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Queer Noise: Les Cokell at Hero’s Manchester, 1983

MDMArchive April 8, 2021 14

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Courtesy of Greg Wilson & Leo Stanley. This is a recording of legendary Northern Soul/hi-NRG DJ Les Cokell live at Hero’s club, Ridgefield, Manchester in July 1983.

Les was a pioneering force in Manchester music. According to legend he played the last record at The Twisted Wheel in 1971. He then went on to a residency at Blackpool Mecca, eventually being replaced by Ian Levine.

He helped to shape the hi-NRG scene in the UK with his pumping club mixes and his ‘Castro Connection’ column in what was then known as Disco Mix Mag.

You can read Greg Wilson’e essay on this subject here: https://www.mdmarchive.co.uk/artefact/16790/NEW_ORDER_GREG_WILSON_HEWAN_CLARKE_HARRY_TAYLOR_LES_COKELL_LEO_STANLEY_LEGEND_WIGAN_PIER_HACIENDA_SPIN_INN_HERO’S_GARY_LANE_ADVERT_1984

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