Nightclubs are genuinely terrible. They generally have a playlist that is half stolen from commercial radio, half stolen from the soundtrack to some imaginary film about lairy banter on a lads-on-tour holiday, and the centre of Manchester only accentuates that fact. If you’re going to a student club night, that there is no way you’re not going to be bombarded with Oasis and The Stone Roses, probably peppered with The Killers and The Libertines, as if we haven’t all moved on since 2005. Notoriously boring venue 5th Avenue has been the main offender over the past couple of years, but has done it so successfully that Fac251 has hoped to imitate the trick with the added weight of an old, label behind it, whilst The Venue and 42nd Street desperately try to follow. For the older crowd, there’s The Brickhouse and South, both of which have the same problems, but simply set the era back an extra ten years.
Clubnights are different. Manchester is blessed with many, many brilliant clubnights, many of which are exciting, inspired and actually play songs that might make you happy once in a while. Underachievers, Please Try Harder has been one of the main proponents of this, putting on amazing bands downstairs whilst a people dance on the floor above, consistently being more challenging and relevant than anything the city’s indie venues have been pedalling. There are others, many many others – Pull Yourself Together do sets at Common Bar, Up the Racket play all over the city, Clique entertains the self-concious hipsters with aplomb, Asparagus Next Left gets great reviews from anyone who turns up, and there are many, many more.
And so, whilst everyone loves spending their Tuesdays sipping Gin and Juice at Gold Teeth and listening to HEALTH on Wednesdays at Now Wave, there’s a reason to spend another night nursing a cider and black in The Deaf Institute, as Suffering Jukebox launches itself with a gig that is bound to be whatever reformed acts you were hoping to see at Leeds festival, with the ever present Brown Brogues joining a set already packed with talent, as Milk Maid, Former Bullies and Mazes play songs for you to listen and dance to. It’ll be £3 in, and the fact that it’s on August 28th means that you won’t have to worry about drinking too much, given the Monday that follows is a Bank Holiday. It’s win win, especially seeing as you won’t have to spend the weekend covered in mud, surrounded by post-GCSE dickheads trying to have ‘banter’ before watching The Libertines.
The night itself is every Thursday, and you’ll get to hear sets by the likes of Mazes, Comfortable on a Tightrope, Milk Maid and myself. Come say hello.