History is an important thing, nonetheless of music’s history, and that is what History at Magna in Rotherham will be showcasing on Saturday the 7th of March. As dance music matures with new genres, new techniques of playing and of course countless new artists, although it’s a cliché to say, it cannot be denied that the old ones are the best. The tracks that began a music revolution, fabricated by the pioneers of the scene. History will be inviting a number of house music pioneers to play amongst new school talent from all over the UK, completing what will be one mammoth celebration of the music we all know and love.
‘Legend’ is a term that is thrown around a lot, so is that phrase, however when referring to the arguable godfather of house music Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, I think the term is more than earned. In mid 1980’s Chicago, it was Farley and a select few who pioneered the house sound with tracks such as ‘Jack The Bass’ and of course ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’, which rose to number 10 in the UK Singles Chart in 1986 when house music infected our nation. Farley will headline History at Magna with Todd Terry, another influential musical artist if every there was one. Known for his super energetic throwbacks compromised of superb classics and new edits he will have you on your toes for his entire performance.
Filling the gaps in the Love To Be Vs. Rise Arena are not by any means DJs who fill gaps as Haçienda resident Graeme Park joins the show with Marc Dennis, Tony Walker, Sully, Booty, TimTom and a live PA from Julie McKnight, the singer behind KOT’s smash hit ‘Finally’. The Face Of Steel Arena will also showcase a number of headliners who are yet to be announced, as well as Knee Deep, Trimtone, Second Self, Deaf Before Dishonour, Alexander J, the Casa DJs and Dale Castell.
The History Arena will welcome Allister Whitehead, K Klass and their full live band, Jo Mills, Adam Guy, Rit and Nick Hussey Live on piano amongst many others. There will also be a Local Heroes Arena and a VIP room that will give you a chance to see the headliners of the show in a more intimate environment, this includes Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk himself as well as Graeme Park and a whole load more.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of imgkid and History