Ho, ho, ho…doof doof doof…December means one thing and one thing only, time to boogie. Here’s our pick of the best parties announced over the past fortnight.

Joy Orbison | YES | Sat 10 Dec | £23

Hitting the Pink Room at YES this Saturday is none other than Joy O, one of the UK’s most forward-thinking DJs and producers right now. After a killer residency on Radio 1 and a prolific run of releases in 2022, Joy O continues to fly the flag for experimental pop and dance music. His collaborations with Overmono continue to wow too, expect an airing or three of those. Support TBA.

38 Charles Street, M1 7BD
16 Years of Hit & Run | Hidden | Fri 16 Dec | £11

Every time Hit & Run gets a year older, we feel a little bit younger, thanks to their eternal passion and lively events. This birthday is no different, with a wide selection of drum ’n’ bass, dubstep and jungle DJs pairing with the finest MCs in the game. Don’t miss a rare b2b between Commodo and Manchester royalty, Madam X.

17 DownTex Mill, Mary Street M3 1DZ
Finn b2b I. Jordan | Soup | Fri 16 Dec | £5

Soup invites the effervescent I. Jordan to town, who are coming off the back of a stratospheric year of bookings at the top of the circuit. This’ll be a rare opportunity to catch them going b2b with Soup and NTS resident, Finn, expect nothing short of fireworks across all things rave.

31-33 Spear Street, Manchester, M1 1DF
Ordinary Friends: Optimo | The White Hotel | Sat 17 Dec | £17.20

Glaswegian heroes, Optimo are flying high after the launch of their Welsh festival, Watching Trees. The last time they played White Hotel all night long they said it was the best club in the world. Don’t miss this chance to catch the pair go b2b all night long, Espacio style. 

Dickinson Street, M3 7LW
Jeff Mills, Cleric | New Century | Sat 1 Apr | £33

After a killer debut year as a newly refurbished venue, New Century have announced a bunch of unmissable parties for 2023, the most notable of which is this Jeff Mills party. After seeing Fatima Yamaha play live there the other week, we can assure you that the space is truly special, it feels intimate yet grand – the godfather of techno will be right at home. He’s joined by local techno missionary, Cleric.

Corporation Street, M60 4ES
Sat 10 Dec - Sat 1 Apr
Leo Burrell
Published on:
Tue 6 Dec 2022