With new 200 capacity Northern Quarter venue Cotton Club opening, and the upcoming Warehouse Project season, in vast multi-room venue Depot Mayfield just on the horizon, there is real variety in Manchester’s clubs scene for a big, grimy rave plus intimate, Boiler Room-esque spinning sessions.

Manchester’s club nights for September see the scene’s variation in full force. Expect intimate all-nighters with the likes of Shanti Celeste and Saoirse, as well as a massive experimental, curated night from Aphex Twin featuring Nina Kraviz and more. Size matters, but so does the music.

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Dark Entries Records w/ Josh Cheon, Borusiade, Sofie K | The White Hotel | Sat 7 Sep | 12am-6am | £7-10

This San Francisco imprint have been releasing electronic underground oddities since it’s launch in 2009, dropping releases from the likes of Severed Heads, Helena Hauff, Lhasa and The Hacker. Label boss Josh Cheon joins a stellar line-up featuring these Citi Trax and NTS affiliates for a big ‘ol party.

The White Hotel, Dickinson Street, Salford M3 7LW
Ordinary Friends 3rd Birthday with Saoirse | The White Hotel | Fri 13 Sep | 12am-6am | £7-9

The promoter marks 3 years with a big bash and 3 hour set with Dublin born DJ Saorise to headline. With recent sets under her belt like Love International Festival and Panorama Bar, she has played alongside the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and Peggy Gou, and produced well-received guest mixes for Resident Advisor and Crack Magazine.

The White Hotel, Dickinson Street, Salford M3 7LW
Making Faces – Il Bosco, Annabel Fraser, Dr Mystery | The White Hotel | Sat 14 Sep | 12am-6am | £8-10

“Come and get defaced” asks the promoters. Expect the best in Italo from Red Label boss II Bosco, and a weird and wonderful b2b with B.L.O.O.M’s Phoebe Valentine and NTS affiliate Dr Mystery. Plus, Jorg Kunning aka bakk.heia and NTS favourite Annabel Fraser. There’s even a special “freshers” offer on. 2 Becks for £6. What’s not to love?

The White Hotel, Dickinson Street, Salford M3 7LW
Left, Right & Centre present Spooky Bizzle & Patrice | Soup Kitchen | Wed 18 Sep | 11pm-3am | £6-£11.25

Left wing promoters LR&C return to their favourite Northern Quarter spot with ModeFM’s Spooky aka “The DJ’s DJ of grime” and Swamp81’s Patrice. They join DJ Luz and Fassbender – who will be going b2b – for a midweek bender in the best basement in town.

The Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF, Tel:0161 236 5100
Transmission Funk presents Shanti Celeste – All Night Long | Soup Kitchen | Thu 19 Sep | 11pm-3am | £14.06

The Peach Discs label boss is taking over for an entire night. The Chilean-born-now-Bristol DJ can often be caught playing alongside the likes of Ben UFO, Hodge, Peach, Moxie and more, and a firm favourite of esteemed Idle Hands crew. Heads up – there’s only a few tickets remaining, so act fast.

The Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF, Tel:0161 236 5100
WHP19 Aphex Twin Curates w/ Nina Kraviz, Lee Gamble and more | Depot Mayfield | Fri 20 Sep | 7pm-2am | £38.50

The big one, and a top pick for clubs. The new venue, just off Piccadilly station, plays host to the Warehouse Project’s 2019 parties, with a first-ever curated show from Richard David James. The boundary-pushing line-up is “welcoming you to the future” with Nina Kraviz, Aleksi Perala, Acre, Lee Gamble, 33EMYBW, Zuli, Renick Bell, and more. There are still tickets left, but we bet they won’t be there for long.

The Mayfield Depot, Fairfield Street, Manchester
Oceanic, Bruce & re:ni | The White Hotel | Fri 20 Sep | 12am-6am | £10-£13

The De School, Amsterdam resident makes her Manchester debut this month alongside Bristol’s Hessle Audio and Timedance affiliate Bruce and equally exciting, London-based re:ni. We reckon this promises a night of subtle, skilful sounds.

The White Hotel, Dickinson Street, Salford M3 7LW
rRoxymore & All Hands On Deck | Cotton Club | Sat 21 Sep | 11pm-3.30am | £10

The new NQ basement-only venue is set to open on 13 September. One of September’s highlights includes a headline set from electronic maverick and Face to Face artist rRoxymore. The producer premiered her live show at Berlin Atonal at the weekend, and we can’t wait to see what she brings to this new intimate space next month. Support comes in from residents of inclusive local collective All Hands on Deck. Cotton Club has also locked future bookings from Juan Atkins, Shackleton, SPFDJ, LSDXOXO and Bleaching Agent. The organisers promise line-ups that balance non-binary, LGBTQ+ and female headline artists. We’ll be watching this space for sure.

Cotton Club, Oldham Street
Iration Steppas – All Night | Gorilla | Sat 21 Sep | 11pm-4am | £5.50-£8.80

Complete with a full soundsystem, this is a not an event to be missed from the Vanguards of Dub themselves. And it’s all happening at Manchester’s “best middle-sized club.”

Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 5WW, Tel:0161 826 2998
Goldie & 25 Years of Metalheadz | Gorilla | Fri 27 Sep | 11pm-4am | £15-25

Marcus Intalex Music Foundation are 25 years of Metalheadz with a one-day programme of events across the city, including this closing event anniversary showcase at Gorilla in the evening. Goldie joins the drum and bass party along with MC GQ and NYMFO.

Plus if you can’t get enough Goldie, he’s going in conversation with Dave Haslam at HOME Mcr earlier that afternoon. Find out more here.

Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 5WW, Tel:0161 826 2998
Bambounou, Willow, Turinn & FUMU | The White Hotel | Sat 28 Sep | 12am-7am | £10-£13

The French producer goes alongside FUMU plus Manchester born Willow, who blew up with “feel me” in 2015. Since Jéremy Guindo-Zegiestowski a.k.a Bambounou first surfaced with 2010’s seven-track release on French electro label YounGunZ, he has been making moves, now firmly establishing himself as one of techno/electro’s heavyweights. We can’t wait to see what he brings to TWH.

The White Hotel, , Tel:Dickinson Street, Salford M3 7LW
Sun 1 Sep - Mon 30 Sep
Words:
Izzy Trott
Published on:
Fri 6 Sep 2019