Big Saturday night in store for indie fans

DJ Mark Starkey prepares for his Happy Mondays gig..Picture Richard Ponter 132433
DJ Mark Starkey prepares for his Happy Mondays gig..Picture Richard Ponter 132433
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A Scarborough DJ is gearing up for a memorable warm-up set before The Happy Mondays and support acts take to the Scarborough Open Air Theatre stage on Saturday.

Mark Starkey, who was a fixture for many years at Scarborough’s Tunnel Club, says being asked to do the gig was a real “bolt from the blue”.

He said: “I was invited to be a part of it on Facebook. I had to read the message about 10 times - I couldn’t believe it!

“I was jumping up and down. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”

As a DJ for more than 20 years, Mark has played to many revellers in his time - but he says that playing to a crowd of thousands will be a whole new experience.

On this list will be plenty of indie rock and indie dance music, including bands such as The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy.

Mark said: “Having The Happy Mondays here is amazing for the town. I think it will really put Scarborough on the map.

“Bridlington has had a bigger slice of the cake for too long - now it’s Scarborough’s turn.”

Supporting the alternative “Manchester” rock band will be 808 State and local act HarleyLikesMusic. Harley uses two Nintendo DS game consoles to produce electronic music and perform his creations live.

Following the concert, the FAC51 Hacienda Afterparty will take place at the Spa Complex, with the seminal Manchester venue being brought back to life for one night only.

Negotiations have been ongoing for months to bring the one-off event to Scarborough, to celebrate 30 years since the legendary venue opened its doors.

It is currently the only UK show to date, on a global anniversary tour which will incorporate shows in places such as Hong Kong.

The show will feature DJ sets from Graeme Park (Hacienda Resident DJ); Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order); Bez (Happy Mondays/Black Grape) and Vince Vega (Happy Mondays Official Tour DJ)