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.
Tickets are on final release, get them here.
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.
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?
Saturday 31 July 2021 | 2:00pm til 10:00pm | Projekts Skate Park | 97 London Rd, Manchester M1 2PG
Sunday DnB crew at Tribeca
If you’re still going by Sunday night then fair play. Why not hit up Tribeca to see the weekend out with two floors of DnB, jungle dancehall and reggae?
The guys at Dubwoofah and Union Sound are bringing the party, with power sets from Manc DJs Boa, sl8r, Killamanjaro and Epicentre.
Forget about work on Monday and get your tickets here.
Sunday 1 August | 10:00pm til 4:00am | Tribeca | 50 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3WF
For all your Manchester music content, head to The Manc Audio.
Featured image: Square One