I couldn’t eat, shut up or sit still all day on Friday, and neither could my mates. But who could blame us? We were going to one of the best underground nightclubs in the country, to see a line up good enough to make a vicar swear. “Tribal Sessions at Sankeys”, was written in massive capital letters and underlined multiple times in my diary, as I knew it’d be one not to miss out on.
Tribal sessions was a weekly event at Sankeys during the early 2000’s, which originally took inspiration from Tribal Gathering, a dance music festival that celebrated Techno, House and Rave music. The Sankeys event brought a list of must see DJ’s to Manchester, including Frankie Knuckles, Richie Hawtin and Laurent Garnier; but like all good things it eventually came to an end. However, February 2014 saw the return of Tribal sessions, and this time David Vincent, Sankeys owner, asked Leeds producer and DJ Darius Syrossian to help him hand pick suitable acts to grace the crowd.
The Sankeys mob were treated to a line-up rich in talent this weekend, as Friday night saw Darius Syrossian, Adam Beyer and wAFF playing alongside resident Jozef K. On arrival we caught last glimpses of the residents set, which seemed to warm the crowd up nicely with an array of wobbly techno sounds.
As promised Darius was next to make an appearance, and in true Syrossian style he serenaded us with some fresh new sounds amongst some of the classics we expected to hear. I’ve mentioned this before, but there seems to be something about Darius Syrossian that Manchester (or maybe just northerners in general!?) seems to love. He introduced himself to the already sweaty basement of ravers with his rendition of the Green Velvet track Bigger than Prince. Regardless of the amount of times this track has been dropped, the crowd seem to be as mad for it as ever, myself included! Unfortunately it now seems joining in with your favourite vocals has become uncool or maybe a bit too keen, but when the tune was dropped many of the clubbers chorused together with a who cares attitude.
When Adam Beyer joined the party, the crowd were well and truly prepared. With a mainly techno agenda, he let his Detroit influenced sounds bleed from the legendary speaker system as bodies rocked to the music. There wasn’t a forehead that didn’t gleam, but nobody seemed to care as the persistent partiers continued to ram up the dance floor 'til around 4:30 when wAFF took the night to its finish.
Words by Chloe Jones
Images courtesy of Gemma Parker