A Wing

A Wing, the electronic music event which transformed the former prison nestled in Lancaster Castle, makes its return to the prison in February 2015. Clubbers will get their next fix in the castle on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 February with an evening hosted by possibly one of the most infamous clubbing brands in the country.  

The first instalment sees funk heavyweight Dimitri from Paris playing a headline set. The international groove lothario will be pulling music from across the past four decades and showcasing his stylish musical output within the prison walls.

Dimitri’s productions stretch from remixes of the likes of New Order and Bjork and a host of edits and obscurities. The French native is only the third electronic musician to become a Knight of the Arts and Letters. Support on the night comes from Funkademia resident Jamie Scahill and Kid Blast. 

Dimitri from Paris
Dimitri from Paris

The following day it’s the turn of club brand Hacienda to take the helm of the prison, with the residents of the club’s acid house night Nude, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, playing. The Hacienda completely changed the face of Manchester's music scene in the ’80s, and the hedonistic clubbing brand still host events across the world.

Park and Pickering themselves have arguably been at the forefront of the evolution of dance music and club culture for 30 years, Pickering’s early work as part of post punk disco outfit Quando Qunago preceding his time at the helm of pop maestros M People (the M in the name represents his initial). Park himself has been a radio and club DJ across the globe.

The sentencing initially began on May Bank Holiday 2013 when A-Wing unleashed a whole new clubbing experience on the North as James Zabiela, Derrick Carter and The 2 Bears stepped up to the jail house. 

The building that once used to incarcerate criminals has been given a new lease of life. The two floored party space has been relatively untouched since the last inmate left in 2011, but has been equipped with a full Funktion 1 set up. 

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