I've updated the Castlefield page with more details of the gig. I'm afraid I'm not very good at those 'official' reports. I prefer the telegram style of this forum, so here's a brief report of the rest of my Manc weekend:
On Thursday 1 August I made my way to the Night & Day cafe to catch DJ Massey and Homelife. Truly wonderful set by Graham in which he mixed anything from Salsa to Acid House from 1988. He shamelessly dropped 'Techno City' (new version) between easy listening tunes. I was particularly amused when it was time for Homelife to come on and the DJ threw on 'Flow Coma' (AFX mix) while they were tuning their instruments. The temperature of the small club rose to an almost unbearable stage as Homelife rocked the place with their unique blend of Jazz, World and weirdness.
Then on Friday I made my way to Castlefield for the 808 State soundcheck. Met up with John McBride and before the soundcheck there was time for a few beers with Graham. John and I felt rather privileged enjoying an 808 State 'gig', with just us present! Then in the evening it was off to Bar Glass, where 808 were going to be interviewed by the BBC Commonwealth Games TV channel. After three hours of waiting and many a drink, the 1 minute interview took place...
Saturday, the big day. Big meetup with the Star Trek posse, namely Graham Massey, Nick King, Pete & Carlos. Because the ("that's the sound of the") police wanted the event to finish at 11:30pm, all bands were moved forward 30 minutes, meaning I missed ACR. Oh well. Enjoyed Homelife, though they weren't as good as on Thursday, they obviously were missing a few string players.
Before 808 came on, John and I managed to get backstage which provided some familiar faces from back in the days: Fonzo (ex 808 live MC), Rowetta (Happy Mondays), Nicky Lockett (aka MC Tunes). However none of these were going to be onstage, bar Fonzo (who somehow got hold of a mic) for a quick intro and outro. Also no Eric Barker, no Livewire. My 808 gig report is at
A really perfect gig in my opinion, even though no Techno City this time. This was a day to remember, the last time I saw such an energetic 808 and crowd must have been at erm, Castlefield (1996). Incidentally, there is a possibility for a gig in London later this year and Manchester at the end of the year. A tour doesn't look likely until the new year.
But the day wasn't over yet, there was still the VIP party over at Barca with the 808 DJs. It was a bit chaotic and it wasn't until late that Darren actually started. It was quite mad with Fonzo providing dancing on tables and Livewire in trance. Daz must have played for about an hour and just as Andy took over, the place had to shut (3am, I seem to remember).
Sunday, and yes, another Homelife gig. This time in Manchester City centre. A strange location that attracted passers-by tourists and people doing their Sunday shopping. However it went down pretty well and Graham enjoyed himself (it was his Birthday too). A final few beers with John & Graham, and a legendary weekend was over…
Thanks to everyone.
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