Darren Partington has been a key member of 808 State since the late 80’s; the story of 808 State defines an era of electronic dance music, and sets a blueprint of possibilities for future generations. Formed in Manchester in 1988, their first album – Newbuild – is now regarded as a milestone in UK electronica and sprang from a desire for a more outer-limits dance sound from the growing warehouse party scene in North West England.
From The Hacienda in Manchester to limelight in New York, Japan and Ibiza, Darren has DJ’d some of the world’s most iconic venues and clubs. He has remixed David Bowie, The Stone Roses, Bjork, Africa Bombaataa, and New Order, and has influenced the likes of Aphex Twin, Altern-8, Prodigy and Moby.
Darren’s set includes all the old-school classics with some big club bangers thrown in for good measure… he is determined to keep that classic sound alive. Darren has been there since the very beginning, so don’t miss this dance music pioneer playing the best tunes of the last 30 years.
DJ/Producer/Promoter and Radio Host Sandro Valentino hails from the city of Naples, Italy but has lived in the UK for most of his adult life. Originally a rock drummer his love for electronic music began in 1990 when he was inspired by the early Illegal Acid House parties in the North West of England.
After gigging all over the UK throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s his DJ Sets, Studio Productions and Remixes have graced many quality underground clubs and house labels including Sony Music, Hed Kandi, Good For You Records, Metrogroove Records, Toolbox Records, Dejavoo Records, Daddy Funk Records, Phunky Rabbit Records, Lowered Recordings, Disco Legends NYC, Soulful Legends NYC, Ibiza Live Records plus many more.
In 2015 Sandro joined forces with Keef from Jacked to promote exclusive club nights showcasing some of the best global DJ talent including: Lenny Fontana, Graeme Park, Russ Marland, Alan Hartley, Marshall Jefferson, Heller & Farley, Allister Whitehead, Andy Carroll to name just a few. Sandro also regularly plays for Covert and Pier Jam Events including warming up for the likes of Erick Morillo and other ‘A list’ DJ’s at Gorilla in Manchester.
He also hosts his own monthly radio show ‘Guilty Grooves House Radio’ on cult radio station Chorley 102.8FM which showcases exclusive interviews and guest mixes from the world’s best DJ/Producers. Sandro to this day continues to produce and remix for some of the best underground house labels on the planet and the future looks bright for the UK/Italian Producer who is currently working hard in the studio setting high quality production standards for the world’s best dancefloors.
To listen to DJ Mixes, Productions and Radio Shows you can visit his official website and the following media links
Keef with over 25 years’ experience of being a DJ launched a club night in the Greater Manchester area called ‘Jacked’ in 2013 which has become one of the most successful nights in the North West of England. Headlining guests include: James Holroyd, Krysko, Graeme Park, Lenny Fontana, K-Klass, Russ Marland, Davos, Marshall Jefferson, Elliot Eastwick, David Dunne, Andy Carroll, Allister Whitehead, Heller & Farley and Alan Hartley.
From 2015 to 2017 Keef has played at the following venues: Ministry of Sound London, Egg London, Venus, Gorilla and The Oxford Club in Manchester. He also regularly plays for ‘Covert’ and ‘Pier Jam’ events warming up for the likes of Erick Morillo and other ‘A list’ DJs and was chosen to play at ‘Space Ibiza on Tour’.
Keef presents his own monthly radio show on the cult station Chorley 102.8FM ‘The Deep Down Radio Show’ showcases interviews and guest mixes from some of the best DJs and Producers on the planet. He also collaborates with close friend DJ/Producer Sandro Valentino and is currently working on new studio productions for release in 2018. Keef is looking forward to 2018 and bringing more headline guest DJ’s to Jacked.
The future’s dancefloors are looking very busy for Keef so keep an eye out for further news and announcements on forthcoming shows and releases.
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There are DJs that are instantly recognisable because of their visibility on social media or the wacky things they do, and then there are equally talented, immensely passionate people who ply their trade without getting caught up with the trappings of fame, people like Steve Parry.
