The students are back, the nights are drawing in, and the beast that is Manchester's nightlife is well and truly awakening after the summer.
And nowhere more so than at Sankeys, where things are heating up nicely as the winter approaches. This weekend sees Sankeys doing what it does best, with two strong nights of music provided by some big, big name DJs.
Friday sees the return of party-starter Kissy Sell Out with support from Union and Gold Teeth. Rapidly becoming an institution within dance music, Kissy is a crossfader-wrecking and performance turning out monster of clinical assurance who remains a glorious ball of stage presence and charisma each and every time he steps up to the decks. Support come in the shape of electro party crashers Union, fresh from their SW4 showcase and possessing a sound that complements Kissy’s ferocity perfectly with equal parts electro, indie and techno. Gold Teeth also star. Skiddle caught up with Kissy recently ahead of his return to Sankeys - check out the interview here.
Buy tickets for Kissy Sell Out at Sankeys here
Saturday's Welcome to Manchester party is a bit of a monster, featuring Okain, Greg Vickers, Miguel Campbell, Ellesse and Micron Vs Idiosync. Whether making music on his own or with German firebrand Paul Ritch as one half of Handycraft, Okain’s mettle remains solid and his funk sex drenched and swaggering towards the floor. That oft quoted but rarely mastered ensemble of groove heavy house and fist pumping party techno is exactly where Okain is at, but delivered with skill and flair like few can manage.
He joined by a reputable cluster of Djing reprobates, not least the starry eyed revelation that an overdue return for Brazilian based Sankeys legend Greg Vickers is in store, sure to send ripples of excitement through anyone with even a passing appreciation of the club since the turn of the century. Miguel Campbell, the American veteran last seen running amok over the release schedules of Crosstown Rebels and Hot Creations and now instilled as an honorary Mancunian after his sterling showcase back in July.
Buy tickets for Welcome to Manchester at Sankeys here
See all upcoming Sankeys events here and buy advance tickets through Skiddle