Well what a party that was! Hacienda legend Graeme Park absolutely rocked it! We don't rest on our laurels tho as next up at The Move Live is the nearest thing to DJ royalty the UK has to offer! None other than the legend Norman Jay MBE!! On Saturday 15th June 2002, Norman was officially cited in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List with the recommendation that he be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, an MBE no less, awarded on merit for "deejaying and services to music". On Tuesday 12th November 2002, Norman was officially invited to attend a royal investiture at Buckingham Palace (London) where he was duly invested and presented with the highly coveted MBE medal by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II herself. It is indeed the highest civilian honour yet conferred on anyone from the relatively new field of post modern UK club culture and black music - a fitting tribute in recognition of his many outstanding musical achievements and invaluable contributions to music in a career spanning well over two decades.
In 1979 whilst on a first time visit to relatives in BROOKLYN, New York around the same time - he was invited to play at his very first bona fide 'block party'. He was later destined to make many more trips stateside - sometimes staying for months at a time - frequenting (and sometimes playing at) most of the seminal New York venues that mattered back in the day - including Dancetaria, World, Palladium, Zanzibar, The Shelter, The Sound Factory, Body & Soul, Giant Step and the legendary Paradise Garage in it's heyday - forging lasting personal friendships with the likes of it's resident dj icon - the legendary (late) Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles and David Morales, Tony Humphries and Louis Vega of MAW - years before most of them had ever been heard of in the UK.
Inspired by what he'd seen and experienced on that inaugural trip - Jay decided there and then to take his deejaying career more seriously. Upon his return to the uk - he built the now legendary GOOD TIMES SOUND SYSTEM - where he embarked upon a mission to fulfill a long held childhood ambition to play at the infamous NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL - where he played FUNK, SOUL and DISCO (something completely unheard of in those days). This he did in the face of fierce opposition and considerable hostility to his initial efforts. His dogged determination to succeed saw him eventually triumph - ultimately winning him critical acclaim from his peers and fans in the process.
In January 2004 he made clubbing history by becoming the first ever DJ - direct from the 'streets' to be invited to appear as a panellist on the nation's most prestigeous and celebrated long running political debating forum; BBC Question Time. In June 2003, he was specially invited to deejay for the family and guests at the French international and Arsenal soccer star, Thierry Henry's wedding. He is without doubt the deejay of choice of the rich and famous 'celebrity set'. He has played for the likes of Mick Jagger (now Sir Mick of course) at his exclusive 50th birthday party - Robert Di Nero, Michael Caine, George Michael, Will Smith, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Jamiroquai (who affectionately calls him the 'Godfather'), Paul Weller (who has been quoted as saying that Jay is his favourite dj), comedian Lenny Henry (who reputedly modelled his pirate radio deejay TV character on Jay) and also for David and Victoria Beckham at one of their star studded charity events.
As if this wasn't impressive enough, Norman was one of the original Kiss FM DJ's and his first show aired in October 1985. The rest they say is broadcasting history...
Along with our sponsor for the event 'OLD J Spiced Rum' (for which there will be some amazing offers on for this night as its our new fav tipple!) Join us on Saturday 3rd November for another monster party with one of the most exciting DJ's the world has ever known...
See You On The Dancefloor... xxx