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In 1989 Mick Hucknall booked The Ritz for a series of about 4 Tuesday nights, mostly during November.
His intention was to recreate the 'Black Rhythms' night which he had DJ'd at The Poly Union around '84, before he handed it over to Hewan Clarke.
By '89, Clarke's Wednesday night at The Poly and Tuesday night at Berlin had come to an end, and most of Manchester's clubs were playing house music or indie music (billed as student nights or alternative nights).
The Black Rhythms night, playing a broad mixture of black music from various eras, including jazz-dance and classics by gil scott heron, curtis mayfield, etc, should've worked but it was an embarrasing flop. Hewan Clarke, The Jazz Defektors and a couple from ACR turned up each week, along with a few stragglers from the old Berlin nights, of which I was one. The Ritz seemed half-empty and huge.
Tuesday night was always going to be difficult and the night wasn't well publicised. We reckoned Mick was convinced his name alone would bring in hoardes of screaming fans but it didn't.
It's a shame the idea didn't work. The Ritz was such a great venue and a night like that would've been a real tonic during those acid-house-infested times.
Artefact added : 1st August 2011
by ursamyn0r
1963 Says –
went to one of these, did I imagine it or did he do these nights playing all his tunes off DAT tapes??
COMMENT ADDED 1st August 2011
ursamyn0r Says –
i've just noticed your ticket.... yours was in the 500s which means my recollections about the place not being busy must be wrong... i just remember it being very empty. i don't remember about the DAT machines... probably didn't get that close to the DJ... but it sounds very plausible.
COMMENT ADDED 1st August 2011
therapydd Says –
I used to go on a Monday when it was £1 entry. The dancefloor bounced but great memories.
COMMENT ADDED 23rd October 2011
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