When the cultural scene found itself shut down by the pandemic, a community of producers, DJs and creatives in Manchester decided inaction was out of the question and formed a collective called Rhythm Rug.

Their idea was to make “content that makes you move” – be that films, music, virtual DJ showcases, anything that reminded us how vital the nightlife scene is and how much its artists and contributors enhance our lives. Their motto sums up that ambition beautifully: “A 6am smile, any hour of the day.”

This month, the collective hits a major milestone as it launches its maiden real world party on September 22 – a three floor takeover of the Deaf Institute headlined by Jozef K (Last Night On Earth, Lossless) playing an extended three hour set in the main ballroom.

Joining Jozef K at the top of the building is Matty of Manchester label Chequered Wax – an artist who is dedicated to championing the city’s emerging names in disco, house and techno, and who has become one of the scene’s real tastemakers. Manchester’s own home of house music Rhythm Department Records invites REES and Swales to play in the main bar all night long, while down in the basement Face2Face line up a two-hour set of broken beats from Rainy City Radio DJ dig B B2B with Charlie B, plus Lucid Juice’s Gina tops off the night with a unique selection of electro, acid, garage and breaks.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Wed 22 Sep, The Deaf Institute,
135 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HE
, £6-£10
Sarah Walters
Published on:
Tue 21 Sep 2021