We have an army of selectas who will now be dropping live streams and podcasts, as well as going live on the digital airwaves errrry Wednesday night. Hosted by RAMONA head music honcho Jonjo & Jonny Cade – both players of Maribou State Live, so them ears is in good hands.
Every Wednesday Night
THE SOCIAL SERVICE
The Social Service is a not-for-profit, local Mancunian party – brought to you on vinyl only with love by Ladybeige and friends. They have been providing underground pub rave vibes to party goers for over 10 years and now we welcome them to grace the decks on Ramona Radio.
Irfan has been one of Manchester’s most respected purveyors of groove music since 1986. From Brazilian Funk to Detroit Techno, Afrobeat to Hip Hop, Irfam has a collection that is second to none. Selecta set spectacular from The Rainy City’s Groove Master numero uno.
HUEY MORGAN x MOOVIN FESTIVAL
Ramona Radio – End Of Year Finale. We’re so proud of our weekly Radio show. Now in its 5th series! Our end of year finale is a massvie party. BBC 6Music & Fun Lovin Criminal Huey Morgan takes over the party alongside Manchesters own Moovin Festival DJs.
This is gonna be massive!
Introducing Slowpo, whether he’s behind the decks or organising the function, once you’ve seen him play you won’t forget his name.
From his array of edits spanning from a range of genres, Slowpo knows how to keep the energy high and the wheel ups coming!
Jimmy Turnbull & Julie Williams
Jimmy Turnbull is an Aussie DJ & Producer based in Manchester UK. From Acid baselines to disco strings, Jimmy’s sets are about coming together and good times. Unafraid of a powerhouse vocal he’ll take you to church before making you a sinner. Expect to hear soul, disco and house influences with plenty of curve balls to keep things Interesting.
Julie Wills is part of the Disco Mums collective as well as a solo DJ in her own right. She’s stacked up many years of club and festival experience (on both side of the decks!) including sets at We Out Here Festival, The White Hotel. Homoelectric, The Social Service, Suffragette City, Red laser, Back to Basics and Electric Elephant in Croatia. Julie’s monthly show on Reform Radio ‘Out Since Friday’ showcases some of Manchester’s best loved DJs and party crews. Expect disco to soulful house, deep house to acid house, and lots more in between. Genre bending to get the best out of each moment.
Hailing from Manchester, Aletha has become a heavyweight on the UK DJ circuit. She’s just as comfortable meandering through blissed-out ambient and jazz, in its many forms, as she is shelling out electro, acid, jungle and breaks in a dark room. This versatility is exactly why she’s had such a meteoric rise in the last few years. As well as playing at a lengthy list of venues and festivals across Europe, when at home you can find her channeling her wealth of musical finds through her monthly radio shows on Sable and Melodic Distraction. Catch her at Ramona Radio, and see what all the fuss is about.
Jamie Bull, City Life DJ of the Year, resident at Homoelectric, and former resident at the LGBTQ mecca SpeedQueen in Leeds joins us for Ramona Radio. Jamie has packed dancefloors across Europe, with stints at Space in Ibiza, V Festival, the Isle of Wight Festival and Love International in Croatia, as well as regular appearances at London’s Dalston Superstore, Feel It, and XOYO. His 10 year career at Galaxy radio gave him a great ear for a hit, and after over a decade of listening to new music he knows exactly what works and, more importantly, what doesn’t. Jamie’s passion for his art has seen him work his way up from committed clubber, to flyering for his favourite clubs, to DJing around the world. With a pedigree like his, it’s no surprise that dancers elected him president of the dancefloor.
As the official MC / Host for Andy C, Manchester born and bread Tonn reps Manchester all over the Globe, often playing 2-3 countries and sometimes even 2-3 continents in a week.
Andy C and Tonn Piper have been the headline DNB combo for the last 10 years. Bringing power to the line ups from Burning Man to Glastonbury, Wembley to Sydney Opera House.
London Born, Manchester-based Meme Gold is a DJ, Designer, and creative draws on her west African and Caribbean heritage blossoming an eclectic taste, spanning R&B, Afro Dance, Soul, Jazz & everything in between.
PETER HOOK (DJ SET)
Mancunian Music Royalty. Pete is best known as the bassist and co-founder of the rock bands Joy Division and New Order, Hook formed the band which was to become Joy Division with Bernard Sumner in 1976. Following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980, the band reformed as New Order, and Hook played bass with them until 2007. He is currently the lead singer and bassist for Peter Hook and the Light who are currently touring across Europe.
Ramona Radio session don’t get much bigger than this. Can you even imagine the record collection 🙂 12th October!
