Eventbrite & Mixcloud Present: Nightlab
Nightlab –– a collaboration between Mixcloud and Eventbrite –– is a creative platform that brings together the leading thinkers, promoters and entrepreneurs from across the UK’s night time economy and event industry. An IRL and URL forum built for learning, debate and discussion, covering the issues and innovations that matter.For our debut event in March 2018, we presented talks on the experience economy, the future of the UK’s cultural spaces and the rise of immersive, multi-sensory events. Our second event will focus in on a central theme, providing rich and in-depth cultural content and conversation across multiple formats.
HOW NIGHTLIFE SAVED THE WORLD
The power of music has long been used to shine a light on the world’s issues and bring people together to create change.
Dance music was born in the warehouse of Chicago and the discotheques of New York. In 1988 rave culture fully arrived in the UK taking the nation by storm. Ever since dancefloors around the world have been a safe haven for marginalised communities. Now, 30 years on, nightlife and the issues it so importantly addressed have never been more relevant, or needed, for a young generation looking to find their way and express themselves. Language and understanding around race, gender, sexuality and social issues has never been so complex, and these very issues are the DNA of nightlife.
SESSION 1 - THEN & NOW
A GUY CALLED GERALD IN CONVERSATION WITH GREG WILSON
What was it like to be an integral part of the Manchester music scene during the glory days of the Hacienda? In this session entitled Then & Now, two dance music titans reflect on a combined 70 years in the industry and their humble beginnings in post-industrial, Thatcher-era northern England.Few people can claim to have had the impact on a musical scene as Manchester’s A Guy Called Gerald. Starting out in the late eighties and inspired by the emerging Hacienda scene around him, one of his earliest releases literally changed the musical landscape: his ‘Voodoo Ray’ track with its gurgling bassline, reversed samples and otherworldly atmospheres came to define the new acid house sound and has remained a timeless classic to this day. The Tories even tried to pass laws to close down clubs who played the track and other classics from that era. What’s more, work as part of seminal group 808 State also spawned the similarly classic ‘Pacific State’ and introduced generations of party people to a whole new sound. He was the gateway between Chicago house / Detroit Techno and the UK dance music explosion in the late 80s. As one of the first people to mix two records together in the UK, it's fair to say that Greg Wilson's influence on dance music is vital. But what might be more important is Wilson's dedication to the preservation of dance music history and culture. As a writer and speaker, he's been on a tireless quest to explain the roots of contemporary house and techno –– in addition to rocking crowds around the world.
A Guy Called Gerald
SESSION 2 - BUILDING A NEW UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE
Following the commercialisation of 90's clubbing and the early 00's global dance music boom, there is finally a resurgence in nightlife with a purpose. A new underground resistance is forming around the world, fighting for inclusive dancefloors, empowering marginalised artists and raising awareness on global issues. Inspired by the generation that came before them, we invite a panel of the next wave of cultural activists to take to the Nightlab stage. Panel to be announced.
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