However, his recent production for John Digweed’s Bedrock imprint ‘Flippant’ and new single for his own Selador Recordings label, ‘Apricity’ might well be about to change all that as Steve is now taking his considerable experience into the studio with devastating results and his star is very much in the ascendency. Steve has amassed a wealth of musical knowledge and honed some serious DJ skills over his time working as manager of the world famous 3 Beat records, a 3 year residency at Cream in Liverpool and a host of headlining gigs across the globe. As a radio host, his Red Zone show ran for 10 years on Juice FM in Liverpool featuring the hottest new music and regular world class DJ guests. His new show on Frisky Radio, The Selador Sessions continues in that vein. As a promoter Steve has also had much success. Firstly with his legendary ‘Alderaan’ nights which ran from ’97 – 2001 in a room above the infamous Lemon Lounge which helped to shape the very scene Liverpool has become known for. Steve’s attention to detail and crowd-focused guest selections has built a solid and lasting reputation in his hometown and far beyond. His new project – Luna, is shaping up to be just as influential and acts as a welcome antithesis to a scene in the stranglehold of corporate greed. These days Steve’s day jobs include working on his company – SMP3 Music Management. where he sources music for a diverse range of DJs including Sasha, Just Be, Behrouz, Sander Kleinenberg, Tiga and many others. SMP3 also has a promo mail out service which regularly features tracks from labels such as as Bedrock, Sudbeat, Lost & Found, Natura Sonoris, Under No Illusion, Carioca and Babicz Style.And of course, Steve has also turned his hand to running his own record label with long time friend, Dave Seaman called Selador. A lifelong ambition realised having been involved with music for so long, the label’s primary aim is to showcase the musical diversity of both Steve and Dave, and it’s success so far is mainly down to their passion and utter devotion to quality over quantity.
More than three decades since he was first bitten by the house bug, it is clear that Alan Hartley has lost none of his passion for the dance floor, whether he is playing to it or dancing on it.
Having fallen in love with house music the first time he heard it in a club in north west England in 1986, it would be another 10 years before he purchased his first pair of decks. But, in the time since, Alan has established himself as an eclectic DJ capable of reading and reacting to any crowd and a successful promoter creating one of the most glamorous brands of the Noughties with Twisted Elegance.
Always seeing himself as a clubber first and DJ second, Alan started out DJing in a backstreet of Liverpool at the now legendary G-Bar and the last 20 years have seen him play for some of the UK’s biggest house nights, among them Garlands, Venus and Miss Moneypenny’s.
As the new Millennium dawned, his flamboyant style and dynamic sets also made him the perfect booking for glamorous party brands like Chuff Chuff, Ultima and Peruvia.
In 2002 Alan turned his hand to promoting and co-founded Twisted Elegance at Manchester’s Ampersand nightclub. With its glam house soundtrack, lavish production and teams of entertainers it quickly became one of the country’s most popular dance floors. Indeed, in 2007, Pete Tong declared Twisted Elegance the ‘new kings of glam’.
However, after five hectic years promoting, Alan decided the time was right to go back to his roots and at the end of that year he gave give up the glitter cannons to focus on DJing.
It proved to be a wise move and one which saw his DJ reach widen dramatically.
Within months he would be making his debut for Creamfields.
Booked to play the closing gig in the VIP arena at the festival’s 10th anniversary in 2008, Alan left the crowd panting for more at four in the morning on a soaking wet Saturday and ensured himself repeat bookings for 2009 and 2010.
In 2011 he was asked to open the main stage at the festival, the same stage that just hours later would be taken over by none other than David Guetta.
Alan’s magnetic Sunday afternoon set enticed bleary-eyed festival-goers from their tents and filled the field with close to 5,000 clubbers winning him a whole new army of fans.
Four years later Alan had the honour of opening another Creamfields main stage – this time at the brand’s inaugural festival in Ibiza at Ushuaia, while this August will be his ninth time playing for Creamfields in the UK.
2011 also saw him achieve another of his dreams when he landed a set at Space, Ibiza, playing El Salon at Carl Cox’s Revolution night.
