1. WHP & 50 WEAPONS PRESENT: MODESELECTION, VICTORIA WAREHOUSE, MANCHESTER
FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER
MODERAT, LFO, PANTHA DU PRINCE, DOPPLEREFFEKT, MODESELEKTOR, MARCEL DETTMANN, BEN KLOCK, SCUBA, DUSKY, GEORGE FITZEGERALD, KARENN, BEN UFO, ZOMBY, COSMIN TRG, BODDIKA, MARTYN, BENJAMIN DAMAGE & DOC DANEEKA, ANSTAM, GREG LORD
Every year, The Warehouse Project seems to set a new precedent, flexing its muscles as the undisputed powerhouse of the UK club circuit. Whether its EDM monoliths or underground heavyweights, Manchester's three month season consistently brings bigger and better line-ups, unrivalled by any other booking force in the country.
On Friday 11th October, for example, Modeselektor return to WHP with Modeselektion. Always one of the most eyed dates of the season, this month it'll set a new benchmark as to what can be achieved — and expected — on an ordinary Friday night in October. Close to 20 marquee techno names — including LFO, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Karenn and Boddika — before a similar number of heavyweight bass artists head to Victoria Warehouse for Rudimental Presents the following night.
Elsewhere on the schedule, following Opening with Axwell (27th September) and Welcome To The Warehouse with Seth Troxler and Loco Dice (28th September), Armin Van Buuren (4th October), Jamie Jones' Paradise (5th October), Size Matters (18th October) and a night curated by Julio Bashmore (26th October) will see everyone from Steve Angello to Laurent Garnier take to Trafford Park's Victoria Warehouse, and that's just this month alone.
With pretty much every event of the season reading more like a dance festival line-up than a regular club night between now and NYD — all for £25 — WHP has raised the bar higher once again.
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8pm – 5am | £25 | warehouseproject.com
2. RANDOM MAGIC, FIRE, LONDON
SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER
OMAR S, MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM, HACKMAN, LUKAS, CHRISTOPHE, FUTUREBOOGIE DJS, HORSE MEAT DISCO, LUKE SOLOMON, HONEY DIJON (LIVE), DAN BEAUMONT, OPTIMO
Down south, one London venue taking a leaf from the WHP manual is Fire. In a bid to makeover its image as a hedonistic haunt mainly for gay clubbers, it's set about inviting the most formidable dance music brands to attract a more diverse array of clubbers to Vauxhall — and will set yet another benchmark.
Securing takeovers from Dirtybird and Dubfire's Sci+Tec in September, plus The Hydra with Three Chairs this month, the date that's really tickling our fancy is this Halloween party hosted by Random Magic with Omar S, Maxxi Soundsystem, Hackman, Horse Meat Disco, Luke Solomon, Honey Dijon (live), Dan Beaumont and Optimo.
With advanced tickets available for £12.50, you'll be hard pushed to find better value than that anywhere in the world — let alone London.
10pm – 7am | £12.50+ | firelondon.net
3. MODA BLACK, THE WAREHOUSE, LEEDS
SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER
DJ SNEAK, DARIUS SYROSSIAN, JAYMO & ANDY GEORGE
After booking Miguel Campbell to play for the darker, more understated foil to their Moda imprint in March, Jaymo & Andy George have been invited back to The Warehouse, Leeds — for obvious reasons.
As Moda Black's stock has continued to rise — since landing its first compilation/mix in 2012 — it's continued to embrace, if not help drive, the UK house explosion, offering props to the likes of Pedestrian, Huxley and Mia Dora on 'Moda Black Vol. 2' earlier this year. This month, however, the duo have gone back to basics, booking the bull-shit free Chicago house of DJ Sneak, plus Leeds' ViVa Warrior Darius Syrossian. Featuring two of the most outspoken men in the industry, expect the music to be just as noisy.
11pm – 6am | £8+ | thewarehouseleeds.com
4. BUGGED OUT PRESENTS DUSKY, XOYO, LONDON
SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER
DUSKY, PAUL WOOLFORD, TREVINO, NEVILLE WATSON
Saturday 5th October is set to be a busy one at XOYO when Dusky play at a Bugged Out! party of their making.
The London duo — who have found a new lease of life since, in 2010, they swapped the progressive house made under their Solarity alias for juicy garage/house cuts — have become one of the UK's most unstoppable forces over the past 12 months, and they'll be stepping even deeper into uncharted territory when they curate their first London line-up.
And boy, what a line-up it is! Among the cast of selectors, Paul Woolford, shrouded by the cacophonous buzz of his Special Request project (LP due in October), joins Trevino, the techno alias of d&b ace Marcus Intalex, plus Neville Watson, still fresh from his debut LP, 'Songs To Elevate Pure Hearts', earlier this year.
9pm – 4am | £12.50+ | buggedout.net
5. FACELESS RECORDINGS, RHYTHM FACTORY, LONDON
SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER
JON CHARNIS, SILKY, GRASS IS GREENER, BARBER, ADAM SAVILLE
Jon Charnis is a name currently getting a lot of hype in underground circles. Inevitable, perhaps, for any artist put out on Henrik Schwarz, Dixon and Âme's Innervisions label these days, but it was the melodic intricacy of the 'Prophecy EP' that really made him stand out. He's since remixed 'Moonwalk' for Faceless Recordings alongside Prab K and played LA, Barcelona and everywhere in-between over the past few months. Londoners have a rare chance to see this rising star at Rhythm Factory on 19th October.
10pm – 6am | £8-£15 | rhythmfactory.co.uk