Manchester’s ‘Ordinary Friends’ brought Swedish left-field club aficionado Kornel Kovács, cofounder of the prolific Studio Barnhus and connoisseur of buoyant house-club rhythms, to the infamous White Hotel.
Having previously boasted artists like Brassica and Gideön, the ‘Ordinary Friends’ boys were sure to kick off 2018 with style and they certainly delivered. Kovacs’ fun loving set perfectly complimented the playful approach ‘Ordinary Friends’ have brought to Manchester’s nightlife. Their nights consistently offer a breath of fresh air in what is a scene increasingly saturated in tiresome seriousness.
The White Hotel is a small capacity industrial warehouse in Salford, swiftly gaining a reputation for being one of the city’s most exciting venues. With snowballing popularity and hosting regularly sold out shows, there could not have been a more perfect venue to host this exciting yet refreshingly informal event. With reputations preceding them, party goers desperately searched for tickets for the sold out show online, even after proceedings were well underway, and the fever pitch party atmosphere kept momentum until well into the early hours.
Kovács shelled out a mix of groovy house and deep disco that kept his enthusiastic crowd moving throughout the night. Mixing seamlessly from classics like Inland Knights' "Slummin' It" to the more contemporary “The Promised Land" by Mark Seven, the Swede confidently kept the crowd under his complete control and masterfully created a gripping and fast paced atmosphere of lively energy.
Despite being a sell out show, The White Hotel still had space for enthusiastic revellers to move throughout the night. The infectious fun of tunes like Acid Andy’s “Jack Dawson Polka” kept them dancing from start to finish, whilst crowd favourites like DJ Central's "Drive" had Kovács’ eager audience singing along.
The ‘Ordinary Friends’ crew provided great support for the Barnhus boss, matching his energy with groovers of their own and keeping the atmosphere alive throughout the night. On the back of such a high quality night, and their popularity in the Manchester scene, it will be exciting to see who the ‘Ordinary Friends’ crew will bring to the city as the year progresses, especially as they have already lined up Berghain resident nd_baumecker to grace The White Hotel in March.
Photos courtesy of Sophie Barrott
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