The story of Funkademia

Funkademia takes place every Saturday at Mint Lounge in the heart of Manchester's Northern Quarter to a consistently full house, feeding a friendly crowd with a diet of pure unadulterated soul-funk. Funkademia bills the night as a 'chronological history of soul' with their dj collective taking you on a journey through four decades of the very best soul, funk, disco and hip-hop with a touch of smooth r and b and big house classics.

1995

Funkademia is Born

In November 1995 promoter Dave Payne launched his fledging night on a cold & blustery Sunday night in the legendary Boardwalk nightclub, Manchester. In an era where Madchester was at its peak and house music dominating the City’s club scene a night based round soul-funk-disco music was something of a gamble. The opening night however proved a great success and a new clubnight was formed. By the time the next Funkademia event took place on Boxing night queues were tailing round the block of the Boardwalk before the doors were opened and the night has never looked back since.

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