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Saturday 2nd August
Gorilla’s ‘Vacation’ parties have already showcased the finest in techno, house, deep house, jungle and drum n bass over the past few weeks. The 2nd of August sees them widen their scope once more by delving into the world of hip hop and funk, with one of the scene’s most iconic figures at the helm - Grandmaster Flash.
Heralded as the godfather of turntablism, Grandmaster Flash was one of the earliest visionaries to begin scratching records, developing the technique of beat juggling to extend the breaks on funk and soul records to keep people dancing for longer. His groundbreaking DJing techniques meant he was one of the first people to effectively create new music from existing records, a talent that soon saw him working alongside some of the first ever emcees.
His work with the Furious Five very quickly became the stuff of legend, as the hip hop posse became widely regarded as New York’s number one rap group, a feat that was then trumped by a string of international hits that cemented their importance in the fledgling hip hop movement.
But regardless of the details of his ascension to legendary status, his success boils down to the fact that Grandmaster Flash is a purebred DJ, through and through. He’s been there since the start, and with 40 plus years experience of rocking the biggest parties across the globe, he is more qualified than just about anyone else in his field.
Whether he is playing popular dance records on a huge festival stage or dropping obscure funk and under the radar hip hop in a dingy basement rave, Grandmaster Flash always incites a riotous party atmosphere, with his passionate, amped up delivery perfectly positioned to deliver some seriously good vibes. Expect the hip hop veteran to unleash a masterclass of funk, soul and hip hop when he takes to the turntables on the 2nd.
Manchester’s finest selectors of summer jams - the Juicy DJs join the Grandmaster. Expect everything from Kanye West to Justin Timberlake, via Prince and Nina Simone as they round off what promises to be one of the most frenzied parties yet in Gorilla’s Vacation series.
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