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It’s not an end but a new beginning. After an intermission, Part 2 of The Storming will get underway with DJs from Manchester’s past and present club scenes, live music, striking performance and a redraft of our creative constitution that places you, the audience, as our culminating artwork. This exciting programme of music, art and performance, overseen by artist Humberto Vélez, will take place across five rooms in Cornerhouse, making the building pulse with life and vitality for a truly unique send-off.
Confirmed acts include Chew Disco, The Whim Wham Club, Violent Femmes, Pumping Iron, Black Angel, Kath McDermott, Philippa Jarman, Mike Joyce, Clique, Wasp Nest, Chris Paul Daniels, Will Tramp and Graham Massey. Dancers, drag performers and artists will be busy with pop-up performances throughout the night. See below for more details about the featured artists. Click here for information about Part 1 of The Storming.
Emma and Khalil of Chew Disco come to Manchester via Liverpool and New Jersey, but their unique brand of upfront, fun and political parties make them feel at home anywhere.
There’s retro, and then there’s retro. The Whim Wham Club specialise in transporting nightlife back to the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s with swing, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. Their beautiful Whitworth Street venue is sadly no more, but Whim Wham will rise again in 2015, starting right here.
Violent Femmes are two women bucking the boy-heavy world of party promoters by throwing raucous DJ and band nights in South Manchester, specialising in alt 80s and 90s music, and a few (not)guilty pleasures from the same era.
Pumping Iron are much-loved long-time DJ fixtures at the Northern Quarter’s Common. True musical connoisseurs, they bring nu cosmic Italo, vintage avant garde disco, and lo fi rhythmic punk funk wherever they go.
Black Angel was Manchester’s pioneer lesbian night for women of colour, mixing DJs, live acts, art and visibility for the city’s gay and bi women. In 2015, Black Angel makes a comeback to the clubbing roster, and chief DJ Claud Cunningham joins Cornerhouse to celebrate the past and future.
Between them, Kath McDermott and Philippa Jarman have helped create the soundtrack of Manchester, either from behind the decks at the Hacienda and HomoElectric, or from Oldham Sreet’s indispensable Piccadilly Records, making essential music available to the city’s best DJs. Tonight they do the same for the last night at Cornerhouse.
Manchester boy, Smiths drummer and eminent DJ Mike Joyce, represents a generation of Manchester musicians who have met, drank, dreamed and schemed under Cornerhouse’s roof. Tonight he pays musical tribute for us.
Award-winning purveyors of pop, dance and digital disco, and now world-class remixers, Ian and Damian of the mighty Clique reunite to kiss goodnight to Cornerhouse.
An entire gallery will be set aside to pay an audio-visual tribute to the cinematic past of Cornerhouse. The Wasp Nest DJ duo will mix cinema soundtracks and atmospheric soundscapes against a background of lights and visuals in this exciting, immersive space. Video/visual artist Chris Paul Daniels will create an interactive film installation, turning the tables and allowing guests to produce a film of their own, live at Cornerhouse. Get immersed and involved.
The top floor of the building will turn into Club Cornerhouse for one night only. Expect a full-on dancefloor action soundtrack by one of Manchester’s favourite DJs, Will Tramp. Whether warming up the damp masses at Parklife, making Rusholme boogie hard for HomoElectric, or setting standards sky-high at the Warehouse Project, Will Tramp will ensure Gallery 3 witnesses dancefloor insanity before the lights go up.
And last but not least… in the earliest days of Cornerhouse, a young, cutting-edge DJ gave one of the first performances at the trendy new arts hangout. Tonight Graham Massey, master DJ and founding member of 808 State, returns to close Cornerhouse for good, poetically bookending the life-story a great Manchester institution, which is still as bold and forward-thinking as ever.