1. THE DIRTYBIRD PLAYERS, FIRE, VAUXHALL, LONDON
SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
CLAUDE VONSTROKE, JUSTIN MARTIN, CATZ 'N DOGZ, ZOMBIE DISCO SQUAD, JESSE PEREZ...
Whether it's a BBQ in Miami or a sweaty warehouse party in San Fran, you can be sure those “dwirty burds” deliver.
Since making their mark in London with an innings at Oval Space a couple of years back, Claude VonStroke and his merry brigade of feathery friends have secured a weekly residency at Sankeys Ibiza, opting to stuff their ludicrously busy schedule with this big-ass Dirtybird Players knees-up at Fire this month.
Falling on the Saturday after payday and featuring only the primary members of the label's familial cast until 7.30am, the Dirtybird Playerz party will present the boss Barclay (Claude VonStroke) alongside Justin Martin, Catz 'N Dogz and Zombie Disco Squad, plus the relatively new and hotly-tipped Kill Frenzy. Meanwhile, OutOut Promotions have booked Miami house gangster Jesse Perez for the second room of Vauxhall's flagship venue.
Since the release of the eponymous 'Dirtybird Players' compilation in March — including sub-bass-y cuts from the likes of Shadow Child, Friend Within and Eats Everything — the 'Players' tour has been running rampage, calling in an airstrike in Birmingham (7th September at The Rainbow Warehouse), Leeds (27th September at Mint Warehouse) and Middlesborough (28th September at Marquee) prior to the stop at Fire.
11pm — 7.30am | £12.50 - £25 | firelondon.net
2. NEED2SOUL, OVAL SPACE, LONDON
THURSDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
MANUEL GŐTTSCHING, SCHWARZMANN (HENRIK SCHWARZ & FRANK WIEDEMANN)
The term 'rare' gets banded around the dance scene a lot these days. Comebacks from so-called house and techno legends from the '90s are nothing new, especially in the capital, where vintage 4/4 sounds remain the sound du jour.
However, every now and again, something REALLY special comes along; a real life living musical genius stops by to play once under a blue moon. In this case, it's Manuel Gottsching, lined up for his first ever show since 2000.
The German electronic composer, most famed for his 1984 LP, 'E2-E4', laid some of the most seminal groundwork from which the origins of house and techno sprouted. His live show will be supported by Henrik Schwarz and Frank Wiedemann's Schwarzmann project at Oval Space on Thursday 5th September.
8pm — midnight | £15 - £30 | ovalspace.co.uk
3.XOYO, SHOREDITCH, LONDON
FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
FRANCOIS K, IVAN SMAGGHE, JUSTIN ROBERTSON
XOYO has curated a night featuring the dance music equivalent of the three amigos on Friday 6th September.
The loveable veterans, each distinctive in their own right, will act the heroes in the booth till (almost) dawn. Francois K will be armed with everything from vintage disco to cutting-edge bass. Former Blackstrobe man Ivan Smagghe will bang out techno blacker than Hawtin's drainpipe jeans, and acid house original Justin Robertson is likely to be dressed like a sailor. Don't miss it.
9pm — 4am | £12.50/£15/£20 | xoyo.co.uk
4. HUDDLE 1ST BIRTHDAY, 2022NQ, MANCHESTER
FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
STU CLARKE, SQUAREHEAD, DAN J & MIKE O'MARA
Pioneering fun, lively party music without losing sight of dancefloor sophistication, Wolf Music has captured the attention of as many switched-on youngsters as it has the more worldly characters found in clubs.
Classy tunes from the likes of KRL, Medlar and Greymatter caught those with a sophisticated ear in recent years, while fresh cuts from the likes of Bicep, Session Victim and Squarehead have kept the company goods well below freezing, stealing the affection of clubland's cooler cats. And it's the latter who joins the label's co-boss for a label showcase at Manchester's hip arty hangout 2202NQ for Huddle's first birthday this month.
2.30am — 3.30am | £6/£8+ | huddlehotmix.com
5 .MISSING PERSONS CLUB, SAINT JUDES, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
FRIDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER
It takes a lot to dissuade Glasgow's club-hungry mentalists from leaving the house for house. Never mind superstition, the weather is enough to keep most “southern fairies” from venturing out at night. On Friday 13th, however, there's yet another good reason. New Jersey deep house don DJ Qu will bring his chunky grooves to the sleek confines of Saint Judes on Bath Street.
Counting the likes of Levon Vincent, Jus-Ed and Fred P as friends and recent gigs at Panorama Bar, Fabric and DC10, DJ Qu is a man to be judged by the company he keeps — and the places he dwells — as well as, of course, his exemplary touch on a pair of turntables.
11pm – 3am | £6/£8/£10 | saintjudes.com