Founded in 1999, Retro has pioneered the Classic House movement and has played a key role in what is now a huge club culture.
The man behind the dream was teen DJ turned internationally recognised icon – DJ Paul Taylor. Paul started his journey in music at iconic Burnley nightclub, Angels, where he firstly played underground jazz funk, Disco & northern soul before moving into the new era of House. Taylor wanted to cherish the classics whilst also pushing into a modern sound.
“A party within its own right”
In 1989, Retro was formed. Taylor wanted to go against the norms of booking big artists with extremely high fees and expenses, and instead celebrate the local talent that were not yet recognised and gave them a platform. This created a new wave of house music, with a unique and different approach, that is recognised to this day. This quickly became successful and Taylor hosted artists such as Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfield & Pete Tong as well as giving artists like Markus Kaye & Rick B a chance to have a platform within the Lancashire club.
By the time of Angel’s unfortunate closure in 1996, Retro was holding club nights throughout the whole of the North West. They were quickly invited to Ibiza’s superclub Eden where they held a residency there & won Mixmag’s “New Club of the Year” in 2000.
Retro Returns to Albert Hall on Saturday 8th October
Following 3 sold out shows at the Albert Hall, Retro is back with an eagerly anticipated party on Saturday 8th October. It’s set to be a night filled with undisputed pioneers of classic house music!
You can catch legends such as Brandon Block, Allister Whitehead, Rachel Mcfarlane, Jon Fitz, Abigail Bailey & Steve Bailey amongst the Lineup – as well as the founder himself, Paul Taylor.