Bringing together mega visuals and a stellar line-up of DJs, Transmission looks set to rock the Albert Hall.
It’s been a good few years for the Albert Hall. The former chapel stood unloved and abandoned in 2012, a forgotten relic sat in the shadows of Peter Street. Then Trof took it over, revamping the entire building and reopening its doors in 2014. Now, it has just won the City Life Award for Best Music Venue and the programme for 2015 is shaping up nicely, with new club night Transmission bringing some of the biggest names in dance music to Manchester.
“It’s a good mix of house, drum & bass and techno, so something for everybody,” says curator, Lee Spence. “There’s iconic names like Carl Cox alongside up and coming people such as Hannah Wants, who is going to explode this year.” If this musical mix feels familiar, it probably is – Spence worked closely on the line-up with Sam Kandel, co-founder of The Warehouse Project. “The plan is to fill that gap after Christmas, when traditionally there isn’t much to do,” Spence explains.
New club night Transmission brings some of the biggest names in dance music to Manchester
As well as January blues-bashing music, Trof also vow to make the visuals vivid. “We start each night with a blank canvas, bringing in giant disco balls, LED lights, CO2 cannons, whatever we can think of,” says Spence. The combination of the Albert Hall with a full-on club night feels by turns appropriate and incongruous: apt because the former chapel houses an enormous, original pipe organ, incongruous because religion doesn’t often go hand in hand with a night of riotous partying.
“People love coming here,” says Spence, who admits he was amazed when he first saw the upstairs concert hall. It is impressive stuff, with its ornate ceiling and stained glass windows adding an ecclesiastical element to the building’s neo-Gothic architecture. The venue has a capacity of 2,500, with the stage visible from every angle – perfect for a DJ set – while the acoustics create the kind of intensity that echoes what a congregation might have felt 100 years ago.
For those who can’t wait for the summer festival season, or the next Warehouse Project, Transmission is the ideal way to start 2015 with a bang. “It’s a good way to clear the Christmas hangover,” says Spence. “I can’t wait to see Carl Cox up on that stage – it’s going to be very special.”
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