Herbal Tea Party at the New Ardri in Hulme was Manchester’s first techno night. It has an incredible place in club history.
It ran throughout the mid-1990s and attracted what you could call the 'Megadog' crowd. Orbital used it as a warm-up for their legendary 1994 Glastonbury appearance.
There was also (deep breath) Andrew Weatherall, David Holmes, Carl Cox, Dave Clark, Justin Robertson, Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath, The Advent, Joey Beltram, System 7, Drum Club, Banco De Gaia, Spooky, Psychic Warrior of Gaia, and many more.
And then, just recently, it returned... this slideshow will tell you my story of the night (you might need to click or hover over each pic to see its caption).
Further Fats: A ticket to ride (a post about Herbal Tea Party from 2007)
Further Fats: see also my column in Issue 18 of Electronic Sound (January 2016)