Recent career highs have included playing alongside his own DJ hero, Roger Sanchez twice, and for the past three years Alan has played and managed the Love House arena at Reminisce, one of the UK’s fastest-growing classics festivals as well as for the Heroes of House brand.
This summer will also see Alan return to Ibiza to play for Sin Sundays at Ocean Beach.
Versatile and skilled at steering the dance floor, Alan firmly believes clubbers’ satisfaction comes before musical education.
He is equally happy playing the anthems and classics – that create ‘those goose bump moments’ – as he is playing big room driving house, tech and techno.
In his own words ‘house without boundaries’.
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DJ JOHN KELLY is a true legend of dance music. He is part of an elite group of DJs who are responsible for shaping the British dance scene in the late 80,s In 1988 with James Barton (owner of Cream) and together, they opened a club in Liverpool called The Underground where the DJ’ed together .
The house music scene grew rapidly and fuelled by the energy and excitement they were generating, the pair moved on to a new, bigger venue, Quadrant Park. ‘The Quad’ as it was known, had a capacity of 5,000 and stayed open until 6am; it was the UK’s first super-club and the precursor to the legendary Cream.
JohnKelly’s DJ reputation grew and word spread quickly. As the UK dance scene erupted John started his DJ touring and James Barton stayed in Liverpool to promote but still worked together even to this day
in the 90’s , ‘John Kelly’ was one of the first name on the lips of promoters at emerging new clubs including Gatecrasher, Slinky, Passion, Sundissential and Miss Moneypenny’s. Within a short period of time he earned himself residencies at the world’s greatest clubs, including Cream, Godskitchen, Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher and in Ibiza where he held a resudencey in the the biggest club in the world, Manumission and also playing Pacha , Space, El Dinino ,Es Paradisa ,Eden , DC10 .amongst his many Radio guest spots he was also was a guest twice on the prestigious Radio 1 essential Guest mix where Pete Tong called him “A Genius in the mix” In-between residencies he was invited to play all over the planet and has made guest appearances at clubs and festivals across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, South America and of course, the USA.
John is always keen to collaborate with other DJ’s and as well as playing regularly alongside the world’s top DJs, his albums, made-jointly with Seb Fontaine, Sonique , Judge Jules , Brandon Block and Jim Shaft Ryan, have sold nearly a million copies.Being awarded 2 silver disc’s for 2 of them. On the production side, he has remixed tracks for The Farm and Utah Saints, and he has even had a place in the UK top 40 singles charts with the track ‘Outrageous’ which he made with his close friend Judge Jules, under the guise of Stix & Stoned. With his own releases, including the Superstar DJs CD for Slinky, , it is easy to see why John is regarded as one of clubland’s most sought-after DJs.
Musically, John’s style reflects the diversity and influences over the now 28 years of playing clubs and his own personal journey from the very early days of dance music to the present day. His ability to read a crowd is second to none and he loves nothing more than seeing the reaction of the crowd as he lifts them to a frenzy of excitement. With a wealth of experience, and “maverick mixing”he can move instinctively and effortlessly between genres, from House, Techno,Funky House ,Tech,Trance ,Electro and back again .
John Kelly is still very much in demand and tours the UK every weekend mixing new and old with his “Classics House set’s” and this year has also played Ibiza, Dubai ,Marbella, Majorca and Hong Kong and played the emotional last ever “Cream Grand Finale”at Nation in Liverpool before it got demolished.
John also does a Cream Classics set, an old school “Quad” set 1988-1991 and a Gatecrasher trance classics set
John Kelly will always be known as a pioneer of the early house scene but nowadays he uses the latest technology to bring his own personal mix to each track he plays. What sustains him is his passion for music, his enthusiasm and his ability to turn even a small gathering into a great party. Above all, this man knows how to get a crowd moving.
Sally Rodgers one half of A Man Called Adam regarded as pivotal in the development of the electronic music genres Acid Jazz and Balearic,whose DJ sets have soundtracked sunsets, back rooms, bars and festivals in San Francisco, Singapore and San Antonio. A selector with an enormous depth of musical knowledge,who seamlessly mixes the old with the new to blur the lines and find surprising musical connections.
