Bank holiday parties: Part 2

Mind on Fire meets Tru Thoughts

Werkha is headlining at Mind on Fire meets Tru Thoughts at Band On The Wall tonight (17/04).  The Mancunian-based producer is joined by Tru Thoughts label mate Harleighblu for a live set plus there will be DJ sets from  musical allrounder Matthew Halsall and Mind On Fire/Tru Thoughts DJs.

Check out Werkha’s production, ‘Lapwing’ below.  I’ve only just heard this. I’m so late to this party, it’s obvious I was busy being rubbish elsewhere.


Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ, 9pm to 2am, £6 early bird, £8 advance,

Uptown April

Any flyer that has Donna Summer on, well, it’s a deal sealer for me. The Uptown crew will be treating dancers to tracks from the likes of Michael Jackson, Chic, Prince, Cameo and Earth Wind & Fire – as well as Miss Summer, of course – for a Good Friday night filled with Disco, Boogie and 80s.

The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE, 10pm to 3am, £3 adv, £5 doors, tickets available from thedeafinstitute.seetickets.



Sankeys The Soap Years

Anyone who’s firmly in the ‘old Sankeys was the best’ club, the Soap Years is perfect. Taking place this Saturday (19/04) It’s also free entry until 12 midnight. Register for your free ticket at to see Greg Vickers, Krysko, Kindergarten among the list of DJs who got the club jumping when Sankeys Soap was the dark fortress where everyone seemed to  go out of their way to visit whether they lived in Manchester or not.

Sankeys, Radium Street, Manchester, M4 6AY, 10.30pm to 5am, free until midnight, final entrance at 1, sankeys. info

Murkage – ‘Officer Parker’ video


Some cinematic vibes from the Murkage crew.

Check Murkage Dave and Gaika (who also directs) alongside the rest of Murkage Cartel in this latest ensemble project for their new release, ‘Officer Parker’.

They’re joined by actor Oliver Wilson (the son of Hacienda and Factory Records owner Tony Wilson) emcee Fallacy and Latvian model Eliza Trump for a dark, grimy tale that asks ‘who’s watching the watchmen?’. Ominous.

Download the Murkage Cartel-produced Officer Parker for free, here. Check the Star One Remix featuring Manga, Bugzy Malone and Fallacy while you’re there, too. Available for free download until 22nd April. 

Bank holiday parties

If you’re like me, the upcoming Easter and May bank holidays mean forward planning. I’ve selected some Easter and May Day dates, featuring some of my ultimate favourites, for your diaries. Please select the image for more information about buying tickets. Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Easter bank holiday weekend

Exhibit and Twenty Twenty Two presents Kenny Dope


Horse Meat Disco

Soul Train presents Mad Mats

May day weekend

Drunk At Vogue

Any additions you may know about or want to promote, e-mail me at

Remembering Frankie Knuckles

David Morales’ mix speaks louder than words ever could. RIP. 


Remix Thursday

Soz, Throwback Thursday.

Tall Black Guy – Sade’s Taboo (Sweetest Taboo Blap-Up)

Lana Del Rey – Gods And Monsters (Club Clique remix)

Biggie Smalls – Machine Gun Funk (Cuttin’ Headz Remix and Instrumental)

Review: Katy B feat. Sampha – ‘Play’

I’ve always maintained an interest in Katy B’s music but her songs, bar a couple of her previous singles, never ‘got’ me. I’ve kept an eye on her talent because I believe she’s got enough to be the whole package.

Her recent release, ‘Little Red’, was much hyped on my Twitter feed so I decided to see how her music had developed since her 2011 album, On A Mission. The songs which stood out for me were ‘I Like You’, and more so, a duet with Sampha called ‘Play’. Liking a Katy B song in the past pretty much translated into ‘I like it but wouldn’t be bothered if it was played or not’. Now, liking this means it’s a regular feature on my playlist of current loves.

I like the direct tone to her lyrics, how she uses imagery to portray exactly what she wants and the skittery, soulful vibe. And the fact Sampha is on it. Check it here:

Most of the other tracks on Little Red don’t grab me. However, Play displays a glimpse of maturity and a slight edge she could use to her advantage in the future. In the same breadth, it could just be a filler song to Miss B. Either way, it’s nice to hear her doing something a little different.

In a purple haze

It’s obvious from my ADTV review but Prince and 3rd Eye Girl’s show at the Academy last week affected me. I don’t want to go on about it but I can only reflect on my thoughts over these past few days. Basically, I’ve become a genuine fan after years of being curious about Prince’s work.

Prince is currently concentrating on guitar-led rock’n’roll for the upcoming 3rd Eye Girl album, Plectrum Electrum.  It’s never been a go to genre for me (my cravings for his soulful side has meant I’ve had Breakfast Can Wait on repeat),  but I couldn’t help but being absolutely drawn in by watching a band that knows it inside out. I’m grateful to have learnt about a style of music I respected but never fully understood.

I do believe, this is exactly how it should be done:

Current love: New Teedra Moses single, ‘All I Ever Wanted’


It’s Thursday and time for some calm before the weekend storm.

All I Ever Wanted is classic Teedra over a sample of Camp Lo’s ultra classic, Luchini. It’s from her new EP, Cognac and Conversation, due later this spring. What’s not to love? HEART IT.

Review: Lizzo – ‘Faded’


I’m not entirely 100% about Faded after only a few listens. But there’s something about Lizzo’s UK debut (skip to 4 mins 44 secs to listen to the track above) that makes me think I’ll end up loving it.

Maybe it’s her frenetic style, which reminds me so much of B.O.B by Outkast, or Lizzo’s humorous sense of truth shining through her rhymes. Case in point: “It’s that L to the I to the Z Z O / Ain’t got no time for the C3P0, Wookie, rookie / Never knock nookie, but I’d rather stack cookies / Looking at the sunset the color of Snookie”.

She’s just finished a mini tour around the UK; Gone Out favourites Murkage supported her last night at Birthdays in London so you can imagine the carnage that combination caused.

Both the single and album Lizzobangers are released on 14th April on Virgin Records. For more about Lizzo, check her website and Twitter.

ADTV Review: Prince and 3rd Eye Girl, Manchester Academy

Prince & 3rd Eye Girl review

Happy Monday all, I hope you’ve had a nice weekend.

Check out my ADTV review of Prince and 3rd Eye Girl, who performed at Manchester Academy this past Friday and Saturday.

I fully pledge allegiance to the Purple One.

Prince and 3rd Eye Girl’s visit to Manchester (21st February) has seen dedicated fans and some of the city’s taste makers in a state of anticipation, occasional frustration and eventual euphoria.

In the run up to Prince’s first performance here since his Apollo gig in 2002, where he was ‘so naughty’ according to one of the girls in the office, he wasn’t about to let up on the guessing games that have been a big part of his current tour here. There were Twitter rumours, that Brits announcement, online tickets that sold out in a matter of minutes and unconfirmed numbers of tickets on the door… Click here to read on…


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