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Barrow venue tells of ‘massive’ plans for new year

EXPECT to see famous music names drawing crowds at a Furness venue in 2014.

Organisers at The Nines, in Barrow, have announced they are finalising deals to bring several star faces to the town.

The Nines’ status is on a high after a sell-out success with celebrity rapper and dub star Mike Skinner, formerly of The Streets, who played on Boxing Day.

Event co-ordinator Malcolm Lingard gave us his account of the night – and told the North-West Evening Mail a little more of what’s in store for music fans this year.

He said: “Mike Skinner arrived on stage to the cheers of a sell-out crowd. The wordsmith is best known for his chart-topping stint as the front man of The Streets. He has taken up residence behind the decks and has been winning rave reviews for his eclectic sell-out sets up and down the country. It was quite a coup for the Nines to have Mike in.

“True to form Mike had his microphone on hand and was riffing with the Barrow crowd while jumping between genres and keeping the energy of his set at a high tempo.

“After starting with a couple of dubstep numbers it was a pleasure to hear Mike mix in hip-hop, house and to the crowd’s delight, his hits Has It Come To This? and Let’s Push Things Forward.

“It was nice to see Mike, looking effortlessly cool in a trench coat but sporting an unfamiliar beard, taking time to shake hands that were thrust forward and pose for photos even while he was in the mix.

“It was great to see a bumper crowd turn out for this gig and, no matter where you looked, everyone seemed to be having a good time. When a tune dropped that everyone knew the crowd was shouting and throwing hands up in the air.

“It has to be said, however, our hometown boys were a big part of such a fun night. The Homegrown DJs, who tend to play smaller more intimate shows in around Furness, played the starting slot and had everyone up and about dancing.

“Their blend of Motown and funk struck exactly the right note and it was great to see people pouring in the door and hitting the floor straight away.

“I took a gamble putting the Homegrown DJs on to start with, but I was confident because they play anything groovy from a back catalogue panning 50 years. To see the crowd react so warmly to them and to see everyone whistling and dancing to every tune they played was awesome. I loved it and so did everyone else I spoke to.

“The Media Monkeys had taken the helm just before Mike Skinner and had switched to more dance-orientated playlist. Whistles and shouts were going up every five minutes. The atmosphere and behaviour of all that attended was first class. Dare I say that our hometown DJ talents stood shoulder to shoulder with Mike Skinner and didn’t look a bit out of place.

“I was absolutely over the moon. We wanted to see if our massive plans for 2014 would be worth pursuing. After tonight I would suggest that we will be pressing ahead full steam. With the names we have in scope prepare to be pleasantly surprised!

“We caught Mike Skinner as he left. Did he enjoy himself? ‘Loved it,’ he said. He added that he would come back ‘in a heartbeat... great club, great crowd’. And with that he posed for a few photos, got in his taxi and was gone.”

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