This Christmas, Manchester club Sankeys will throw open its doors for seven hedonistic nights of festive celebrations.
Visiting the club over Christmas week will be ghosts of Sankeys past, present and future, with The Hacienda's Graeme Park, Heidi, Circo Loco and a brand new night from Metropolis amongst the festive offerings.
First up is Circo Loco, heralding the beginning of the festivities with a Boxing Day bonanza. Coming back brilliantly form the closure of their spiritual Ibizan home in DC10 to regain their crown as the premier underground party on the island, Circo Loco continue to set standards high with a line up that's crammed full of Circo residents and friends, Moon Harbour stalwart Matthias Tanzmann headlining, Freak N Chic Gallic superstars Dyed Soundorom and Dan Ghenaica supporting alongside Visionquest darlings Tale of Us. Oh and throw in Circo Loco’s young bucks Mass Prod and Sossa. Heavy.
Wednesday 28th sees The Hacienda makes a welcome return, with original resident Graeme Park at the helm. Park, equally as legendary in Manchester and the global electronic realm, is supported by Allister Whitehead, K-Klass and 808 State.
Size Matters rock up on the 30th, and whilst this maybe a point of contention ahead of any unwanted gifts delivered this period, rest assured as far as Sankeys goes it is all good. The record label of Swedish house Svengali Steve Angello, the label’s two big guns are imminent with both AN21 & Max Vangeli delivering a sonorous selection of fist pumping anthems throughout the evening. Munich maestro Thomas Gold also starts for what a monumental evening of ripsaw basslines, euphoric breakdowns and hands in the air moments.
Sankeys’ final show of 2011 is something special, and it’s only apt, really, that’s it Heidi’s The Jackathon. One of the club’s most revered residencies, Heidi’s world-touring brand has set up home at Sankeys and set the template for all night sessions. Bringing one of the best female spinners back to the club to preside over it all is exactly what NYE needs, augmented by some of the year’s brightest names also in attendance; Maceo Plex performs at the club, having released on some of the world’s best underground labels including Treibstoff, Dumb Unit, Cocoon, Audiomatique, Modern Love, Mothership as well as playing some of the best clubs such as Rex, Cocoon, Fabric, Womb. Dutch techno spinner Lauhaus also guests, along with super-hot producer Subb-an, Leftfoot’s Matt Tolfrey – fresh from the labels’ 5th birthday celebrations earlier in the year – and Sankeys regular Darius Syrossian. Sankeys’ own Ellesse also stars; architect of Kaluki’s now weekly residency at the club after a brilliant and epoch-shifting summer, Ellesse’s vision and drive has helped shaped the club and he is a rather good DJ to boot.
And finally, kicking off New Year’s Day, Metropolis will be hosting an all-nighter at the venue and the event will be the first in a series of its kind. The main headliners for the launch show are one of the leading names in electronic music today and true Metropolis favourites, Chase & Status, who will spinning a DJ set covering drum and bass, dubstep, and anything in between. Chase & Status will be joined by Shy FX, one of the original pioneers of the Jungle and Drum & Bass scenes, and now a leader in the bass music revolution with his imprint Digital Soundboy.