from the man himself. Ably supported by Eastern Bloc-er Means&3rd and Project 13 resident who himself has seen a lot of hype recently, ACRE.
Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/623336647798383
Sankeys – Mvson.
Scuba, Ryan Elliott, Tom Demac, Space Dimension Controller
A rather silly lineup. SDC playing all night upstairs in Spektrum, with Berghain resident Elliott, uber-opionated (and great DJ) Scuba and Hypercolour signing Tom Demac holding the fort below in the main room. The lineup is specially curated for Mvson’s 2nd birthday and they promise us that the coming year will be their best yet…
Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/894853390567189
1 Primrose Street – Troupe & Below the Surface
A welcomed return to Manchester by everyone’s favourite Floating Points. His recent mix with Four Tet for the closing of London club Plastic People is on its way down into folklore, showcasing his eclectic taste through unique blends. His curation of French festival Nuits Sonores is enough to make anyone wish they live in France.
Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/343451672521735
Xolo – EDL x PTFP
6th Borough Project
6th Borough Project have been around the block and back again, the busy Scottish duo both owning record labels and having illustrious side projects in their own rights- Crag Smith as resident DJ and Graeme Clark as The Revenge. Every release is met with both commercial and critical acclaim. This time around they are here to give Manchester some Disco Lovin’, as the event proceeds will be going to Forever Manchester and the Joshua Nolan Foundation. Poppin’ off!
Event details: Party for the People
Daniel Avery, Volte-Face, John Loveless
Phantasy Sound boss continues his tour, stopping off at Manchester’s favourite basement to lay down some tracks for his highly-anticipated, intimate set with labelmate Volte-Face. Whilst tickets sold out to this months before the event itself, there will doubtless be some floating around so try and get hold of them if you can, for pure vibes.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/974117419282553
Xolo – Coded Rhythm
Swamp81 boss, UK bass/dubstep pioneer, Loefah’s music can be legitimately described as bass-face inducing. This experienced producer has been round the bloc a few times and always lays down a dancefloor destroying set.
Event details: http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Xolo/Coded-Rhythm-Presents-Loefah/12305083
South – Lord of the Tings x Mute
Doing a special dancehall set, LotT team up with Brighton/London collective Mute to bring Murlo and Deadboy to South. Both bass and grime aficionados, expect bassface inducing beats and booty shaking danefloor rhythms as these two cause mayhem with the students of Manchester…
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/401014050079388
One of our favourite bass hunters! Spooky (Bizzle) plays all night long for Jamz, dropping a strictly vinyl only set. He nows how to work the crowd and with a fantastic selection of some of the very best old, new and unknown tracks, he’s gonna make that dancefloor bounce all night.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/940235639349865
Where’s the afterparty? This gig finishes at an early time of 11pm (standard gig time TBH) but the crowd are unlikely to settle for a mere few hours of Rustie and Mssingo’s bass heavy productions. Seeing Rustie in the relatively calm setting of a gig at Deaf Institute is an unmissable experience, and on that we can only hope is followed by a right good knees up.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/430946493720825
Joshua Brooks – Meat Free
Fionntan Cooper, Carlø Ribeirø
Everyone’s favourite fun loving techno night returns after a roaring party with Ben Simms last month. For their annual free party they bring out local boys Fionntan and Carlo to lay down some techno goodness along with the customary inflatables and glitter. Always a good shout.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/404504676385164
Joshua Brooks – Transmission Funk
TRuss, Clouds, J.Tijin
Absolutely cracking lineup from the Transmission Funk boys, with what promises to a brutal night in the form of nu-wave techno. Prepare yourself for this one and expect ‘a snarling, roaring mess of limbs, bodies and noise.’
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/900271133350446
TBA – Selective Hearing
Truncate, Joey Anderson
At the end of a solid month of techno, Manchester/Leeds heavyweights Selective Hearing bring the US to the UK with Dekmantel’s Joey Anderson and prolific producer Truncate.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1576617975917506
Soup Kitchen – Dancer Wanted
Bradley Zero, Ruff Dug
From across the Penines Manchester welcomes Leeds local Bradley Zero most notable for being one of the mainstays of Boiler Room. He’s joined by Ruff Dug, owner of Ruf Cutz record label.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1532003903737583
The Roadhouse – So Flute
Proprietor of Do You records, and NTS host extraordinaire, Charlie Bones’s DO!! YOU!! breakfast show on NTS is a corker, bringing a daily dose of “scintillating morning chat” amongst flawless, eclectic selections and a whole host of special guests including Theo Parrish, Dego, Osunlade, Patrick Forge, Floating Points & many more.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1632317456991182
Gorilla – Kaluki
Skream (3 hour set)
Skream is arguably underrated. A former dubstep pioneer and Big Apple (records) mainstay, he slayed the world of dubstep, becoming one of the biggest producers out there. And when he’d decided that was down, he infamously turned to disco. And both he is good at it. Expect a night of full on shimmying!
Event details: http://www.seetickets.com/event/kaluki-present-skream-3hr-set-/gorilla/846798
TBA – Not So Secret Warehouse Party
In a name that’s a cheeky nod to all the ‘super super secret secret’, Not So Secret Warehouse party have been causing a stir before they’ve even launched! Greg will play an extended edit-laden set spanning decades and genres, assisted by his trademark vintage Revox B77 reel-to-reel tape machine and bottomless record bag.
Event details: PFTP
Zombie Shack – Oh Bacchanal!
Frontin’ boss and Caribbean carnival king, J Rus is back in Manchester to bring a dose of tropical vibes to a small tiki bar on Wakefield Street, serving calypso cocktails in pineapples – perfect environment!
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1610549535857009
Soup Kitchen – Banana Hill
K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade, SPECIAL GUEST
Africa-by-way-of-Sheffield band, K.O.G. & the Zongo Brigade, are renowned for their dynamic live performances and hip wiggling tunes, led by K.O.G. who has the uncanny ability to wrap audiences around his little finger. The special guest hails from Soweto, Mzansi and recently played for Banana Hill back in Sheffield – no surprises for guessing who this one is! TIP.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1610648492482620
Kraak – MSF
Beats without Borders: CERVO, Danuka, Cutwerk
Local DJs join forces for a night of funk, soul and rhythm in aid of a very good cause. All acts playing for free, dropping only the best, most danceable tracks in eclectic genres from disco to afrobeat to soul. Dance your cotton socks off in aid out charity.
Event details here: https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/993-friends-of-msf-presents-beats-without-borders
Q Cavern – Groove Kitchen
After delivering a vivacious set at Groove Kitchen’s launch party, Esa returns for a night of revelry, calypso and cake. Renowned in afrobeat circles for his fun loving sets, this guy has drawn support from the likes of XLR8R and RA.
Event details: https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/1016
Sun Ra’s Arkestra
The man, the myth and the legend. Infamous jazz/cosmic musician, Sun Ra, has a cult following and whilst he has long since passed, his jazz band live on, performing around the world in his literally genre-defying style. You probably won’t know what to expect. Space is the place…
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/990970590932546