Barry Almond
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Goodgreef! They are back and at the weekender!

Manchester’s biggest clubbing institutions Goodgreef is joining tidy on the main stage on the Sunday at Tidy Weekender 25. The battle of the brands will showcase the finest talent from both sides.

Goodgreef initially began causing waves within the North West’s club scene around twenty years ago with those legendary parties at Philips Park Hall in Whitefield and since then have not only held events at Tall Trees in Yarm, Manchester’s Warehouse Project and Tuxedo Royale in Newcastle, they also pulled off the Amsterdam Cruise Weekender on a proper ship sailing across the North Sea. They have also hosted the longest running stage at Creamfields, for a staggering sixteen years.

Goodgreef have had their fair share of A-listers on their line ups alongside their homegrown talent. The likes of Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten and Sander Van Doorn have rubbed shoulders in the DJ booth with the likes of their nurtured talent Eddie Halliwell, Jordan Suckley and Alex Kidd, as well as Adam Sheriden, Dark By Design and let’s not forget Shan!

We spoke to GG’s Barry Almond about the reunion of the two brands on the Sunday at the forthcoming Weekender.

How does it feel to be back working with Tidy?

It’s a great feeling not only to be working with such a legendary brand, but also the thought of being able to actually do what we love again.

Can you remember the first time you worked with them?

Yes… vaguely as my memory isn’t the best… I recall it was co-hosting main arena at one of the early Tidy Weekender’s in Prestatyn. It was when Eddie was bursting through in the scene and the atmosphere at the weekenders were immense… as at the peak of the hard house scene.

Why do you think you have both survived the bad times that came after the good times?

Both brands have their own unique musical direction and built on a family based dedicated community of deserving music lovers. We are also very honest with our communication, (sometimes too much for our own good!). I also think it’s because we never just do the same venues/events, there is always a twist in what kind of party we will throw.

You have always had a great relationship with Tidy, why do you think this is?

Like-minded hard-working industry bods who have the love for the music first, then the business comes after. We have also both been through some gruelling and testing times, where we probably felt our respective events may not get through the tough times but we always found a way and bounce back, stronger, as the music scene always seems to go through waves. Also, both brands never take themselves too seriously.

What can we expect on the night?

In summary…Debauchery  and memories re-lived!

You are known as one of the scene’s original party animals… can we expect any different at the Weekender?

Well maybe… I have been semi-retired over the past few years but maybe the old gurn could make a reappearance… Let’s see how the vibe goes.

Following the Weekender, what can we expect from Goodgreef?

Late 2021 and into 2022 sees a belated celebration of 20 years with varied events across the UK and beyond including our own first ever festival, hosting arenas at other festivals and tour nights back at some of our old favoured areas where our brand is most loved!

Goodgreef join Tidy in the main arena on Sunday 11th July 2021 at Tidy Weekender 25, The Ultimate Reunion… Do not miss the climax to what will be the ultimate event for the harer generation this year!

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