The Best Gigs and Club Nights in Manchester this September

Including Manchester Psych Fest 2022, Warehouse Project and a number of underground parties at some of the city’s after hours destinations.

By Emma Davidson | September 6th '22

DJ ONEMAN at YES

Friday 2nd September
With a set typically comprising Grime, Dubstep and UK Garage, ONEMAN is often referred to as one of the most exciting DJs on the scene right now. The DJ and producer from Streatham brings more than just the norms to his sets, as his background is in pirate radio, and his regular residency on Rinse FM has led him to become one of the most game shifting DJs within the UK.

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Manchester Psych Fest 2022

Saturday 3rd September
Arguably one of Manchester’s very best festivals, Manchester Psych Fest takes over various venues once again this weekend for a full-day celebration of genre spanning acts. This year, headliners include the likes of Black Midi, Jane Weaver, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Kurt Vile, and they’ll be joined by more music, food, art and workshops across the jam-packed one-day event.

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Drexciya Day – James Stinson 20th Anniversary at Eastern Bloc

Saturday 3rd September
On the 20th anniversary of James Stinson’s death, Eastern Bloc Records is dedicating an entire day to Drexciya and Detroit electro. The line-up features some of Manchester’s finest electro leaders, including; Dez Williams (Live), Esmé, Ross Alexander (Live), Randle P McMurphy, All Trades & Prieste5s (Live) and Johnny Abstract who will all pay homage to one of the underground greats. This event is free entry.

 

Dali Muru & the Polyphonic Swarm at SOUP

Tuesday 6th September
Sitting in an obscure diagram of troubadour poetics, cinema soundtrack, and primordial electronics, Dali Muru & The Polyphonic Swarm hit SOUP this month. Channelling ethereal film scores and lurching beats, the band present an animated live show with dramatic soundscapes.

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Oddisee and Good Company at The Blues Kitchen

Thursday 8th September
Brooklyn based, Washington DC born rapper Oddisee comes to Manchester backed by his 5-piece band, The Good Company. With music that draws inspiration from his youth bearing witness to stark inequality in surrounding Washington DC, he has since toured the globe several times over, performed for NPR’s Tiny Desk and COLORS, and his deep catalogue of albums and instrumental tapes garner over 100 million streams globally.

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Peach at The White Hotel

Friday 9th September
From midnight to 7am, Peach takes over Salford’s hidden rave den for one of her famously energetic sets transcending house, techno, disco and electro. The Toronto-raised, UK-based artist has developed a stellar reputation in the club scene over the past few years, also releasing a number of singles and remixes with her own, distinctive stamp.

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Jude the Obscure at Band On The Wall

Friday 9th September
As part of Band On The Wall’s weekly calendar of free live sets and DJ events, Jude the Obscure is the next performer bringing his deep adoration for global beats. Known for his diverse offerings from behind the decks, and several long-term residencies during his time on the circuit, Jude has become a well-versed and accomplished selector.

 

Repercussion Festival at Warehouse Project

Saturday 10th September
A huge day and night party takes over Mayfield Depot as Repercussion hosts a groundbreaking line-up of artists taking place across six stages in and around Manchester’s mighty Depot Mayfield, Temperance Street Party, Star & Garter and the return of Repercussion Records in Escape To Freight Island’s Plant Room. Top picks from the bill include; Little Simz, Palms Trax, Nightmares on Wax, Jamie XX, David Rodigan and Luke Una.

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Mali Hayes and Kemani Anderson at Band On The Wall

Wednesday 14th September
Another one of Band On The Wall’s free events, rising Manchester jazz superstar Mali Hayes is joined by Secret Night Gang’s very own Kemani Anderson for an evening of stripped back jazz, R&B and neo-soul. The events aim to shine a light on emerging artists across all genres with a diverse programme of global sounds from, and inspired by, the music of cultures from around the world.

 

Acid Tongue at Gullivers

Wednesday 14th September
American-bred garage rock band Acid Tongue are heavily influenced by psychedelic rock and traditional folk music. Since 2015, the band have been touring globally espousing a timeless rock and roll sound with a DIY mentality and the touring band features a rotating roster of musicians from around the globe; with members based in Seattle, Paris, New York, London, Mexico City, Los Angeles, & Austin – lending fresh ears to the setlist for an ever-evolving live experience.

