It’s been a long time since that Smokey night in a mid-terraced house (Now riffraff towers) when a disillusioned with Boro clubbing Lee Pennington, Ste Dunne and Rob Smith came up with a concept for a new fresh way to put on house music events in Teesside with more fun. Eight years later and many braincells lost only Lee remains from the original three Amigos and he has been joined throughout the years by many DJ’s, artists and special friends whom have taken riffraff to where it is now. Some of these special friends are now involved within the international underground dance music circuit themselves such as the mighty Paul Bowen that runs Luna records, Gow that DJ’s around the world to the masses, Graeme Stewart that organises the mega Zoo Project parties, Matty Gillespie whom releases hard hitting tracks and runs his own radio show, Mark Graham of the weekly Capture FM series plus a whole host of other amazing people that played their part behind the decks, in front of the decks and behind the scenes, you all know who you are and you are all scrinsey legends!
*riffraff prides itself on being the first Teesside based event to go on tour around the world playing its own smog fuelled take on house music to many different countrys and tell Amricans live on air about Pootashing, as well as to break the mould with random themed events such as lampshades, cushions, pyjama, tash partys and introduce people to the Pacific Bar after parties and their glorious toilets.
It was *riffraff that went against the grain and break the stigma of the Boro funky house period and watered down Garage pop music where DJ’s would have to conform to rules and regulations of the local clubs and bars in their commercial musical styles and also dress like Psyche had just chewed them up, spewed them up after they had been pooed out of Toni and Guys mullets are us. The riffraff philosophy is simple, dress like you mean to party leave your ego at the door and dance to these beats because everyone is equal in the riffraff house plus your gonna come out a quivvering mess anyway.
So eight years later after so many amazing times the gang keep on to try and not be obvious with their bookings by either staying up front and cutting edge or sometimes pulling someone out the bag that makes people think, “No fu*king way!!!!”
For our eighth birthday we have managed to pull off the latter of the above types of bookings. The boys in the camp are still pinching themselves and in Robbos case touching himself to see if one of the Godfathers of House music is coming to our little dungeon of dreams and yeah it’s true that the one and only MARSHAL JEFFERSON likes what we are doing and is very excited to come and play to the riffraff lunatics whilst having a family trip to the UK. .. Unreal!!!
I don’t need to tell you all about this man that in 1987 brought house music to the UK alongside Frankie Knuckles, or that he was the first ever house music producer to use piano within house records (Move Your Body), and that he also has claim to the first ever Acid House record (Acid Trax) and was the first producer to incorporate spiritual vocals within house records paving the way for the rest… Basically what Marshall did was lay the foundations for house music as we know it today…. But of course you knew all that and I didn’t need to tell you ;)
What I do need to tell you though is that this birthday party is not one to be missed by any one of you riffraffers, scrinsers, ploppers, boppers and even the whoppers… Or else you will be a double whopper and nobody likes a double whopper because I personally would rather eat a gherkin covered in marmite…. Slightly straying from the point here.
It’s thanks to everyone that’s supported us throughout the years that has brought us to this stage where we are at now and that with your continued support and upholding your side of the bargain then we will also keep to ours bringing you the best artists for your partying pleasures.
Also playing in the Club with Marhsal is Kristoffer that ran riffraff single handedly last month God Bless him who is now a riffraff living legend, warming up for Marshall will be newlywed Mark Graham and making their return debuts from playing at the Zoo Project every week is Pennington & Gow whom will be performing one of their special back 2 back sets that are so rare to see these days.
Upstairs in the bar sees the return of some of our past riffraff residents and ones that were titans during their time within the riffraff camp. We see the return of Dave slaphead Watson, Mark Gobshite Galloway, Matty greenfingers Gillespie, Dave loco Little, Paul the ginger ninja Crook, Chris horrible horrible Howson to keep you entertained all night and with that bunch of psychos together, God knows what could happen.