Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pure Pleasure of a Pop Party ; the Glitter Ball Spins at Gorilla, Writes Daniel Nolan

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pure Pleasure of a Pop Party ; the Glitter Ball Spins at Gorilla, Writes Daniel Nolan

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THE original unashamed pop disco, Guilty Pleasures, returns this weekend, back in a new venue after long summer hiatus spent at boot camp and judge's houses. Guilty Pleasures is the poploving, genre- happy clubnight spawned from a Sean Rowley radio show, where DJs and revellers are invited to forget their musical inhibitions and party like there's no tomorrow. A regular fixture at the Manchester edition of the muchloved night is resident DJ/compere/dancer Anna Greenwood, whose joie de pop shines through in the boundless energy of her performances behind the decks. She describes the night as "a full-blown whammy of pop celebration, rejoicing in the music marvels from this world brought to life in an all-singing, all-dancing style", putting fun firmly centre stage. "In a world full of famine, war and poverty, if we have the opportunity for larking around and general giddiness that fun provides, we should grab it with all our limbs and roll around with it for as long as we can. "I interpret this through the medium of flinging myself around to some of pop music's best smashers in an overexcited DJing whirlwind, pretending that I am the pop star I never ever was and this is my Wembley moment.

To paraphrase Irene Cara in Flashdance...What A Feeling, I take my passion and make it happen." The theme of pop stars runs heavily through this weekend's Guilty Pleasures...

it is a pop star party special, after all. So, to celebrate, we asked Anna to talk us through her top five pop stars of all time.

Joint 5) Take That and Girls Aloud "On the one hand is the best boyband ever, Take That.

Don't give me "The Beatles were the first boyband" talk, either: bore off. "This is 'boyband' as we know it; five different 'characters' who sing and dance and are handsome and make records you can't stop singing along to really loudly in the car and sometimes make you cry when you're a bit smashed on supermarket wine. "Love Me Do never did that, did it? Now a man band, Take That are still as fun and excitable as they were rolling around in jelly in their pants in 1991. …

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