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These are the top UK club events in January 2020

Origins at Corsica Studios
Origins at Corsica Studios

The roaring 20s are back, and mean serious business with Origins, Call Super's White Hotel takeover and Beat Horizon in Bristol... 

New year, new decade, same deal here — the finest soirees, sessions and sweatboxes across the UK. So let’s go get 'em. 

London and the South's top spot goes to Origins thanks to its quadruple-header, don’t miss Iranian-US player Mozhgan at that one. Club Mick’s is also representing anything but the obvious, Liverpool’s greatest contemporary hope, Breakwave, always brings the rave, while Roi Perez is all about multifarious tastes. 

Neapolitan techno crew WOO! are in London on a deep, melodic tip via Basmati boss Gabriel Ananda, Marvin & Guy and team stalwart Aldoina. dBridge’s feted dnb imprint Exit Records debuts at E1 with Skeptical, Jubei and more, while Reading sees La Bonne Musique Selects’ second birthday where FAUZIA's frenetic BPMs and bags of filthy bass provide the score. 

The first of three White Hotel takeovers by Call Super is happening in Manchester — check number one for the region. It’s also good to see Merseyside ignoring the return to work to offer amens and rollers on a weeknight as Shogun Audio arrives at 24 Kitchen Street via Technimatic, alongside Blocks & Escher, Ed:it and Peshay among others. In Sheffield, the Control crew have remembered we’re skint, their BYOB, secret venue gathering boasts three storming UK technoists in the form of JoeFarr, James Shinra live and Eastern Bloc one-to-watch Kerrie

Similarly heavy, Glasgow’s relatively new Rost opened last year and launches Dust Series with local label Dust Vault. Bossman Tremor is joined by Ostgut Ton’s Edit Select and sci-fi techno punk Post Scriptum. Expect super-weirds from the latter. Belfast’s most exciting spot, Ulster Sports Club, is also exploring techno's outer limits with another from the German capital. Barker is the guy behind Leisure System and is arguably Berghain’s most adventurous resident. 

West & Wales goes massive at hip hop, dnb and dubstep throwdown Beat Horizon. Other highlights include Discwoman techno activist Umfang at Room 303 in Exeter, and global beat selector HAAi occupying Motion with Scottish legends Optimo, NTS tech wonder Peach, and Bristol’s own Japanese import Manami. Then there’s Birmingham, which keeps things timeless via 303 peddling raw party starters Paranoid London at Hare & Hounds, and jungle legends abound at the infamous Planet V, including Randall and Die b2b, and Jumpin’ Jack Frost

More proof January isn’t that bad can be found in DJ Mag's latest print magazine, Issue 601, with comprehensive listings for the UK. 

 

LONDON / SOUTH

1. ORIGINS 
SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY 
CORSICA STUDIOS, LONDON
Origins is one of the country’s most consistent club nights, whether throwing parties in the crew’s native Bath or the UK capital itself. Nevertheless, even with such an impressive archive of events behind them this particular session is a bonafide standout. Talk about starting the new decade as you mean to go on. 

Heading up the bill is Amsterdam stalwart Job Jobse, resident at revered institution De School and former firm fixture at the legendary Trouw. Expect nothing but the finest far-reaching house and techno from a guy who still flies under many radars. CEM, one of the main heads in the booth at Berlin’s notorious Herrensauna, is here too, no doubt with a bag of darkroom broken curveballs said session is renowned for. Those aside, Iranian-American Mozhgan packs cosmic mystique and twisted soul into beautifully detailed deep sets, while Danielle is Livity Sound’s not-so-secret-weapon for bass-y goodness. 
10PM - 6AM / ££12.50 - £17.50 

2. CLUB MICK’S 
SATURDAY 11TH JANUARY
MICK’S GARAGE, LONDON 
Expect proper rave sounds of the highest calibre from Panorama Bar’s Roi Perez and Deep Sea Frequencies founder Breakwave. 
9.30PM - 4AM / £5 - £10 

3. WOO!
SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY 
EGG, LONDON 
Deep progressive techno type Gabriel Ananda, disco dubbers Marvin & Guy, and solid southern Italian fours from Aldoina.
11PM - 7AM / £5 - £20 

4. LA BONNE MUSIQUE SELECTS 
FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY
AFTER DARK, READING 
Footwork’s finest fresh face, FAUZIA, with residents OMS, Aaron Hush, ENNO, Sempra and Warren. 
10PM - 2AM / £3 - £8 

