Like music? Like films? Like dancing to music from films? Well you might be interested in Manchester's only motion picture soundtrack clubnight, Night Fever.
Created by two Manchester guys who also like music and films, Night Fever launched in February 2012 and in two short months has made its mark on the city's late night club scene and inspired some truly awful dance moves with its joyous ransacking of classic movie soundtracks.
Ahead of their third monthly party at The Roadhouse on May 5th, we caught up with the Night Fever DJs to find out more about the night that's got everyone (jive) talking.
In a nutshell, what is Night Fever?
It’s a club night celebrating the greatest movie soundtracks of all time. For four hours.
What inspired the idea for the club night, and who is behind it?
In another publication I said that I was visited by the naked Indian guy from Wayne’s World II who gave me the idea. This was a joke... The truth is I got the idea from a copy of the 2032 Clubbing Almanac. It was handed to me after a heavy night at the Black Dog Ballroom. Some guy from “the future” said it would “change my life”. Who am I to argue with a drunk person outside the Black Dog Ballroom?!
You're coming into your third month now. How have the first two parties gone?
It’s something of an evangelical experience. A bit like when the pope visits the convent in Sister Act, or the stomach churning adrenaline of Top Gun. By the end of the night people lose their shit like Napolean Dynamite.
There seems to be a rise in club nights playing pop music and more 'guilty pleasure' style tracks at the moment, whilst still attracting a cool, non-cheesy crowd. Why do you think this is?
That’s a tough one. Maybe people in Manchester like listening to pop music?
Alright smarty pants. What is it about film soundtracks that get people going?
All the songs we play are linked to an iconic film or a specific scene in a film. So people go nuts when they first recognise the song, and then work out what film it’s from. ‘I Need a Hero’ from Short Circuit is a prime example.
Usually people wouldn’t be seen dead dancing to Bonnie Tyler. But because it’s linked to a scene where a dying robot chases a speedboat down a pier, it’s ok.
Do you play tracks from recent films or do you tend to keep it classic?
Yeah Drive is a big soundtrack for us. The Artist has some fantastic music too. But generally we’re 80s/90s pop kinda guys.
What do you think the night offers that other club nights don't?
Are you serious? Have you read any of the answers I’ve given you!? Music from movies like Sister Act, Top Gun and Short Circuit?! What more do people want! Cheap drinks? Check. Free popcorn? Double check. Handsome DJs? Of course!
What's your favourite film of all time?
It’s like trying to pick a favourite child, i.e. the youngest one. However, I’ll go for Dirty Dancing. Swayze is the don.
And your favourite soundtrack?
Wayne’s World for starters. It’s got Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Hendrix etc. Yunno, pretty light stuff. But the real gem is this cover of Ballroom Blitz and, naturally, one of the greatest movie scenes of ALL TIME.
What five tracks are always sure to get an airing?
We could tell you, but wouldn’t you prefer to find out yourself in a hot n' sweaty Roadhouse with a belly full of booze?
Are there any plans to expand Night Fever beyond Manchester?
Sure, next stop Hollywood!
Thanks guys. See you on the dancefloor!
Night Fever takes place on the first Saturday of every month at The Roadhouse.
Tickets are just £4 in advance, available through Skiddle below.
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