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Preview: Terry Francis at Shake After Dark, Gallery Maidstone

Fabric's long-standing resident comes to Kent

Next month, an exciting new party from established promoters ‘Shake’ will be bringing underground music royalty to Maidstone. The brand made up of residents Rob Ireland, Matt Osborne, Jon Dickson, and Kate Ireland started throwing parties over three years ago, with their previous stints showcasing a series of upcoming local talent. Launching their new concept on Friday 15th March will instead see the spotlight shone on a industry legend; Terry Francis.

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The true veteran of the scene needs little introduction, having gained his stripes over many years in the game playing around the world, but more frequently at a particular London hotspot; Fabric. While most artists see playing here as a career highlight, Terry Francis has featured behind the infamous room 1 DJ booth for over 20 years as a resident of the club, helping shape what has become consistently one of the best venues in the world. His ‘architecture’ mix is what brought him to the forefront of tech house, or what he used to call house-no.

Terry is also the co-founder of Wiggle, alongside Nathan Coles. The old school house event is arguably one of London’s most beloved parties, staying true to it’s sound of acid house and upbeat grooves. A simple but effective ethos has been maintained throughout its extensive lifespan since 1994, focusing on maintaining a raw, no-nonsense atmosphere – a formula which sees the party still selling out today. Bringing this winning formula to Kent will see Terry’s first performance in Maidstone for 2 years, so he’ll no doubt have some tricks up his sleeve mark his return with a bang.

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Hosting the inaugural Shake After Dark is Maidstone’s recently renovated space; Gallery Nightclub, who last year announced a new string of events to be taking place on Fridays, curating the biggest and best in underground dance music. It seems they weren’t bluffing, with the chance to see an iconic DJ of over 20 years in a rare intimate setting just around the corner. Supporting alongside Terry will see Rob Ireland, Matt Osborne, Jon Dickson, Kate Ireland and Cameron Moore for a night of deep tech and minimal vibes in the venue’s upstairs space. 

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