Last weekend was a rather superior occasion, with us managing to get out on both Friday and Saturday night and flirt outrageously with the dance floors of Manchester. It didn't half take it's toll when Monday rolled around though and we swore we'd never throw another techno fist or spread a shuffle to some deep house again. Then we had a little look at what was brewing in the not so distant future for this weekend. Micron turns 7, which in club years is like 50, so they've decided to showcase the dudes that made it what it is today and throw a FREE residents party for you fine people to come let loose at the wonky disco. Disclosure curate yet another line up that wouldn't go a miss at any small festival at The Warehouse Project and one of Northern Quarter's favourite dancing dens at 2022NQ host a very special Evian Christ Trance Party on Saturday. So as you can see, we don't have much of a choice. As much as a night in the flat would leave us feeling rather skipper on Saturday and Sunday morning, we think feeling skipper is overrated, plus it'd be proper rubbish. SO, Micron it is then...
Friday 22nd November
The Warehouse Project present what is likely to have been the first show to sell out, probably by a million miles actually. For Disclosure long gone are the days of descending deep into the pit of bare brick beats for tins of Tuborg with Selective Hearing at Joshua Brooks. After countless hits, headlining festivals world wide and sky rocketing to fame with their distinct UK garage influences the brothers are back on Salford Quays and present a host of international DJ talent to the ravenous ravers in Victoria Warehouse. They bring the likes of Pusha T, Bicep, George Fitzgerald and Dusky to the decks for a night, so throw on some Air Max and a Snap back and remember what it was like to be 18 again. It'll be well worth it.
Back in the city centre, a birthday party is kicking right off at Gorilla with the innovators of the wonky disco taking to the decks for a monumental celebration. Seven long years and over 60 back to back parties behind them in Manchester, Micron rears its naughty little head and invites all its friends (that's you) to come party for FREE. The Residents (that's them) kick start in the bar from 8pm then the club opens its doors to the loyal crowds that will come from all ends of the world (including Moscow) to get wonky one more god damn time. One more time this year that is... Welcome back lads.
Over on the other side of Deansgate, the natural predecessors to Micron and the club nights that personify everything that is right about Manchester clubbing, Mute! and Under take off at their home South. Yes, you're correct, Mute! did throw a cheeky Waxwerks to Mute! party last week with Tristan Da Cunha, but these lads do what they want, and more importantly they do what the people want, so they've invite Daniel Stefanik and Anthea to join them for back to back weekends of stomping around South to lashings of house and techno of unparalleled quality. Look out for the future bookings as well after this one, it's going to be an amazing few months for Mute and Under, including a good old fashioned boxing day smash up with non other than Guti. Doors open at 11pm until 5am.
Saturday 23rd November
Saturday's picks take a slightly different musical path to Friday nights house and techno feast. Out in the bohemian cobbled streets of the Northern Quarter one Evian Christ is throwing the second of two 'Trance Parties'. London and Manchester his chosen destinations to showcase some of his favourite and most revered DJs. The line-up includes Holy Other, Arca, Lukid (Manchester only), Vessel and Wanda Group, with a combination of incredible live shows, and DJ sets. 2022NQ is the chosen location, and it's one that in recent months has been throwing some of the best underground parties in the city, and showing promise for the future of clubbing in the Northern Quarter. Expect hip hop beats crossed with experimental trance melodies nestled between some underground electronica. Safe to say there is nothing like this party in the city, if you get the opportunity head down to check it out I'd take it, it's going to go off. Doors open at 10.30pm until 3.30am.
Back down to Whitworth Street to Gorilla once again. The club that seemingly can do no wrong, is living up to that reputation once again on Saturday inviting Danny Howard's night Nothing Else Matters into it's cavernous interior. It appears that anything and anyone is possible at Gorilla nowadays with the growing reputation as one of the cities most popular clubs, and with Nothing Else Matters bring Toolroom Records boss Mark Knight to the decks that reputation is justified. Expect thumping extravagant house music thats riddled with neon electro melodies and sent first class from the decks down your necks. If you survive Friday at Gorilla, then this is the perfect way to carry on the party well into Sunday morning. Doors open at 11pm until 4am.
Manchester does it again, from The Warehouse to the Wonky Disco, from Trance to Techno, the clubs and club goers are able to embrace the birthdays, the high rising superstars that were once the providers of underground mash ups and you know for sure it's just another weekend that is rammed to the rafters with quality. All aboard the weekend!