Forget London and New York. We all know modern clubbing was born in Manchester.
Whether you’re looking to bop your head at a gig that soothes the soul, dance the night away in a dark and sweaty basement, or rave for a full 24 hours on an industrial estate on the outskirts of town, we’ve got you covered.
Zutekh presents: Hotflush Recordings with Scuba & Or:la
With over eight years in the house and techno promotion game, Zutekh is a firmly established favourite with the city’s electronic crowd. This month’s party brings the Hotflush Recordings team in for an intimate night in the Soup Kitchen basement, with a roster headed by label founder Scuba and eclectic talent Or:la. 11pm-late, Soup Kitchen, Friday 3rd November. Tickets here.
Red Eye Hi-Fi Carnival with Mike Skinner & Zed Bias
Local sound system outfit Red Eye Hi-Fi return to the Ritz with headline DJ sets from garage production icons Mike Skinner and Zed Bias. Spooky & Killa P will perform an exclusive, one-off carnival set full of dancehall and bashment floor-fillers. Watch out for hosts Kiva and Berry Blacc too, both talented artists in their own rights. 11pm-late, O2 Ritz, Friday 3rd November. Tickets here.
HomoElectric Winter Showdown
Get your glitter ready. HomoElectric returns to Hidden for their final party of 2017 with a 3-floor full venue takeover. New York disco legend Nicky Siano takes over the loft, whilst London lovelies Luke Solomon and Hifi Sean, both current residents at London’s hottest gay club Savage, take the middle floor, and local champs DJ Paulette, Jamie Bull, Will Tramp and Gina Breeze represent Manchester on the ground. 10pm-late, Saturday 4th November, Hidden. Tickets here.
Children of Zeus | Soul Food Sunday
A tonic to the city’s bass-orientated club scene, soulful hip-hop duo Children of Zeus perform live at Eastern Bloc records with support from young up and comer K S R to celebrate the release of their new EP The Story So Far. Catch DJ’s spinning that good Sunday soul, reggae, hip-hop and everything in between and cop some fresh vinyl and t-shirts while you’re at it. 3 pm start, Eastern Bloc Records, Sunday 5th November. Free admission.
Twisted Tubes & Jenna & The G’s
Genre-bending, explosive local 10-piece brass outfit Twisted Tubes perform a selection of new songs from their debut EP The Grass is Greener. Incorporating a full latin percussion section, their sound defies that of conventional brass collectives: blending together dancehall, hip-hop, and straight-up funk. Expect appearances from special guests, plus support from Manchester’s very own Jenna and the G’s. 7.30pm start, Band on the Wall, Sunday 5th November. Tickets here.
Hit & Run: Berry BLACC Birthday Bash with Kahn & Neek and Cul De Sac
Manchester clubbing stalwart Hit & Run are throwing a bash in honour of their youngest and newest resident Berry Blacc this month at 256 in Fallowfield. The birthday boy is part of Manchester’s emergent neo-soul scene and will be hosting on the night alongside Chris Amor, as well as stepping out with both Cul De Sac and Budget Boyz. Hit & Run also called in long-term friends and bass heavyweights Kahn & Neek to perform a special 2-hour vinyl set, all powered by Neuron Pro Audio’s Void rig. 10pm-late, Saturday 11th November, 256 Wilmslow Road. Tickets here.
WAH presents Exit Records & Spectrasoul How We Live album launch
Fans of drum and bass need to look no farther. Worried About Henry and Exit Records launch Spectrasoul’s new album How We Live with a huge supporting line-up. Get ready for sets from local legends Dub Phizix and Strategy, DRS, Bloc 2 Bloc’s Jack Banner, liquid maestro Calibre and bass heavyweight Break, plus Alix Perez and much more. 10pm-late, Hidden, Friday 10th November. Tickets here.
Love Dose Records Lovers Warehouse
For a taste of hedonistic industrial warehouse raving, get yourself down to the White Hotel in Salford. This November, Love Dose Records host an all day and night event with a heavyweight selection on offer. Head down for acid house, disco, electro, house, and techno. You can find the old mechanics garage 10 minutes walk from Manchester Victoria train station. 4pm-8am, The White Hotel, Saturday 11th November. Tickets here.
More Bounce bring The Juice Crew to the 02 Ritz
The team behind More Bounce bring the mighty Juice Crew to Manchester for the first time ever to make hip-hop history. Big Daddy Kane. Masta Ace, MC Shan, Roxanne Shante, Craig G & Kool G Rap will light up the mic for the first time ever in the city. One not to be missed. 7pm-11pm, O2 Ritz ,Monday 13th November. Tickets here.
Abstract Orchestra plays Madvillainy
The 16-piece Abstract Orchestra play homage to Madlib and MF Doom’s 2004 cult classic Madvillainy at Sound Control this month with a bespoke live show. They will be playing the full album, plus throwing in a few DOOM one-offs to keep us on our toes. Amidst sad news that Sound Control will soon be closing for redevelopment as apartments, we recommend attending before it’s no more. 7-10pm, Sound Control, Thursday 16th November. Tickets here.
Glaswegian dub reggae sound system Mungos Hi-Fi always bring the party when they come to town. If you’re in the mood for big reggae beats, and warm, heavy bass then head down to the Mansion to two-step with the best of them. Just make sure not to wear your best trainers. 10pm-late, Friday 17th November, Antwerp Mansion. Tickets here.
La Discothéque 1st birthday
La Discothéque celebrates their first birthday at The Albert Hall this November with headline sets from Horsemeat Disco and US disco royalty Evelyn Champagne King. Their first year has been a heady one, winning City Life’s Best Club Night award and bringing the likes of Todd Terje, Jocelyn Brown, Crazy P, Greg Wilson and much more to Manchester. Expect a riotous mix of house, disco, and techno all set inside one of Manchester’s most beautiful nightlife venues. 8pm-late, Albert Hall, Saturday 25th November. Tickets here.
DJ Yoda with Joey B (Swing Ting)
Hip-hop DJ and production legend DJ Yoda will be hitting up Band on the Wall this month with a night of classic old school hip-hop. For those unfamiliar with his work, Yoda pioneered a new form of audiovisual entertainment, unifying hands-in-the-air clubbing with a night at the movies, chopping and splicing classic movies with the same exceptional style that he repurposes music samples. It is always a treat to watch him. Support on the night comes from city dancehall fave Joey B of Swing Ting fame. 11pm-late, Band on the Wall, Friday 24th November. Tickets here.
Riot Jazz returns
Manchester’s much-loved 10 piece brass band revive their club night after a six-month pause at a new home – Wilmslow Road’s 256. The local roof-raisers will be transforming the venue into a stage and state of the art sound system from Neuron Pro Audio, but reassure us the ‘super-cheap bar prices’ will remain. Support comes from brass-heavy afrobeat outfit Agbeko, who are tipped as one of the most exciting bands in the city right now. Hosted by Levelz emcee Truthos Mufasa and with DJ support from Rich Reason, based on many great nights past we’d say this looks set to be a good one. 10pm-late, Saturday 25th November, 256 Wilmslow Road. Tickets here.
Haçienda Classiçal Homecoming Show
Reviving the nostalgia for Manchester’s early rave days, Haçienda Classiçal returns home this autumn for a Manchester date at the O2. Graeme Park, Mike Pickering and the Manchester Camerata Orchestra offer up a classical-DJ-hybrid of clubbing classics for your enjoyment. 7pm, Saturday 26th November, O2 Apollo. Tickets here.