Eardrum @ dry bar / dry201 manchester 27.11.99

Eardrum was a legendary night from its inception. Beginning life at Kaleida on Oldham Street (now Matt-&-Phreds) with DJ Silver (AKA Sam Dupree) + 'live drum'n'bass' accompaniment from James Ford (drums) & Sneaky (bass), and the Subliminal Darkness crew (Crystallize, Fox, Jenna G, Piccolo, Quest & Thai) sharing mic duties, before moving across Oldham St. to Dry Bar

This was a difficult time for Jungle music though. Venue owners & doorstaff often fell out with D'n'B promoters over council-estate connections, or just the type of punter they were wanting to attract. Put simply, a lot of city centre bars & clubs were run by Salford security firms & they just didn't like having to deal with faces (& emcees) from Cheetham Hill / Moss Side

Dry Bar wanted a change in music policy. Subliminal Darkness walked away. MCR event-organisers Ear To The Ground stepped in. Eardrum #2 residents then included such luminaries passing through as Mr.Scruff, Chubby Grooves, Mark One, Andy Votel & Tom Simba (Groove Armada)

Eardrum #3 residents (confusingly similarly-named) Sam Du Prez (no relation), Mr.Wilson and DJ Technique with bass player Steve OJ (Dust Junkys) & drummer Phil Kirby (Yago / Biting Tongues) who replace original Eardrummers Sneaky (Fingathing) & James Ford (Homelife/808 State/Simian Mobile Disco). Resident mcs by then were Jenna G and Enocee

Eardrum celebrates Dry Bar's 10th birthday with a rare appearence from Greg Wilson the Godfather of MCRs Electro scene & the 1st ever DJ to mix on tv! (True dat). Following on Chad Jackson won the UK DMC Mixing Championship (1986) & World DMC Mixing Championship (1987) as well as hitting the charts 4 years later with 'Hear the Drummer Get Wicked'!

You heard the man
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