Manchester has a rich history in electronic music and what has ensured that has lasted since the early acid house days is the tight-knit crews of promoters and their collectives that manage to capture the imagination of their crowd and take them with them on their musical journey.
What makes brand new festival Hide&Seek Festival so exciting is that several of these collectives that are helping to boost the ever-evolving face of British clubbing now working in tandem towards a common goal – the undoubted success of Hide&Seek Festival.
First up is, of course, the festival’s founding collective – You&me. Having brought artists such as Enzo Siragusa, Subb-an, Archie Hamilton, Apollonia and Francesco del Garda to various spaces in Manchester a larger format event was the natural progression. With 4 years’ experience under their belts, the You&Me team knows a thing or two about finely crafted music experiences. These hard-working chaps have also just seen the first release from the self-titled label hit the streets, you can check out the first release from You&Me label boss Josh Baker below.
Next, is the switched on MODU:LAR team from Liverpool who has welcomed a huge cross-section of the minimal music sphere to their parties since launching 5 years ago. In that time, they have played host to the likes of Nicolas Lutz, Binh, Margaret Dygas, Sonja Moonear and Raresh to name just a few of the scenes heaviest of hitters – as well as recently launching their record label MODU:LAR Music with a release by scouse duo UZU who will also be playing the festival. Expect a raucous party whenever these guys are involved.
A crew that needs little introduction is that of Set One Twenty, and those schooled in Leeds house and techno will know these guys inside and out. Having been instrumental in the Mint Club and Mint Warehouse events over the years their own events are just as impressive and they count Varhat, Sweely, Moodymann and Cosmjn as previous guests.
Joining the party will be a crew of like-minded souls that are currently doing great things in Manchester and further ‘afield’. The Animal Crossing team make it their mission to set up party spaces in some of the most unusual and bespoke venues in Manchester and in the process has welcomed Cristi Cons, Archie Hamilton, and Cinthie to their hotly tipped shindigs.
The Pooku team equally have their eye on the ball and have been making waves in Manchester and also Leeds. With line-ups traveling the full spectrum of minimal music guests such as Craig Richards, Petre Inspirescu, as well as newer names such as Z@p and Omar have been ensuring their events are always bursting with new and undiscovered music.
On a more disco tip, Augmented have been on the road a fair bit these last few months. With dates in Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds have seen huge names such as Derrick Carter, Horse Meat Disco and Jeremy Underground all turn in stellar sets.
London’s iQ has only been in operation for around 18 months but the mark that they have made on one of the biggest clubbing scenes in the world is indelible. Having welcomed into the fold the likes of Chrissy Hope, Riccardo, Sedee and Unai Trotti this collective is not afraid to mix it up. Aimed more at the housier side of minimal, Tranquil have also been making some serious noise in Manchester that their talents and keen taste in music has also taken them to Leeds and will now see them take their place at Hide&Seek Festival.
Having been operational until their 6th birthday at The Live Rooms, The Mango Club has brought to Chester a wide range of guests that are not just limited to minimal. The Ghost, Saoirse, Harrison BDP and Trance Wax are among the guests that have joined their family over the years. Now settled in their new home at Big Hand Alehouse expect more of the same from their summer program of events.
More info on You&Me
More info on Tranquil