Hip-hop, House and Happiness is coming to Uppermill!

Date published: 04 September 2023

A spectacular night of hip-hop, house and happiness is coming to the Uppermill Civic Hall next month.

In association with Oldham-based Credible Media Group's 'Mom's Spaghetti' radio station, legendary former Hacienda DJ Graeme Park will headline a special night of music on Saturday, October 7, starting at 7.30pm.

Mom's Spaghetti Breakfast Show host Graeme will be supported on the decks on the night by Becki De Funk and Matt Black.

The night promises plenty of Old Skool, hip hop and R’n’B dedicated tunes to help put a spring in your step - songs and sounds with real attitude.

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 The Haçienda in Manchester, who asked him to cover for Mike Pickering while he went on holiday in 1988.

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 is also 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 and Rakim, New Order, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and many others.

In the past few years, Graeme has performed alongside a host of legendary DJs such as Todd Terry, David Morales, Derrick Carter, Louie Vega, Danny Krivit, Marshall Jefferson and others for a variety of FAC51 The Haçienda club nights, playing a selection of contemporary tunes alongside a variety of forgotten classics.

He has also been a major part of the critically acclaimed Haçienda Classical shows which have performed around the UK since 2016 to rapturous response, where he performs live alongside the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, Peter Hook and special guest vocalists to a set of classic and contemporary club tunes.

This euphoric show opened the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Castlefield Bowl in Manchester, the Isle Of Wight Festival and lots of other arenas and festivals around the UK, as well as in Dublin, Dubai and Switzerland.

"For my entire career I’ve been finding good tunes that I want other people to hear," said Graeme. 

"The reason I keep doing it is simple: it’s my mission in life to let people hear good music."

To purchase your tickets for the Uppermill Civic Hall show on October 7, please click this link.

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