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01 August 2017

SATURDAY AFTERNOON DJ SET AT GRUB MCR | SUMMER MELLOW....



A live recording from a Saturday afternoon @GRUBMCR at the Mayfield Depot, Manchester July 2017.
TRACKLIST:
ALEX A-GAME : BRAVER [ @SWINGTING SMOOTH EDIT ]
THE FLOATERS : FLOAT ON [ LONG VERSION ]
THE GARDENER : LILAC MOOR [ PARTS 1-4 ] [ @hollick_nobaddays ]
@max-essa : THEMES FROM THE HOOD, THE CAD & THE LOVELY
SEAHAWKS : STARWAYS [ VERSION @lenleise ] 
MARVYN GAYE : IS ANYBODY THINKING BOUT THE LIVING [ @idjutboys MIX ]
MARK BARROT : SKETCHES B1 [ @international-feel ]
THE GARDENER : SECRET TRAIL [ @hollick_nobaddays ]
CLAUSE FOUR : BE THE ONE 
LET'S GET LOST VOL 17 : B1
THE UB'S : DISCO SYMPHONY
@psychemagik : WAKE UP EVERYBODY
DJ DISSE : WALK ON THE WILD SIDE [ @music-for-dreams ]
BA'LE YAROH : FOLLOW ME DUB [ SOPHIE LLOYD EDIT ] 
TRY TO FIND ME : MAKE DANCE [ @olfhannelecordings ] 
MOUNTAINEER : GOLDEN CHALK [ VERSION @IDJUTBOYS ]
DONNIE & JOE : OH BABY

Mayfield Manchester - mayfieldmanchester.co.uk/




RETAILING THE FUTURE OF 1976 | NEWCASTLE'S ELDON SQUARE SHOPPING CENTRE


I've been up in Newcastle & discovering more about the super futurism of the Eldon Square shopping centre. It opened in 1976 in a blaze of sci fi design...

 

With the help of the excellent staff at Newcastle Libraries' Local Archive I looked through the original photos they've amassed from 1976/77 & into the 1980s - various examples below, taken of originals on a camera phone (not ideal)...


[ From the Eldon Square Wiki

The redevelopment of Old Eldon Square, which was carried out in the mid 1970s, was controversial with Christopher Booker writing in 1978 that it was "perhaps the greatest single example of architectural vandalism in Britain since the war. Until ten years ago this most handsome piece of old Newcastle, with its blackened, post-classical frontages survived intact. 

Today only one side remains, the rest dominated by the astonishingly brutal shopping centre put up by Capital and Counties, turning its brick backside on the world in the most aggressive way, in order to lure Novocastrians into the softly-lit womb of the air-conditioned shopping malls within."[3]

These aerial shots illustrate the scale of the site:







& some more interior, 1976 - 1979....





















For more images of Eldon Square, check out this section on NCL Uni's 'Co-Curate' website. 

Last few pics of 70s Eldon Square...





It was all going so well.

Then in 1994...


Nowadays the future is here but Eldon Square is now out of time. A sad, bland place

:-( 




:-( 

As a post-script, worth a watch...






22 June 2017

10 YEARS OF EIGHTY SIX | POSTER DESIGN ARCHIVE


This Friday June 23rd Eighty Six mark their tenth anniversary (!) with a party at Track Brewery. Click here more details but as the poster says, it starts at 7pm, it's free in and it's part of Manchester Beer Week. What's not to like? 



 So, ten years of Eghty Six...

Starting off as a monthly DJ social at Jam Street way back in 2007, Eighty Six evolved into a regular podcast/radio show and a series of irregular parties across Manchester, Leeds & further afield at venues such as The Beagle, Outlaws Yacht Club, The Spoon Inn as well as guest spots at special events like Indy Man, Moovin and Magic Rock.

Music-wise the resident DJs (TC, Jif, Rob Bright & Jeff) play across the board, mostly stuff suitable for listening in the sunshine, drink in hand (I'm avoiding the 'B' word here....) & there's been a huge variety of guests on the show and at the parties - people like Moon & Jason from AficianadoJoe's Bakery, Shawn Lee, Seek Magic, J-Walk, Balearic Mike,  Andi Hanley & loads more.  

Here's the latest show, volume 48: 


  
I've been doing the posters since they started & thought it's time to have a look back at the designs from the last ten years (though I've failed to find any of the really early 'Bears Downstairs' ones) 

Please see below for poster examples, some recent & some older:

 

 












 

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