In the early 90's the rave scene was still relativly fresh, exciting and to
some extent underground. History may have us believe that the only club that
was important was Manchesters Hacienda. However due to the fragmentend nature
of rave music as a whole different clubs grew around different styles.
The Hippodrome in Middleton served as a venue for music with a harder edge than
most. Hardcore techno was the general banner but the club also gave us
ragga/jungle in its infancy.
The clubs main nights were Friday and Saturday, Jay Wearden resident on Fri's
and Moggy on Saturdays. I prefered Saturday nights, although I did manage to go
to a couple of Fridays it wasnt really my thing. The atmosphere was different,
maybe it was the more obscure tracks Wearden span. Though Hippodrome hosted a
few guest DJ's (ie Carl Cox) and performers (The Prodigy) the regular crowd
were there for DJ Moggy.
You could listen to similar tunes on Sunset with Sammy B and at one point Clash FM (I don't know how long that lasted) but Hippos tunes were generally the same as Amnesia House
After the club the carpark
outside was the meeting and organising point, go to a party, someone has heard
of a rave or off to Pilsworth Industrial Estate to outdance the people from The
Pleasuredome. Mostly it was back to someones house after stopping off at the
garage for some munchies and ciggies. I remember good parties in Stockport (Dylans) and
Burnage (Big? Nathan) in particular.
Sadly The Hippodrome seemed to fade away. A few of us from upstairs started going to Bowlers ( Inpersonal and too nice music!) but it all came to an end not long after (for me anyways). If you drive past the building now you see an abandoned wreck...but you will get a bit of a tingle and a smile remembering the good times there.
Thanks to all the people who made those times special. We were creating history you know.
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