As the 50th anniversary of legendary Northern Soul venue Wigan Casino approaches, BBC Radio 6 Music celebrates on Saturday 9 September, with a night of programming dedicated to Northern Soul.
Broadcasting from 6pm on Saturday 9 September till 8am on Sunday 10 September, highlights include a special Northern Soul edition of The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show and a broadcast of Stuart Maconie’s Northern Soul Prom, which was recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in July. The Prom will also be broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday 26 August at 7:45pm.
“At 6 Music we love to delve deep into the scenes that shaped the UK’s musical history, bringing listeners stories from those who were there, insight from our expert presenters and of course, brilliant music. Stuart Maconie’s Northern Soul Prom was a triumph at the Royal Albert Hall, which was filled with joyous singing and dancing. I’m delighted to be able to share it on 6 Music as part our celebration of Northern Soul.”Samantha Moy (Head of BBC Radio 6 Music)
‘Funk and Soul’
Craig’s Northern Soul special edition of his regular Saturday night Funk and Soul show (6-9pm) kicks off the all-nighter. The show will feature a ten-piece soul house band – The Signatures – and special guests including Wigan Casino legend, Richard Searling and all-female R&B group, The Flirtations. Craig will also be going in search of the rarest Northern Soul record, recently sold for £100k.
From 9pm-12am, Stuart Maconie joins the party, as he and Craig introduce a broadcast of the Northern Soul Prom, created by Stuart and recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
This stomping celebration of British club culture brings a symphonic edge to the beats that took English towns across the North and Midlands by storm in the 60s and 70s. The programme sees talented singers including Brendan Reilly, Darrell Smith, Frida Mariama Touray, Natalie Palmer, Nick Shirm and Vula Malinga perform classic Northern Soul tracks such as You’re Gonna Make Me Love You, Open the Door to Your Heart, It Really Hurts Me Girl, Hold Back The Night and more – all accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Edwin Outwater. The songs are specially arranged by Joe Duddell and Fiona Brice.
“Northern Soul was and is one of the most thrilling and vital music subcultures ever. It’s a dynamic, sympathetic union of the sounds and dreams of generations in the industrial heartlands of the North and Midlands of the UK and their counterparts in New York, Detroit, Philadelphia and beyond. At the heart of the scene is this wonderful, dramatic, vibrant and inspirational music, as well as the passion and knowledge of its devotees. They brought the communal rapture of the Northern Soul clubs and dancehalls to the Royal Albert Hall, which was on its feet on every tier for the Prom. It was a night the like of which that grand and esteemed old building has never seen before.”Stuart Maconie
From 12-4am, 6 Music begins an audio tour of the UK’s iconic all-nighter venues, with hour-long playlists by DJs who were there at Golden Torch (12-1am), Wigan Casino (1-2am), Twisted Wheel (2-3am) and 100 Club (3-4am). These key figures from the scene share stories and songs, taking listeners back to the dance floors of these legendary spaces.
From 4-7am, 6 Music’s Morning After Mix, Northern Soul Special, brings listeners a playlist of mellow soul numbers, featuring classic ballads and as well as contemporary selections.
Stuart returns to the airwaves an hour earlier than usual at 7am on Sunday morning (10 September) to present Lights On With Stuart Maconie. He’ll being the party to a close and bring listeners the original versions of Wigan Casino’s famous Three Before Eight – Time Will Pass You By by Tobi Legend, Long After Tonight Is All Over by Jimmy Radcliffe and I’m On My Way by Dean Parrish.
With a reach of 2.7 million listeners, 6 Music is the biggest digital-only network in the UK. The station brings a broad range of music and culture beyond the mainstream to music lovers with a curious spirit, combining the cutting-edge music of today with the iconic, ground-breaking sounds of the past 50 years.
This is a press release from the BBC