Friday 17 Sep 2021
[@]Manchester's Clubbing Scene
The city with a nightclub for everyone
If you’ve come to Manchester to party, then you’ve come to the right place. From staples such as the Warehouse Project and South, to more low-key and under-the-radar nights, there’s plenty to tickle a clubber’s fancy.
Ever since the Hacienda began welcoming revellers in 1982, Manchester has led the way when it comes to clubbing. The venue, which gave birth to the ‘Madchester’ scene, finally shut its doors in 1997 after almost two decades of success. Despite its untimely closing, its legendary nights put the city on the map and paved the way for the clubbing scene that lives on today.
One of Manchester’s greatest exports is Sankeys. With franchises now in Ibiza and New York, the original venue, which has been located on Radium Street in Ancoats since 1994, still has people queuing on a nightly basis to experience the rave-like atmosphere. Tons of famous DJs have completed sets to a sold-out crowd, including Moby, The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk.
Sometimes, however, bigger is better. Especially when bigger means the Warehouse Project. Since 2006 the clubber’s paradise has been running each year from September to December and shifts tickets like no other event. The current venue, tucked away on Store Street, now has a huge capacity of 5000. Music genre ranges from house and techno to trance and electro depending on which DJ is gracing the stage. Annie Mac, Pete Tong and Armand Van Helden are just a few of the industry trailblazers who have completed sets there.
Clubbing isn’t always as cut as dry as to say ‘the more the merrier’ – especially when the underground scene is just as rockin’. So for those partial to something a little less mainstream, then rest-assured that there’s a place for you. Gorilla, situated on Whitworth Street West, prides itself on an intimate atmosphere. Meanwhile Antwerp Mansion, located just off the Curry Mile in Rusholme, is a unique venue often packed with ravers.
Antwerp Mansion is a renovation project, aiming to turn a beautiful but run down Victorian Mansion into a Music, Art and Photography Haven.
it's open Thursday - Sunday 9pm to 3am.
Recommended: Also, the Monthly Comedy Night
Craig Charles at Band on the Wall
Happening each month at Band on the Wall, Craig Charles spins his funk n soul selections into the early hours, choosing the grooviest cuts as well as the firm crowd favourites.
Everything from Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder to James Brown and Aretha Franklin finds its way into his sets, alongside more contemporary and danceable numbers.
Recommended: Get a ticket
Located in the Gay Village this LGBT focused club is often package with revellers.
Cruz 101 is open every night of the week with the exception of Tuesdays. It usually opens at 11pm and is open until between 5am and 6am - please check out their events pages for full details of opening times.
Recommended: Thursday's - Cheesy Pop
Fac 251 The Factory is the latest reincarnation of the building formerly known as Paradise Factory, Industry and as the home of Factory Records. Spread over three floors the club plays host to regular live bands and events.
Open thursdays - Sundays this is the place to relive some of that 'old' Factory magic.
Recommended: It's all Good!
Funkademia at Mint Lounge
Funkademia takes place every Saturday to a consistently full house, feeding a friendly crowd with a diet of pure unadulterated soul-funk.
Billed our night as a ‘chronological history of soul’ with the dj collective taking you on a journey through four decades of the very best soul, funk, electric disco and hip-hop with a touch of smooth r&b and some big house classics.
Recommended: Saturday Night
Gorilla is a multi-discipline venue featuring a bar, food service, a theatre and a nightclub in large space under the arches on Whitworth Street.
Open daily, the main clubbing weekend starts on a Thursday night, but other events often happen during the week.
Recommended: Breakfast served 11.30am - 4pm
Sankey's is a prime destination for the serious UK clubbing community, Sankeys has built a worldwide reputation based on three things: the atmosphere, the people and the music, with programming dedicated to curating a superlative amalgamation of cutting-edge house, techno & electro; pushing boundaries with home-grown talent & global music bastions.
Renowned nights such as Tribal have cemented the clubs reputation as a trailblazer of underground music ever since the illegal raves of the 90s, and has maintained its focus on keeping that no-frills party vibe running.
Recommended: Friday Night
South is Manchester's original underground basement dive club... and proud of it. Launched by Paul Cons the promotions manager of the Hacienda, South became a kickback from Gunchester and the violence surrounding the Hacienda at the time.
Created as an antidote to the superclub... a tiny dive club... dark and deliberately underground.
Recommended: Sat Night - Clint Boon
Started in 2006 this weekly series of events starts in September and runs till New Year. The WHP is one of the most popular clubs of the year and it also produces events for MIF
Recommended: NYE party (if you can get tickets...)
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