News : Anthony H Wilson – R.I.P.

 Monday, August 20th 2007, 9:00 pm

Anthony H Wilson
It was really sad news for anyone who lives in Manchester that Anthony H Wilson died on Friday 10th August 2007. This is obviously a bit of a late post but as it is his funeral today, I thought I would respectfully mention him on the website as he changed the face of music and clubbing in Manchester.

For those that don’t know him, he was a legend in the north of England. He was a radio and tv presenter, record label owner, nightclub owner, impresario and journalist for the BBC and Granada television channels. Affectionately called “Mr Manchester” for all of the work he did in the promotion of Manchester, he will be remembered most in the clubbing world for being the man who brought us Factory Records and the Hacienda night club. He brought us bands such as Joy Division, James, The Happy Mondays and New Order and without Tony’s input, I don’t think we’d have seen such a thriving music scene here in Manchester.

One of the main reasons I decided to come to study in Manchester way back in 1990 was because of the music of Manchester. The Madchester scene was rising up and although I wasn’t a big indie music fan, I was looking forward to the club scene here. My mates and I used to go down to the Hacienda a lot to see the likes of Dave Haslam, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering playing the funkiest acid house, electro and hip-hop beats that were around. I’d already been DJ’ing for about 2 or 3 years by that point but hearing those guys really influenced the sound that I was playing. Plus we managed to get some of the great house DJs of the time doing guest spots so it was the place to hear the likes of Sasha, John Digweed, Daniel Davoli and many of the other great house DJs from the early 90s. It was great time and I don’t think I’d be so into my dance music if it wasn’t for the Hacienda.

So rest in peace Tony and thanks for creating such a vibrant music and club scene here in Madchester.

If you don’t know much about him and you’d like to read some more information then you’ll find obituaries here at the BBC and The Guardian.

2 comments about this post

  1. Well said that man. Anthony Wilson truly was a great person. A real Manchester lad that never sold us out. RIP fella.

  2. Indeed mate. A sad loss to Manchester.