KISS 102fm RADIO went on air in October 1994, with the strapline “Manchester’s Essential Rhythm”… and for many years it was indeed the heartbeat of the city.
Kiss 102 put key Manchester players like Mark Rae, Mr Scruff, Kath McDermott, Da Intalex, Autechre, and the Jam MCs on air for the first time, with shows also hosted by local legends like Graeme Park and 808 State.
Kiss broke the rules and it broke the tunes – the music, culture and spirit of Manchester’s music scene distilled into liquid radio gold. For three glorious years the station was the voice of Manchester’s club scene, before it was bought out… and ultimately sold out.
But now it’s back… For one night only, key DJs from the Kiss on-air roster are “getting the band back together” and bringing the Kiss vibe to the Northern Quarter. DJs appearing on this very special night include Andy Barker (808 State), David Dunne, Graeme Park, Jam MCs (Chris Jam & Tomlin), Kath McDermott (Homoelectric/Flesh), Mark Hogg (Slammin’ Boys), Mark XTC (Da Intalex) and Nev Johnson. And it’s FREE.
The reasons for hosting this fabulous, funky night are two-fold: firstly, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Kiss going on air, and secondly, to raise funds for an important part of the Kiss 102 family.
There can be few people in Manchester who don’t know Chris Nelson, AKA Chris Jam and ex Kiss 102 DJ, or felt the influence of his urban, urbane music and healing positivity. And now Chris needs the love back.
In February 2018, Chris’ seven year old son – Blaise Alexis Nelson – was diagnosed with a brain tumour Chris describes as the ‘size of a satsuma’. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed, but the Nelson family are now dealing with the reality that there is no treatment that can ultimately cure Blaise’s condition.
While Chris and the Nelson family are finding some peace with their situation, Blaise’s condition requires regular (and expensive) treatment, support and care, and they therefore need Manchester to do what it does best: to come together… to celebrate with music… and to raise funds to help Blaise. And that’s what this reunion of friends both old and new, is all about, joining together for one night to raise the roof and raise some money. Says Chris: “Kiss 102 was so much creative fun and a professional adventure. Our whole family is deeply grateful that the team choose to donate any monies raised to help us create more special moments for Blaise in his ongoing battle”.
Where: Pen and Pencil, 57 Hilton St, Manchester, M1 2EJ
When: Saturday October 19, 7pm-2am
How much: Free in, with opportunities to donate throughout the evening