The popular, amusing and a tad bemusing sight of Manchester property's great and good taking to the record decks to spin their favourite tunes at the city's end-of-MIPIM party is to be repeated this year.
Mike Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, and Tom Bloxham, chairman of Urban Splash, have already agreed to take part. Guest DJs each get to play three tracks of their choice at the informal gathering organised by Manchester-based event company Ear to the Ground. This will be the third year the party has been held. Operations director David Norris said: "The Hang the DJs Event is a great opportunity to demonstrate the power of creating experiences that stand out."
Last year, Salford City Council chief executive Barbara Spicer played the Lightning Seeds, James (Sit Down), The Ting Tings. Martin Stockley, of consulting engineers Martin Stockley Associates, played Lily Allen, The Who (Won't get Fooled Again) and Kevin Coyne (Marlene). Tom Bloxham wowed the crowds with the Buzzcocks (Ever Fallen in Love) and the Undertones (Teenage Kicks). Ever the innovator, David Partridge, joint chief executive of Argent, played trance including House Music United (Yes We Can), which samples and was adopted as an undergound anthem for Barack Obama in his presidential election campaign. Sir Bob Kerslake, AKA DJ Bobby K, chief executive of the Homes & Communities Agency, played Charlotte Church (Crazy Chick) and the GoBetweens (Here Comes the City). Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, and Ian Simpson, architect, also played last year.
Hang the DJs takes place at LeSun7, Cannes on 18 March from 9pm.