Last updated: 30th Sep 2014.
Originally published: 22nd Sep 2014
The winner of Manchester Evening News 'Best Venue' award is not short on clubbing pedigree, having started out back in 1993 with the likes of The Dust Brothers, AKA The Chemical Brothers amongst its first residents. Since then it's gone on to become one of the city's most consistent nightposts, with a raft of underground clubnights making their home at the Princess Street locale.
The month of October sees yet more quality arrive at it's distinctive bricked walls. In between regular nights Juicy, which delivers a heady concoction off hip hop, r&b and bashment, and the cult movie and video game inspired Magnum on Tuesdays, there are a raft of other clubbing spectacles worthy of your attendance.
Thursday 2nd October sees tastemaking YouTube channel LibraryUK join up with Let The Freqs Out to bring some serious bass weight to Manchester. Livity Sound affiliate Batu rubs shoulders with Swamp 81 mainstay Chunky, whilst Mushy of Schl Rcrds fame and Radian AKA Ardstepz round off an essential night for all you sub lovers out there.
The following night (Friday 3rd October) welcomes celebrated vocalist Fatima to centre stage for Neighbourhoods. The Eglo records heroine, famous for her work with Floating Points (above), Theo Parrish and Funkineven will unleash a live performance full of soul, backed by a live band for a top notch dancefloor experience. Alexander Nut supports.
October 4th sees the masked techno deviant Redshape arrive in Manchester for one of his brilliant live sets, as he plunders a sound full of raw, emotive techno - the kind that he has been delivering for imprints like Delsin and Deknmantel for the past eight years. Chris Loffler and Dolan Bergin join him.
October 9th welcomes the second episode in Purplesky's career, as they continue to focus their efforts on hip hop, r&b, bass music and everything in between. DJ Croww, Big War, Craig Ad and Architect are amongst the selectors providing the soundtrack.
The venue celebrates a double decade of rave wielding on the 10th with the mighty Steffi taking over the reigns for an extended set that will see the lauded Berghain mainstay wade through the entire spectrum of lean, rolling techno, off kilter broken beats and intelligent house, delivered with as much class as you'd expect form a resident of one of the world's holiest techno temples (see some of that in her Boiler Room above). This will be a birthday to remember.
The following day (October 11th) sees Joshua Brooks flip the script and invite Stones Throw records stalwart J Rocc to headline Joshua Brooks presents. As one of the original turntablists, J Rocc has been a major force in the instrumental hip hop scene since the eighties, with his skills as a DJ bordering on the legendary. Jon K, Jonny Dub, Ty Fitz and MLM provide support.
Eliphino (who you can see in action above) and Deadboy bring some discerning bass sounds along for Something, Everything on the 16th, with Matthew Herbert and Tom Demac leading the charge for Hypercolour presents on October 17th.
Ron Morelli of Long Island Electrical Systems fame joins the always impressive Selective Hearing crew on October 18th for a gritty, mangled journey through the outer reaches of techno and house, something that has made his imprint one of the most adored in recent years. Olsen and Kahwe rounding off the bill.
Bekuz return to Manchester on Tuesday 21st with the deep and powerful techno of Hypercolour and Manmakemusic regular Trikk under the spotlight, flanked by residents Grrd and Shay Healey.
A very special edition of Meat Free lands at Joshua Brooks on the 31st, with Dutch electronica veteran Legowelt on hand to perform one of his mesmerizing live sets (see him DJing in the Boiler Room above). Those in the know will be all over this one, as the prolific auteur weaves a tapestry of emotive techno, hallucinogenic house and analogue driven electro that has made him one of the most exciting producers of the last decade.
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