For many venues that are newly opened there can be somewhat of a honeymoon period, after which, the quality of events can sometimes come to a demise, or perhaps maintain calibre but at a less often occurrence. Hidden in Manchester has proved to be an exception to this as the club, since opening, has stormed into the New Year by releasing a number of their events right up to March, with the quality of what’s to come remaining high throughout.
After a stunning NYE party with Jan Krueger, tINI and DeWalta, not to mention other events featuring the likes of Marcellus Pittman, Matt Dear, Craig Richards, Blawan, DJ Qu and Bella Harris, Hidden has proved it has a passion for house and techno, with this Hidden Events soiree on Friday January 29th attending to the latter.
Headlining the affair will be British techno veteran Mr G and German stalwart Marcel Fengler. Mr G has been working in the music industry for over 2 decades now and at the age of 55, he is still one of the most exciting performers out there. As a live performer, Mr G doesn’t bring a laptop and a couple of controllers, instead his club appearances come with the full works. A 909, an MPC and loads of other analog gear contributes towards the huge sound that his music gives off, emphasised and made more exciting by watching the man himself at work, who will no doubt give an extraordinary interaction and immersion in both the music and the crowd. His own music, which is largely released on his own label Phoenix G, has been said to be the standing definition of tech-house. Raw and heavy bass will be layered with pulsating drums and vocal samples pulled from all over the music spectrum.
Ostgut regular and Berghain resident Marcel Fengler will no doubt take things on a darker tip, with his metallic combination of stabs and spaced out echoes being notoriously favoured for the latter hours of the weekend long parties at Berlin’s most infamous nightclub. Usually playing on Monday morning, Fengler can perform quite an assault, with his releases on Ostgut encapsulating the sound you may come to expect from one of his performances. Often broken up with breaks and other interesting beats, you will maybe get one or two calmer moments between all out frenzies of intelligent music that was built for the main rooms at Berghain.
As with many of Hidden’s in house events there will a strong and lengthy number of local DJs playing in support of Fengler and Mr G, with Jamie Trench, Paul Kaminski, Anton Fitz, Andis Kuzmins, Freeman & Ferrelly, Class Ememy, Josimar, Sian Bennett, Mark Turnpenny and the Hidden DJs all turning out to put in performances.
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Mr G & Hidden