A few months ago, it was hard to believe that we’d be inundated with so many club nights and music events that we’d have to be picky.
But since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted just over a week ago on so-called ‘Freedom Day’, announcements have come thick and fast – and what a lovely week it’s been. The clubs have been packed with happy faces and hope of the scene recovering is being restored.
We’ve gone from being stuck inside watching our favourite DJs and artists on screens to being spoiled for choice for nights out.
So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and can’t decide what to do, we’ve put together a round-up of the weekend’s offerings to give you a hand.
A brand-new club night merging disco and garage
From the people behind Hit & Run comes a new event launching on Friday at the Northern Quarter’s Mint Lounge. ‘Disco In The Garage’ will bring together some of Manchester’s best selectors from both disco and garage to create something pretty intriguing.
There’ll be a group of residents playing on rotation, including familiar faces Will Tramp, Rich Reason, Joy Social and Nanny Banton. And whilst we’re unsure what to expect here, that’s what makes it sound so good.
If you’re as curious as us, grab your tickets here.
Friday 30 July 2021 | 10:00pm til 4:00am | Mint Lounge | 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
A party in Victoria Warehouse’s basement
Kaluki Musik’s Summer Soundsystem series kicked off last Saturday with a packed-out opening night featuring Richy Ahmed.
The Victoria Warehouse basement – a relatively new and unused space – is currently playing host to the label’s nine-week residency this summer and is proving to be the ideal spot for a party like this. If you love that intimate basement feel from a night out, this one’s for you.
The series continues on Saturday with a monster lineup of Kaluki favourites. The likes of AJ Christou, Pirate Copy, Rich NxT, Rossi and Seb Zito will all provide the house, tech house and minimal soundtrack across eight hours. And it runs until 6am so we expect you to be the last ones standing, really.
Saturday 31 July 2021 | 10:00pm til 6:00am | Victoria Warehouse Basement | Trafford Wharf Rd, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1AB
Open-air dancing just off the Mancunian Way
Round two is on from Saturday afternoon at the city’s newest open air venue Square One. If you went to O’Shea’s Beer Garden you might recognise its Mancunian Way location. The popular Irish bar called this space home for 13 weeks from April through to earlier this month.
Last weekend saw some stellar DJ sets from the likes of Jaden Thompson and Denis Sulta in an unforgettable opening weekend for the Square One team. They’ve managed to create such a vibe over there, beneath that multicoloured canopy. You’d never believe cars were whizzing past on the Mancunian Way just over the fence.
If you want a piece of the action, this weekend they’ve got Luigi Madonna, Nancy and Rebūke playing on Saturday. And on Sunday Hot Since 82 will make up the bill, with support from James Organ.
There are still a couple of tickets left for Saturday here and Sunday here but be sharp about it.
Sat 31 July/Sun 1 August | 2:00pm til 11:00pm | Square One | Cakebread Street, Ardwick, Manchester, M12 6HF
A party in a Skate Park under the Mancunian Way
If dancing just off the Mancunian Way doesn’t interest you, how about right under it? The Projekts Skate Park located beneath the road has become the unlikely host of a series of takeovers from some of Manchester’s biggest music labels and club nights.
If you fancy a day sesh, Saturday’s instalment of the series will feature Darius Syrossian’s Moxy Muzik from 2pm. The brand had an incredible first show back at Joshua Brooks last Friday and the team are fired up for another round in their hometown.
Get in on more of this with the addition of that open air festival feel whilst also sheltered by the Mancy Way from this rubbish weather that they’re promising. What more could you want?
Masked Manchester rapper Meekz announces UK tour with intimate hometown show
Masked-up Manchester rapper Meekz has announced the details of his ‘Can’t Stop The Come Up’ tour, which will see the artist play an intimate hometown show at Manchester Academy 3.
Taking over the 470 capacity venue for one night in 2023 as part of the mini-tour, which also sees him play shows in London and Birmingham, fans will have a rare chance to see Meekz up close in a personal setting.
Earlier this year, the local heavyweight performed at the BRIT awards alongside UK rap champions Dave, Fredo, Ghetts and Giggs – giving a live rendition of his unforgettable verse on Dave’s ‘In the Fire’ to a mainstream audience of millions.
Meekz also impressed at Parklife festival last year, playing on the main stage to a crowd of thousands.
Now, he’s announced he’ll be pulling out all of the stops on tour – ending with a special homecoming show in the new year.
The tour announcement follows the first play of Meekz’s new track ‘Fresh Out The Bank’ featuring Dave which premiered as Clara Amfo’s BBC Radio 1 Hottest Record In The World last night.
Taken from his highly anticipated debut mixtape Respect The Come Up, which has just been released, Meekz has announced himself as the scene’s next superstar.
The 10-track project includes pre-release singles ‘Respect The Come Up’ & ‘More Money’ and seven brand new songs, plus a remastered version of ‘Take Losses’ – the 2018 cut which helped launch his career after the buzz it created on SoundCloud became too loud to ignore.
Meekz has established himself as one of UK rap’s brightest, most intriguing talents, who slices through the frost of street boasts and menace with moments of profound introspection.
His music evidently resonates with people on a grand scale: Meekz’s work has racked up 250 million streams to date and he’s approaching 100 million streams on Youtube, with 200,000 subscribers locked into his channel.
Tickets for the new live dates go on sale at 10am on Thursday 24th November and will be available here.
MEEKZ UK TOUR DATES 2023
Wed 22 February Birmingham O2 Institute 2 Fri 24 February London O2 Islington Academy Mon 27 February Manchester Academy 3
Feature image – Meekz
An exhibition and all-day rave showcasing underground club culture and more is coming to Manchester
An art exhibition and all-day rave showcasing underground, queer clubbing culture and more is going on show at Manchester’s newest music venue, The Loft.
Set inside a warehouse-style nightclub on an industrial estate in Miles Platting, PALOMA will be part exhibition, part rave: shining a light on the young local talent busy capturing the world of underground clubbing – as well as day-to-day life in and around Manchester.
Sound-tracked by a special line-up of DJs including Unity Radio’s Adele Tondu, multi-disciplinary artist Jordan K Joseph (whose artwork will also be on show), Zuri, and Manami B2B UK techno bass fusionist selector INGI, here music fans can explore images captured on blurry nights and dark rooms whilst vibing to meandering beats.
As for the artwork on show, those heading down can expect to see works from DJ curator Jordan K Joseph, Stockport-based photographer, Annie Woodall, Documcr AKA Harry Flaherty, Abbie Fowler, Rhianna Austin, and Egle Bidvaite.
From work by Lithuanian native Egle Bidvaite, known for capturing the extraordinary fashion of underground queer raves and hidden moments of blurry nights, to photographs from Jordan K Joseph, whose style and artistic direction are informed by his love for music and the underground clubbing world, music and art lovers will find plenty to explore across the day.
Elsewhere, there will be work on display by Annie Woodall, who captures scenes from her day-to-day life in South Manchester, and signature postcards from Abbie Fowler exploring the realms of photojournalism and landscape photography, all captured exclusively in film.
Documcr, AKA Harry Flaherty (the first collaborator of PALOMA.) creates art that brings to life familiarities of places and faces we know, and experiences we share, whilst Rhianna Austin will be bringing her varied style of photography, focusing on people in places whether that be incorporated within landscapes or nightclubs. Her main goal, to highlight a sense of beauty in any setting.
Tickets are available to purchase for £7 on Resident Advisor or Skiddle, which admits entry to the exhibition and day party. Tickets can be purchased on Resident Advisor or Skiddle. The Loft is located in Unit 1, New Street, M40 8AW.