Spiritland By Night: Greg Wilson


  • Disco
  • House
  • Jazz/Funk/Soul

Greg Wilson is one of UK dance music’s true legends. With a sound that touches on funk, disco, house, electro he is a legendary party-starter with an immaculate approach to selection and programming. He joins us this July for a very rare four hour set.

Greg began DJing in 1975 and is regarded as one of the most important figures on the UK dance scene. He enjoyed hugely popular residencies in the early eighties at Wigan Pier and Manchester’s majorly influential Legend, having originally started out in his hometown of New Brighton. He was a pioneer of mixing in the UK and in 1983 he became the first ‘dance music’ specialist hired for a regular weekly session at Manchester’s now legendary Haçienda club. Greg was instrumental in breaking the new electronic, post-disco records coming out of New York, a sound he has dubbed ‘Electro-Funk’.

After a two decade hiatus from the booth, he returned to DJing and was swiftly playing across Europe and, subsequently, worldwide - with an unswerving devotion to his Revox B77 too. Greg was the first DJ to mix live on British TV, putting together the first UK radio mixes of their type for Piccadilly 261 in Manchester and teaching a young Norman Cook how to scratch. His Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 in 2009 became something of an instant classic, receiving almost universal acclaim and was selected as one of 10 classics that spanned the show’s near 17 year history.