Whilst you may not be too concerned with the Queen’s Jubilee, we’re all thankful for an extra Bank Holiday and therefore and extra excuse to party. Leeds’ The Warehouse is stepping up to the occasion once again with a very special Hard Times night headlined by house institution David Morales. It will be the first of a series in events that will celebrate the now 20-year-old house brand over the coming months and Bank Holidays.
Hard Times is one of the most legendary house promotions to have ever existed in this country. Stephen Raine (formerly a farmer) was the man who started it all in the early 90s and over saw the extension of the hell bent house night into a strong brand also encompassing a short lived but much-respected label.
Hard Times parties were held in various venues across Yorkshire and further afield, from Mirfield to Bagley’s film studio in London, always garnering plenty of excitement from people starved of such excellenthouse offerings up until then. In fact, the latter of those one was of the largest garage gatherings the country had ever seen.
Says Steven Raine on HT’s return: “I feel really honoured by the massive response everyone’s shown for the return of hard times. I’m really looking forward to meeting both old friends and people I worked with from a time that was very special to me.”
Famed for being the first party to bring top US jocks like Louie Vega to these shores, the label exported the American garage style with artists like Todd Terry, Masters at Work and Roger Sanchez the first three names who on the label up until 1996 when the brand disappeared into the ether. It has since been remembered as one of the most positive forces in dance music, with an ever open policy that saw straight and gay people, black, white Cuban or Asian people all dancing together, as one.
For one night only, though, it is back, with none other than David Morales heading up the party with a very special 5 hour set. David is an internationally acclaimed Grammy-winning house music DJ and producer who, in addition to his production and DJ work, is one of the most prolific botters of all time, transforming many pop music songs into club-friendly dance tracks. Since 1993 his albums and tracks like “Needing You” have been seminal, never leaving the record bags of true house fans, whilst as a DJ David was first recognised by Larry Levan and became huge on the NYC scene playing legendary venues like The Loft, Paradise Garage and The Sound Factory.
This will be a nostalgic night that re-captures the hedonistic house days of yore courtesy of the influential crew that was Hard Times… a rare treat, to be sure!