Northern techno ambassadors Selective Hearing have once again curated an indisputably banging set of lineups around Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, with five big events coming up in the next few months. Here’s how Ticket Arena sees them going down.
Friday 22nd April: Palms Trax, Willow & more
Dalberg Street Warehouse, Manchester
Selective Hearing welcomes back an old friend in Palms Trax, having before put him on in various parties in Manchester, including at the sterling Lobster Theremin all nighter back in November 2014. He proved then that he’s more than able behind the decks, and releases on Dekmantel and Lobster show that he’s a dab hand in the studio too, so it’s no wonder he’s become such a Selective Hearing favourite. Also featuring Willow, a Manchester favourite who’s track Feel Me made it into Move D’s Fabric Live, the night at Dalberg Street Warehouse is as good a place to be as any other in the rainy city that night.
Friday 29th April: Randomer b2b Tessela (4 Hr Set) + Harry Sheehan
Buyers Club, Liverpool
If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed in the unpredictable world of techno, it’s that Randomer b2b Tessela is going to be a noisy one. Harry Sheehan, resident at club nights Polka and Abandon Silence, will enjoy setting the pace at Liverpool’s Buyers Club for this one.
Saturday 14th May: Zenker Brothers, Cleric & Reflec
Finding a home at Machester’s Hidden this time round, Selective Hearing invites Illian Tape label heads Zenker Brothers to run the show. Epitomising the height of immersive techno, the label is one of the most distinctive techno imprints going, and Zenker Brothers Dario and Marco pack a head-spinning punch.
Saturday 4th June: Rrose (Live) - Reflec & Habgud
Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Shadowy, mesmerising techno from another universe, Rrose’s productions are not for the faint-hearted. Bubbling and screaming like a power plant in meltdown, a Rrose live set is unlikely to involve a lot of respite, with nightmarish brutality surrounding heavy grooves and foundation shaking percussion. Reflec and Habgud in support at Soup Kitchen.
Friday 10th June: James Ruskin - Cleric & Reflec
James Ruskin is a stalwart of UK techno, running Blueprint since 1996. Specialising in the kind of ominous, heavyweight techno that Selective Hearing is so adept at promoting, Ruskin will no doubt feel at home in murky Wire basement. Cleric and Reflec will once again lend support.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos coutesy of Little Big - Randomer