Oscillate | Beautiful Swimmers
Friday 13th October | Versions
After a brief hiatus following a killer show at the Soup Kitchen with Jane Fitz last December, Oscillate will return to form this October with another special all-nighter. This time around they’ve enlisted Washington D.C’s finest tastemakers Beautiful Swimmers. As two of the most animated DJs around, the founders of FUTURE TIMES imprint and Ari Goldman’s World Building U.S label will have you moving and shaking and not wanting to go home.
Top pick if you’re into: Black Madonna, Ben UFO, Midland
Hot Dub Time Machine
Thursday 28th September | Band On The Wall
Dance through the decades with the world’s first time travelling DJ. Supremo selector Tom Loud delivers an education in the biggest and best bangers from 1954 onwards. Expect mammoth mixes, enormous visuals and the best music history lesson you’ll ever receive.
Top pick if you’re into: Bangers of all shapes, sizes, and ages.
Wednesday 18th October | Sound Control Bar Basement
It’s pretty ridiculous to think what Pale Waves have achieved off the back of just two perfectly-packaged pop bangers. Not only have they inked a deal with the hottest indie label around, Dirty Hit (Wolf Alice, The Japanese House), they’ve also managed to enlist the production skills of labelmates and fellow Mancunians The 1975. So of course, it’s no wonder that their shimmering, wildly-infectious indie pop is being plastered all over the airwaves already. But we get the feeling this is just the beginning for the quartet. See for yourselves during the band’s hometown show at Sound Control.
Top pick if you’re into: The 1975, Fickle Friends, Prides
Saturday 28th October | O2 Ritz
With their eagerly-anticipated album Love What Survives hot off the press, you can guarantee Mount Kimbie will be firing on all cylinders on their round of the UK’s most iconic venues. It’ll be the first time in four years that the post-dubstep duo air new material and from the sounds of the album– which features the likes of King Krule and James Blake– we’re guessing it’s going to be as electric onstage as it is on record.
Top pick if you’re into: Gold Panda, Floating Points, Four Tet
Coded 6th Birthday | Maribou State, Greg Wilson
Friday 13th October | Hidden
Top pick if you’re into: Late Nite Tuff Guy, Gay Marvine, Caribou
Tuesday 17th & Fri 20th October | O2 Apollo
Combining sparse electronic pop with lead singer Hannah Reid’s sirenic vocals, London Grammar could easily be the musical love child of the xx and Bat For Lashes. Having released their much-anticipated sophomore album this year, the band are hitting the road again for an extensive UK tour.
Top pick if you’re into: the xx, Bat For Lashes, Broods
Bass Jam | Tom Zanetti, K.O Kane, YG
Saturday 21st October | Victoria Warehouse
The purveyors of UK Bass are bringing a roster of big hitters with them to Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse this October for their biggest show yet. Tom Zanetti and K.O Kane will be at the helm of the 5,000 cap warehouse, ushered in by Compton-hailing rapper YG. Support comes from the likes of Professor Green, Section Boys, Amine Edge & Dance and more. 8 hours of eardrum pounding bass for a mere twenty quid? It’s got ‘sold out’ written all over it.
Top pick if you’re into: Hannah Wants, My Nu Leng, DJ S.K.T.
Saturday 7th October | Various Venues
The inaugural Neighbourhood Festival returns to Manchester with yet another stellar lineup in tow. The multi-venue one-dayer will see indie’s biggest and best offerings perform across Manchester’s most iconic stages. From psychedelic darlings Peace– who’ll be leading the charge–to the likes of noisy grunge rockers Inheaven, the bill is teaming with talent, both old and new. With over 100 artists due to play, you’re essentially getting a year’s worth of gigs packed into one day for £30. That’s a bargain you have to get on board for.
Top pick if you’re into: Peace, Rat Boy, Jaws
Saturday 21st October | The Warehouse Project
At this point, Mura Masa’s phone book probably looks like an A-Z of every cool cat in the music business. From A$AP Rocky to Christine and the Queens to Damon Albarn, the 21-year-old beatmaker practically had music celebs queuing round the block to collaborate on his hotly-anticipated debut. Now, with his star-studded self-titled effort finally out in the world, the pioneering producer is hitting the road– and you can bet he won’t be short of a special guest or two.
Top pick if you’re into: Tom Misch, Tom Tripp, Sam Gellaitry
Mantra Festival 004
Sunday 7th October | Manchester Academy 2, 3, Club, Union
Mantra festival returns to the four Manchester Academy venues, armed with an out-of-this-world sound system and an arsenal of the best beatmakers in bass. The fourth edition of the festival will see rowdy bunch Gentleman’s Dub Club run the operation in Academy 2, while Joker goes b2b with Coki DMZ in Club Academy. Connoisseur of UK bass music Holy Goof will head up proceedings in Academy 3 whilst Dub Smugglers Sound System will close the night in Union. And, of course, the headliners will be joined by a wave of breaking selectors to complete a seriously juicy bill.
Top pick if you’re into: Mungo’s HiFi, Mala, Benga