The Albert Hall in Manchester will open its doors on bank holiday Sunday for a UK house and garage special, with promoters Sanction bringing together some bonafide legends on 28th of August. Redlight, Ms Dynamite and Low Steppa among the artists booked to perform, the night looks catered towards fans of UK garage.
Tickets on sale 9am Thursday 7th July
Ms. D might by now be one of the older generation in UK dance music, but there’s no disputing that she’s still got the party spirit burning ferociously, with live performances still living up to the high standards of her heyday even though she hasn’t released an album since 2005. Primarily a hip hop and RnB singer, Lady Dy-Na-Mi-Tee became a garage sensation with a long line of crossover hits, earning herself an illustrious collection of MOBOs, BRIT Awards and a Mercury Prize.
If Ms. Dynamite brought garage into the UK pop spotlight, she was following a path originally laid down by another on the Sanction bill, M.J. Cole. The genre-defining Sincere was one of the first UKG tracks to break into the top 40, and was followed by a top 10 hit in Crazy Love, consolidating Cole as one of the first producers to bridge the gap between underground garage and the mainstream. In doing this, M.J. Cole marked out a path which the likes of Low Steppa and Redlight would follow and build upon, with their house-leaning bass music proving a popular gateway into the underground scene for many garage newcomers.
With more names still to be announced, the Albert Hall also promises Cause & Affect and Matt Jam Lamont, making it a safe bet for any Mancunians looking for a knees up at the end of August.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Ms Dynamite