It’s bank holiday season, which means day parties and lots of them. It’s the Queen’s birthday or something? See you front left.

Freak Queer Rave: Eris Drew, Aiden Francis | The Loft | Fri 15 Apr 3-11pm | £16

The Loft is quickly becoming an institution, tucked away in M40, it’s a haven for headsy minimal and much more. This Easter they welcome Freak Queer Rave, who invite house and breaks DJ of the moment, Eris Drew for a four-hour set alongside Aiden Francis and High Hoops. 

Unit 1, New Street, Manchester, M40 8AW
Hyper Violet: 12 Hour Bank Holiday Party | Derbyshire Brewery Arms | Sun 17 Apr 12-12am | £10

After a lively launch party at Eastern Bloc, new house and techno promoters, Hyper Violet are throwing an all-day bash at the heaviest pub in Manchester. They invite two of Glasgow’s finest in the shape of Sub Club residents, Stevie Cox and Linnemann. Get there bright and early for doors at 12.

95 Cheetham Hill Rd, Cheetham Hill, M8 8PY
Wax Villainy: Darwin | Kable | Fri 27 May | £10

Berlin-based selector, Darwin has been making waves with her aquatic party REEF, label SPE:C and climate action collective Clean Scene. Her penchant for dubstep, garage and everything in-between has made her appearances on lineups a great cause for excitement. Don’t be surprised to hear techno, jungle and breakbeat too.

11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP
Left, Right & Centre, LCY, Ahadadream | The Old Abbey Taphouse | Sun 1 May 3pm-3am | £10

The name LCY has become a mainstay in recent years. Their label SZNS7N has brought fierce sounds from Bristol to the forefront while moving into the ambient sphere of late. The now London-based DJ heads up a 12 hour May Bank Holiday alongside fellow Londoner and More Time Records boss, Ahadadream and a host of Manchester’s finest including Yung Will, fresh off the plane from South America.

Guildhall Close, Manchester M15 6SY
Finn & OK Williams | SOUP | Fri 13 May | £5

These two NTS regulars will be going toe to toe all night long in the SOUP basement, undoubtedly throwing punches with their deep bags of all things lively. OK’s moody but energetic blends of breaks, techno and left of centre electro should be a magical marriage with Finn’s tendency to dive into speed garage and r’n’b classics.

31-33 Spear Street, M1 1DF
Fri 15 Apr - Fri 13 May
Leo Burrell
Published on:
Thu 14 Apr 2022