The Best Club Nights in Manchester: December 2018

December is an actually huge one for club nights, what with Mad Friday, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day AND New Year’s Eve all in one go.

If you thought you’ve been spoilt for choice since September, then hold on to your bank balances because with this line up of events you’ll likely be out all month!

Bassjam presents Mist, Tom Zanetti, Sigma @ Victoria Warehouse
If mainstream club house is right up your street, then you’re in for a treat with this one. Let’s be fair Sigma have some proper tunes (Nobody To Love) and Zanetti was the cause of the ear worm that haunted us a while back and made a resurgence this summer in You Want Me.

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Small Town Sessions with Derrick May (3 hour set) @ Gorilla
Saturday 1st December
One of the greatest in electronic music for three hours in the sweaty little back room of Gorilla. Perfect.

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Groove Armada Live – Warehouse Project @ Store Street
Sunday 2nd December
Groove Armada celebrate the 21st year of the release of their debut album and my word do they put on a show. After all they are who Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim etc etc only aspire to be as good as.

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Destiny’s Child: A 16-piece Orchestra perform the Greatest Hits @ O2 Ritz
Thursday 6th December
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times more, everything is better when performed by an orchestra – the more strings the bloody better I say! So say my name, say my name but you’ll be a bugaboo if you don’t get to this, never mind who will pay your bills, bills, bills… (I’m sorry).

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Souljam Festive Funk @ The Deaf Institute
Thursday 6th December
The best in disco, funk and soul comes to The Deaf Institute this December, with one more party before everyone goes home to open up your prezzies and eat too much food.

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Zutekh presents Or:la @ The Soup Kitchen
Friday 7th December
Look I don’t know her personally (I totally wish I did) but Or:la is lovely. Taking a bit of time away from her busy tour with the equally as lush Avalon Emerson, you’ll get to see Or:la up close and personal at Soup Kitchen after a lively and busy season for her at every festival going.

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Spinal Tap Disco @ The Ruby Lounge
Saturday 8th December
What’s so bad about being sexy? Well nothing. There’s nothing bad about this night at The Ruby Lounge either – one that’s dedicated to the biggest idiots in the rock world – Spinal Tap. How many times do you think people will mention ‘going up to 11’? Answer; LOADS.

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Hit & Run presents Deep Medi & DRS’ Space Cadet
Friday 14th December
The Hit & Run crew will be hitting up Hidden this month with Deep Medi and DRS’ Space Cadet in tow. Expect plenty of Drum ‘n’ Bass, Dubstep and Hip-Hop.

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Brutus Gold’s Love Train
Friday 21st December
The 70’s disco legend is BACK and you’re in for a massive treat with the best disco known to man, alongside some seriously shady characters, flamboyant dancers and of course – the legendary dance off on stage.

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Hit & Run Xmas Office Party @ Mint Lounge
Friday 21st December
Featuring Finest favourites Chimpo, Metrodome, Nanny Banton, Rich Reason and Mark XTC, this night is perfect for anyone looking to fill their Christmas pie holes with some top Drum & Bass, Disco and Funk.

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808 State: 30 @ Manchester Academy
Friday 21st December
If you want to throw yourselves back to where acid house all began at the Hacienda, this is essentially its 30th anniversary!

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Yes mate Boxing Day feat. 2 Many DJ’s (DJ Set) @ YES
Wednesday 26th December
Who needs leftover turkey sandwiches or your nanna’s sub-par turkey curry when you can get your glad rags on and dance the night away to some club hits with 2 Many DJ’s at Yes?

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Strange Daze: Trance Classics @ Night People
Wednesday 26th December
Honestly, you had me at the letter T. Trance the night away.

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Laurent Garnier (6 hour set) @ Joshua Brooks
Friday 28th December
These tickets are like gold dust but if you’re one of the lucky buggers who can nab one, you are in for a bloody treat.

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Elrow presents Psychedelic Trip @ Warehouse Project on Store Street
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th December
Down to the last 100 tickets for both nights, so act fast because Elrow which was once renowned for its explosive glitter canon, ticker tape, inflatables everywhere extravaganza has now graduated to a massive motor-powered inflatable, glitter tank extravaganza and still one of the best parties you’ll ever go to.

Saturday’s line up – Nic Fanciulli, Heidi, Melé

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Sunday’s line up – Alan Fitzpatrick, Yousef, Matador

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New Year’s Eve
Monday 31st December
As the apparent party of the year purely as it’s the last night of 2018 and everyone is about to post Oscar acceptance speeches on Facebook about how they’ve either had the best or worst of their life (every year).

Personally I’ve always thought New Year’s Day to be the better party but you’ll have to wait until January’s roundup…there’s some pretty special ones. Check this out for our most noteworthy bashes going down on NYE…

The Best Parties this New Year’s Eve 2018

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