The nights are drawing in and the days are getting darker, but that’s no excuse not to step outside and enjoy the many nights of good music the city’s best clubs have to offer throughout November. And we’ve rounded up some of the best. If it’s techno, disco, jungle, or simply just a good time you’re after, we’ve got you covered. If a headline set from UK techno heavyweight Randomer at The White Hotel wasn’t enough to catch your attention, there’s also antics from another Kiss Me Again party with Hesska and Clemency at Soup Kitchen, a Homoelectric Festival, plus a jungle and hardcore marathon with Loose Lips and Kulture Project on the 22nd with the likes of 2 Bad Mice, Source Direct and DJ Absolutely Shit. Definitely enough to make you want to step out into the night and put your best dancing shoes on…

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Pagoda presents Raime (DJ), Pinch & JAY | The White Hotel | Fri 1 Nov | Midnight - 7am | From £12

Known for their “uncompromising, ingenuitive cuts for the club and the car”, the duo behind Blackest Ever Black records are heading to Salford at the start of the month for what is set to be a night of old school garage and grime from the darkest of places, in the darkest of venues. Garage in a garage? Sounds about right. Pinch, founder of respected dubstep label Tectonic Recordings will also be present. Plus JAY, part of the formidable SIREN Collective are also billed – “wormholes of pure techno delight” incoming.

The White Hotel, Unit 3, Dickinson Street, Manchester, M3 7LW
Kiss Me Again with Hesska & Clemency | Soup Kitchen | Sat 2 Nov | 11pm - 3am

The monthly LGBT+ night, dedicated to bringing a variety of sounds and good times to queers and everyone else, will once again be partying in one of the North’s finest basements. For their 35th installment, CITS’ Hesska – a KMA favourite who headed up the promoter’s 1st birthday antics – is taking the reigns along with Mutalism resident and Limbo Radio regular Clemency. If you’ve attended a KMA night before, you know this promises a proper wild party!

Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester, M1 1DF
One Night MCR presents: Setaoc Mass, Yant, Renwick & Carlos Sousa | Joshua Brooks | Sat 9 Nov | 10pm - 4am | £10

Pioneering electronic boss Setaoc Mass heads up a truly Mancunian party with the likes of young techno don Yant, who is known for his forward thinking productions that have been played at the like of Berghain, Fabric and The Warehouse Project. Manchester based Renwick and One Night MCR co-founder Carlos Sousa are also set to soundtrack the night at Joshua brooks. The event also marks the release of an upcoming sub-series from the Manchester born, now Berlin-based label, founded by Setoac Mass, SK_eleven. With the aim to act as an outlet for upcoming producers, the series’ first installment, Night Shift [SK11XX01], a four-tracker from Yant, arrives on Fri 1 Nov.

Joshua Brooks, 106 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6NG
Homobloc Festival | Depot Mayfield | Sat 9 Nov | From £35

With over 20 years’ experience throwing some of Manchester’s wildest parties, punters of Homoelectric are as diverse as the music they play: homos, heteros, lesbos and don’t knows all come together for a night of hedonism amongst disco, boogie, techno, afrobeat and garage house. They’re putting on their first ever festival, Homobloc, at Mayfield Depot – a cavernous urban space rich in heritage and industrial character. Spread over four stages, 10,000 misfits will descend upon their paradise with a 50+ strong lineup. For more, read our preview.

Depot Mayfield, Unit 9, Temperance Street, Manchester, M12 6HR
Left, Right & Centre present Randomer [Clone] & Darwin [REEF] | The White Hotel | Sat 9 Nov | Midnight - 6am | From £12

Back with another big one at The White Hotel, local promoters Left, Right and Centre are really at the top of their game. Their next installment sees esteemed UK techno export Randomer head up another epic night with the likes of Darwin, a LF&C favourite ever since her Crack Magazine mix back in 2018 and resident Korzi, no stranger to holding his own on the weightiest of line-ups. Tickets are shifting fast so make sure you act soon.

