Even with everything else that is going on in Manchester at the moment, from exciting new underground nights cropping up to the awesome line-ups at The Warehouse Project, Sankeys, Gorilla and Sound Control, Venus still tempts our raving pals on a regular basis, with Bitch in particular being a highlight of ours every month. The crowd, the staff, the line-ups and the venue itself provides an incredible foundation for a memorable club night, and October 2012′s Halloween Special was no exception.
We’d been looking forward to this night for months, especially as this was a Halloween Special night involving fancy dress and a chance to go crazy with outfits for the hours of raving ahead. For us, after months of summer partying and club nights, this last weekend of October as the clocks went back for winter, established a new season of raves and parties ahead – and what better way to do it than with Bitch at Venus the Club.
Being as excited for the line-up as we were for the excuse to dress up, we knew the night would be a memorable one. This Halloween saw a double header of some of the most exciting dance talents around, with the return of the legendary Kryder joined by house bad boys The Squatters and the brilliant Venus / Bitch residents. Last month Kryder totally smashed up the Bitch tent at Mint Festival, Leeds alongside dance legends Eddie Halliwell, Michael Woods and more, so we were looking forward to raving to one of the most bizarre yet charismatic and creative DJ and producers around. Kyrder’s mysterious aura, complete with his trademark visor, was a fitting choice for a dark, spooky Halloween party setting.
We arrived at Venus at around 11pm and as expected, the club was packed with zombified creatures, scary masked characters, promiscuously dressed nurses, zombies and devils amongst many other brilliant costumers – at least a good three quarters of the crowd had got into the Halloween spirit. All this was brought to life by the fantastic makeover inside, Venus had been transformed into a horrifying haunt to set the scene for what was to be one of the craziest nights in Manchester.
The night kicked off with one third of B3, Lempo, who warmed up the party with a deep but banging house set, tweaked a little to sound a little different to the set he would be playing later alongside Russo and Pedro in their Ghostbuster themed B3 set. We’ve talked about Lempo’s diversity before on DMM, playing in cool outside bars in Spinningfields with Japwow, producing tracks of a distinctly “Lempo” sound and being a great representative for the Bitch sound, which many will be familiar with from B3′s Friday night shows on Unity Radio FM. As per usual, Lempo had us (Kurt, Laura, SpamellaB and myself) raving from the moment we entered the club.
Fellow Bitch favourite Paul Nag was next, building up the beats with some really cool party vibes. Since making his debut at Bitch in 2011 he has gone on to play every month since and his sets are always crowd pleasers, tonight was no exception, making us dance harder in our perhaps more restrictive attire, our man Kurt, dressed in a head-covering rubber Michael Myers mask must have been so hot but that didn’t stop him raving! Huge love for Mr Nag from the DMM team!
Next thing we know the decks were taken over and completely destroyed by 18 year old Irish producer and DJ, Junior J, who destroyed the floor with some awesome, heavy sounds, filthy mixes, storming tracks and just basically made Venus go wild. This is the first time we’ve seen him and we’ve got to say we were blown away with his energy, choice of material and ability to make us rave like crazy. We actually met Junior J the weekend before, when interviewing Audiofun (which is due to go up soon, we promise) and although we’d heard snippets about him, we were genuinely shocked at how well he took to the Bitch crowd, we’ll see more from him at WHP on the 10th November in room 3, we recommend you come and join in too.Following Junior J were The Squatters, having recently been DJing around America, Ibiza and Majorca, they were full of energy, causing eruption with dirty bass house and heavy sounds blasting out, the explosive duo really did keep the Halloween carnage going. Loving Alex’s unzipped face by the way, looked quality and as always, the duo raised the bar with their ever improving set, much to the crowd’s approval.
Now it was Kryder’s turn to take over and continue the madness, smashing out huge tracks always Kryder put on a show not to be forgotten especially for the dark and mysterious theme of the night. Check out his latest offering with Bo Bruce below!
SpamellaB adds, “Let’s just say by now, about 3am, we were VERY messy but that didn’t stop us raving and dancing away to Mike (Lempo), Martyn Russo (Russo) and Pete Mobey (Pedro) who together make up the unstoppable house trio, B3. After seeing them completely smash the crowd up at Mint Festival and put on one of the liveliest DJ sets we’ve seen, it was great to see them back performing for only their third time as a threesome, which we still find hard to believe! Once again they didn’t fail to get us jumping around like crazy, dancing our scary faces off and still partying hard thanks to their filthy mixes, heavy house sounds, dirty bass beats – we loved the fact too they were dressed up as the Ghostbusters complete with backpacks and everything! #Respect.”
At this point, thanks to the extra hour of raving time, we were partied out (hey, we were at Warehouse Project for TEED the night before so cut us some slack!) and left just as Frater began his set, which we heard was still as heavy, loud, deep and filthy as we expected it to be. So, Bitch, once again you provided an absolute smasher of a night and made 2012’s Halloween night a pretty special and mad one so thank you – see you next month (without the costumes!).
You can see the the impressively talented Oliver Lang, DMM favourite Joshua Roberts and the always top-notch Bitch residents on the 24th November at Venus the Club or if you can’t wait that long, you could always check out B3 and Junior J playing at the Warehouse Project on 10th November alongside Laidback Luke, Eddie Halliwell, Sandro Silva and more.
As always, a massive thank you to Eddy Gosht at Oh My Gosht Photography for the awesome photos, easily one of the best club / festival photographers around!