Beginning the month on Friday 3rd July, Meat Free continue to make some of the most adventurous bookings in Manchester, this month cutting through the city's somewhat barren clubbing schedule with analogue loving French electro stalwart, Vioski. Note, when we say ‘French electro’, we’re talking slightly more out there fare than your old Ed Banger favourites. Voiski compelling synth work is gritty and cosmic, and while the trip might take a while, the pay off is huge. He’s joined by him from over the road, Eastern Bloc’s Means&3rd, plus the Meat Free residents.
Meanwhile, at the other side of Stevenson Square, infamous whatever/whoever goes rave Homoelectric are taking things down a notch in scope, if not atmosphere and energy, with the debut of their new party Babyhomo (also on the 3rd), a name sure to grind the teeth of the most hardened Daily Mail readers. The concept is simple; eschewing the usual guest format, all the selections will be provided by Homoelectric’s crack squad of resident DJs, Owain Richards, Jamie Bull and Will Tramp. This means a four tier blend of soul, techno, pop and house, all nudging up against each other for the evening, and getting on just swimmingly, thank you very much.
Following something of a break, Wet Play return to Kraak on July 11th accompanied by the night's full original crew - Ste Spandex, Kickin' Pigeon, Randy Marsh and yes, Ruf Dug himself - for another distinctive evening of psychedelically tinged boogie, disco, house, techno and whatever else is available.
Soup Kitchen are keen not to let the lack of student loans in the area affect their stellar booking policy, with some key parties throughout the month. July 17th sees Chow Down return to the space with grime royalty Royal T, while on the 24th, two of the best respected electronic talents out of Manchester in decades, Demdike Stare and Andy Stott, collaborate on the inaugural edition of ‘Moving Metals’.
And while the festival circuit and the White Isle of Ibiza have snagged many of the best DJs on the circuit, Gorilla are still hosting a series of impressive parties with an on point tech house edge each and every Saturday. Exploit and Covert have teamed up to present the likes of Danny Howard and Bontan (4th July), Miguel Campbell (11th July), Shiba Shan (18th July) and Sam Divine (25th July), along with in-house residents, Just Jorge and Lewis Smith.
Raising much needed funds for the ongoing crisis in Nepal following their recent earthquake, some of Manchester’s finest DJs are putting their (house) heads together for a special night at Statik on July 17th. Rob Tissera, Pianoman, Dave Booth and more will be spinning old skool classics throughout the night.
Meanwhile, finishing off the month in decidedly groovy fashion, cult but crossover disco and funk gang Crazy P will be hosting their own Not So Secret Warehouse Party at an as yet to be disclosed city centre location on July 31st. Their skilful DJ set will incorporate live band elements, blending soul and house, with several special guests planned to complete the bill.
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