In 2003, a small club opened it's doors underneath the famed JBF building at Taylor Square, Sydney. It's name : Manacle. Within a few months the idea of a Day Club emerged. At first it was slow going and I remember playing to only a few people, but as word spread, all that was to change.
Within the next six weeks it quickly became THE place to be. The name Manacle was on everybody's lips and the new Day Club "BENT" was born.
People arrived after dancing all night in the nightclubs as well as those that would miss the Saturday nights entertainment along Oxford Street, so that they could awake at 6.30am and be fresh faced for the opening of BENT at 7am on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings.
Manacle not only saw the emergence of BENT, but also other regular events like D2D (Dusk@Dawn), Man Hole and Manoeuvres. Throughout the history of Manacle I also became the Friday night resident and saw the birth of an extremely popular night entitled BOYZONE and then the later famed GRUNT.
I hope you enjoy this journey back to those days.
The double CD was originally entitled UNITY. The triple set was FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY. BOTH these releases were only given to friends and the most loyal customers. This is the very first time that they have ever appeared digitally.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this Flashback to the music that helped create the most popular and notorious Day Club in Australian history.
A special thank you to Andrew Clarke & Stuart Fraser for creating such an amazing piece of Australian Gay history and for also providing the logo!
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