In the beginning...

Our jouney began almost ten years ago with a chance meeting meeting between a northern soul and a southern star who were both bored of moody bouncers, minimal beats and believed in something, well... better.

They say if you love something and believe in it, then you must fight for it. So what started on Saturday 6 November 2004 as a small gathering of friends and family eventually became known across this fair land.

Nocturnal championed the sounds of underground music on the south coast, regularly playing host to a cast of letfield heroes from across the disco galaxy.

Ame, Andrew Weatherall, Ashley Beedle, Benji B, Greg Wilson, Jazzanova, Maurice Fulton, Mark E, Recloose, Rainer Truby and the Unabombers all graced our hallowed Technic 1210's at a time when most of them had rarely played outside of London, let alone downtown Southampton.

We hang our disco ball in dingy basement dives, backrooms of moody pubs, glamorous lofts and even jaunts on the high seas.

Straights, gays, black, white, whatever would all come together as one nation under a groove to dance the night away to disco, deep house, dubbed out techno, funk, soul and sleazy sounds.

As word spread, we played records to like minded souls at a network of underground club nights, festivals and all day parties up and down the country in London, Manchester, Brighton and beyond.

We made music and got signed to Disco Deviance. We started our own label and had a string of vinyl only releases that were record of the week in Piccadilly, Phonica and Juno.

Is this the end for Nocturnal? Or maybe its just the beginning...

Nocturnal forever.

Lloyd & Fazz

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