Essential UK Parties :: July 16 - 23

Words by: I Voice
Posted: 16/7/18 11:54

 Catch man of the moment, Mella Dee at Patterns this Saturday.


As the longest summer anyone can remember since that one when you were a kid that didn’t actually happen rolls on, so does the party train. Despite the fact that there are so many festivals going on round the world, and of course Ibiza is in full swing, plenty of promoters continue to serve up the goods in tiny basements and small warehouses. Here are the seven best of the next seven days. 


Midland at The Bunatee, Belfast
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Midland is a firm part of the global circuit and a fully established headline DJ, but one who still plays like an up and comer. He takes risks, works hard to keep his sets fresh and is perfectly adaptable to any stage, style and situation. Playing all night long is one of the things he loves to do and people love to hear it so, get ready for a rollercoaster at this one. This is his first time at The Bunatee since 2015 and it kicks off the club’s summer Thursday series in style. 


Bungalows at Tramlines, Sheffield
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This should be a cosy one: Berlin based Smallville artist Moomin makes perfectly warm, expertly sampled house with a cuddly feel and hip-hop sensibility. His deep rolling tunes permeate your soul and swell your heart so if you like intimate feels, head on down to this unofficial Tramlines afterparty, which also features local selectors Adam S and Groundwork. 


No Bad Days at Corsica Studios, London 

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Disco lovers rejoice: you’d be hard pushed to find two contemporary DJs better armed to blow your head off than these two. Red Light Radio founder Orpehu the Wizard is a cosmic hero who pulls out constant curveballs that take you into another galaxy, and Tornado Wallace has long been turning out his tropical infused, deep disco delights on a range of top labels. They go back to back at this one so prepare to be wowed. 


Soiree with Mella Dee at Patterns, Brighton
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Brighton’s leading club welcomes man of the moment Mella Dee. The Warehouse Music boss has blown up off the back of his raw, expressive house and techno bangers, none more so than ‘Techno Disco Tool.’ For this one he will play for three hours so can really stretch his legs and get playful, while Brighton locals Ascot b2b Suomi provide able support. 


Vaults presents Chris Liebing, Cardiff
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Chris Liebing is a techno titan. He innovates in the DJ booth with a technologically advanced setup that lends him the ability to tightly mix tracks, edit and remix them on the fly and generally keep you guessing. He’s about to put out his first album on Mute, and it’s one that explores a paranoid, dark and minimal electronic sound that bares the hallmarks of his heroes Depeche Mode and Gary Numan. He might be nearly 50, then, but he is still very much a vital presence in the techno world who is well worth checking.  


Telfort's Good Place: Smallpeople at Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh 
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For the finest deep house of the day, look no further than Smallpeople aka Julius Steinhoff and Just von Ahlefeld aka Dionne. The Smallville label bosses and record shop owners are masters of roughhewn analogue grooves that can zone you out, melt your heart or go that bit more hard and raw.  


A Night With Andrew James Gustav at Spotlight, Birmingham
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Three brands Resonate x Spotlight x Café Artum all come together to put on this party in Digbeth with Andrew James Gustav. Gustav is part of a new breed of cult selector who digs deep into the history of tech house, garage, breakbeat, techno and electro to find forgotten and overlooked tracks that sounds as fresh today as ever. As well as Jack D and Lewis Oxley, Cafe Artum co-founder and Don’t be Afraid and Phoenix G producer Jayson Wynters is someone who came up on pirate radio and can go from techno to deep house to jazz depending on the mood. 


And some music to start your week off right:


Lauren Lo Sung
Erick Morillo
Valentino Kanzyani