June 21 is edging ever closer – and while the ground is appearing increasingly shaky – it’s starting to feel very real.. All being well, we will dance again very soon. With that in mind, here’s our pick of the hottest parties announced in the past few weeks…

Metrist & Avernian | Stage & Radio | Fri 2 Jul | £8

This shindig sees Timedance mainstay, Metrist, top of the bill alongside Avernian – who founded Manchester’s Lurch club night. With a killer sound system installed in the Northern Quarter basement, your eardrums are in safe hands with Metrist, a sonic architect and pioneer. Support comes from Manchester local Sonice, Left, Right and Centre co-founder Krozi, and NTS resident Hesska.

43 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ
Amelie Lens | 02 Victoria Warehouse | Sat 10 Jul | £30

Amelie Lens is quickly becoming one of the biggest techno DJs in the world thanks to her unforgettable sets and intensely personal takes on social media. She’s also bringing Belgium back as one of the most important countries for dance music in the world. Here, Lens is joined by recent collaborator and French hopeful Airod, who released an EP with Lens in late May.

Trafford Park, Stretford, M17 1AB
Habibi Funk | Yes | Sat 17 Jul | £10

Hitting the Pink Room at Yes this July is Habibi Funk, a re-issue label based in Berlin with only one thing on the menu, shit-hot arabic fusion. It sounds weird but actually bangs very hard. Be sure to check out their long string of releases and get down to Charles Street on July 17.

38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7BD
Repercussion | Depot Mayfield | Sat 18 Sep | £45

The first six Warehouse Project parties all sold out in a heartbeat – but we’re pretty sure if you get on that RA resale queue you’ll be able to snap up some tickets in time for this one. An obvious highlight of their announcement, this one-day festival sees Boiler Room, Mr. Scruff and WHP present the who’s-who of dance music across five rooms, including DJ Koze, Laurent Garnier and even Soul II Soul. Not to be missed.

Volruptus (Live) | Aatma | Fri 5 Nov | £10

Icelandic Electro maestro Volruptus returns to Manchester for the second time – this time for promoters, Crazed Behaviour. This one was meant to happen in January but you all know what happened next. With releases on Nina Kraviz’s трип label, he’s widely regarded as one of the best in the game. Warm up comes from the Crazed Behaviour residents.

Fri 4 Jun
Leo Burrell
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Fri 4 Jun 2021