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Homeshake at Gorilla

Thursday 15th September
Montreal-based singer/songwriter Peter Sagar makes lonely, R&B-influenced indie pop under the name Homeshake. While essentially a solo project, Homeshake has also featured contributions by Mark Goetz, Greg Napier, and Brad Loughead. Homeshake‘s songs are stripped down and sensual, often inspired by smooth soul and R&B but with a lo-fi, home-recorded aesthetic.

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Dana Gavanski at YES

Thursday 15th September
Canadian singer-songwriter Dana Gavanski blends music rooted in 50s and 70s adoration. The artist paints emotional pictures and stories, often forming an ode to the voice as an instrument with intricate words and melodies that pull at every heartstring.

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High Hoops with Physical Therapy at The White Hotel

Friday 16th September
Making his Salford debut, Physical Therapy will join High Hoops for a night in the depths of the city. Known for a constantly shifting and abstract take on club music, from bongo-infused techno to breakbeat science, Physical Therapy has released on a long list of labels including; Liberation Technologies, The Corner, Unknown to the Unknown, Work Them and SOBO.

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Rusko, Chimpo and T-Man at Joshua Brooks

Friday 16th September
Dubstep DJ and Producer, Rusko takes over Manchester’s original rave den, Joshua Brooks with Chimpo and T-Man in a couple of weeks. Influential figures on the Dubstep circuit, both are affiliated with pioneering labels and tracks that defined a generation of music enthusiasts.

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Hit & Run Start of Season Slammer at Hidden

Monday 19th September
Another huge line-up of DJs takeover Hidden for another one of Hit & Run’s legendary parties. Making up the line-up this time is Alix Perez, SP:MC, STRATEGY, T-MAN, Headland, STAY-C, ZEITGEIST, Emma B, Kali, Rich Reason, TRUTHOS MUFASA, SPARKZ, FREDDY B, ZUBS and SILASTHEDON.

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Nile Rodgers & Chic at Victoria Warehouse

Wednesday 21st September
Timeless music icon, Nile Rodgers is back in the city with his unmistakable guitar sound this month for a huge show at Victoria Warehouse. Nile transcends all styles of music and has been a part of some of the most important and successful albums in the careers of legends such as Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran and Daft Punk. A legacy that is responsible for over 500 million record sales.

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Drahla at SOUP

Thursday 22nd September
Blending dark post-punk with art-rock, Drahla have become a formidable force on the alternative scene. Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s underground music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a dynamic live act is ever-growing, with the band being asked to share stages with the likes of Parquet Courts, METZ, Ought, Buzzcocks, The Cribs and more.

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Los Bitchos at New Century

Friday 23rd September
With a huge headline show at the city’s newest music destination, Los Bitchos will bring their ever fun back catalogue of 70s and 80s-influenced tracks to the city at the end of the month. The London-based quartet are admittedly fuelled by tequila, helping to form their incredible psychedelic surf disco sound.

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BENT at Derby Brewery Arms

Saturday 24th September
Look no further if you fancy a taste of queer hedonism on Saturday 24th, as BENT is throwing an all-day queer courtyard party at the Derby Brewery Arms that will kick Saturday into full swing. The line-up is yet to be announced, but, as always, it’ll be a celebration of some of the city’s greatest local selectors.

 

Porij at Gorilla

Sunday 25th September
The Manchester based quartet exude youthful positivity with high-energy songwriting. Not subscribing to any particular genre, exploring pop, funk and jazz – they have received early support from the likes of NME, DIY, Dork and Clash alongside Steve Lamacq, Mary Anne Hobbs, Chris Hawkins and Lauren Laverne – resulting in BBC 6 Music playlists for recent singles ‘Dirty Love’ ‘Closer’ and ‘150’.

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Obongjayar at Band On The Wall

Sunday 25th September
With a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed solo EPs (XL Recordings) and collaborations with greats such as Little Simz, Danny Brown and Richard Russell, Obongjayar possesses a unique voice and charisma, combining Afrobeat-inspired, electronic rhythms, deep bass and sermonic lyrics.

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Digga D at The Ritz

Wednesday 28th September
A pioneer of the UK drill scene, Digga D gained recognition as part of the UK drill collective 1011, which was later renamed to CGM. Hailing from Ladbroke Grove in West London, Digga D manages to represent the reality of the forgotten side of West London through the unfiltered nature of his music.

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Freak Slug at Night & Day Cafe

Thursday 29th September
Freak Slug combines electronic glitched synth sounds with space and breaks, seeing every element of the music considered, crafted and curated. Their music brings in elements of the dancefloor and the morning-after sunrise snuggles in the arms of your best pals, the perfect indie-influenced pre or post party jams.

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