Graham Massey, Martin Price and Gerald Simpson (A Guy Called Gerald) formed 808 State in 1988. They recorded the legendary Newbuild for their own label Creed that is often cited as one of the greatest dance albums of all time. The line-up changed to Massey, Andy Barker and Darren Partington who went onto enjoy huge global success with albums like Excel, 808:90 and Gorgeous. They were recently cited by the two leading UK music publications Q and NME as being one of the five most important bands from Manchester. They are without doubt one of the most influential dance acts ever and their legendary tracks ‘Pacific State’ and ‘Cübik’ are ground breaking musical landmarks that have inspired a legion of acolytes.
In August of 2003, 808 State drew a crowd of 40,000 people to one of Europe’s biggest free music events when they headlined a concert to close the Commonwealth Games. This concert heralded the return to form of one of Manchester’s most pivotal acts. Accompanied by a stunning light and laser display, which lit up the night sky in Manchester’s city centre, the band performed all their classic tracks along with previewing tunes from their new album with members of Elbow and Simian. As the band came on stage the crowd erupted and the police had to seal off the centre to stop overcrowding and beg the local radio station to stop advertising the event.