Having had to cancel their Christmas show due to a burst water pipe, it would be fair to say that both 2 Many DJs and Sankeys had a bit of unfinished business on Friday night for the rescheduled show.
Rocking up a 12:30am the club was packed and it gave us a chance to get accustomed to the new layout which has seen the DJ booth moved to the back of the club and away for the main bar. This essentially makes the basement one giant room much like it was back in the early Soap days. By the time we got our first drink we managed to catch the end of Riton’s set which took in a variety of delights ranging from Daft Punk’s ‘Da Funk‘ to Gesaffelstein’s ‘Pursuit‘, alongside fan favourite ‘Gare Du Nord‘.
No sooner had we settled into Riton’s groove it was time for the Dewaele brothers to take to the decks for their 2 hour set which started off with the duo’s remix of Metronomy’s ‘Love Letters‘. 2 Many DJs as expected were on sublime form as they gave a masterclass in song selection and mixing, dropping a veritable smorgasbord of audio delights ranging from their edit Disclosure’s ‘White Noise‘ to Daft Punk’s ‘Revolution 909‘. Highlights were aplenty and included Vitalic’s ‘La Rock‘, Avery’s ‘Drone Logic‘ and Green Velvets ‘Hit Me With Those Laser Beams‘. There were, of course, a shedload of the duo’s own remixes tucked in there too with the biggest response given to the duo’s mighty remix of MGMT’s ‘Kids‘, and there was of course a tip of the hat to Manchester’s iconic musical heritage with the Stone Roses ‘Fool’s Gold‘.
Following on from 2 Many DJs was techno gentleman Justin Robertson whose set was almost unrecognisable but that actually added to the excitement as we were taken on musical journey taking in everything from Latin funk dub to electro-acid and house.
A great crowd, even better music and Sankey’s world reendowed pulverising soundsystem made it a night to remember, and proved there’s still life in the old girl yet.
Photo: Gemma Parker.