5. EXIT RECORDS
FRIDAY 24TH JANUARY 
E1, LONDON 
dBridge’s dnb institution brings Skeptical, Jubei, Workforce, Fixate, Itoa, Dolenz and SP:MC.
10PM - 6AM / £7.50 - £10

 

NORTH / SCOTLAND / NORTHERN IRELAND

1. THE WORST IS YET TO COME
SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY
THE WHITE HOTEL, MANCHESTER
Those who’ve still not tried out the North’s bed-free all-night refuge for freaks, geeks, hedonists and miscreants have more than likely heard the stories by now. As far as UK clubs go, The White Hotel’s reputation for a free-wheeling party spirit is the envy of many, as is its record for securing high profile guests. 

Tonight is set to add another chapter to that storied history, welcoming none-other than Houdstooth innovator Call Super for the first of three takeovers at the venue. Clearly disinterested in anything like fucking about, he’s drafted the services of The Trilogy Tapes type Parris, one of London’s pre-eminent bass purveyors, alongside Discwoman affiliate Akua, who’s bound to bring juggernaut techno and acid in her bag. Hold tight, this won't take any prisoners. 
12AM - 7AM / £15 - £17 

2. SUBLIMINAL: SOUNDS 
TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY 
24 KITCHEN STREET, LIVERPOOL 
Dnb worth skipping school for — Technimatic, DRS, Blocks & Escher, Ed:it, MC Steppa, Lady Soul and decade-spanning hero Peshay. 
10PM - 4AM / £5 

3. CONTROL #13
FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY 
SECRET LOCATION, SHEFFIELD 
BYOB techno for the techno heads via James Shinra live, JoeFarr’s hybrid set and rising star Kerrie. 
11PM - TBC / £13 - £15

4. DUST 
FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY 
ROST, GLASGOW 
Glasgow’s Dust Vault boss Tremor invites Ostgut Ton thumper Edit Select (live/DJ) and experimentalist Post Scriptum. 
11PM - 3AM / £10 

5. PLAIN SAILING 
SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY 
THE ULSTER SPORTS CLUB, BELFAST 
Berghain’s most explorative, Barker, lands in Belfast. 
10PM - 3AM / £8 

 

MIDLANDS / WEST & WALES

1. BEAT HORIZON 
FRIDAY 24TH JANUARY
MARBLE FACTORY AND MOTION, BRISTOL 
Despite concerns over Motion’s future amid Bristol’s ongoing face lift-cum-development fire sale the beat goes on at the decade-old venue. As this evening proves, which brings together a preposterously impressive list of names representing dubstep, dnb, rap and more, hosted by the teams from Soundcrash and Wordplay. 

So that means Goldie is joined by Wu Tang Clan member GZA, Sampa The Great, Talib Kweli and LTJ Bukem in one room. Next door you’ll find Roni Size, Digital Mystikz originator Mala, US hip hop mogul Jeru The Damaja, Swindle live and Bristol Dub Club. Other names involved include Lion Pulse Sound System, DJ Cheeba, Dynamite MC and Sip The Juice, although if there’s any sense left in our twisted world you were sold on this a few sentences ago. Let’s just leave it at that. 
8PM - 4AM / £39.50 

2. RETROFORWARD & WEIRD WAX 
SATURDAY 18TH JANUARY
HARE & HOUNDS, BIRMINGHAM 
Evangelical acid outfit Paranoid London deliver raw warehouse stuff, in a pub. 
9PM - 3AM / £15 - £18 

3. ROOM 303 
FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY
MOVE, EXETER 
Breakneck techno assault, Discwoman style, thanks to Umfang.  
10PM - 3AM / £8 

4. HAAi CURATES 
SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY 
MOTION, BRISTOL 
HAAi invites Manami, Optimo and NTS resident Peach for a party that could go anywhere musically. 
10PM - 5AM 

5. PLANET V  
FRIDAY 31ST JANUARY
LAB 11, BIRMINGHAM 
Old schoool junglists unite for Randall b2b DJ Die, Jumpin’ Jack Frost, Bryan Gee, Paul T & Ed Oberon, SL8R, Escape, and Phase 2. 
10PM - 5AM / £16.75

Martin Guttridge-Hewitt is DJ Mag's Clubs Listings Editor, and tweets @martinghewitt.

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