For a special Boxing Day party, Leeds based club night Hard Times will be joining the group of promoters behind the Southport Weekender for a spectacular festive celebration at a rather unconventional venue, The Hardwick Hall Hotel in County Durham. At this atypical yet intriguing location, the two reputable institutions will be bringing a house music legend and an auspicious new face to play through the night, joined by a selection of their own residents and other exciting guests.
During house music’s most influential era in the mid 1980’s, there were a number of now hailed DJs who rose to prominence around Chicago and New York; amongst these heroes is David Morales, the first of the two headliners who will be taking the reins at this special Boxing Day gathering. Morales was a regular at many of the countries most revered clubs, such as The Paradise Garage and The Loft and as he grew in stature he decided to embark on a remixing career. After the art of remixing grew in popularity, Morales teamed up with the late Frankie Knuckles, who together began Def Mix Productions, which would manage requests for remixes and the business affairs of house music artists. Most known for his number one dance classic Needin U, David Morales has remixed the likes of Jamiroquai, FCL and Barbra Tucker to name just a fraction of his released works, not to mention his 2 studio albums released on Ultra Records Two Worlds Collide and Changes.
The second headliner to be gracing Hardwick Hall will be up and coming Geordie talent Cristoph. Like Morales he is akin to feel good, uplifting melodies that can swerve and dip into deeper, tougher territory. Inspired by many of the faces who Morales will no doubt have been close friends with, this is a chance to show a real legend what he is made of, so expect him to pull out all the stops with what he is capable of. In the main room, Jason Shaw and Ian Blevins complete the line up before we take a trip into the resident’s room. Here, Michael Johnson, Pete Wharrier and Rob Oxley will be doing their thing. Finally, the Soul Funk base will be offering a slightly different vibe, as Jonathan and David Elliot will be mixing up the sounds to offer slower, funk filled rhythms.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Hard Times and ultramusic