Salford’s White Hotel has fast become the new home of the weird, anarchistic, progressive and challenging nightlife that Manchester has always been famous for. It is quite fitting then that the Ordinary Friends collective have made themselves so comfortable within these dilapidated walls. In many ways the inclusive, experimental and intense atmosphere that the collective continuously deliver has become emblematic in Manchester’s clubbing scene of what the White Hotel now stands for.
For this particular event the Ordinary Friends boys flew in the infamous DJ collective, Honey Soundsystem, from San Francisco. Heavily influenced by queer and underground dance culture, and regularly working alongside international acts such as Honey Dijon and Kink, these boys really know how to throw a party.
Upon entering you were hit by a wall of bass, heat and energy and knew instantly that you were about to be taken on quite a ride. Whilst Honey Soundsystem went hell for leather in the main room, round the back was a chillout area with a makeshift bar and sofas and an old film about possessed nuns projected onto the back wall. It was every bit as surreal as it sounds and both rooms had to be taken in small doses to keep a handle on one’s sanity.
It was a full house on the night and the raucous atmosphere maintained heat until well into the early hours of the morning. All in all, another stellar night from the Ordinary Friends crew following on from what is now a very strong track record.
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