STEP BACK (BREAKBEAT CULTURE)
Way back when, from 98 to 2004. Step Back was Manchesters biggest bi-montly rave at Manchester Academy. Dedicated to 90s original breakbeat culture. Notorious for all night long, sell out sessions from the world of breakbeat, house, jungle and hardcore.
From LTJ Bukem to The Prodigy. Josh Wink to Shy FX, Stanton Warriors to Billy Nasty and everyone in between. Step Back was Manchesters hands in the air showcase of original breakbeat culture. The history of dance.
James Holroyd / Dave Beer / Back 2 Basics
Europe’s longest running legendary weekly club night Back To Basics is now 30 years old and STILL going strong.
We welcome long time residents James Holroyd and Dave beer to Ramona Radio.
James Holroyd should need know intro to dance heads. The original Bugged Out resident,Back To Basics resident and the Chemical Brothers tour DJ. Say no more. Salute!
Dave Beer is the legendary promoter of Europes longest running party. Dubbed ‘King of Clubs’ by Mixmag. Part musical genius, part promoter. Dave is one of the original and most successful club world entrepreneurs.
Bring the noise boys.
Trailblazin’ producer & DJ who’s earnt her DJ stripes. From an early residency at the legendary ‘SpeedQueen’ in Leeds to The Warehouse Project.
Now a driving force of HomoElectic & HomoBloc Gina now drops sonic booms all over the shop. NYC, Berlin, Paris, Ibiza, Lyon, Croatia, Helsinki and beyond. She’s been racking up the airmiles and now Gina is taking over the airwaves on 21st Sept.
See ya on’t Ramona Radio.
Poet, creator, and wordsmith. Skittles is a famed for bringing much needed humour, honesty and humility to hip hop.
As part of the Levelz crew he gained cult status after dropping album ‘Poor On Purpose’ Skittles established himself as one of the key figures in a blossoming Manchester rap scene.
The definitive art rock band. Together now since 2007.
Noted for their eclectic sound and complex, sociopolitical lyrics, the band have released six albums to date – 2010’s Man Alive, 2013’s Arc, 2015’s Get to Heaven, 2017’s A Fever Dream, 2020’s Re-Animator and 2022’s Raw Data Feel – and have been widely critically acclaimed.
Now twice been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize and has received five nominations for Ivor Novello Awards.
Taking over the Tipi Weds 7th Sept. Book a table
Infamous sets of 2 step, techno and breakbeat have seen this local lad added to every line up in the galaxy post lockdown, even launching his own label ATW Records.
Mixmag credits him with helping to further the resurgence of UK Garage – introducing a new generation to the bouncy bangers and nostalgic feel of the 90s dancefloor.
Big things agwan! The Interglalactic one stops by to smash out all the music that made him.
The legendary Bill Brewster is a record collector, DJ, writer and Grimsby Town supporter. He’s the author of four books (with pioneering hip hop DJ Frank Broughton), including seminal ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’, and previously worked as Editor at MixMag USA.
Bill was a founding resident DJ at Fabric in London, and also ran the legendary Low Life parties for over 20 years. Basically, this man knows his dance music. He’s swinging thru specifically to run rhythm track, and we can’t wait.
THE British Soul Star of the moment. Mica has had a crazy 2022, dropping her first album to global acclaim and then announcing plans to headline both the MCR Albert Hall & London’s Jazz Cafe this September. Described as “one of the best vocalists in the UK” by BBC Introducing, the Soul newcomer is already fiercely championed by a slew of highly esteemed collaborators and tastemakers across the UK and US.
A master of her craft, we’re proud that the incredibly talented Mica is coming to take over our gaff (before she takes over the world). All power to you, Mica.
A frequent selector here at Ramona and our sister venue The Firehouse. A real legend in the music scene, Mikey started his career at a very early age – 1986 saw Mikey and his older brother start rap group KRISPY 3 who were one of the first UK Hip Hop acts to do BBC Radio 1 Sessions for ‘Sir’ John Peel, Steve Lamacq & Jo Whiley. Since 1985 he has been MC’ing and spinning with the likes Lee Scratch Perry, David Rodigan and Dillinger, Hip Hop acts Big Daddy Kane, Slum Village and Roots Manuva, funk groups like Roy Ayers and Breakestra, and D&B/Junglist legends Nicky Blackmarket, Aries, and DJ Hype.
People’s biggest mistake trying to pigeonhole Mikey as a Reggae DJ – and they couldn’t be more mistaken. Mikey simply loves spinning great records to the masses, whether Reggae, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Boogie, Disco, Acid House, Rave, Jungle, D&B, Jazz, or even Pop music. When rocking a club from behind the turntables, or just holding the mic, there’s no doubt Mikey D.O.N. is THE force to be reckoned with!
