Covert with Darius Syrossian
Friday 30th August
South Nightclub, Manchester
Darius Syrossian has been described by the likes of Resident Advisor as “a fully subscribed slave to true house music”. With his residency at Sankeys Ibiza, Syrossian has a well recognised name, face and sound. His recent gig in Manchester completely sold out and bouncers were turning people away by midnight. Luckily, this time around I was there throwing shapes as Darius tore up the decks in South nightclub.
South was originally launched by Paul Cons, the promotions manager of The Hacienda in 1995, as a similar yet smaller alternative of the Manchester super-club. It was an underground dive that brought people together, and on Friday night I discovered that after 17 years the same vibe was still lurking.
On Friday afternoon, Covert tweeted that there’d be speakers in the courtyard for smokers and outdoor ravers, however I never anticipated a full deck and accompanying DJ too. The outdoor DJ kept people moving and shaking throughout the night, with a techier sound than inside. As the music bled from the speakers, familiar tracks from the likes of Josh Butler and Pleasurekraft were dropped whilst they waited for Darius’ arrival inside.
As he took to the decks, the crowd outdoors grew smaller. “Who’s the Douche”, a newly mixed Syrossian track, was highly anticipated all night. When he finally dropped it, a variety of bass faces were caught in the lights as they flickered and flashed. Nobody was scared to party. His experience in the industry lead to Darius reading the crowd perfectly, and track after track, his set couldn’t be faulted.
The team at Covert events proved they really do know how to throw a party. The club was crammed full and nobody I came across went home anything but beaming. Here's to the next one.
Review by Chloe Jones
Images courtesy of South Nightclub