While the country is on lockdown DJs aren’t able to make a living playing out – but you can show your appreciation in other ways while we wait for things to go back to normal. Streaming mixes and listening to past radio shows are small but welcome gestures of support for your favourite selectors in these uncertain times. Here, we round up five of Manchester’s best.

Swing Ting

Due to celebrate the launch of their album 100 Dances at Soup Kitchen just before all venues were forced to close, soundsystem focused Swing Ting are a production outfit, label and club night that’s kept Manchester dancing for the last 11 years. Check out their NTS radio show for genres such as dancehall, soca, grime and reggaeton courtesy of residents Platt, Samrai, Fox, Murlo and Joey B.

Supernature Disco

Supernature Disco are a DJ collective specialising in house and disco, whose everyone-welcome free-entry daytime Sunday raves have played host to some of the best DJs in Manchester, from Luke Unabomber to High Hoops. Get acquainted with what they’re all about through their Reform Radio show, which you can listen to here. Alternatively, check out their Instagram for lockdown live streams.

DJ Paulette

The Hacienda’s first female resident is well loved at parties such as Homoelectric and Northern Quarter bars like Cultureplex and The Pen And Pencil, but it’s her monthly radio show at Reform Radio that’s perhaps the DJ’s longest Manchester residency since she returned to her hometown after years living in Paris and Ibiza. Tune in for the latest in house and techno and peruse the show’s back catalogue for special guest mixes from friends such as Balearic and acid house DJ Nancy Noise.


South Africa hailing SNO has only been DJing since 2015, but since filling in for a friend at Soup Kitchen, she’s quickly made a name for herself thanks her eclectic style, switching between jazz, soul, Afrobeat and highlife. Resident at Banana Hill and part of the Dimensions DJ Directory, she’s also got a residency at Chorlton’s Elecrik Bar. For now, get acquainted with her sound through past shows on NTS and Reform Radio, as well as guest mixes for DJs such as Midland.


22 year old Tarzsa Williams has already made a big impact on the Manchester music scene as an NTS resident and latest Swing Ting recruit. Championing emerging local soul and R&B artists on her show, her taste follows a childhood spent around music – her mother is a soul singer and her step-father is a producer for Hacienda Classical. Check out her monthly NTS show here.

Kamila Rymajdo
Published on:
Wed 1 Apr 2020