The White Hotel, Unit 3, Dickinson Street, Manchester, M3 7LW
Shackleton live at Cotton (support TBA) | Cotton | Fri 15 Nov | 11pm - 3.30am | £10

This event, part of the exciting opening season at new 200-cap Northern Quarter club Cotton, features as an RA pick and although support is yet to be confirmed, we reckon a return for native Northerner Shackleton is not one to miss. The experimental bass pioneer will be live for a rare, intimate performance.

Cotton, 42-44 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE
Silk Cuts presents K-Lone | YES Basement | Fri 22 Nov | 11pm - 4am | £6

Genre defying party-people Silk Cuts bring head of the Wisdom Teeth label to the YES basement for some middle-of the month madness. Expect anything from wobbly UKG, dubstep and electro bangers to more sombre dub techno and downtempo tracks. Support comes in from Silkcuts resident Silkman. There’ll be lots to get your teeth stuck into.

YES, 38 Charles Street Manchester, M1 7BD
Karenn (live), Volvox, and Blasha & Allatt | Hidden | Fri 22 Nov | 11pm - 6am | From £11

Karenn, the duo comprised of Blawan and Pariah, make up one of the fiercest brands of techno. Dubbed as masters of “raw and improvised” tunes, be sure to expect the unexpected from this headline live set. New York based artist, Discwoman member and self-described “techno disciple” Volvox also features on the billing, along with Meat Free residents and promoters Blasha & Allatt.

Hidden, 17 DownTex Mill, Mary Street, Manchester, M3 1DZ
Jacked - Sleezy D Fundraiser with Marshall Jefferson | Gorilla | Fri 22 Nov | 11pm - 4am | £11

In light of the recent and tragic passing of Acid House pioneer Sleezy D, a massive fundraiser-rave is taking place to raise money for an amazing cause. Chicago house and deep house legend Marshall Jefferson takes centre stage along with Danny Rampling, Jon Dasilva and Steve Mac. With tickets at just £10, why not attend and support.

Gorilla. Arch 54/56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WW
Loose Lips and Kulture Project presents 2 Bad Mice, Source Direct, DJ Absolutely Shit & Jim Bane | The White Hotel | Sat 23 Nov | Midnight - 6am | From £10

Collective, label, and party pioneers Loose Lips are celebrating their 5th birthday with a whole series of events in some of the UK’s best cities. To mark the occasion in Manchester, they’ve teamed up with Kulture Project to bring you the best in jungle, hardcore and drum and bass for a birthday party to remember at the Salford stomping spot. Expect legendary D’n’B from Source Direct, the best in breakbeat hardcore from 2 Bad Mice and simply a “proper good time” from DJ Absolutely Shit (aka Il Bosco). Other LL 5th anniversary events are taking place in Bristol, London and Europe until January 2019, so keep those eyes peeled.

The White Hotel, Dickinson Street, Salford, M3 7LW
Project 13 MCR presents Lee Gamble, Afrodeutsche & Cõvco | The White Hotel | Fri 29 Nov | Midnight - 6am | From £10

P13 are bringing Lee Gamble – the guy kicking politics back into dance music – the “dark and evocative” soundings of Manc-based Afrodeutsche, and NTS resident Cõvco for an evening of epic sonic-proportions at The White Hotel.

The White Hotel, Dickinson Street, Salford, M3 7LW
SPFDJ & Martin Loose-Cuts | Cotton | Fri 29 Nov | 11pm - 3.30am | £11

The small-but-mighty Cotton club plays host to the “utterly ruthless” sounds of SPFDJ as part of its truly epic opening season. Promising “techno dystopia, gabber kicks looking angry but classy”, we can’t wait. Tickets at just £10 for a gig in this unique intimate space.

42-44 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE
Fri 1 Nov - Sat 30 Nov
Izzy Trott
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Thu 24 Oct 2019