On 21st June - The Summer Solstice - Graham Massey, Andrew Barker and Darren Partingtin a.k.a. 808 State storm Manchester's Castlefield Amphitheatre by hosting the biggest free gig of the year to a capacity of 30,000.
The doors open at 6pm and the night begins with a series of special guest DJ's melting wax on the decks as the temperature rises. At 8pm Darren and Andy of 808 State and their crew broadcast live from Castlefield on Kiss 102, wit their inimitable brand of wacked-out chaos and white hot sounds that has made their weekly radio show the wildest signal to hit Manchester's airwaves...
At 10pm we hit boiling point when 808 State perform their classics alongside the mood tunes and highest lights of their long awaited brand new album "Don Solaris" accompanied by guest vocalists Ragga, Louise from Lamb and the amazing MC Tunes.
Their all new, fired up show will feature a laser extravanganza projected onto the nearby viaduct and hotel, with the main stage set of the Manchester Ship Canal. 808 will be cooking for over an hour and the whole night out is fabulously presented with the wise and good Kiss 102 FM, including a live ISDN link up on the night.
There's no getting away from it: the coolest
band on the hottest night! It's free. It's Summer. It's the State of 808.
Updated on: 16 August 1996