With the end of gloomy January finally in sight and with it the prospect of pay cheque induced euphoria, it’s time to snap out of hermit mode, pack away those boxsets (Dexter is bloody ace isn’t it!) and get ready to, you know, socialise again. With other people. Outside. In public. Don’t worry, we’ll get through this together by taking a leaf out of the Brownie’s Guidebook and “Being Prepared”.

So in the spirit of preparedness we’ve pulled together our top seven nights over the next couple of weeks to help you plan when to make your triumphant return onto the scene.

Discoteca Poca

Despite having a name that we’re unable to say without a questioning tone – Discoteca Po-ca? – there’s no question about the quality of the night itself. (Did you see what we did there? Yep, still got it.) This month they’re ringing the rave bell to herald the arrival of Ewan Pearson to the darkness of The Hold with residents James Rand and Mr Paul chiming in as always. Well worth a tenner.

Friday 27th January
10pm – 3am

Ewan Pearson
James Rand
Mr Paul

Waxxx Magic Eye, at Blade Factory
Our favourite mind-melting visuals and three-room dance merchants, Waxxx, are hosting a DJ, live band and audio-visual spectacular in the cavernous vaults of the Blade Factory (a chunk of the old A Foundation building). Expect dirty Balearic beats courtesy of The Tea Street Band, Stay+, Absense and lots of the usual tasty Waxxx goodness. A sell out? On the cards.

Room 1:
Stay+ (pic)
Jimmy Allen
Jess Gascoigne

Room 2:
Stevie Law (DJ)
Flynn (DJ)
Fox (DJ)
Tea Street Band (live)
Carousel (live)

Room 3: Sessions Faction present:
Dalema B2B Dan Danko
SertOne B2B Bolts
Organik B2B Nate

28 January
Blade Factory, Greenland Street

Circus @The Magnet
The traditional Circus residents party has arrived in town once again, albeit at a different venue than previous years. Having set up camp in The Magnet for NYE we can confirm that heading down those stairs is a bit like stepping back in time but in the best possible way. Intimate party atmosphere in one of our favourite spaces, go check out the ressies do their thing and see what we mean. Oh and we’ve got tickets to give away for this, stay tuned to Twitter for more details.

Saturday 28th January
Alex Wolfenden (main pic)
Lewis Boardman
Scott Lewis
Sean Stephenson

10pm – 4am

Eat Your Greens @ The Kazimier
A venue that has gone from strength to strength over the past year and a night that never fails to provide messy fun – we’re interested to see how the debut outing of Eat Your Greens in the theatrical surrounding of The Kaz spins out. We suspect it’s a match made in heaven…

Saturday 28th January
10pm – 4am

Jacky Murda
Laid Blak
Mikey Don
Eat Your Greens residents

Lazy Genius

Need to kickstart the week with a touch of indie? Who amongst us doesn’t? Lazy Genius are back, and firing on most – if not all – of their cylinders next week, at Bumper. Monday? Are they mad? This is one relaunch for hardcore shoe gazers (if that’s not the worst oxymoron ever), electro and garage heads out there. It’s the new Sunday, y’know.

30 January
Bumper, Hardman Street

Chibuku, Shipping Forecast and Magnet
After sadly leaving their home due to unforeseen circumstances at The Masque – Chibuku have decided to make the most of their sister venues and are hosting two parties on the same night in two different places. At The Shipping Forecast they’re kicking it off with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and then to carry on the fun head up t’road to The Magnet for some lessons in dubstep from Flux Pavilion and Sessions Faction.

Saturday 4th February

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
7pm – 11pm

Chibuku @ The Magnet
Saturday 4th February
Flux Pavilion
Sessions Faction (Dalema and Dan Danko)
More TBC
10.30pm – 4am

mUmU @The Black-E
We find it a bit embarrassing talking about mUmU, like when you fancy someone and you cant help but drop their name into every situation. It’s safe to say that if mUmU was a lad, we’d deffo be giggling coquettishly at them and batting our lashes demurely (telling them stupid jokes and drunkenly attempting to snog them).

And when better to attempt this seduction than at their 4th birthday party? They’re heading back for to The Black-E and have eschewed cake and candles for TECHNO and errr more TECHNO. That’s our kind of celebration.

10pm – 6am
£12 / £15

Tobi Neumann
Robert Dietz
Laura Jones
Lee Rands and loads more.

Karunga at Basement 20
It was Bar Samui. Before that it was the Vault. No matter. It’s now the sweatbox home of hard house and techno, and it’s opting for a not-quiet introduction into 2012, courtesy of Liverpool’s finest, Audio Vandals and the dependable crew of residents. Expect Techno with a tinge of electro. And plenty of reasons to make the hike up Hardman Street.

27 January
Basement 20

Hardman Street

Stephanie Heneghan

*hands up who spotted eight?

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