Greg Wilson, DANNY WEBB, SOLID STATE
When Greg made his DJ return ten years ago, few, if any, young dancers would have recognised his name on the line up. For after a two decade hiatus, Wilson's appearance at Music Is Better in Manchester would mark the beginning of a whirlwind decade of UK club dates, festival appearances and international tours touching all corners of the globe, a steady stream of floor-focussed definitive edits and remixes, and the rise of a cult blog. Today, of course, his following includes three generations of club goers as, via his numerous platforms, Wilson builds a bridge between contemporary dance music culture and our rich UK heritage that has often been lost in the mix.
Instrumental in breaking the new electronic, post-disco records coming out of New York in the early 80's, a sound dubbed ‘Electro–Funk’, Greg was a pioneer of mixing in the UK, the first to mix live on British TV - this was back in 1983, the year he became the first ‘dance music’ specialist hired for a regular weekly session at Manchester's now legendary Hacienda club. At the end of '83 he retired from DJ work to concentrate on production.
Nominated by DJ magazine for outstanding contribution, and named amongst their top twenty remixers of all-time, Greg's continued contribution to club culture has been celebrated across the scene. In April 2010, as part of their Essential Mix 500 special, Radio 1 selected his 2009 Essential Mix as one of 10 classics that spanned the show’s near 17 year history. And at this year's Amsterdam Dance Event, Greg was one of three dance music legends invited to speak on the ‘Disco – How Deep are Your Roots?’ panel; the others were dance music luminaries Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder.
To commemorate ten years back in the game, Greg visits Manchester once more to spin alongside Danny Webb and Solid State, the very same DJs who appeared at his comeback night in 2003. Join us in marking this special occasion with one of the UK's finest selectors as we celebrate a Decade of Dance at this 10th Anniversary Special.