Massive 1000-capacity northern soul all-nighter coming to Wigan

By Thomas Molloy

A huge northern soul all-nighter is returning to one of the scene's spiritual homes for the first time since the pandemic hit.

The annual Empire event, in Wigan, was cancelled last year due to Covid-19 restrictions but it is set to finally take place at the 1,000-capacity Wigan Roller Rink, this Saturday (September 18).

This year's all-nighter is set to be the last under the Empire name and organiser Jordan Wilson is hoping it will also be the biggest.

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Jordan, who is hosting and promoting event alongside girlfriend Charlotte Hindley, said: " This year’s all-nighter is certainly looking like it’s going to be our busiest event to date.

"The Northern Soul scene has become ever so popular with a new generation, with many people discovering the music through various social media platforms whilst lifelong devotees have been buying even more precious 45s than ever before.

"Everybody is so eager to get back out onto that mighty dance floor at Wigan Roller Rink.

"Both Charlotte and I are so proud to host one of the largest Northern Soul all-nighters in the country.

"This September’s all-nighter features a DJ line up of some of the UK’s top soul collectors, all playing original vinyl on obscure US imported 45s from the 1960s – It’s such a great feeling to know we will be reunited with so many friends after the depressing lockdowns."

The event will run from 10pm until 6am, with some of the scene's top DJs spinning original vinyl across two rooms, including the main hall - which boasts a massive Canadian maple sprung dancefloor.

There is also free, secure parking in a floodlit car park at the venue.

Charlotte admitted she has struggled without all-nighters through lockdown and said that waiting for the Empire event is "like the run up to Christmas."

She said: “ The Rare Soul scene has been a massive part of our lives, it’s who we are, and it’s our identity.

"During lockdown and the awful Covid-19 pandemic, we have all found it incredibly difficult to live a life without the all-nighter scene.

"I missed making memories, hearing the history behind this amazing music, and meeting those people with the best stories.

"I was so worried that the coronavirus was going to cripple the scene, but it’s just amazing to see it now thriving better than it did before. It feels like the run up to Christmas, I am that excited for the up-coming Empire all-nighter”

Tickets are available for £13 in advance of the event from the Wigan Roller Rink website, or £15 on the door.

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