With brands now rushing to adhere to new government guidelines, we have a much welcomed announcement from Manchester’s Social Avenue. By setting an example in the initiation of “new-normal” parties run within a socially distanced context, their autumn programme has pulled out all the stops with big hitting names peppering a glistening line-up.
Running from September 25th – October 25th, the event series’ billing is promising considering the current UK rave climate. It’s an exceptional example of adjustment, to give what many people crave; underground dance music, driven by some of the industry’s brightest stars.
Closing the month on a high finds Jungle/DnB superstar Randall b2b Chimpo, with Bou also featuring on September 25th. The following day will have the decks taken over by Circus with Yousef, Josh Butler b2b Bontan and James Organ.
October upts the ante, with Kaluki bringing together a show on the 2nd for the minimal lovers, showcasing Enzo Siragusa and Rossi. Also playing during the month will be fan favourites Patrick Topping and Solardo, both doing two day stints at the venue.
Towards the end of October brings Viva Warriors with Steve Lawler and another two day session, this time with Do Not Sleep. Across the closing weekend on 24th-25th they’ll be ushering in techno titan Alan Fitapatrick, Kreature, East End Dubs, Chris Stussy and Ray Mono.
With this many big brands and massive artists week after week, Social Avenue are really demonstrating that the scene can become adaptable, and with the new restrictions in place may be needed for the foreseeable future.
Ravers young and old are growing to welcome these changes, but with stricter guidelines in force, many people may resort to illegal and underground raves, where safety measures can be questionable.
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Words: Neil Ritchie
Images: Luke Deakin