Yes the mayor! Andy swings in for pizza quite a bit so we asked him if he fancied DJing. Obviously he said he’d absolutely love to!
Expect lots of New Order, Manchester classics and 90’s summer Jams from the Manchester Mayor himself. Bring the party Burnham. You got this.
Supernature Disco is a DJ Collective playing house and disco in Manchester and beyond. Dedicated to the party.
GIles Smith (Secret Sundaze)
Chimpo is the UKs music legacy personified. His legendary DJ sets take in all the genres created within the UK and all of the influences that inform them. Hailing from Manchester, he comes from a long line of musical innovators and you can hear this in his output. He works as a triple threat; production, DJing and vocalist. Unlimited by genres means you can find his work in drum & bass, Grime, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Dubstep and everything in between. His authenticity is further solidified by those he has worked with in those genres; Zed Bias, Calibre, Dub Phizix, Skeptical, Big Narstie, Footsie & Trigga all count as collaborators. He has also released music with Exit Records, Metalheadz, Stripes, Sidestepper & Soul and counts himself as part of infamous crews Levelz and Richie Brains.
Matt has been working in the media for the past 2 decades as a presenter & producer. He has worked extensively throughout the UK on numerous Radio, Films & Live events mostly for the BBC. His passions lie in all things food & music as a vast amount of his shows & films feature around his expert topics, his successful FODDER series even received national press coverage for it’s videos of Matt reading bad TripAdvisor reviews of top restaurants to their infamous chefs.
Tom Ravenscroft is a British radio presenter and disc jockey. He currently hosts a BBC Radio 6 Music show featuring new and unsigned music, and is the son of the DJ John Peel.
Having started out djing D&B and Jungle parties in Sheffield whilst at University, he has gone on to play his unique selection of tunes, cultivated from nearly 10 years of building his weekly radio show, at all the major music festivals. Glastonbury, Field Day, Worldwide, ADE, Soundcrash, Greenman, Latitude. As well as parties up and down the country.
Tom introduces quality new music to listeners around the globe via a number of projects including his regular Friday night show BBC Radio 6Music.
BLUEDOT + PORIJ
Eggy (vocal and keys), Tommy (vocal and guitar), James (bass) and Tom (drums) are all currently studying in Manchester. They write, record and produce their modern alternative pop sounds in their student house – each member recording parts in their separate studios/bedrooms and then merging the sounds together meticulously, to form their distinctive “oats” sound.
Children of Zeus
Manchester Hip Hop stars.
Children of Zeus is a soul project from two of Manchester’s most respected artists Konny Kon & Tyler Daley. Konny Kon is a DJ, MC and beatmaker best known as one third of Broke’N’English alongside fellow Mancunians DRS and Strategy. Tyler Daley, also known as Hoodman went from being a respected MC and actor to one of the most in demand soul singers of recent times, lending his vocals and writing credits to music from Goldie, LSB, Soul II Soul‘s Caron Wheeler, Lenzman, Lisa Mafia, Bugsy Malone, and more
South African born, Manchester (UK) based
Ruby is a vocalist and songwriter originally hailing from Huddersfield. Her soulful voice has enabled her to front many different projects including the critically acclaimed Submotion Orchestra which she has been the lead vocalist for since 2009.
Ruby has also toured as the lead vocalist for Bonobo (live band), Nubiyan Twist and achieved a great amount of success with her 1940’s esque vocal trio, The Sugar Sisters.
A gifted topline writer, Ruby has had her voice and songwriting featured on many dance tracks, including features on Franky Wah and GLXY’s most recent albums, as well as having written and recorded with the likes of Linden Jay, Shiftkey, Alfa Mist and Jordan Rakei.
Ruby is now currently working on solo material to be released in the not too distant future.
A Guy Called Gerald
On Wednesday we welcomed one of the most revered house producers/DJs on the scene Jamie AKA Jimpster to Ramona Radio. His labels Freerange Records and Delusions Of Grandeur continue to help break incredible new music which he brings to his DJ sets across the globe. Check out his show via the link below.
Owner of Manchester’s esteemed Sprechen Records and A&R for Paper Disco Chris is one Manchester’s most loved DJs who graced us with his brilliantly diverse mix of records.
Will sumsuch (BBE music)
Curator of prestigious BBE Records, owner of the brilliant Colour and Pitch Records and editor for 5 Magazine Chicago, this week we welcome Will to Ramona Radio.