Manchester is well and truly gearing up for (Christmas) party season, with tons of great nights to choose from this week: Benga at Antwerp Mansion, Sadar Bahar at Band on the Wall, Asquith at Primrose St and much more.
We've scoured the listings to bring you our pick of club nights in Manchester this week – plus the latest news on clubs you should book ahead for, festivals and more. Think we've missed something? Send firstname.lastname@example.org the details...
Don't miss parties this week...
Start your weekend at Eastern Bloc Records: they've got Bohemian Grove resident Damo B all night long on Friday (from 6pm, free), and a High Hoops takeover with Kickin' Pigeon and other Manc faves on Saturday (from 5pm, free) before the main event over at the White Hotel.
Benga & SGT Pokes @ Antwerp Mansion, 9 Dec
The Whispering Digital have teamed up with everyone's favourite tumbledown house to present dubstep pioneer Benga, returning to the decks after an extended break and MC'd by his right-hand man SGT Pokes (Magnetic Man, Skream). Expect a night of borderless grime, bass and dub with support from Stature, Inka and Trakis. From 10pm, £10
Pelican. presents: Asquith & Courtesy @ 1 Primrose St, 9 Dec
The first in a brand new series of parties under the name of Pelican., tonight Ancoats venue Primrose St welcomes Lobster Theremin label head Asquith, and DJ, writer and label-head from Denmark, Courtesy. Both with an ear for powerful house with a left-field slant, this should be a rousing season debut. Follow Pelican. on Facebook for details of future parties. From 11pm, £10/£12
Mantra Fest x Butterz present Elijah & Skilliam, Swindle, Kahn & Neek @ Antwerp Mansion, 10 Dec
Grime heroes and Butterz label heads Elijah & Skilliam lead the fray at Antwerp Mansion, joined by their in-house talent Swindle and production prodigies Kahn & Neek. Ne'er was there a night more suited to Rusholme's rambling manor. From 10pm, £8.50
So Flute with Sadar Bahar @ Band on the Wall, 10 Dec
An opportunity to spend the evening in the company of Chicago Music Box-educated Sadar Bahar, who's been digging since the 70s but who's risen to prominence in the last decade or so and is making good on that 14,000-strong record collection of his. Expect rare soul, disco and grooves. From 11pm, £12
HomoElectric Winter Party @ Hidden, 10 Dec
If anyone knows how to spread cheer it's the HomoElectric crew, who're throwing a special Christmas edition of their scene-leading disco sweatfest with hot toddy residents Will Tramp!, Gina Breeze and Jamie Bull, plus Futureboogie's Dave Harvey who's along for the (sleigh) ride. From 10pm, £12
Hidden Xmas Ting @ Hidden, 16 Dec
It wouldn't be Christmas without a good brass band, so for their Xmas bash Hidden have sourced one from the country's brass-band mecca, Sheffield. With eight horns, two percussionists, a scratch DJ and MC, the steel city's Renegade Brass Band will be delivering the very opposite of a silent night – joined by KOG & The Zongo Brigade, Banana Hill's Cervo and Martin from Loose Cuts. Ting and indeed tong merrily on high. From 10pm, £12
Rave the Roof: Mumdance, Powell, Not Waving, Russell Haswell @ Islington Mill, 16 Dec
A frankly amazing line-up all in aid of raising money for Islington Mill's #raisetheroof fund. In their words: 'Some of XL, Diagonal, Ecstatic and The Death of Rave's boldest rave cadets in 2016 are playing for basic rations and instead donating the ticket and door takings to support the Mill, coz they all love it nearly as much as we do.' From 10pm, £10
Project 13 & Annex: Helena Hauff @ Hidden, 20 Jan
No one does heavy like Project 13, who team up with Annex Agency to present Hamburg's mistress of experimental EBM/leftfield electronics, Helena Hauff. She's joined by Minimal Wave Records figurehead Veronica Vasicka, NTS Radio regular and dredger of electronic sludge Lee Gamble playing back to back with L.I.E.S. label founder Ron Morelli, and Poland's club Radar originator Olivia. Punishing in the best possible way. From 10pm, £15