It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. In fact it's been a lot like Christmas every weekend in Manchester, as the clubs continue to throw off the hook parties week in week out with the worlds best DJs to keep the kids off the streets and in the clubs! It's not a bad situation to be in when you're inundated with top parties that span the length of the city and cross every thinkable genre on a weekly basis. We can rest easy knowing that as The Warehouse Project draws to a close in the coming weeks Sankeys is primed and ready to reopen, with five dates already booked and confirmed for the venue. The usual club nights look set to continue to defy the odds and keep booking underground quality in some of the most intimate surroundings in the city, including the announcement this week that Zutekh will be hosting there fifth birthday party with the likes of Gerd and Ryan Elliot at Sound Control in February 2014, not so far away in the grand scheme of things.
Friday 13th November
Just off Oxford Road in everyones favourite Underdog, two nights come together under the mistletoe for a night of groove ridden, underground house music from one of the most complete DJs and producers around. Mark Fanciulli joins Manchester's finest party throwers FRANK and Mute! for a night of first class tunes by first class DJs. At the age of 26, Mark has achieved incredible feats in production, leaping between genres and paving his way to success. His DJing mirrors the stylish confidence he portrays whilst jumping the gaps in genres as he continues to take the dance floor on a wild journey like a house infused, beat riddled, pied piper. We also got behind the decks with Sian Bennett this week, one of the most talented and exciting young DJs in Manchester, she supports with help from the other FRANK residents and those little rascals from Mute!
Down at the other end of town in the heart of the Northern Quarter the atmosphere and music is somewhat different as Berlin based Objekt kicks off a set in the basement of 2022NQ. The DJ and producer from Solihull has turned heads once again with spanking new release Objekt#3. The quality of his intricate and detailed productions that are made for big systems to command and articulate the sounds to the dance floor are also shown in his incredible ability as DJ. Another DJ, although differing in genre from Mark Fanciulli, that creates a journey for the club goers to soak in. A brilliant booking by two excellent Manchester club nights Bank and Mekka. Top Friday night Techno from the depths of a Northern Quarter basement. Tis the season for Techno.
Last and certainly not least on this wild, jam packed Friday night in the rainy city is a birthday. The 4th birthday to be precise for one of the best, and arguably most popular club nights in this city, ever. Juicy take their birthday celebrations to Gorilla for what will be a guaranteed sell out shake down with wall to wall Hip Hop grooves and lashings of RnB being brandished from the decks. Time to get down and dirty for some balls to the wall Hip Hop party beats all night with Juicy! Happy Birthday.
Saturday 14th December
A personal favourite when it comes to club nights, simply because the energy in the room is at a maximum, the crowd and DJs are on the same page, and are jacking around the dance floor pumping fists, licking lips and having the time of their lives. Of course, this Saturday Heidi brings her revered and well loved Jackathon to The Warehouse Project. A hefty line up spread nicely across the three rooms, with some brilliant intimate touches to the show including two of the hottest DJs of 2013 Deetron and Hot Since 82 taking over the close quarters of Room 3 for what will be a guaranteed banger of an end. DJ heavy weights Magda, Kerri Chandler and of course Heidi herself take to the stage along with a live UK exclusive from the supremely talented disco party starters Azari and III. A sold out crowd attend, for what will be another monster night at The Warehouse Project.
On Oxford Road and the tempo is reaching lift off as Relapse V Leftism kick start their Manchester show case. Local talent by local club nights is something we're beginning to see more of at the moment. May be a sign of the times with regards to booking cost, or it might simply be because the quality of Manchester DJ talent is at an all time high. Either way this one is a cost effective, Friday night stomp around one of Manchester's most loved clubs, Sound Control.
Plenty going on this weekend with an array of quality options to go at, Juicy 4th birthday could be the highlight, but both FRANK and Bank and Mekka have incredible bookings and enough about them to smash the life out of Underdog and 2022NQ respectively. Which ever you choose you're onto a winner.