Recent gigs include Brilliant Corners (a 5 hour vinyl only set), Spiritland, Bar No 90, Pikes & LaTorre (Ibiza), Bestival, Outlaws Yacht Club & Bar 212 (Leeds) where she’s played the best Contemporary House, Rare Japanese Ambient, Italo-disco, Soul, Jazz, Art-Pop, French House, 60s soundtracks, Krautrock, Loft classics, plus her own exclusive re edits to keep the party alive.
Is one of the originals who first visited Ibiza in 1986 which created a love affair that continues to this day. During the summers of ’86 and ’87 her home was the Amnesia club where she spent long nights dancing in front of the speakers to the sounds of Leo Mas and Alfredo, often venturing up to ask what the record was they had just played. If you ask Nancy what made Amnesia special she’ll tell you, “it was the music, the vibe, dancing under the stars all night long and that eclectic mix that worked perfectly when played the right way.” Amen.
During the summer of 1987 Nancy met Ian St.Paul and Paul Oakenfold who had also fallen in love with Amnesia. On arrival back to London the three of them wanted to continue the party so held a few nights which resulted in them finding a regular venue. Oakenfold and friends knew that Nancy had been buying the records she had been dancing to over the last few summers so asked her to DJ. The club was Future and it is now part of London clubbing history.
Within weeks Future was one of the busiest parties in London and a fundamental part of the early Acid House scene in London. From here Spectrum and Land Of Oz followed with Nancy DJing alongside luminaries such as Alex Patterson, Jimi Cauty and Youth who in time went on to big things as The Orb.
Nancy soon became one of the early global DJs, travelling for i-D magazine for their early world tours and DJing in North & South America, Europe and Asia. Alongside this she was working hand in hand with Paul Oakenfold at the newly formed Perfecto Records, one of the earliest UK-based record labels to come out of the Acid House scene, which again led to playing at Perfecto parties in New York and Pacha in Ibiza.
In the early 90s, as the club scene grew and grew in the UK Nancy became a regular DJ playing as resident at The Ministry of Sound, then regularly at Renaissance, Golden, Cream, Clockwork Orange and The Gallery at Turnmills. From here a trip back to Ibiza beckoned which led to Nancy setting up her own venue Bar Zuka in the Old Town. Whilst in Ibiza she DJ’d at Amnesia, Space, Privilege (previously Ku) and Es Paradis.
In recent years Nancy has played parties such as Balearicos, Musica Noche, The Great Outdoors, Test Pressing, The Date, Alfresco, Up on the Roof, Boy’s Own, Full Circle, Love Vinyl, We are the Sunset, Passport to Paradise, Vinyl Addicts, Just one More, Outlaws Yacht Club, We are Balearic. Also festivals for Lowlife, Alfresco & Farr Festival and at the listening experience Spiritland.
Nancy Noise is one of those modest people that feels no need to shout (though she does like the odd “Arreeeeebba”) – she loves music, playing at parties for people that care and keeping her very original style of DJing alive and well. It’s great to see Nancy back where she belongs, playing what she wants, when she wants to a room full of dancers … Bring the (Nancy) Noise.
Such is their swashbuckling sense of adventure, it’s hard to believe that X-Press 2 have been at the vanguard of British electronic music for two decades now. Whether it’s as musicians, DJs or remixers, the London duo share the same sense of musical discovery that first united them on the acid-house dance floors of Shoom and Spectrum and the Balearic playgrounds of Ibiza. A pioneering spirit that fuelled early Nineties underground anthems such as the percussive, US-influenced Muzik Express and London X Press. And why not? Chutzpah that helped them create languid deep house classics like Lazy and Give It with vocalists as unlikely – yet inspired – as David Byrne of Talking Heads and Kurt Wagner of Lambchop.
X-Press 2’s Rocky and Diesel are as restless and averse to predictability as ever. Long may the Muzik X-Press continue…