An anthology of Freaky Dancing, the acid house fanzine that was distributed outside the Haçienda in 1989 and 1990, is to be published later this month by The Quietus' publishing wing.
The book, titled Freaky Dancing: The Complete Collection, will feature a foreword written by legendary producer A Guy Called Gerald and will compile all 11 issues which were released between July 1989 and August 1990. Many copies were handed out for free to those queuing to get into the Haçienda while others were distributed more widely around Manchester.
When DJ Mag reaches Darius Syrossian at his home in Manchester late one November evening, he’s given up trying to sleep. That’s despite having just returned straight from a gig at Juarez, Mexico club Hardpop, a grueling trip home that included fog, ﬂight delays and an Uber from London. “You know when you’re so tired, but for some reason you just can’t sleep?” Darius asks, sounding a bit less buoyant than normal.
Enter Moxy Muzik, the new label Syrossian is launching, in part, to stand ﬁrmly against the noise. “I’m looking to release music that will still be around in 10 years time,” he says. The ﬁrst release, dropped in mid-December, came from Syrossian himself with ‘Dance Of The Shaman’, a pumping deep house groove featuring an eerie organ melody and euphoric-yet-melancholic shouts and screams.
The idea came partially as a response to the mass of warehouse-style events cropping up across the UK. While Darius loves playing large-capacity shows, they often come with shortened set times, as several stars play side-by-side, jockeying for headline slots. But don’t expect any headliners to play alongside him at Moxy. Instead, Syrossian is calling for local, mostly undiscovered talent to warm up the night, and a lucky few will earn a 90-minute set before him.
Leonardo Hotels have analysed 50 of the biggest cities and towns across the UK and Ireland to find out which are the most musical cities.
Each city was ranked on three factors: number of music venues, number of monthly gigs and the average cost of a pint of beer. These figures were then adjusted according to population to come out with a final ‘music fan ranking score’.
Dax J is set to play at our DJ Mag Presents in Manchester on Friday 7th December.
The techno don and DJ Mag UK's April 2018 cover star will unleash his uncompromisingly heavy selections on the crowd at Gorilla, one of the north of England's busiest nightspots, which will also host our Med School event in November, featuring Etherwood, Whiney, Keeno, Lakeway and Bane.
The Marcus Intalex Music Foundation (MIMF) has been set up in Manchester "to support and nurture talent".
The UK club scene has changed hugely since the mid-noughties. The End is gone. As are The Cross, Turnmills, The Arches, Sankeys and countless more iconic venues. Hands in the air have been replaced by smart phones in the air, the CDJ has become a staple of the booth over the 1210 and most tech-house doesn’t sound anything like tech-house once did. But few places have had such an enduring impact in the years between then and now as Manchester’s The Warehouse Project at Store Street.
As the Warehouse Project’s longest running home, the venue has had a much larger cultural impact on UK clubbing than just hosting the event’s parties. Having started in 2006 at Boddingtons Brewery in Strangeways, The Warehouse Project moved to Store Street – a former air raid shelter underneath Manchester Piccadilly station – in 2007, where it remained until 2011. After moving to Victoria Warehouse to the west of Manchester’s city centre near Old Trafford for two seasons, it returned to Store Street in 2014, where it has remained until now.
During an interview for our 2016 feature on what Fabric’s reopening means for the future of London clubbing, Fabric co-founder Cameron Leslie told DJ Mag that he’d think twice before opening a permanent club in the current climate, in part due to the annual costs of upkeep attached to running a fixed venue as oppose to a seasonal series like The Warehouse Project. Because of the ever-increasing length of the festival season, clubs in the UK’s busiest period is now during Autumn, between October and December.
This combination of factors – rising costs for clubs with an increasingly limited peak season and the constant fear of losing their lease – has led to the rise of promoters like The Hydra, Percolate and Origins running one-off events at spaces rather than being tied to a specific venue. With this model, you get parties at more makeshift venues like The Silver Building, a 50,000 square foot factory in Silvertown, east London, which saw a series of parties from collectives like NYC Downlow and Mulletover in 2017, and has since been developed into studios.
For Store Street’s first season in 2007, Four Tet featured low down on an Eat Your Own Ears bill, and has since gone on to host his own Four Tet & Friends nights. This year, it features Josey Rebelle, Flava D, Bake and more. Similarly, UK artists like Ben UFO, Joy Orbison, Jon Hopkins, Artwork and more have grown exponentially through the years alongside the brand, whilst more recent success stories see Denis Sulta and Patrick Topping host their own nights at Store Street.
A new four-storey venue called YES will open in Manchester later this month.
The multi-purpose wheelchair accessible venue will boast a music venue, bar and restaurant and will be controlled by local promoters Now Wave. The building was formerly used as an auctioneers house and printers press but is undergoing a renovation to install a basement club and rooftop terrace with a NASA-approved soundsystem.
OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) has won aproval for its plans to build a £111 million multi-purpose arts space in Manchester.
Set to attract audiences of up to 850,000 per year, the original proposal for The Factory was approved in January 2017.
However, alterations were suggested in July so that a larger budget of £1.6 million could improve the facade and an orchestra pit could be allocated.
Other changes to the size of the theatre and some sections of the builidng were also made.
The Warehouse Project has revealed the full 12-week programme for its last ever season at Store Street. You can see the line-up below.
Kicking off with an opening party on Saturday 22nd September that sees Seth Troxler, Dixon, Peggy Gou and more all spin, the programme also sees a Rush Hour day and night party, Jackmaster bring a Numbers showcase and Daniel Avery curate his own event.
The programme currently ends on Wednesday 26th December. It hasn't been confirmed whether the usual new year events will bring the curtain down on Store Street.