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The home of breakdancing.

In the early 1980s the breakdancing craze was sweeping across the world.

Pavements across the country became battle grounds for young b-boys and b-girls as they lay down pieces of lino and broke out their best moves.

While crews from Manchester produced legendary figures such as Take That dancer Jason Orange it's a little known fact that Huddersfield was home to some of the movement's most influential pioneers.

Most notable of these was Greg Wilson, a DJ at Fartown nightclub Star Bar.

Merseyside born Wilson launched a weekly residency at the Bradford Road bar after increasingly finding the crowd that enjoyed his music were not welcome in Liverpool.

In 1982 as hiphop culture was first making an impact he was one of the first to show former Sex Pistol's manager Malcolm McLaren's seminal video Buffalo Gals at Star Bar.

And in 1983 when Wilson was DJing Wigan Pier Huddersfield lads from Star Bar were some of the first to reveal breakdancing in a club environment.

Their moves were immediately challenged by Manchester's Broken Glass Street Crew who had been working on their routines in preparation for the battle.

Wilson went on to become Broken Glass's manager as they toured the country making a living from breakdancing and he also became the country's first electro DJ at Manchester's legendary Hacienda club.

Broken Glass would go on to appear on a host of national TV programmes ranging from the cutting-edge music show The Tube to children's favourite CBTV, even popping up at peak-time on a Saturday night on ITV's 'Some You Win'.

Their rivals, Street Machine, would also achieve moderate fame, with Jason Orange a key member.

Now, more than 25 years on, with a career as a top DJ under his belt, he is coming back to Huddersfield for the first time since 1982 to DJ at a special b-boy reunion at Verve Bar.

The Boxing Day gig, organised by Linthwaite DJ Jamie Lowe, will see some of breakdancing's earliest innovators come together for the first time in decades.

Jamie said: "I was warming up for Greg at Space in Ibiza and we got talking and it emerged we knew a lot of the same guys from back in the day in Huddersfield.

"It turned out they became some of the best dancers in Manchester.

"It's taken 18 months to sort it out, partly because of Greg's schedule and also getting the right place in Huddersfield has been difficult.

"I didn't know where to have it and what size to make it, it's almost like a do for friends that's snowballed.

We thought we would do something special for Christmas and I had a word with a few of the guys from back in the day, so expect plenty of 45-year-old guys doing dance moves and putting their backs out."

There are only a handful of tickets left, available from Verve Bar and Wall Of Sound records.


SHHHHHHH!: DJ Greg Wilson (centre) is pictured at the Silent Disco at the Tate in Liverpool with Wayne Hemingway with his son Jack and the Soul Train dancers FUNK, SOUL BROTHER: Greg Wilson, DJ and electro-funk pioneer
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 14, 2009
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