Jacked returns to the Bleachworks for our 3rd Birthday bash with Haçienda legend Graeme Park, YouTube phenomenon Davos, local hero and founder of The Northern Project Ash, Twisted Elegance head honcho Alan Hartley and the Jacked residents.
Advanced Discount Tickets: £7
First Release: £8
Final Relase: £10 MOTD
Tickets Available from:
Keith Laverty: 07803 422165 (Coppull / Chorley / Horwich / Deane / Daubhill)
Noel Daniels: 07505 701398 (Westhoughton / Horwich)
David Graham: 07525 687435 (Egerton / Bromley Cross / Astley Bridge / Heaton / Tonge / Breightmet / Bury / Warrington)
Sandro Valentino: 07919 977192 (Chorley / Wigan)
Ticket link on Skiddle: http://skiddle.com/e/12802129
About the DJ's:
Graeme Park: The story of DJ Graeme Park really mirrors the story of the evolution of dance music and club culture itself. Graeme found himself working in a Nottingham record shop called Selectadisc in the early 1980s, when the very first house records began to filter through from Chicago, Detroit and New York. When the shop’s owner opened a nightclub, it was only natural he should turn to Graeme to select the discs. Determined to showcase this new style of music, his reputation as a house pioneer soon brought him to the attention of Mike Pickering at the Haçienda in Manchester, who asked him to cover for him while he went on holiday in 1988. Simply put, there was no-one else in the country who could do the job. The Summer of Love followed, and Parky quickly became one of the biggest names on the emerging dance scene. Aside from his nine year residency at The Haç, he was one of the first British DJs to play places like Australia, South America, the USA, Asia and beyond as well as producing and remixing tracks for the dancefloor, including The Brand New Heavies, Inner City, Eric B & Rakim, New Order, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and more.
The Haçienda was a club without a purpose until house music filled its cathedral-sized dimensions. It undeniably defined Graeme as a DJ, but after more than three decades as a DJ, that can only be seen as one chapter in an on-going tale: ‘Yeah it was a very big chapter,’ says Graeme. ‘I guess the first was when I realised I could DJ and discovered house music from the US. The Haçienda was chapter 2, then chapter 3 was when it re-opened after closing for a couple of months in 1992. Chapter 4 was when it closed not long after I left and I played all around the world. I suppose Chapter 5 was the turn of the century and continuing my journey. Chapter 6 is where I am right now, with more variety to my gigs and music selection than ever before.’
Davos: Davos had his first piano lesson in 1980, his last in 1983 and has been self taught ever since. Now an accomplished producer, live keyboardist and remixer, Davos came to public attention late in 2012 when a video of his performance of a medley of early nineties house classics hit youtube and went instantly viral, notching up over 120,000 hits in the first week and now nearly half a million on youtube alone. Homeless and couch surfing at the time, the viral catapulted Davos into the limelight and brought him to the attention of some of the biggest names in dance music as well as two generations of acid house ravers.
Since the viral, Davos’ feet haven’t touched the ground. With support from Your Own and Korg UK Davos spent 2013 playing out his own brand of piano house to packed audiences throughout the UK, and became the first ever live act to play on the New Sonic Stage in Glastonbury’s Silver Heyes dance arena. He was also in high demand for studio sessions and collaborations, and collaborated on a single with Shapeshifters, ‘Universal Love’ feat Natalie Peris, the much celebrated ‘Can’t Stop’ with Doorly and Rae and sessioned for Marshall Jefferson, Kevin Saunderson (Inner City) and DJ Driis (Idris Elba) as well as moonlighting as K-Klass’s live keyboardist.
53 gigs and a personal appearance on Rude Tube later, the last few years has seen Davos hitting the UK club and festival circuit just as hard, now accompanied in turns by The AcidHeadZ’ Mr South and DJ Danny Newbold notching up a second slot at Glastonbury, this time on the Glade Stage, playing to packed tents at Beat-Herder and Kendal Calling, and finishing a hectic year sharing the bill with the likes of N’Joi, Shades of Rhythm, K-Klass, Together, Mark Archer and Jay wearden at Streetrave’s annual hogmanay party.
Alan Hartley: Always thinking of himself as a clubber first and jock second, Alan was bitten by the house music bug back in 1986 but it was not until 1995, at the not so tender age of 28, that he took up DJing. Since then he has more than made up for lost time spinning his way around the country, securing gigs at many of the UK’s biggest house nights.
Starting out with a residency at Liverpool’s now infamous G Bar, back when it was still in its infancy in 96, the Manchester Mardi Gras, Love Junky, Venus, Vain Glorious and Garlands were among his early years gigs. Few can have escaped his dazzling sets when resident for cool-Cheshire party organisers Ultima and Peruvia and he has entertained the beautiful people at Miss Moneypenny’s and Chuff Chuff.
Versatile and skilled at steering the dancefloor, he believes clubbers’ inspiration and satisfaction should come before musical education. He is equally happy playing the anthems and classics as he is playing big room driving house and his closing sets have become the stuff of legend among fans.
In 2002 Alan turned his hand to promoting, co-founding Twisted Elegance at Manchester’s Ampersand Nightclub. With its glam house soundtrack, lavish productions and teams of entertainers it quickly became one of the country’s most divine dancefloors, a magnet for footballers, soapstars and the stylish party people of the northwest and in 2007 Pete Tong declared Twisted Elegance the new kings of glam.