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Celebrate New Year's Eve with us. 2019 has been an amazing year for the Niamos team - full of music, theatre and community vibes from you all!
In the past 2 years we couldn’t have brought people together and come this far without the support of our members, artists, local community and You!
For your delight and delectation we bring you - Nia Residents; Dave Ruf, Sir Robin. Layla playing live, Jack Red Eye. With the Psychedelic DiscoTech DJ's and super special guest Mr Dave Haslam. Full on party vibes, for you and your loved ones.
Andy Robinson - Psychedelic DiscoTech/ We Love It
Helen Thompson - Good Housekeeping
Dave is a writer, broadcaster, DJ, father and pal who DJ'ed over 450 times at the Haçienda nightclub in Manchester and has since DJ'd worldwide. He has written for the New Musical Express, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and The Times, and has published 8 books.
Originally from Moseley, Birmingham, and educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, (that's a good school)
Dave moved to Manchester in 1980, and later graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in English Literature. After which he worked as a concert promoter, hosting live performances by Sonic Youth, Big Black, Primal Scream, the Stone Roses, and others. He has recently written a book about this experience and considers his work with Sonic Youth his greatest personal achievement.
Dave began DJing at clubs including the Man Alive and the Venue. From May 1986 he was a DJ at the Haçienda nightclub, including a residency at Thursday's Temperance club night until October 1990. In the 1990s he also hosted the weekly night Yellow at the Boardwalk nightclub in Manchester. With another great dude Jason Boardman. (ed')
In the mid-1980s, he founded the fanzine Debris and wrote for the New Musical Express. He also ran a music label called Play Hard Records signing bands such as King of the Slums, The Bodines ( we forgive you Dave) and The Train Set. In 1999 he published a book about the Manchester music scene (Manchester, England), and, subsequently, books about superstar DJs called Adventures on the Wheels of Steel, the music and politics of the 1970s called Not Abba; the Real Story of the 1970s (reprinted as Young Hearts Run Free; the Real Story of the 1970s), and Life After Dark; A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues.
His other cultural activities included creating an installation for the Berlin-based ‘Shrinking Cities’ exhibition; presenting a twenty-minute talk on the North/South divide for BBC Radio 3; appearing on TV shows on BBC Two (including the series The Seven Ages of Rock, 2007 ), and on Channel 4, Granada TV, and Canal Plus (France); and, for two years, hosting a weekly music show on XFM.
In 2009, he created the 'Close Up' series of live onstage interviews. He has since conducted onstage interviews with guests including Jeremy Deller, writers Will Self, Jackie Kay, Michael Chabon, and Jonathan Franzen (whoah, that's ace!) , musicians Terry Hall, Edwyn Collins, Kevin Rowland, Jarvis Cocker, Nile Rodgers and John Lydon. In January 2014 he hosted his first ‘Close Up’ interview in Paris, which took place at Silencio and featured Laurent Garnier. He returned to Silencio in October 2014 to interview the disco pioneer Marc Cerrone.
His DJ history includes touring with The Stone Roses, aftershow parties for New Order, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, and the Charlatans, and gigs in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Berlin, Paris, Reykjavik, Ibiza, Lima, and Geneva. He currently holds an infrequent guest-only night, 'Sweet Sensation' at various venues in Manchester.
He has taught music journalism at the University of Salford, and lectured at Manchester Metropolitan University in the School of Art.
In 2012, he co-curated the exhibition 'Dreams Without Frontiers' at the Manchester Art Gallery. In 2017 he co-curated a major New Order project for the Manchester International Festival.
Dave stormed MIF festival square with a 2 week curation of bands DJ's and artists, that blew the roof off and some life into the flaccid organisation (joke ed' MIF rules )
He has booked the Psychedelic DiscoTech to play at Festival Square, as part of the Manchester International Festival, for which they are eternally grateful and permanently bewildered.
He loves Niamos and that's why he's here.
Andy's career has been a magical journey in music business; From opening the Hacienda in 1982 to being made Music Manager of the Year 2019.
He was resident DJ at The Rave Cauldron at Stoke's legendary Shelley's Nightclub. Frontline Pirate Radio DJ, RnB remixer, and still finds time to manage New Order (never heard of them ed')
Moonlighting from his day job (yeah man - good for you ed') he DJ's for; We Love It, Psychedelic DiscoTech, Festival No6, Kendal Calling (and soon to be opened ace club) the Green Haus Manchester.
Andy will play, for your delight, upfront house and techno, wilfully blending genres. At heart his is always a raver.
Good Housekeepin' with DJ Helen.
DJH has been rocking parties, clubs and festivals for two decades.
She started out in all-female DJ collective Good Housekeepin' - playing the Manchester underground back when it was even rarer to see a woman behind the decks than it is today.
With her eclectic mixes delivering everything from house and techno to rave and hardcore, her mission is to unite dancefloors and create connections through a love of music.
Meet James West - aka - Gone West
Influenced by a wide variety of artists, labels, club nights and festivals GoneWest searches for deep, melodic, psychedelic and progressive sounds and tailors his genre-defiant sets to take the listener on an avant-garde sensory journey.
Resident DJ at the Crystal Kids club night in Manchester and Elemental club night in Leeds. Resident monthly slot on Progressive Heaven Online Radio.
Robin and his partner in dub; Mr Dave Ruf esq, have been promoting Dub and Roots in Manchester and beyond for the last 12 years.
Robin's talent took off with his sterling work with dub maestro Mr Dennis Bovell in his Uk tour this year, followed by an scene stealing set at Festival Square as part of MIF 2019. A dude steeped in music and consummate selector.
We welcome Manchester 'ones to watch' funk and soul band lyla. Led by the irrepressible LauraELL Guitar: Jack Duckham
Drums: Simon Wolstencroft Bass: Stuart Whitehead. Bringing their distinctive blend of funk infused soul. You'll have to be made of wood not to dance to this band.
Leader of the Red Eye Hifi Sound System. One of Manchester's most progressive party outfits.
Send yourself into the Cosmos with Jack's irrepressible live DJ set.
A legend in the Manchester Music World. Veba came to fame as the VOICE and what a thing of beauty it is, of Rae and Christian. Starring on many of the better tunes from Fat City Record Label and early DJ at Homoelectric where she would drop some honeyed vocals over her DJ tracks. We are delighted to welcome Veba back onto the big stage her talent deserves.
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